Bradwell Institute head football coach Greg Hill’s first season with the Tigers didn’t go exactly like he planned, as the Tigers went 0-10.
But just like the competitor he was as a star quarterback at Georgia Southern University, he was ready for the Tigers to get back to the gridiron.
Hill has seen some growth in the weight room and capped off spring practice with a competitive intersquad scrimmage. However, Hill knows that is only the beginning, that the real work to get the Tigers ready for the 2015 campaign is this summer.
Because of a major change in National Federation of State High School Association rules, teams are limited to 90 minutes of full contact a week once practice can officially begin. The Georgia High School Association rules mirror those of the national organization.
“We are still learning about what exactly the specific ruling is going to say. However, this summer, we had an amazing opportunity when Ware County decided to host a defensive pad camp last week,” Hill said.
Ware had 14 teams at the camp, including Bradwell and Liberty County High School. The Tigers got an early look at region foes Brunswick and Ware County, which finished last season a perfect 10-0 during the season and 8-0 in Region 3-AAAAA to win the outright region title.
“The Ware camp was really good for us because it gave us a chance to strap up early and so how we looked against other teams in pads,” Hill said. “I was happy with some of things that I saw, but there are also a lot of things that we still need to work on a lot before the season. It wasn’t full pad, but we were (in) helmets and shoulder pads, so it still gave a good look, and the players got a pretty good thud.”
Shortly after coming back from the Ware camp, the Tigers continued working on their skills during a camp at Jacksonville University.
“We are really working hard this summer and have more to accomplish, but so far we have been in a lot of work,” Hill said. “Getting to these camps gives players a chance to see the importance of working hard in the weight room and what they need to do to get ready for the season.
We do some fundraisers, and we also appreciate everything that the Bradwell Tigers Touchdown Club does for us and the fact our administration is supportive of us attending camps. I think this is going to make us much better for next season.”