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Loss sends Tigers back to the drawing board

Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2006 by Jimmy Currier, Sports Writer - Hinesville Coastal Courier

Windsor Forest took advantage of a banged up Bradwell football team to score 19 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 19-14 win and deny the Tigers the opportunity to go 3-0 in Region 3-AAAAA.

"We have to give the credit to Windsor. They won the game in the second half," Bradwell Institute coach Jim Walsh Jr. said. "We had our opportunities but did not take advantage of it. We didn't tackle well and we let things hurt us offensively."

The Tigers (2-3, 2-1) return to Olvey Field on Friday night to play a Johnson High (0-6, 0-3) team hungry for its first win of the season.

"We have to rebound," Walsh said. "It's been kind of rough to lose key personnel but we have to go back to the drawing board and get it done."

In Saturday night's loss to the Knights, the Tigers were without three starters: sophomore running back DeMario Day, sophomore offensive lineman Karl Guerre and junior linebacker Jeremiah James.

The Knights, trailing 14-13, drove 80 yards to score the game's decisive touchdown when Douglas Walker punched it in from 1-yard out with 2:38 remaining in the game.

The seven-minute drive, like most of the game, provided plenty of suspense for the Saunders Field Crowd at Savannah Country Day.

The Knights had third-and-nine at the BI 30-yard line but moved five yards closer after the Tigers jumped offsides.

Then, after gaining four yards on the ground, the Knights converted a fourth-and-inches to prolong the drive.

Later in the drive on fourth-and-two, the Knights scrambled for 10 yards for the first down.

On the ensuing drive, Bradwell, powered by senior running back Preston Frasier, moved the ball 39 yards on seven rushes to the Windsor 30-yard line.

However, with no timeouts and under 30 seconds to play, the Tigers had to abandon it's running game and put the ball in the air and the Knights knew it.

Cory Burgest intercepted Wilson Brown's second pass to seal the Tigers' fate.

"It's not the end of the world, but we have to learn from tonight," Walsh said. "It's a heartbreaker but this is a young team and they are resilient."

The way the game started, it appeared Bradwell was on its way to a victory.

After stopping the Knights from scoring once reaching the Tiger 13-yard line, Bradwell responded with a 19-play, 88-yard touchdown drive capped by freshman quarterback Wilson Brown sneaking into the end zone from 1-yard out.

The Tigers converted two third downs and two fourth downs on the drive.

On third-and-three on their own 31-yard line, Magaw rushed for five yards. Later, on fourth-and-two, Brown scrambled for eight yards to pick up the first down.

Brown came up big again, hitting senior running back Preston Frasier with a 22-yard pass on third-and-12 to move the ball to the Knight 14-yard line. Then, on fourth-and-two, Brown pushed through the middle for the first down.

The Knights were poised to tie the game on their first drive of the second half but Bradwell senior defensive back Lemoria Lewis had other plans as he out jumped the Knight receiver to intercept the ball in the left corner of the end zone.

On their second drive, however, the Knights would tie the game. Burgest changed the complexion of the game with a 51-yard run to move the ball to the BI 20-yard line.

Later, on fourth and goal from the 3-yard line, Donovan Campbell hit Jerrad Ware on a 3-yard pass that barely got into the end zone.

The Knights scored again after Douglas Walker raced 21 yards to the end zone.

Less than a minute later, Bradwell regained the lead, 14-13, and the momentum when Preston Frasier broke off a 60-yard touchdown on second down and Joey Lliso split the uprights on the PAT attempt.

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