The Bradwell Institute Tigers fell to the Richmond Hill Wildcats 42-7 this past Friday at Hokey Jackson Stadium. The loss gave the Wildcats their first Region 2-(6)A region win of the season.
“This was a very big win for us,” Richmond Hill coach Matt LeZotte said. “We did a lot. We did a great job of preparing. We’re seeing the fruits of our labor. We expected to win tonight and our offense, defense, special teams, coaching all came together for a solid win over a tough opponent.”
"Coach LeZotte and his staff do a great job with the team," BI Tiger football coach Kyle Adkins said. "I think that it will be beneficial for us moving forward by opening region play with a strong opponent, as we were able to identify some of the things that don't do so well."
It was military appreciation night at Friday’s game. The fans and teams took some time to recognize the military community.
Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col Bryan Logan said it was a special night since Richmond Hill and Hinesville both border Fort Stewart and have strong ties to the soldiers on post.
“Hinesville is the most populated city in our nation for veterans or active duty personnel,” Logan said. “So there’s always been a huge commitment from the local public and a longstanding relationship with Fort Stewart and we are just proud to be part of it.”
Logan said he was rooting for the Tigers as he has two sons on the BI Tiger squad.
Logan and Command Sergeant Major Rebecca Meyers walked to the center of the field for the ceremonial coin toss prior to kickoff. Rocky was on hand as well as the Third ID Band that played all the service songs. They also played the National Anthem prior to the game.
Current and former military personnel were asked to stand and were briefly recognized for their service to country.
"It is truly an honor to host a military appreciation game," Adkins said. "The sacrifices that the members of our armed forces make, allows people like me to be able to coach football every day. I cannot tell you how humbling that is to me."
The teams took the field but the Wildcats proved to be too strong against the BI Tigers.
Tiger quarterback Jahki Newton was 3 of 6 for 56 yards and a touchdown. Newton also rushed for 48 yards. Michael Prince had five carries for 32 yards and ELijah Leiataua rushed for eight yards. Tiger receiver Kamarion Melvin had a 53 yard touchdown reception in the game.
The Tigers are 0-2-1 and 0-1 in region play. The win improved RHHS to 4-1 overall.
All photos by Charles E. Smith