Bearcats show improvements, beat Seminole County

Published 11:03 pm Friday, August 23, 2019

The outcome of Friday night’s game against Seminole County was never really in doubt for Bainbridge (1-0) in front of a packed-out home crowd. The Bearcats won their eighth straight game to open the 2019 season, soaring to a 47-7 win over the Indians (0-2).

Even still, Coach Jeff Littleton was quick to point out errors that he and the other coaches are adamant about ironing out while the season is still young.

“We did show improvement from the scrimmage game, so that’s always a positive,” said Littleton. Bainbridge was challenged against Lowndes County last Friday, but fared much better against Seminole County.

Quarterback Quayde Hawkins had a strong night with his arm, going 9-of-12 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He found Braxton Johnson (3 receptions, 80 yards) on a deep pass to put Bainbridge’s first 6 points on the scoreboard and hit Michael Ryan (3 receptions, 73 yards) on another deep pass that counted as Bainbridge’s second score of the evening.

Running back Rashad Broadnax was fast around the edge when he needed to be and a downhill bulldozer at other times. He racked up three touchdowns for the Bearcats on 10 rushes for 95 yards.

Despite the positives, Littleton sees room for improvement on offense.

“We are still stepping with the wrong foot sometimes, messing up on our cadence some and we are making mental errors,” said Littleton. “Some of that happens at the beginning of the year a lot. We practice all spring and summer, and you don’t want to see minor issues like we had in the first half offensively.”

The Bainbridge defense held Seminole County to 86 yards of total offense. The Indians found the end zone on a nearly 9-minute drive, where the bulk of their total offensive yards came from.

Bainbridge blocked two punts throughout the game, the first of which was returned by Eric Sanders for a touchdown and a 27-0 lead in the second quarter. The second blocked punt put the Bearcats in scoring position with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Broadnax took it to the end zone on a 7-yard sprint to the corner.

“Defensively, we are making some big plays, but we have too much standing around,” said Littleton. “We are not getting 11 gold hats to the football, and that’s something that I and these coaches take very seriously. We are going to fix that issue. We somewhat did a better job of that in the second half.”

Sophomore running back Letrevian Bouie scored the final touchdown of the evening on a 16-yard run with 9 minutes left in the game.

Bainbridge missed two PATs throughout the game, and inconsistency Littleton also said will be addressed.

The Bearcats travel to Cairo next week for a rivalry game against the Syrupmakers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.