Bradwell Institute will need to rally from a Sept. 11 loss to Houston County to win the Region 3-AAAAA opener tonight in Savannah against the Groves Rebels.
Tiger coach Jim Walsh spent the bye week nursing his players’ injuries and preparing his team for the next seven region games. He’s still looking for a shot at the post-season playoffs.
"Don’t ever let anybody take away your heart," Walsh told the players after a recent practice. "Go out there and be the team we know you can be."
Walsh said the Rebels are more athletic this year."They are going to spread you out and they have a quarterback that can throw the ball well," he said. "They are going to try and isolate our receivers and our defensive backs into one-on-one situations and they are going to chunk it. They have a couple of receivers that are 6’2", so we know they are going to try and chunk it on us."
The Rebels, 0-3 so far this season, are looking for their first win. The Tigers are 2-1 and have defeated the Rebels each season since 2001.
The Tiger defense has allowed only 59 points this season. Darvean Herron leads the defense in solo tackles, nailing eight against Houston, and has 26 for the season. David Swinford and Greg Howard have accumulated 17 solo hits for the season.
The Rebels will have to tighten their defense. They’ve allowed 105 points scored while the offense has scored only 24.
"We need to mentally prepare ourselves for Friday night," Walsh said. "If you go out there and play like you are capable of, we ought to win this one."