The bleachers Friday at Olvey Field were lined with balloons and posters honoring different Bradwell alums for homecoming night, as well as the Tigers’ first Region 3-AAAAA game of the season.
However, Effingham County soured the festivities as the visiting Rebels claimed a 36-10 win and kept Bradwell winless.
Effingham notched a 72-yard touchdown run on its second play from scrimmage on the night. The Rebels missed the extra point, but led, 6-0.
Bradwell momentarily bounced back. Starting at his own 31, Tiger quarterback LaBaron Anthony hit Kirk Hill for an 8-yard completion. Anthony then dumped a pass to Marquis Parker, who made it all the way to the Effingham 29. Another completion brought the Tigers to the Effingham 18. Shortly after, DeAndre Day pushed the football into the end zone, and Robert Miller followed with an extra point to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead.
The fans cheered, but the celebration was short-lived. The Rebels marched down the field on their ensuing drive and capped it with a 9-yard touchdown run en route to a 14-7 lead. In the second quarter, the Rebels scored three times off a 14-yard run, a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 16-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to go up, 36-7, at halftime.
The Tigers didn’t break 100 yards rushing in the first half, while the Rebels nearly reached 300.
In the second half, the Tiger defense managed to keep the Rebels from scoring but failed to score a touchdown despite driving the ball inside the Rebels’ 9-yard line. Instead of going for it on fourth down, Bradwell settled for a field goal.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in Region 3-AAAAA. The defeat was Bradwell’s 11th straight loss since Sept. 9, 2011.
During intermission Friday, the Tigers crowned Tiger football player Khalil Harris as their homecoming king and Alaitra McGrone was named homecoming queen.