After two tough battles at home, the Bearcats march into Yellow Jacket territory Friday

Published 8:09 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Bearcats pulled off a sneaky home victory last Friday against Monroe (Albany) with senior defensive back Dalvin Spivie blocking a Tornado extra point and later running a fake punt 52 yards for a touchdown.

It was close, but Bainbridge improved their record to 2-1 and enjoyed their victory. Now their sights are set on Thomas County Central.

The Yellow Jackets are 1-1, with an opening 28-10 loss to Valdosta followed by a convincing 42-0 win over Riverdale at home. Last Friday, weather ended TCC’s game early against Americus-Sumter. They were winning 20-12 at halftime. Plans are to make up the second half next Friday, Sept. 25.

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Bearcats coach Jeff Littleton said Central’s offense was young, yet powerful.

“They run the veer offense,” Littleton said. “When they get in certain situations they’re going to throw the ball a little more.”

Throwing the ball will be junior quarterback Eli Taylor

“He’s got some zip on the ball,” Littleton said. “They got a couple receivers that will go up and get it.”

The Yellow Jacket’s defense is experienced and stout, according to Littleton. They run a 4-4 formation and are big up front with a strong secondary.

Senior defensive end Austin Bryant committed to Clemson in August and will be a force to be reckoned with.

“They don’t have many weaknesses defensively,” Littleton said. “They’re pretty solid. They have some good secondary players and good linebackers.”

The Bearcats will need to execute their blocks to keep from being shut down by Central’s defense. Missed assignments on both offense and defense have been a problem for Bainbridge, Littleton said.

“Our philosophy is you either get better each week or you’re getting worse,” Littleton said. “There is no staying the same. We have to cut down on missed assignments and cut down on missed tackles—we had a lot of those last week.”

Littleton applauded his players, though, noting the Bearcats held their own against the tough defenses of Early County, Cairo and Monroe

“We have to continue getting better so we’re starting to gain some momentum during our sub-region play,” Littleton said.

The Bearcats begin division play against Americus-Sumter on Oct. 3 at Centennial Field.

Kickoff against Thomas County Central will be at 8 p.m. in Thomasville.