After big win, Eagles must turn focus to Edisto


Probably like most of his Scott's Branch High School football teammates, Kendrick Lesesne wasn't happy with his performance against Manning two weeks ago during a 42-6 loss.

"I had a bad game and missed a lot of tackles," the Eagles junior linebacker said. "My whole thing is not to let anyone get by. If they do, that's on me.

"...I told the coaches I had to get right. I knew I was going to have a good game (against Bamberg-Ehrhardt)."

Lesesne and the Eagles turned in their best performances of the season against the previously unbeaten Red Raiders in a 12-0 victory last Friday. B-E was ranked as the No. 2 team in 2A in the latest S.C. Prep Media Football Poll prior to the contest, and the big win catapulted SBHS into the No. 10 slot in this week's 1A poll.

Now the 2-1 Eagles are hoping that momentum carries through the rest of the season, starting with their home opener on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against 3A Edisto.

"It gives us a lot of confidence," Lesesne said of the big win over Bamberg. "But we've still got to stay focused and take each game as it comes. We've just got to keep being aggressive and attack."

The Eagles hope to get more standout performances from Lesesne and the entire defense. He had 12 tackles, six for a loss, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery. As a whole, the defense forced four turnovers.

"I think the big thing was the kids just did what they were supposed to do," Scott's Branch head coach Wayne Farmer said. "(Assistant) Coach Kevin Miller did a great job as far as preparing them and getting them ready. We just did our assignments. The kids kept their heads up and tackled hard.

"...Bamberg is usually a team year in and year out that doesn't beat themselves. So it sort of turned around that we didn't turn the ball over and beat ourselves and we were able to take advantage of their mistakes."

Two of the B-E turnovers resulted in short fields for the Eagles offense and it took quick advantage. Fullback Marquise Thomas scored both of the touchdowns for SBHS, including the first one on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. That broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter and the Eagles added on from there.

"The biggest thing now is we have to put the Bamberg game behind us," Farmer said. "We've got to move on to the next opponent which is Edisto and they're having a good year. We know we can play with the better teams, we just have to go out and play our assignments like we did last week."

The Cougars are 2-1 on the season as well. They've won two games in a row after being shut out 26-0 in the opener against Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Edisto has outscored its last two opponents 53-20.

Scott's Branch has allowed just six points outside of the ugly loss to Manning and the Eagles are still averaging 22.7 points per game offensively.