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November 3, 2012

Baldwin Bulldogs to finish season Saturday

MILLEDGEVILLE — In only their first year in existence, the Baldwin Bulldogs travel football program has experienced much success with its four teams, but Saturday, the program plans to cap off the season with the last home game, hosted by Georgia Military College, against the Fulton County Colts.

The Bulldogs have already tested themselves against the Colts earlier this fall, coming away with two wins and some very close games.

“This week we play our last game, which is a home game. We play Fulton, and we’ve created a rivalry out of one game, somewhat because those games were a test,” Rance Williams, association director, said. “I haven’t seen better games than those games we played up there in Fulton. The 11-12 [year olds] and the 5-6 [year olds] went down to the wire.”

On Saturday, Williams expects the four age-grouped teams to apply the principles that they work on in practice.

“Effort. That’s what we’re teaching: effort and heart,” he said. “It’s giving the effort every game, every play, you know, those are some of the things we’re trying to instill in them.”

Baldwin will be contesting their last home game on GMC’s Davenport Field on Saturday, a unique setting for yet another Bulldogs program.

“GMC has reached out to us and allowed us to play on the field, Davenport Field. It’s going to be another set of Bulldogs on the field,” Williams said. “That’s something the kids are looking forward to, so we have to kind of have to tell them ahead of time and ease them into it because it can be overwhelming.”

With two teams already in the playoffs, Williams admits the entire season has been a success for everyone involved.

“The season has been great. The main thing is the kids have learned a lot,” he said. “They see a great difference in the league and the type of football we were playing — it’s a whole lot faster and the competition is a whole lot fiercer. It’s given them the opportunity to see some stuff they have never seen before.”

Williams and the four Bulldog teams are hoping to see a packed stadium on Saturday, in their last match up of their inaugural season.

“I am asking each and every one who can and will to come out and take a look at us, come out and join us,” Williams said. “You know, the kids will definitely enjoy the support.”

The 5- and 6-year-olds start the day off Saturday at 10 a.m., and then the 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-year-old and 11-12 year-old teams will follow in that order throughout the day.

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