Bradwell Institute will face its biggest challenge of the season when the Tigers travel to Kingsland tonight to take on Camden County High School at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats (3-0) are ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA and have outscored opponents, 204-27. They’re also ranked No. 24 in MaxPrep’s national top 25.
Bradwell, meanwhile, is trying to regroup after a 27-20 loss to Johnson last week. The Tigers know they’ll need to play error-free football in order to have a chance tonight.
“We have to clean up what we are doing,” BI coach Jim Walsh Jr. said. “This past Friday night we were our own worst enemy and left 14 points out on the field.”
He said the Tigers are committed to competing and winning games, “but we have to quit competing against ourselves. We are still making a lot of mental mistakes, even after skinning back our offensive and defensive schemes. If we can do the little things right, then we can compete.”
Among the little things that went wrong last week: a muff on the opening kickoff that gave Johnson the ball, a missed opportunity on fourth-and-1 inside the Atomsmashers’ 10 and several offensive holding calls, one of which negated a touchdown run by Marsalis Jackson.
Otherwise, BI played well.
The Tigers were able to run the ball against Johnson, scoring touchdowns off a 17-yard run by Jackson and a 30-yard carry by Quonte Haggray. Tigers quarterback Myrese Cobb continues to display composure in the pocket and completed a 26-yard pass to Markell McKee for another Bradwell touchdown.
Offensive lineman Aaron Jacobs made nine of 10 blocks, and punter Kris Lewis had three punts for an average of 49 yards.
But the Wildcats are masters at running the Wing T.
Camden County is rushing for an average of 253 yards per game and passing for 99 more, led by junior quarterback Brice Ramsey.
Running back J. J. Green has 212 yards on 16 carries. He is followed closely by Allen Hopkins, who has carried the ball 20 times for 128 yards, and Kevonn McKenzie with 102 yards on 23 carries.
“Offensively, they are methodical,” Walsh said of Camden County. “They are going to run the ball and try and wear you down. Defensively, (Camden coach Jeff Herron) will place his best athletes out there against us and we have to basically try and control the ball.”
Walsh said the Tigers will do their best to keep the Wildcats’ offense off the field.
“If we can keep their offense off the field, they can’t score,” he said. “And if we continually move the chains, we can place some points on the board.”
In other football news, Liberty County has a bye week, which gives the Panthers time to heal their injuries and prepare for the homecoming game against Richmond Hill on Sept. 30.
Senior running back Shadrach Thornton leads the offense, rushing for 822 yards on 90 carries and completing 3 of 8 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Jerome Grant has completed 5 of 15 for 50 yards and has 183 yards on 23 carries. Paris Boles has three receptions for 40 yards, and Alton Sapp has three receptions for 50 yards.
Raekwon McMillan leads the defense with 36 tackles, followed by Anthony Dabson with 24, Tay Tay Bacon with 19, Melvin King with 18 and Cory Lazenby with 17.