Littleton, players look forward to home game against Monroe (Albany) Friday

Published 6:53 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Despite coming off a heartbreaking 13-7 loss to the Cairo Syrupmakers last Friday, the Bearcats’ attitudes are as high as ever, according to head coach Jeff Littleton.

“The attitude is great,” Littleton said. “We were upset the other night. But we know we’ve got to get better and we know the season is just starting. We lost to a rival team, but we want to take it week by week and have another shot.”

Bainbridge will get that next shot Friday when they host Monroe (Albany) at Centennial Field.

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Littleton said Monroe’s offense is a spread where they mostly line up in shotgun and throw the ball. Key offensive players for the Tornados are wide receiver Devonntavis Campbell and wide receiver Deonte Young, who steps in off his position as defensive end from time to time.

They use a combination of short dumps and deep passes with these two offensive weapons.

“(They do) a little bit of both,” Littleton said. “They mainly have a short three-step passing game, but they like to take their shots down field with (Campbell) and (Young).

On defensive, the Tornados run a 4-3. Senior defensive tackle Brentavious Glanton is committed to Georgia Tech and will be a threat to the Bearcats in the backfield.

Avoiding sacks and creating holes up front are at the forefront of Littleton’s offensive plan.

“We have to execute, something that we haven’t been doing lately,” Littleton said. “We’ve been having a lot of mental mistakes and keep getting better up front and keep getting better at running our routes. We’ve gotten better, but we have to start executing better. We’re working on that in practice.”

After junior quarterback Elijah Tyler was injured Friday in the second quarter, sophomore Brett McLaughlin filled in for him and connected with wide receiver Tyler Story to score Bainbridge’s only touchdown. Littleton said both quarterbacks would be seeing play Friday.

“Both are going to be in the package,” he said.

Bainbridge kicks off against the Monroe Tornados Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Field.