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Pilcher likes Bearcats fight

Bainbridge High School Bearcats Head Football Coach Ed Pilcher liked the way his team kept fighting back Friday night in their 41-34 season ending road loss to the Thomas County Central High School Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter Friday night but the Bearcats roared back to outscore them 13-7 in the second quarter and trailed just 28-13 at halftime.

After the Yellow Jackets scored six more points in the third quarter, to increase their lead to 34-13, the Bearcats outscored them 21-7 in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to the final of 41-34 before the clock ran out.

Pilcher addressed the team’s disappointing finish in the region standings.

“Obviously, our final records of 3-7 overall and 1-6 in Region 1AAAA play were not what we wanted or expected but we had a chance to win just about every game,” Pilcher said.

Pilcher said the team’s offense played strong against TCC, the No. 2 team in the region behind Northside-Warner Robins.

Junior running back Aaron Hall had touchdown runs of two and 11 yards. Sophomore running back Terry Lewis had 80 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns; one on a Bench pass and another coming after he blocked a TCC punt attempt, picked up the ball and ran in for a touchdown.

Pilcher said his returning players will start to focus on the 2011 season.

“We will go right back to work in the weight room in anticipation of spring practice,” Coach Pilcher said.

Yardstick

Bainbridge                     Thomas  Co. Central
11    First Downs 16
43-164   Rushes Yards 47-348
113    Passing Yards 52
10-5-0    Passes-Att.-Comp.-Int. 6-4-0
53-277    Total Yards-Att. 53-400
3-2    Fumbles-Lost 5-4
5-45    Penalties-Yards 4-30
5-25.4    Punts-Avg. 1-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Terry Lewis, 7-57; Aaron Hall, 15-42 and two TDs; Steven Bench, 16-32 and one  touchdown; Quincy Fortson, 3-31; Damian Bouie 1-3; Jamario Brown, 1-(1).
Receiving: Shawn Samuels, 2-34; Quincy Fortson,1-46; Terry Lewis 1-23 and one touchdown.
Punt Returns: Terry Lewis, 1-5 and a touchdown following his recovery of a blocked punt.
Kick Returns: Shawn Samuels, 4-69; Quincy Fortson, 1-16.