Valdosta Daily Times

September 7, 2013

Berrien wins on late field goal

Alex Tostado
The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — Berrien went head to head against Brantley County in a nail-biter Friday night in Nashville.

Junior Luis Tyson was the hero of the Rebels when he kicked a game ending field goal to win the game 29-27.

“The coaches told me to get by myself and that’s what I did,” Tyson said.

Tyson missed to extra-points earlier in the game.

“We don’t focus on the next play, (we focus) on the most important,” Tyson said.

The Rebels overcame first half penalties. BHS committed five personal fouls in the first half including the ejection of sophomore lineman Gabe Davis.

“If there is any one thing that took away from that win it was (the penalties),” Coach Pilcher said.

The Rebels struggled late in the game against the Heron offense.

“We had some adversity,” Coach Pilcher said. “We had a lot of guys that got injured on our offensive line and we were down to playing two JV linemen the whole second half.

BHS ran the ball well in the game especially with junior running back Quentin Tisby. The junior ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns including a 60-yard touchdown run.

“Our offensive line did a good job all night long,” Coach Pilcher said.

The Rebels had the lead for all but seven minutes in the game and only got it back as time expired.

“The stupid penalties cost us two touchdowns and that in itself hurt us big time,” Coach Pilcher said. “We made some really bad mistakes but we were able to come out with a victory. We have to learn from this and we have to be better.”

Berrien was able to make a last drive that looked like it was going to end on a punt from midfield with a minute left in the game. Brantley County got called for a roughing the kicker penalty to keep the eventual game-winning drive alive.

“We got a break on the roughing the kicker,” Coach Pilcher said. “We got a break and there isn’t any doubt about that.”

 “I’m proud of our kids,” Berrien Head Coach Ed Pilcher said. “We had every opportunity to fold the tent and we didn’t.”

“They just found a way to win the ball game and that’s a compliment to what those guys and what they’ve done there,” Coach Pilcher said. For that, I’m extremely proud of these young men.”