MILLEDGEVILLE — Facing yet another challenge, Georgia Military College preps for one of its biggest rivals in recent years as they take on sixth-ranked Nassau Community College at home Saturday.
This weekend’s matchup will be the Bulldogs’ eighth straight game of the season, and the fourth top-10 ranked opponent of the fall.
“This will be our eighth straight game. Not having to travel to play this game is certainly helpful, but we know it’s going to be a battle,” Bert Williams, head coach, said. “We’re going to have to play well to get a win. It’s a great rivalry and it’s going to be an exciting game.”
At 7-0, Williams is most impressed with how his men have adjusted their game from week to week and raised their level of play against some of the nation’s toughest competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“I think the one thing that I feel really good about is that every week we’ve not been satisfied with the level of execution. I think you’ll see where we’ve gotten better in all phases of our game,” he said. “I think, sure, ideally you want to be more confident. I think the guys are having as good a level of understanding of our calls or better than I’ve seen in many years.”
The Bulldogs will be called upon to show the country they’re the best team in the NJCAA this fall once again this weekend against a strong Nassau team.
GMC will face a run-oriented offense Saturday, one of the best in the country averaging 259.2 yards per game on the ground.
“They’re going to be very physical on offense. They’re a very good running team,” Williams said. “They’re a good passing team, but they’re a very good running team. That’s going to pose a challenge to our defensive guys.”
Williams expects his players to be the first to the ball and be disciplined in this weekend’s game.
“One thing we will do is make sure we fit our calls. We’ve got to do a good job tackling and rallying to the ball ourselves.”
Offensively, the Bulldogs will see similar formations from their matchup with Iowa Western in which the squad put up 48 points on the board.
“Defensively, we feel like they have a lot of similarities as Iowa Western,” Williams said. “They don’t bring ton of pressure, they just get after you. We’ve got to do a good job of staying on our blocks and not letting them rally to the ball.”
GMC and Nassau will kick off at noon on Saturday at Davenport Field, as the Bulldogs will offer a $2 discount on admission for anyone who donates at least 2 canned goods or non-perishable food items at the gate.