Bradwell Institute is headed to Glynn Academy Friday for its second Region 3-AAAAA game of the season.
The Terrors — 3-2 overall and 2-1 in region play — are coming off a 49-7 win over Richmond Hill.
Glynn’s two losses were against Camden County and Coffee in non-region games.
The Tigers are having another rough start to their season. They fell 44-7 last Friday against undefeated Ware County.
“The kids did fight, and that is what it is all about,” Tiger football coach Greg Hill said. “Ware County is ranked up in the top of the state for a reason and undefeated coming in, and I definitely have much respect for that program. That is what you try and emulate and be like.”
The coach said the Tigers remain relatively healthy despite the loss.
“Our kids got to see firsthand the importance of our off-season conditioning and lifting,” Hill said. “We will just continue to build and execute better and get better each and every day.”
The coach said his players are playing hard. He added that they want to get a win and develop the team not only for this season, but for the future.
With all eyes focused on Luther Echols to carry the ball, the Tigers’ younger players are stepping up in a big way.
Freshman Imari Hurte is second on the team in rushing with 116 yards. Last week, it was freshman Kevin Harris carrying the load. Harris now has 98 yards and a touchdown under his belt.
“Kevin Harris is a freshman, but he is one of those freshman that is on the verge of being able to really play well,” Hill said. “So we are trying to get him in there as much as possible, but not get him banged up too much. We will utilize his abilities and use him out on the field, and it is great to know that you have that guy coming back for years to come. Along with him, we have Imari Hurte — who has played great in spots — and we have some young kids that indeed make the future look bright here for us here at Bradwell.”
Freshman Quin McMassey took the snaps under center as the Tigers’ quarterback. Juniors Christian Evans and Terrius Crimiel continue to spark the offense and special teams. Evans has caught four passes for 56 yards and has rushed for 24. Crimiel has 169 yards in kick returns and 23 in punt returns.
Hill said it was the younger, primarily junior-varsity players, who drove downfield and scored in the second half of the game last week to avoid the shutout.
“It makes the future look bright,” Hill said.
The coach added that he has a lot of respect for Glynn Academy as well, saying the Terrors have been performing at a high level this season.
Terror running back Garrison Hurd leads the rushing attack with 323 yards and six touchdowns.
Quarterback Justin Larson is 45-of-85 passing for 552 yards and four touchdowns.
Shakour Thomas leads the Terrors in receptions with 13 for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday