Bradwell Institute crowned their 2016 homecoming king and queen Friday night while also crushing the Lakeside Evans Panthers 31-7 at Hokey Jackson Stadium.
Lady Tiger Anastasia Cray and football player Isaiah Quarterman were selected by their peers as this year’s queen and king. The duo were given their crown and tiara during the half-time ceremony.
On the field it was Tiger quarterback Quin McMassey who had a royal performance. McMassey topped the offense scoring three touchdowns in the game. The Bradwell offense tallied 296 total yards.
Bradwell got on the score board first as they approached the Panthers’ end zone but had to settle for a Delano Blue field goal. The kicker parted the uprights from 34 yards out.
That would be the score the teams held throughout the remainder of the first half.
Bradwell came to life again in the third quarter. The offense methodically rushed downfield setting up a one yard run by McMassey. On the next offensive drive the Tigers again pounded the ball downfield led by Keron Mason and CJ Nelson. That set up yet another McMassey rush, this time scoring form seven yards out. Both of Blue’s point-after attempts kept the Tigers up 17-0 going into the final quarter of play.
The Panthers were getting desperate in trying to avoid the shutout. Starting Panther quarterback Nick Reid was moved to the slot position and Will Childer was placed in as QB. The combination worked in opening the running game which set up a 2 yard TD run by Reid to get the Panthers on the scoreboard.
Sensing the urgency the Panthers stayed with a passing game in their next offensive drive. That cost them dearly.
Tiger Terrius Crimiel stepped in front of a long pass and drew his first pick six of the season. He leaped for the ball and scampered 18 yards for the TD return.
Blue made the PAT and the Tigers were up 24-7.
With 4:40 remaining in regulation McMassey moved the offense downfield again. He set up for a handoff and saw the gaping hole ahead. Hu tucked the ball and rushed in for a 37 yard TD.
Blue finished the night going 4-for-4 in Pats and the Tigers won 31-7.
“The guys have steadily progressed,” Tiger head coach Greg Hill said noting they’ve been doing better since their game against Warren County Sept. 9. “It was good for them to get a win on their Homecoming night. I know that hasn’t happened for them in a while. I am proud of them. We will get back to work and continue to get better.”
Based on the preliminary unofficial stats received McMassey rushed for 90 on 7 carries for 3 TDs. Mason had 73 yards, Nelson had 69 yards. Imari Hurte rushed for 35 yards and Joshua Spaulding had 14 yards. More importantly Kevin Harris, who was second on the team in rushing last year, was able to play his first game of the season Friday. He had been out after sustaining a leg injury during the off-season.
Senior Josh Ingram again led the defense in tackles with eight. De’maree Thomas and Isaiah Quarterman had five each. Clifton and Willie Milner had four each.
The Tigers host Brunswick Friday in their first region 2-(6) A game of the season.
“It is definitely a plus to go into our region game on a high,” Hill said. “The team likes the taste of victory so we will go to work on Monday and get competitive for our region.”
The Tigers are 2-2-1. Friday’s home game against the Pirates starts at 7:30 p.m.