Bradwell Institute nudged out a 21-18 win at Hokey Jackson Stadium Monday night, beating the Brunswick Pirates in a region 2-(6) A football game.
The game had been rescheduled twice because of Hurricane Matthew.
A now-healed running back Kevin Harris is picking up where he left off from last season, plowing down defenders and leading the team in rushing. He finished the night with 98 yards and two touchdowns.
As a freshman, last year, Harris had 413 yards.
Harris scored the first Tiger touchdown off a 17-yard run in the first quarter of play. Tiger kicker Delano Blue missed the point after attempt.
The Pirates fought back with Jamarius Stevens pushing the pig skin across the goal line on a five-yard run. Stevens then ran in the two-point conversion. The Pirates led 8-6.
Before halftime, Brunswick extended its lead off a 26-yard field goal from Pirate kicker Dalton Thrift.
In the third quarter, Harris scored his second touchdown after the Tigers got into the red zone and he marched in from three yards out. Tiger quarterback Quin McMassey pushed the ball in for a two-point conversion and a 14-11 Tiger lead.
The Tigers padded the score with a 56 yard touchdown pass from McMassey to Christian Evans and a Blue extra point kick. Bradwell was up 21-11.
Brunswick pushed back. Pirate Brandon McMaster rushed in for a three-yard touchdown and the Pirates trailed 21-18.
The Tiger defense maintained its strength and held the Pirates to keep the win.
McMassey was 3 of 7 for 95 yards to include his 56-yard TD pass. Tiger running back C.J. Nelson was second in rushing with 48 yards. Quintarius Watkins had one reception for 32 yards.
The victory means the Tigers have a shot at the playoffs.
“The win puts us in position to be included in post-season play,” Tiger head coach Greg Hill said. “We need to take care of business Friday when we play Effingham to control our own destiny.”
Friday’s game gives the Tigers only three days to get ready to host the Rebels.
Bradwell is now 3-3-1 and 1-1 in region play. Friday’s game is also Senior Night and 16 Tiger players, as well as senior cheerleaders and marching band members, will be honored.
Effingham is 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the region. The Rebels played Friday, beating Brunswick 14-12. They were scheduled to play Glynn Academy Tuesday in a region game that was previously postponed because of the hurricane.
Friday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Hokey Jackson Stadium.