The Bradwell Institute Tigers go into their second off week of the season with a little bit of momentum.
The Tigers defense, which was averaging allowing 39 points per game, held McIntosh County Academy’s offense out of the end zone until the final quarter in a 35-14 romp September 22 at Olvey Field/Hokey Jackson Stadium.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-3 on the season and the Buccaneers fell to 2-3.
Christopher Garrett threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Tigers offense rolled up 379 yards on a defense that was allowing just six points a game and had posted two shutouts.
Tyon Jones caught two TD passes, the first a 12-yard screen in the first quarter that opened the scoring.
After a bad snap on an apparent fake punt attempt, Garrett capped the short drive with a 6-yard run to put the Tigers ahead 14-0.
The Bucs threatened to score after Demarien McNear’s 66-yard catch and run. But on first and goal from the Tigers’ 1-yard line, Jordan Stevens scooped up a bobbled snap and went 95 yards for a score, extending the lead to 21-0.
MCA answered right back, as Reggie Stevens got the kickoff, spun off tacklers at his own 45, and raced down the Bucs sideline for an 83-yard touchdown return. The two-point conversion brought MCA within 21-8 with 6:04 left in the first half.
The Tigers had one more scoring chance in the first half, but Garrett’s pass on fourth-and-goal from the 5 fell incomplete.
Bradwell wasted no time in striking in the second half. Garrett put the wraps on an 87-yard drive with a 34-yard scoring strike to Bryant Thomas.
Garrett hit Jones for a 40-yard touchdown on the next possession, effectively putting the game out of reach.
Jaylynn Ellison’s 15-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter completed the scoring.
Garrett was 16 of 23 passing for 240 yards, and the Tigers also ran for 139 yards.
Bradwell opens Region 1-AAAAA play Oct. 6 in Douglas against No. 1-ranked Coffee.