Bradwell looks to move to 2-1 in Region 3-AAAAA tonight as it hosts the Windsor Forest Knights at Olvey Field.
Last week, the Tigers (2-3 overall) held back a rally by Jenkins to win, 45-32. The game changer wasn’t necessarily a specific play or strategy as much as a mindset after coach Adam Carter gave them a pep talk. He said he explained that they had the means to win, but they had to want it. The Tigers responded by scoring 24 points in the second half, while the defense contained Jenkins to 13.
If the Tigers can keep that attitude tonight, they should have no trouble with the Knights, who are struggling at 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the region.
The Knights have been outscored 257-27 in the past five games, albeit from highly ranked teams like Estill, Lowndes, Screven and Ware County.
The Tigers are doing well with the ground game and currently have 1,102 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the run. Quarterback LaBaron Anthony is leading the charge with 367 yards on 62 carries and five touchdowns. Running back Sammie Clayton has 55 carries for 364 yards and a touchdown, and Hubert Anderson has 34 carries for 207 yards and seven touchdowns, four of which were scored against Jenkins.
Anthony is 20-of-49 passing for 258 yards with one touchdown pass and five interceptions.
Defensively, look to linebacker Isiah Barnes for the big hits. Barnes, a junior, has 20 solo and 33 assists. Senior defensive back Justin Ramsey has tallied 15 solo and 30 assists to date, and all-around player Anderson has 24 solo and 15 assists. When it comes to the special teams, senior Ziere Diggs has returned six kicks for 230 yards, one of which was a 96-yard touchdown return.
While it’s still early in the season, last week’s win also gave BI a boost to fourth place in the region behind Ware, Richmond Hill and Effingham County High School. A win tonight would keep the Tigers within reach of their goal.
“Well it would put us at 2-1, which is a lot better than 0-2, and it would still give us an opportunity to make the playoffs which is our ultimate goal,” Carter said. “If we can manage a 2-1 record right now, it would put us in control of our destiny.”