It has been a rough start for Bradwell Institute Tigers football.
The Tigers (0-4, 0-2 Region 2-6A) are coming off a 35-12 loss against Glynn Academy a week ago.
“We fought for the majority of the game,” Tigers Head Coach Deshon Brock said about his team’s last outing. “We were in it all the way until midway in the third quarter. Then we had a crucial mistake with a bad snap on 4th and 3. Then we just started going backwards. We had some costly penalties. We started self-destructing. We gave up a couple plays and put the defense in compromised situations because of a bad snap or a turnover on downs, and two costly interceptions. We gave up scores but otherwise we played a pretty good game. I thought defensively we played well. Offensively, in the first half, we executed pretty good. I thought the kids competed very hard for the majority of the ball game.”
Now they will suit up for a Thursday at 3A’s Tattnall County Warriors (4-1).
“It’s a real short week,” Brock said about the condensed schedule. “Wednesday’s a little more polished. We just have to speed up the process a little.”
After dropping their first two region games against Richmond Hill and Glynn Academy, the Tigers are taking a break from region play this week.
The Tattnall game was a late add to the Tigers’ schedule during the quarantine period that cut into Bradwell’s season due to the Liberty County School System shutdown.
The Tigers have not seen success this year, remaining winless a month and a half into this season with five games to spare.
“I just want us to execute and play a full game – four full quarters,” Brock said. “We played two and a half. I’m seeing progress week-to-week. I just want to play a full game out of all three phases of the ball. Whenever we can put a full game together, we’ll be dangerous and a pretty good team. But we have yet to do that.”
The most points they have put up was 14 in their region opener on Sept. 24 against Richmond Hill.
Altogether they average 10.5 points per game.
Every opponent has hung over 35 points on Bradwell, allowing an average of 36.5 points this season.
The Warriors defeated Vidalia 35-28 last week, putting up 31.8 points per game and allowing 13.
Their offense is carried by their rushing attack which has scored 19 of their 20 touchdowns.
The trio of sophomore running back Dashon Hill, senior halfback Matt Mobley, and junior quarterback has combined for 885 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
Brock’s defense will attempt to neutralize that.
“We have to play gap-sound fundamentally-sound football,” Brock said. “Wrapping up, tackling, 11 hats to the ball. Make sure we’re making appropriate reads. We can’t come down and just throw shoulders at them. They’re very athletic, talented, and well coached. Coach (Isaac) Ferrell’s doing a great job with them over at Tattnall County and turning that program and culture around. So, we got to play a solid game.”
The Tigers next attempt at getting Brock’s first victory as head coach and scoring their first victory since 2019 in Reidsville on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.