Bamberg-Ehrhardt will host CE Murray in the Lower State Class A Final on Friday.

With a win, the Red Raiders will advance to the state championship game for the first time since 2017.

BE defeated the War Eagles last season in the first round of the playoffs. CE Murray used explosive plays to score 20 points on a Red Raider defense who had allowed an average of eight points per game.

The War Eagles are led by all-region quarterback Tyree Prunes. A true double threat, Prunes threw for 942 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 689 yards and 10 touchdowns. Running back Quentarius Grant ran for 632 yards and leads the team with 14 TDs.

“They have great athletes,” BE head coach Robert Williams said after his team’s third round victory over Baptist Hill last Friday.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt beat the Bobcats 33-6 with over 300 rushing yards from Quintin Banks (152 yards), Nick Folk (135 yards) and Quincy Bias (52 yards).

Defensively, the Red Raiders held a Baptist Hill team averaging nearly 45 points per game from a touchdown. Christian Draper, Yzorion Washington, Jerome Simmons and Bias each had sacks against the Bobcats. Bamberg-Ehrhardt added a defensive score on a safety.

BE quarterback Isaiah Johnson continues to impress in this role after playing wide receiver for much of the year. Johnson started the second half of BE’s first round knockout game against Hannah-Pamplico. He ran for 128 yards and a touchdown in the half to help the Red Raiders advance to the second round.

“We run the football, try to be physical up front, that’s what we do,” Williams told the High School Sports Report. “We’re on our third quarterback, so we’re leaning on those backs and the offensive line.

Defensively, Justin Graham leads the War Eagles with 65 tackles and four sacks while Nicolas Brown has 61 tackles and five sacks.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt and CE Murray will meet on Friday at the Leon Maxwell Stadium in Bamberg. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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