Brentwood (2-4) at Bulloch Academy (303)
Friday, 7:30 p.m., 850 AM
Three steps forward and two steps backward.
That’s probably how Bulloch Academy head football coach Terence Hennessy feels as the injury bug still buzzes around Gator Alley.
The BA headman gets three players back as his squad hosts the senior-laden Brentwood Eagles tonight for Gators’ Homecoming game but one major player is still out and another one may join him.
“Jake Hagan, Joshua Bishop and Ian Hodges have been cleared and will be back on the field,” he said. “G.C. Kimbrell is still out and Dylan Stuckey may not be able to play.”
Stuckey had been the team’s leading rusher but the hard-running fullback was called into service on the offensive line last Friday night against Westfield. He is also the team’s leading tackler.
Kimbrell, in his second week on the IR, had been one of the team’s offensive and defensive standout on the line and one of the team’s emotional leaders in the huddle.
But Hennessy realizes that there are things beyond his control and makes the best of the situation.
“We’ll run the option,” he said. “If Dylan can’t go, we’ll put Andrew Howell at fullback.”
On defense, the Gators will see a traditional Wing-T offense from the Eagles.
“Coach Bert Brown is a disciple of Ronnie Jones (the legendary head coach of Westfield),” said BA head coach Terence Hennessy. “Coach Brown is one of the best in the GISA.”
The ‘smoke-and-mirrors’ formations and plays of the old-school offense are extremely deceptive.
“They pull guards on every play,” he said. “You don’t know where the ball is until is it behind you. We have to read our keys. We can’t get caught up looking for the ball. They also pass a little out of the formation.”
Brentwood runs a 50 series defense with senior Ty Mims (No. 44) leading the charge.
“He is their best defensive player and their best offensive lineman,” said Hennessy.
According to the BA head man, both teams have been bitten hard this season by the injury bug.
“They are going through some of the same things that we are going through,” he said. “This should be a pretty evenly matched game. I think they are faster than us but I think we are stronger. Health will be a deciding factor.”
It has been Homecoming Week at Bulloch Academy and, although there has been much non-football related fun, Hennessy has tried to keep his players focused.
“The whole reason there is a homecoming is that there is a football game Friday night,” he said.”