Bradwell Institute will crown its homecoming queen on the football field tonight, but the Tigers are really looking for crowning a victory. They’re hosting the Beach High Bulldogs. After defeating the Savannah High Blue Jackets at home last week, 50-0, the Tigers will count on their defense to stop the Bulldogs — specifically, Simon Heyward.
Heyward convinced his coaching staff to implement the wildcat into their offensive playbook. Since then, the senior has helped his team to a 3-1 Region 3-AAAAA record, edging out the Tigers’ 2-2 record.
Last week against Groves, Heyward totaled 311 offensive yards and scored five touchdowns. He returned a punt 84 yards, caught two touchdowns and rushed for two more. The Bulldogs beat Groves 39-7.
"He’s exceptional," Tiger coach Jim Walsh said of Heyward. "They’ll put him in the wildcat and he’ll be the one back. He can play at quarterback, receiver and running back. He plays out of the secondary and he’s just a great athlete. They are also going to have big interior guys on both sides of the ball."
With that in mind, the coach has worked on rehabilitating injured players. Except for Alex Hamilton and Myrese Cobb, the Tigers will have nearly all of their players ready for tonight’s battle at Olvey Field.
Walsh said defensively, the Tigers goal will be to not give up big plays.
"We have to play hard and we are getting a lot of kids back and starting to get healthy now," he said.
The Tigers are 5-0 against the Bulldogs since 2004, according to ga.prepcountry.com, the Georgia High School Association’s athletic Web site.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming queen will be announced at halftime.