MILLEDGEVILLE — Coming off a frustrating loss to First Presbyterian Day School last week, Georgia Military Prep School hopes to improve on its record with a victory Friday night on the road against Warren County.
Head coach Steven Simpson assures that the Bulldogs will have to show up and give it their best effort this week to pull off a win over the Screaming Devils.
“We’re not just going through the motions. Every game’s a chance to win and a new opportunity,” Simpson said. “Even against Warren County without a win, we still have to show up ready to go and ready to play.”
Fortunately, the Bulldogs will face a similar style of football this week as they did against FPD, specifically the option-style offense.
“Warren County is going to run the option very similar to what FPD ran,” Simpson said. “It’s rare that you get a chance twice in a row and you always hope you can improve on that.”
Simpson believes his team will have an edge in the contest, having seen an option-style offense run successfully last Friday night.
“We feel a little more confident going in knowing we’re going to try and do some things to cause them problems,” he said. “Now they have a little better idea of what to do and what to expect.”
The Screaming Devils will most likely show a similar look on defense as well, running a four to five man front against GMC Prep.
“They’re going to run some four-man and five-man fronts, similar to FPD, so they’re very similar,” Simpson said. “We’re just going to continue to work and get better at what we do.”
With key starters like Nick Bentley and Rekarche Griffin returning to the lineup full-time on Friday, GMC Prep hopes to open things up with their passing game to compliment their strong running game with Colby Lawrence and T.J. Lowe-Foston in the backfield.
“Offensively, we’re going to do some things to open up and throw the ball more,” Simpson said. “We added some stuff last week and we’re adding some more stuff this week.”
Simpson plans to take one of his linebackers out of the lineup to add more strength in the defensive secondary to roam and give the Bulldogs an extra layer of support against the option.
“We can take things we did last week and improve on, and we can take things we didn’t like and get rid of them,” Simpson said. “We’re going to do some things differently. It’s not that we’re changing a lot, but we’re changing enough to try and be successful.”
According to Simpson, GMC Prep will be looking to its defensive line to help make things happen this Friday night and give the Bulldogs their second win of the season.
“Our guys get after it hard and play hard,” he said. “This week we’ve challenged our defensive line to play up to their potential.”
The opening kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 on Friday night, as the Bulldogs travel to take on the 0-5 Screaming Devils.