Bradwell Institute will play under the big lights tonight at Grayson Stadium in Savannah against an old rival and coach Jim Walsh’s alma mater, Benedictine.
Last year, the Tigers pinned a 38-0 shutout on the Cadets, but this season Benedictine has earned Region 3-AAAAA wins against Windsor Forest (17-16 OT), Savannah High (44-20) and Johnson (24-14).
For BI, the key will be trying to get BC to go to the air.
Tigers assistant coach Jeff Miller said the Cadets use a two-tight end offense coming out of the I-formation or double wing set. Defensive coordinator DeAndre Davis said Benedictine likely will line up in trips, twins, double tight and the Wing-T formation.
“We want to stack the box and force them to throw the ball,” Davis said. “They also have two guys that they like to get out on the perimeter.”
Davis said the Cadets have shown some speed. But with Tiger speedsters on the defensive side of the ball, Davis said the Tigers should be able to hold off the long runs, provided they avoid mental errors and penalties.
Offensively, the Tigers need to avoid the penalties that, in the past, have halted their forward momentum.
Last week, the Tigers mixed things up in the offense by placing backup quarterback LeBaron Anthony in the game late in the third and for most of the fourth quarter. Anthony has been actively getting reps at practice all week, but whether he sees time on the field tonight remains unknown.
Kickoff is at 7:30 tonight.