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POSTED: July 11, 2014 10:03 a.m.
Patty Leon/

Bradwell Institute football players returned to team practices this week, getting acclimated to the heat by wearing their helmets during drills. The players are selling discount cards to raise funds for the team.

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The Bradwell Institute Tigers resumed team practices this week after taking one week off as required by the Georgia High School Association. The players trained with their helmets on, allowing them to become acclimated to the heat.
The team will continue to train in helmets and shorts for the remainder of the month. Beginning Aug. 1, the Tigers can practice in full pads, three weeks ahead of their preseason scrimmage against Toombs County on Aug. 15 in Lyons.
First-year BI head coach Greg Hill will start a new era for the Tigers after Adam Carter, who last season took the Tigers to a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 Region 3-AAAAA mark in his only year at the helm, left to become the defensive coordinator at Reinhardt University.
Bradwell’s preseason scrimmage against Toombs will be the first time in more than a decade that the Tigers will play the Bulldogs. The game tentatively is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Bulldogs also went 4-6 last season with a 3-6 record in Region 2-AA. This year, the Bulldogs are in Region 1-AAA and have a new head coach, former Richmond Hill coach Lyman Guy. In four seasons with the Wildcats, Guy went 28-15 and last season led the Wildcats to their best record, 10-2.
The Wildcats made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Warner Robins, 45-28.
The Tigers last made the playoffs in 2009, but were eliminated in the first round by Stephenson.
The last time the Tigers advanced into the second round of the playoffs was in 2008, when they beat East Coweta, 19-7, but then lost to powerhouse Lowndes, 62-21.
Under former head coach Jim Walsh Jr., the Tigers made the playoffs five consecutive seasons (2000-04) but bowed out  after first-round losses.
Bradwell last had a winning season in 2009, when the Tigers went 6-5.
In order to be better prepared for the scrimmage and the opening contest Aug. 29 against Liberty County High School, Hill is sending the Tigers to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp next week at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Liberty has won the last two regular-season matchups with Bradwell, including last season’s 35-17 victory at Donell Woods Stadium.
The BI players are selling discount cards to raise funds for the upcoming season. The cards are $10 each and can be used at specific local retailers and businesses for discounts or free items.
For more information about the discount cards, email ghill@liberty.k12.ga.us.

 

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