It was an unfortunate way to end a somewhat non-traditional football season. The Bradwell Institute Tigers lost to Groves 28-7 in Garden City Friday night.
Six turnovers, caused by four fumbles and two interceptions, in the second half didn’t allow the offense to move the ball downfield.
The Tigers were able to run only 14 plays for 26 yards in the second half of the game. Tiger Coach Jim Walsh said the second half proved Murphy’s Law.
He said he felt his offense was making strides in earlier games but knew the passing game was going to be difficult after losing Myrese Cobb, his starting quarterback, in game six against Savannah High.
Against Groves, the coach said players were missing their assignments, "And that caused the play to go south on us," he said.
The Tigers ended the season with an overall 3-7 record and 3-5 Region 3-AAAAA mark.
Camden County, Jenkins and Windsor Forest take the top three spots in the region with Beach and Groves tied at fourth for now.
Those two teams will try to clinch the final playoff spot next week with Beach traveling to Camden County and the Rebels hosting Benedictine.
Either way, the Tigers have a bye-next week and no shot for a spot sitting in fifth place in the region.
Walsh said it was a difficult loss especially for his seniors but added the bright spot is many of the players will return next year.
"I return the majority of my team," he said. "We had five seniors that played for us week in and week out. But the brunt of our team is back. We are going to have to use the off-season to get better, stronger, work on quickness and speed."
Walsh said he plans on giving the players two weeks off, then get right back to work.
"We are not going to wait," he said, adding the boys will begin a four-week cycle in the weight room.
They’ll take a Christmas break then start hitting the weights, learn the plays and watch film in an effort to improve for next season.