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Tigers at Rebels Friday
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Tiger defender Tyreque Young prepares to tackle a Glynn Academy running back during last week's 37-6 loss at home. The Tigers will play at Effingham County High School this Friday at 7:30 p.m. - photo by Patty Leon

Bradwell Institute travels to Effingham County High School on Friday night for a Region 3-AAAAA battle.

The Tigers are looking to make a turnaround. Sitting at 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the region, BI coach Greg Hill said his team remains optimistic, working on long-term goals and finishing strong.

“The guys are still on good spirits, even though the season did is not going the way we would like it to go,” Hill said. “The guys are still anxious to get out here and work and try and get better.”

In last week’s 37-6 loss to Glynn Academy, the Bradwell offense finished 2-for-6 passing for 20 yards, with sophomore Duane Johnson going 2 for 4. Senior Stephen Felton took a few snaps under center, and sophomore quarterback Evan Crystal got his first live-game snaps.

“We got a chance to put Evan Crystal in the game Friday and give him some game-time experience … he handled things pretty well with the exception of a few miscues on the snaps, but it was good to get him some reps,” Hill said.

“With this type of offense … you never know when a player might go down … you’re one player away from getting thrust into action, so he has to be better,” the coach added.

A little bit of experience may be forthcoming for the Tigers with transfer student Michael Moore. Hill said the former Liberty County player is waiting for all his transfer documents to be approved by the Georgia High School Association. If the papers are approved in a timely fashion, the former Panther backup quarterback, who is a senior, could help the team by taking a few snaps.

“That may be something that will happen down the line,” Hill said.

The Tigers rushed for 124 yards against Glynn, led by junior Luther Echols, who had a 65-yard touchdown run.

Senior Isiah Barnes continues to lead the defense in tackles, tallying 10 against Glynn.

The Rebels, 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the region, are coming off a 24-20 win against Richmond Hill.

The Tigers and the Rebels are 2-2 in their series.

“We are going to continue to push and continue to get better … we are going there to win ... nothing changes that and all our guys are competitors … I definitely hate being on the opposite end of a win, so we will continue to push,” he said.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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