Bradwell will try to earn another Region 3-AAAAA win tonight when they play Glynn Academy in Brunswick.
The Red Terrors currently lead the series 7-5 since 2001. But Glynn Academy has struggled this season with a 2-4 overall mark and a 1-2 region record. Their losses, however, have come from playing against some of the top teams in the area such as Brunswick, Wayne County, Richmond Hill and Ware County.
“They have played an extremely tough schedule early, which will make them battle tested and ready to go,” Tiger football coach Adam Carter said, adding that Glynn Academy is a good football team.
The Red Terrors have a solid running game led by seniors Deandre Cooper, Ken Cross and Emmett Thomas. Cross and Thomas also have proven they have the hands to make catches.
The Tigers are going to have to attack the Red Terrors’ ground game — and spent the past week reviewing multiple blitz packages.
“They have speed and talent all over the field,” Carter said. “We will have to play a mistake-free game to have a chance to win at the end.”
But the Tigers have the defense that can get the job done and an offense that has scored 19 rushing touchdowns to date. Isiah Barnes, a junior, has 62 total tackles in six games. Hubert Anderson has 53 total tackles and has rushed for 359 yards and 10 of the Tigers’ touchdowns.
Quarterback LaBaron Anthony has tallied 398 yards rushing and is 32-of-67 passing for 367 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers’ offensive line has done well in keeping the pressure off Anthony. Junior Joseph Bulnes has tallied 14 pancake blocks, senior Sterling Burns has eight and junior Kendrick Harris-Bennett has six.
The Tigers’ secondary also has done well, picking off six passes for a total of 90 yards.
The Tigers are off to their best start of the year since 2009, which was the last time they made the playoffs.
But the first-year head coach doesn’t place much emphasis on where they currently stand.
“A 3-3 start is exactly what it is — a start,” he said. “We have a long season left. We have positioned ourselves to control our own destiny. We have four tough opponents left to go, and we will take it one week at a time.”
The Tigers have Richmond Hill and Ware County to contend with in the next two weeks. They finish the season at Groves, which shapes up as a Bradwell win as the Rebels sit at 0-5 at the moment.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.