Bradwell Institute fell 13-6 while hosting Calvary Day Friday night at Olvey Field.
The Tigers had to start their first offensive drive inside their own 12-yard line. Driving out to the 30, the Tigers got some breathing room and quarterback Duane Johnson handed the ball to Christian Evans. The running back bolted for 50 yards, only to have the play called back.
It was just one of several yellow flags tossed simultaneously against both sides. The offsetting penalties negated the run and forced a replay.
The Tigers were forced to punt.
The Cavaliers started at their own 19 and methodically drove downfield on runs, eating up the clock and reaching inside the Tiger 9-yard line. From there, the Cavaliers passed to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The point after attempt was good.
The Cavaliers delivered a short kick and the Tigers took over at the Cavs’ 33. A penalty pushed Bradwell back 5 yards. A tenacious Luther Echols carried players on his back as he rumbled through a series of runs for a Tiger first down.
Echols then powered through the outside and bolted for 25 yards, but offsetting calls negated the gain. The Tigers kept pushing, but a great tackle by the Cavaliers caused a fumble, killing Bradwell’s drive.
The Tiger defense held and forced the Cavaliers to punt. The kick was high and short but a referee flagged the Tigers for roughing the kicker. The Cavaliers used that momentum to drive to a score, but they missed the extra point.
Echols had another big gain called back on offsetting flags.
Tiger head coach Greg Hill brought in the fresh legs of Trevon McCoy and Imari Hurte. Both running backs delivered big gains, bringing the Tigers to the Cavaliers’ 16 yard line. Echols was brought back in and two plays later punched it in from 5 yards out. However, the extra point went wide and the Tigers trailed 13-6.
The Tigers had a chance to tie the game or take the lead in the fourth quarter after making huge gains. They started at their own 5 and marched to the Cavaliers’ 5. But the Tigers couldn’t punch through.
The Cavaliers also had a chance to run up the score, getting the ball at the Tigers’ 8 with 1:21 remaining. Instead they took three snaps and three knees to end at 13-6.
The Tiger defense had two goal line stances against the Cavaliers as well. The offensive showed depth at the running back slot. In the final minutes Quin McMassey took the snaps and for the second game in a row looked poised. Starting QB Johnson managed the ball well throughout the evening.
Flags were plentiful on both sides. However, the Tigers’ coaching staff was twice warned for sideline violations. The third time cost the Tigers 5 yards.
Based on the unofficial stats, Echols rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries and the TD. McCoy rushed for 75 and Hurte gained 32 yards.
De’Maree Thomas led the defense with 8 tackles, Josh Ingram had 6.5 and Isaac Moana had 6.
The Tigers are 0-2 and play at Richmond Hill next Friday.