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Bamberg-Ehrhardt reloading for another run to the state championship game

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – The 2018 season in some ways was unkind to the Red Raiders of Bamberg-Ehrhardt they came within four points of being undefeated and playing for another lower state championship, but they did finish 10-2/ 3-1 in coach Robert Williams first year patrolling the sidelines as the head man.

The only losses last season were the two teams who met for the lower state championship, Barnwell and Carvers Bay. Both teams were region champions and unbeaten when they played each other.

The Red Raiders had an offense that averaged over 36 points a game and only scored less than 30 five times all last year, however, their defense was even better as they gave up only 10.3 points per game. They only allowed 20 points four times. This team dominated AAA lower state finalist Wade Hampton to the tune of 57-20 so will it was a successful year it came so close to being even better.

Coach William and his staff must replace over 20 seniors from last season but at Bamberg you reload, you don’t rebuild. In the preseason they are finding the players they need and after watching them in the Willie Jeffries classic control their two quarters against AAAA Manning.

“I liked how physical we were against Manning, especially on defense. It was good see us control the line of scrimmage,” said coach Williams. “We have speed at levels of the defense, and we can get to the ball.

“Offensively we have a lot of work to do. We were able to move the ball until we got in the red zone. To only come away with a field goal was disappointing, but I am confident we will get it fixed,” said Williams.

One reason coach Williams can be so confident is senior quarterback Hunter Bridges (6-2, 170). He plays with confidence and poise of a three-year starter. He is also one of the top kickers in the state.

T.J. Inabinet is back at running back. The 5-8, 180lbs senior is a tough hard nose runner who can take it the distance. He has excellent vision. He also sees time at linebacker.

Back to anchor the offensive and defensive line is Quintel Bradham (6-4, 335).

 The linebacking corps will be the strength of the team as the Red Raiders have four seniors returning in Desean Brown (6, 175), Mason Hair (6, 175), Andrew Bradshaw (6-4, 210) and Kamoni Inabinet.

The Red Raiders open week one August 30th when they travel to area rival AAAA Orangeburg-Wilkinson. They have won the last four meetings.

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