It’s brutal when your football team has to play in one of the toughest class AAAAA regions in the state, as Bradwell has the past two seasons. Before then, the one game the Tigers knew would be an uphill battle was against Camden County.
Playing against Coffee, Ware County, Glynn Academy and Brunswick is hard, especially when players are wrapping their heads around three different head coaches in the last four years. This year, head coach Greg Hill completed his second year and vows to develop the younger team into a hardworking machine. Bradwell does have a bright future.
Hill started using his up-and-coming freshman quarterback Quin McMassey three games into the season. McMassey was able to play in five games before he was sidelined by an injury. In those five games, he was 9 of 24 for 73 passing yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Gage Sills came in for the last three games and was 2 of 6 for 3 yards. Outgoing senior Duane Johnson also spent time under center, going 5 of 20 for 95 yards.
Luther Echols dominated the ground game for the Tigers, despite opponents keying in on him. Echols managed to run up 802 yards, with four 100-plus yard games and five touchdowns.
Senior Trevon McCoy was set to have another big year rushing, but suffered a leg injury four games in. He finished with 103 rushing yards.
Again, Hill turned to his underclassmen, introducing the Tigers’ future starting running back Kevin Harris.
The freshman ran for 413 yards and a touchdown in his nine games. Freshman Imani Hurte rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown and junior Christian Evans rounded out the triple-digit runners with 112 yards and a touchdown.
Evans led in reception yards with 82 on six catches and a touchdown. McCoy had 36 reception yards before his injury.
Harris finished with 27 reception yards and Echols with 21.
This week’s Player of the Week, Terrius Crimiel, will be a senior next year and was the Tigers’ main kick and punt returner.
Crimiel returned 18 kickoffs for 322 yards and two punts for 23. Sophomore kicker Malik Smalls made eight kickoff in three games for 231 yards, his longest being58 yards.
Defensively, the top three tacklers were junior Joshua Ingram with 52, sophomore Alvin Roberts with 48 and junior Isaiah Quarterman also with 48.
Five other juniors also had double-digit tackles.
Hill said all of his players showed heart and determination throughout the season. He added that he wanted to give his seniors a win on their way out, but that they kept their heads up and believed in the team and coaching staff even without a win.
The Tigers will hit the weight room during the off-season and wait to see what next year brings. One thing for sure is the possibility of seeing a new crop of opponents. Every two years, the Georgia High School Association reviews schools’ enrollment and tries to place each school into classifications that allows it to compete.
The next realignment will take place for the 2016 football season.