After a crushing 17-14 loss at Richmond Hill last week, the Bradwell Institute Tigers have a bye week to prepare for a home game Sept. 25 against Ware County.
As expected, Luther Echols commanded BI’s ground game, charging for 162 yards and the Tigers’ two touchdowns. Echols’ future successor, freshman Imari Hurte, rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries. Trevon McCoy rushed for 11 yards before sustaining a leg injury.
“His X-ray came out fine, but we are waiting on the MRI results,” Bradwell head coach Greg Hill said, noting that the team is relatively healthy otherwise.
In the passing game, Duane Johnson was 1 of 4 for 2 yards, while freshman Quin McMassey was 3 of 11 for 9 yards and one interception.
“He is a freshman, but he has a ton of potential,” Hill said about McMassey, but added both players will see action for the remainder of the season.
Christian Evans had two receptions for 9 yards, and Echols and Hurte each had one reception. Terrius Crimiel had 79 yards in kick returns and 23 on punt returns.
On defense, Isaiah Quarterman and Isaac Moana had 11 and eight tackles, respectively. De’Marre Thomas and Quindarius Watkins each had a sack. Hill said it was a disappointing loss but thinks it served as a lesson.
“We believed that we could win, and we put forth the effort and we sensed the urgency and played with toughness,” he said. “They believed all the way until the end, and it was good to see them do that. I think we grew up … it was the first time I’ve actually seen them continue to fight through adversity and continue to push.”
The Tigers (0-3) face Ware in their Region 3-AAAAA opener. Hill said BI will spend most of this week working on ball security, tackling, blocking and catching. He said that next week, the Tigers will use some of the Gators’ offensive and defensive schemes in their formation to prep for the upcoming game.