Bearcats struggle against Lincoln Trojans in rainy Thursday game

Published 5:20 pm Friday, August 31, 2018

Bainbridge (2-1) played an early game this week against Lincoln (Tallahassee), kicking off on Thursday against the Trojans and returning home late that night with a 28-6 loss.

The game, originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m., didn’t begin until after 7:30 p.m. due to weather delays. A large rainstorm required the field to be evacuated, but players and coaches were let back on about 15 minutes later to continue warmups.

The rain was still coming down when Bainbridge kicked off against the Trojans (2-0), and didn’t let up until halftime.

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Bainbridge switched between quarterbacks Quayde Hawkins and Jackson Wheeler as the Bearcats tried to find their rhythm on offense. As the rain continued to come down and the Lincoln defense continued to stop Bainbridge’s drives in its tracks, that rhythm couldn’t be found.

Tevin McCray, who came in as running back in the fourth quarter, made some huge plays right away. He eventually helped lead the Bearcats down to the red zone in the closing minutes of the game.

A pass from Hawkins to wide receiver Michael Ryan put the ball less than a yard away from the end zone. Hawkins took the next play on a QB sneak, driving into the end zone behind a pile of Bainbridge’s offensive line and Trojan defenders. The point after attempt was no good.

Bainbridge plays Brooks County next Friday in Quitman. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.