Cats to cap off spring with games against Bulldogs

Published 3:19 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019

For an $8 ticket, Bainbridge football fans can watch three scrimmage games on Friday at Centennial Field.

The Bearcats will have wrapped up their last of eight spring practices and film sessions by Thursday evening as they prepare to host the Thomasville Bulldogs under the Friday night lights.

Despite bad weather last Friday canceling one of the team’s scheduled practices, the spring has gone well, according to coach Jeff Littleton.

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“We have gotten a little bit better at some fundamental things, and we will continue to try to improve on things through Wednesday and have our game on Friday,” said Littleton. “We’ll see if we can put it all together for the Friday night lights.”

Every position is up for grabs, Littleton said a few weeks ago before spring practice was underway. The daily competition has helped carve out new roles for established varsity players, as well as put a spotlight on up-and-comers.

“We have had a lot of people who have tried to step up and play on both sides of the football,” said Littleton. “We are going to have a lot of new faces out there with some people that have improved over the past four months.”

A large chunk of Bainbridge’s defense will graduate this month, including Tennessee signee Roman Harrison (DE), LaGrange signees Bryce Worthy (LB) and Randy Fillingame (LB), Anthony Brooks (LB) and Coryn Burns (SS). All five seniors led them team in tackles in 2018.

Fortunately, most of Bainbridge’s production on offense in 2018 is returning. Running back duo Caleb McDowell and Rashad Broadnax, who combined for 1,632 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns last season, will be juniors. Quarterback Quayde Hawkins will return as a junior as well, following a 2018 campaign that saw him throw for 1,695 yards and 12 touchdowns. Receivers and returning starters Jalyn Peterson, Michael Ryan and Deyon Bouie will step up to take the places of Aaron Spivie and Adrian Cooper, who led Bainbridge in receiving yards in 2018.

Bainbridge traveled to Thomasville for last season’s spring game, but didn’t play the seventh grade and the eighth grade teams. Littleton emphasized the value of getting to see all three games Friday night.

“We want to encourage everyone to come out at 5 o’clock and watch our future Cats come out there and run around a little bit,” said Littleton.