Bearcats take advantage of bye week in preparation for game against Crisp County

Published 4:06 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

After three weeks, Bainbridge is returning home for a game at Centennial Field.

It’s been a tough three weeks, too.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Bearcat traveled to Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee and fell 28-6 to Lincoln. The next Friday, Sept. 7, Bainbridge traveled to Quitman and dropped a close game to Brooks County 15-13. The team then took a bye week, focusing on fundamentals like blocking, tackling, throwing and catching.

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With a 2-2 record and a healthy team that’s bounced back from a few injuries here and there, Bainbridge is eager to return home and beat Crisp County this Friday.

“Attitude has been good,” said coach Jeff Littleton. “We’ve been working hard. Nothing has changed around here. We are just grinding it out.”

Crisp County (2-3) is coming off a big win against South Gwinnett. The Cougars forced six turnovers in that game, picking off four passes and recovering two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

The Crisp County defense is based out of a 3-4 defense and mixes up their look often. The strength is the linebacker corps, led by Georgia Tech commit Ahdarrious Gee (10). Chris Paul (11) and Preston Lavant (9) are also big hitters that succeed when blitzing and filling in gaps at the defensive line.

On offense, dual-threat quarterback A.J. Lofton (1) sees the majority of play under center, but Crisp County has been known to bring in freshman pocket passer Jack Carter (12) at times.

Freshman running back Marquise Palmer has only 4 carries and 46 yards under his belt through five games for the Cougars, but has scored all two of their offensive touchdowns this season. Anthony Lewis leads the rushers in yards with 143 on 46 carries.

Though they don’t pass often, the Cougars have a couple senior receivers, Tubby Spivie (5) and Romel Shiloh (7) who are go to catchers for Crisp County. Junior Jynick Mainor leads the team in yards with 52 on three catches.

Bainbridge kicks off against the Cougars this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Field. The game is also a “Purple Out”, and fans are encouraged to wear purple for Alzheimer’s awareness.