Bearcats look to refocus

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bainbridge knows what it has to do to get better.

After last Thursday’s game against Lincoln (Tallahassee) started out manageable but slipped away in the second half, the Bearcats are focusing on what went wrong and how to fix it.

“We lost our focus,” said coach Jeff Littleton. “We played well for the most part in the first half. Offensively we just didn’t execute. Defensively we just had two bad plays that we lost focus. Right now it’s just a focus thing for our players. We’re not focusing on the right things right now.”

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Bainbridge wasn’t outperformed on the ground last week. They were beat in the air. The Trojans had 151 yards of passing offense. One score was on a 93-yard pass, and another came on a 40-yard pass. Lincoln also recovered a fumble for a scoop-and-score and scored in the third quarter on a 26-yard run.

Bainbridge’s one touchdown was a quarterback sneak on the 1-yard line from Quayde Hawkins with 1:36 left in the game.

Still, Bainbridge has a good attitude, said Littleton. Friday, the team travels to Quitman to play Brooks County (1-1).

“They are a solid football team,” said Littleton. “Defensively they have a couple of kids that are being recruited. They really fly to the football.”

Heading up the Brooks County defense is outside linebacker Tae’Aviion Gray, a 3-star prospect who verbally committed to South Florida in August.

On offense, dual-threat quarterback Jacolby Brown is a fast, aggressive player. Running back Deon Fountain also is quick and can cover a lot of ground. Both are the key playmakers for the Trojans.

“They are really physical offensively,” said Littleton. “They run the ball at you. They have some athletes they can throw it to.”

Those athletes include wide receivers Jacquez Jackson and Fountain, as well as junior Raquan Manning.

Bainbridge kicks off against Brooks County this Friday at 7:30 p.m.