Bradwell Institute’s football team waded in the swamps and eventually got eaten by the Gators, falling 33-0 in a Region 3-AAAAA game at Ware County High in Waycross.
Friday’s loss drops the Tigers to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the region.
The Gators got on the scoreboard first when Xavier Hollmon broke open for a rushing touchdown. The Ware County team attempted a two-point conversion but failed.
Roughly two minutes before the half, the Gators scored again on a rushing touchdown by Jarvis Belcher. Once again, the Gators went for two but missed.
Rubbing a little salt into BI’s wound, the Gators scored on another rushing touchdown seconds before the halftime buzzer. This time, Ware kicked for the extra point and enjoyed a 19-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, Belcher rushed for two more Gator touchdowns and Tom Etheridge went 2-for-2 on extra points to give the Gators a 33-0 victory.
Initial stats posted on Hudl.com indicate the Tigers didn’t muster much offense Friday. The Bradwell boys did generate their first passing stats of the season. Tiger quarterback Duane Johnson was 1-of-3 for 16 yards passing and had one interception. His one target in the game was Isiah Barnes.
The Tigers’ rushing game was held to a net gain of 59 yards, according to the stats. Leading the charge was Dangelo Smith with 32 yards on four carries. Luther Echols had 28 yards on 13 carries, and Barnes had 20 yards on three carries.
Deion Stewart had a four-yard rush, but the Tigers’ ground game also was dropped for 25 yards lost in the game.
The Gators are the powerhouse favorites for Region 3-AAAAA and have a 5-0 overall mark and 2-0 region record. The Tigers knew early on the game was going to be a challenge; after all, the Gators made it all the way to the state finals last year before losing to Tucker High School, 29-0.
Next up for the Tigers is Glynn Academy. BI hosts the Red Terrors at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 for homecoming.