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Bainbridge 2-0 in region, preps for Homecoming against Tigers

Bainbridge’s 63-14 win against Thomas County Central last Friday is the most amount of points either team has scored on each other.

It’s also the most amount points the Yellow Jackets have ever surrendered, and ties for the most amount of points Bainbridge has ever scored in a game matching a 63-21 win over Tift County in 2000.

But none of that helps the Bearcats beat Harris County this Friday.

Coach Jeff Littleton has talked to his players about getting back to work, improving themselves instead of failing to realize there are still plenty of areas to get better at.

“It’s tough to get kids to come back and focus after a big win like that,” Littleton said. “You dominate a rival like we did, and they think they’re there. That’s the last thing. We have to keep getting better.”

Ultimately, if things go right for the Bearcats (6-2, 2-0 region), there are still seven more games to play—two regular season games and five playoff games to be crowned state champions.

The first step toward that goal is beating the Tigers this Friday on Homecoming. They stand at 4-4, 1-1 Region 1-AAAAA and have the opportunity to finish second in the region by winning out. If that happens, the best Bainbridge can hope for is third place with a win against Warner Robins next week.

Junior Cal’Von Harris is Harris County’s leading rusher with 1,384 yards and is one of the top running backs in the state. After Bainbridge running back Dameon Pierce and Harris, it’s a steep drop off to the next highest rusher by yards. Two other Tiger backs, Joel Hubbarb and Ak Wortham, will rotate in for fresh legs. The three have combined for 21 touchdowns so far this season, with Harris himself responsible for 14 of them.

Standing at quarterback is Davion Mahone, who has also scored a touchdown on his feet this season. In the air, Mahone is 47-of-81 for 613 yards and has thrown seven touchdown passes.

The offense lines up in a two-back gun and likes to wear out defenses with a downhill running attack.

“We’ve been very good against the run,” Littleton said. “We got to do a better job of rushing the passer and continuing to mix our coverages up and play to our strengths in the secondary.”

On defense, Harris County lines up in a 4-4 and plays a lot of man coverage. Senior free safety Trevon Hudson is the Tigers’ leading tackler with 53 under his belt. Linebacker Cohen Perry and defensive end Reed Mallard are also defenders that make big plays.

Bainbridge kicks off against Harris County on Friday at Centennial Field at 7:30 p.m.