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POSTED: July 17, 2007 5:02 a.m.
After returning to the postseason in 2006, the Bradwell Institute Tigers are eager to not only return, but to win a state playoff game.
To prepare for the hardy season, the Tigers are working hard in the summer, so they’re ready to rock and roll when they put on the pads to officially open practice on Aug. 1.
BI football coach Jim Walsh Jr. said it has been a good spring and summer, with more than 130 kids coming out to play football.
In addition to lifting weights, learning the playbooks and working on agility and speed, the Tigers are competing in passing leagues.
Passing league is similar to P.E. football. It’s seven-on-seven and each team starts at the opponents’ 40-yard line. The offense has 20 plays to score as many touchdowns as possible. The offense may only pass the ball and the defense cannot rush the quarterback nor tackle.
Thursday, Bradwell hosted Wayne County and McIntosh County Academy.
Score was not kept, but Walsh said his team did well once they got into a rhythm. The Tigers were a little lead-footed because they had lifted weights and practiced earlier in the day. They also missed a few passes, but Walsh said they will work on the catching skills.
“It went good. We made some good passes but they didn’t make the catch,” he said. “But, I’ve been very pleased from what I’ve seen.”
The passing league helps the Tigers, because Walsh said he would like to put the ball in the air this year.
“We have thrown the ball really well this summer and I think we will have the opportunity to put the ball in the air this year,” he said. “We got the tools and we need to spread the ball around.”
Unfortunatley, the Tigers will have to pass without last year’s quarterback Wilson Brown.
Brown, a rising sophomore, injured the ACL in his knee during spring practices and is expected to be out for the season.
Brown did a fine job operating the offense as a freshman last year and Walsh said it’s sad losing him, but the coaches want to take every precaution to ensure his knee heals properly before putting him back on the field.
“Thank God he is a young kid because he has a bright future,” Walsh said. “It’s unfortunate and I hate it for him. He has two more years after this year and our main thing is we won’t do anything that will cost him. I think he has a future.He really progressed as a freshman last year calling signals for us.”
Senior Josh Magaw, junior Trivon Williams and junior Terrence Jimensen are expected to compete for the position.
“We’ve got some guys that can get the job done,” Walsh said. “We have faith in all three of the kids.”
The Tigers, like all GHSA schools, are off this week but they return to the field July 9 to practice.
The Tigers open the season on Aug. 31 in Brunswick against Glynn Academy in a non-region contest at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers open their home season the following Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game against Class AAAA powerhouse Griffin.
Region 3-AAAAA action begins for the Tigers on Sept. 28 against Beach at 7:30 p.m.
 

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