Much like last season, the Bradwell Tigers will be looking for their first win of the season while the Beach High Bulldogs are 1-1 when the two teams meet tonight at Memorial Stadium in Savannah.
The Bulldogs posted a 14-0 shutout of Hardeeville in game one, then fought against Glynn Academy before losing, 38-20, last week. BI’s mental mistakes on offense led to a 27-2 loss to Glynn in week one. Although Bradwell was penalty plagued in game two, the offense scored and the defense kept the score close in the Tigers’ 22-14 loss to Charlton last week.
“There was more communication among the guys,” Tigers defensive coordinator DeAndre Davis said about the way his defense held the Indians.
“There were still just a few plays … we dropped two key interceptions in the first half that would have allowed us to go into halftime up, 7-0. Overall, we forced six or seven fumbles. We recovered three or four of those and we also got an interception in the game.”
Tiger Jahlil Witt led the defense with 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Up until last year, the Tigers were 6-0 against the Bulldogs, who stunned BI, 6-0.
Tigers coach Jim Walsh Jr. said Bradwell is working to eliminate mental errors and keep plays simple as the team preps for its first Region 3-AAAAA game of the season.
Davis said he looks to his defense to repeat its performance from last week and make life tough for Beach quarterback Larry Murray and the Bulldogs’ backfield.
“(Murray) can throw the ball, but he can also beat you with his legs,” Davis said. “Our biggest thing is containing him. They also have two good fullbacks and a receiver, and if our guys can play the way they played against Charlton or even a little better, we have a better chance.”
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.