The Bradwell Institute Tigers (3-4-1, 1-2) face a tough challenge for their final regular season game when they travel to Brunswick to face off against the No. 4 ranked Glynn Academy Red Terrors (8-1, 3-0).
A win in this game would guarantee the Tigers a state playoff spot, their first since 2009, and likely a third seed in Region 2-AAAAAA.
The Tigers, however, are already confident about their chances of making the playoffs after a win over the Brunswick Pirates two weeks ago. Even with a loss, the Tigers would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Pirates and would likely win the fourth seed in the region.
Bradwell fell in a comeback attempt last weekend against the Effingham County Rebels, but are now focused on pulling the upset over the Red Terrors, who have already claimed the 2016 Region 2-AAAAAA crown. The Tigers will need to get all they can from their offense as they are averaging only 20 points per game in eight contests this year, while the Red Terrors average 35.6 points per game in nine contests.
The Tigers will be led by a strong rushing attack from sophomore Kevin Harris, who has averaged 95.3 yards per game the last three contests since returning from a brutal knee injury. Fellow sophomores quarterback Quin McMassey and running back Keron Mason have added more than 600 yards in Harris’ absence this season.
However, Glynn Academy running back Kendall Cross currently leads the region with more than 1,100 yards on the ground, 125.7 rushing yards per game and 18 total touchdowns. The Tigers will certainly have to be ready to bottle him up if they want any chance at the upset.
Bradwell and Glynn Academy have met 38 times in the past and while the series is currently tied at 19 wins apiece, the Red Terrors have had a huge advantage as of late. They have won six straight games over the Tigers and have allowed an average of just 4.7 points per game in the last six years, including two shutouts.
The Tigers have not beaten the Red Terrors since 2009, coincidentally the last time the Tigers made the playoffs. They look to pull off the upset this weekend when they head down to Brunswick to Glynn Stadium for a 7:30 kickoff.
Look for a full recap of this game in Sunday’s Courier.