Coming of their fourth win this season against Hargrave Military Academy last weekend, the Georgia Military College Bulldogs hit the road yet again for another long trip to Garden City, N.Y., to compete against seventh ranked Nassau Community College Saturday, Oct. 13.
GMC has experienced success against ranked opponents so far this season, beating the 10th ranked team, Snow College, earlier this season, and after a good week of practice the team likes its chances against the Lions.
“We had a good week. It’s been intense,” Bert Williams, head coach, said. “So far we’re feeling good about things.”
With the exception of a few offensive linemen, the Bulldogs appear to be getting healthier with the return of Ronnie Martin in the defensive secondary.
After holding Hargrave to only 165 yards on offense last week, the GMC defense will have its work cut out against one of the toughest offenses in the country Saturday.
“One of the toughest things is we’re going to see an offense that has success in the ground game. They run the ball very well,” Williams said. “It’s just a different type of offense than we’ve had to face all year. It will be important for us to adjust and play well on that side of the ball.”
The Bulldogs will also benefit in the leadership of Clay Chastain, who will also return to the starting lineup for GMC against Nassau after sitting out against Hargrave.
“It’s real important because you’ve got a guy that’s been running the offense all year,” Williams said. “It’s good to have the experience in there, but at the same token, it’s good to have Ky [Tyler] in there if we need him.”
Currently sitting just outside the top 20 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) polls with a 4-2 record, GMC can easily jump back into the rankings with a win over the Lions this weekend.
“I think the biggest thing is it gets us back in there with a win,” Williams said. “I just think it will help propel us up there heading into the last three games of the year.”
GMC will make the trip to New York this weekend to take on Nassau, with the contest beginning at noon.