Still, there were special teams miscues. Wanek missed a PAT in the first quarter and two field goals. The Redskins also allowed Oglethorpe’s only touchdown on a 79-yard kickoff return.
“Our special teams, I’m a little bit disappointed in today, but we’re 1-0 in the region,” Estes said. “That’s what I told our kids we want to be, so we’ve done that.”
Social Circle built its lead in the third quarter with Tate Peters returning an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and Jackson ran for a 14-yard score before the T.Y. Pattman kickoff return for the Patriots (0-4, 0-1).
Officials used a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Johnson had seven carries for 31 yards and Levi Spurling chipped in three rushes for 24 yards. Murray caught two passes for 41 yards. Estes said his team has overcome difficulty in nonregion play, including a schedule that’s seen the Redskins play up in class against Johnson of Gainesville and Monroe Area.
“We’ve played a tough schedule,” he said. “We’ve had some adversity. Our kids have hung in there. We’ve practiced through the hurricane week. We’re getting better. We’re not there yet.”
The Redskins head to Elbert County on Friday, and Estes said Social Circle will have another challenge.
“We’ve got a tough road game going to Elbert, but I hope all our Redskin fans will come up and let’s go to the Granite Bowl and let’s play football.”