The Bearcats’ loss to rival TCC last week isn’t bogging down their attitudes, it’s improving them

Published 6:23 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bainbridge Bearcats coach Jeff Littleton and his team is ready to put the past behind them and charge full speed into Crisp County Friday.

Last week, Bainbridge (2-2) took a tough 20-10 loss to rival Thomas County Central in Thomasville. The attitude remains high for the players in purple and gold, Littleton said.

“We have a good attitude and they’re eager to fix all their mistakes this week and ready to move on,” Littleton said.  “It’s a clean slate.”

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The Cougars are 1-3, losing to Lee County, Colquitt County and Worth County. Their first win of the season came last week against Dougherty 28-14.

Littleton explained how Crisp County was a crossover game with the possibility of resulting in some tie-breaking issues.

“This game is very important,” Littleton said. “Plus, we want to be on a roll going into our (division).”

The Cougars run a spread offense led by junior quarterback Josh Powell. Littleton said they like to run from the gun formation using senior tailback Jarkevius Glover. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Dowdell is also a threat to the Bearcats.

“(Powell) throws it down the field really well,” Littleton said. “He’s one of the better quarterbacks we’ll face this year.”

The Cougars run a stacked defense, switching between a 3-4 and a 3-5 formation.

Littleton’s key to victory Friday is learning to finish the game.

“We have to learn how to finish and learn how to win,” he said. “We have to have confidence and trust in each other to finish those games.”

Last Friday, the Bearcats were winning against the TCC Yellow Jackets 10-3 at halftime. They didn’t score once in the second half and allowed two touchdowns and a field goal to lift the Yellow Jackets to their 20-10 win.

“Every time we get on a roll offensively or defensively, we do something to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Littleton said. “Offensively we miss an assignment, or we’ll have a bad snap. Defensively, we’re about to get a stop and we jump off sides or blow an assignment. It’s on both sides of the ball that we have to learn how to play a complete game.”

The Bearcats kickoff against the Cougars at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crisp County.