Bradwell Institute hosted Coffee for the final game of the football season Friday night at Hokey Jackson Stadium.
The Tiger seniors were honored before the game, but it was the Trojans who took the win. Coffee shut out the Tigers 40-0 in the Region 3-AAAAA game.
The Tiger boys never gave up despite a slew of injuries that kept freshman starting quar-terback Quin McMassey on the sideline for the second game in a row. Trevon McCoy also sat out, as did Daniel Willis and others, all sporting knee braces or casts.
The players on the field were determined to fight to the end.
Terrius Crimiel had huge kick returns, including one for 40-plus yards. Crimiel also made a critical interception, keeping the Trojans out of the end zone before the in-termission.
For the second game in a row, another freshman quarterback, Gage Sills, showed maturity and composure running the of-fense. Sills even pounded a Trojan down when running back Desmond Brown was looking for a way out of being tackled for a huge loss. Sills’ block helped to open the seam. What could have been a third and eternity was brought back to the line of scrimmage.
Coffee was just bigger and faster.
On their first offense the Tigers went for it on a fourth down. They failed and the Tro-jans had the ball at the Tiger 49.
On third and short, the Trojans broke open a run to the Tigers’ 23. After a few runs it was first and goal at the one, and then the score. The Trojans’ kick went wide.
The Trojan defense then forced the Tigers on a three and punt. Senior Tiger Deion Stewart nailed a long punt and The Trojans were back on offense.
They ate up the clock and within a few plays Coffee had first and goal and scored off a three yard run. This time they hit the point after to go up 13-0.
Tiger freshman running back Kevin Harris had several huge gains in the game. His longest was for 30 yards on the ensuing of-fensive drive.
But again the Tigers were forced to punt.
Starting the second quarter, the Trojans faced a third and 15. Their quarterback dumped a screen pass over the inrushing defense. The Trojan receiver crossed mid-field and dashed to the Tiger 21 before be-ing tackled. Coffee then tossed to the cor-ner of the end zone. From the stands it ap-peared to be caught out of bounds but the referees signaled the touchdown despite the crowds’ complaints.
The extra point kick was good.
The Tiger offense took the field briefly but again was forced to punt. Stewart’s punt gave the Trojans the ball at midfield.
Coffee completed a pass and then added yards off a Tiger personal foul for what the referees called a horse collar tackle. The Trojans completed a touchdown pass from 15 to go up 27-0.
Bradwell had another three and punt just before the half and the Trojans drove down-field. Looking to add points, they tossed the ball deep toward the end zone. That’s when Crimiel’s interception killed the drive.
Despite the momentum shift from the inter-ception, the Trojans continued to pound downfield in the second half.
The Tigers faced a fourth quarter running clock. The Trojans were just too fast. Up 33-0, off a third quarter score, they scored again on an 80 yard run to hit the final 40-0.
The Trojans improve to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the region.
The Tigers suffered through their second 0-10 and 0-5 season and look to next season when they face new opponents due to the bi-annual region realignments.