It appears the early start to off-season training, adding pounds of muscle, power and strength, has paid off for Bradwell Institute football.
The Tigers scrimmaged Toombs County Friday night in Lyons and won 28-6 in three quarters of varsity play.
The Tigers took a four point advantage early, closing the first quarter up 12-8.
Bradwell had an explosive second quarter where the defense stuffed the Bulldogs’ drive. The offense capitalized by scoring twice to earn the 26-8 lead at the half.
Varsity players kept up the intensity, not allowing the Bulldogs a chance to cross the goal line.
As of Saturday morning, official stats had not been posted. However, unofficial stats indicate quarterback Duane Johnson completed 2-of-4 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. Johnson’s longest pass was 22 yards.
As expected, Tiger running back Luther Echols carried the bulk of the rushing yards with 82 yards on 3 carries. Echols broke open for a 78 yard rush and scored a touchdown in the scrimmage. Christian Evans proved to be a worthy running back, adding 66 yards on 8 carries. Kevin Harris had two huge gains hitting 56 yards on 2 carries.
The Tiger running game amassed 242 yards and three touchdowns.
The Tigers’ defense was the catalyst in getting the ball into the offense’s hand by coming up with three interceptions.
The junior varsity teams played the remainder of the fourth quarter.
Attempts to get comments from the coaching staff were not returned in time for press.
The Tiger squad will have nine days to prepare for the season opener. That game will pit the Tigers against Liberty County High School at Donell Woods Stadium in what is sure to be a barn-burner for local bragging rights.