Bradwell Institute will host powerhouse Ware County at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Region 3-AAAAA football battle.
The Gators come into the game with a 4-0 overall and 2-0 region record. The Tigers (0-3), meanwhile, had a bye week last week to prepare for Ware County.
Bradwell came relatively close two weeks ago to its first win of the season when it had a 7-3 lead against Richmond Hill at the half but fell 17-14.
Tiger head coach Greg Hill said he has a sense of what to expect Friday night.
“Ware County has one heck of a running game, and they run a similar scheme to the one we do,” he said. “They play fast, and they get out there in every play.”
The Gators’ passing game is minimal compared to their ground game. Ware County has pounded the ball for 1,037 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns to go with 139 passing yards.
Three games into the season, the Tigers have passed for 104 yards and rushed for 617 yards, 336 of which have come from Luther Echols.
Because the Gators run an offense similar to the Tigers, Hill said their defense should know what to expect and react accordingly.
Hill said the Tigers spent a lot of time focusing on the fundamentals of tackling, blocking and ball security these last 10 days.
Strategy also played a part in their practice time.
“We are just trying to get our guys to play faster and with more confidence,” he said.
The extra time off also gave the Tigers a chance to heal wounds. Most of the starters should expect to see game time, except Trevon McCoy.
Hill said McCoy’s leg injury makes him doubtful for Friday.