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September 24, 2013

GMC routs Buffaloes at home

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Pat Thomas and Emanuel Byrd tag-teamed the passing attack as the duo combined for 98 yards in the air, as Thomas went 3-for-6 for 61 yards and Byrd 4-for-9 for 37 yards.

GMC’s leading receiver on the day was Quentin Atkinson with three receptions for 36 yards in the contest.

Overall, the Bulldogs had a turnover on Saturday, marking a significant improvement from their last four games this season.

“We’ve been trying to focus on those things and we did do better there,” Williams said.

Saturday’s contest also saw action on special teams, as Stephen Houston returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Taylor Payne had one return for 16 yards.

Donte Beckham had seven punt returns for 68 yards against the Buffaloes as well.

The Bulldogs’ kicker Brandon Rutherford also played well going 5-for-5 with extra points and knocking down two field goals in the contest, his longest being from 47 yards out.

“Brandon’s been a great asset of us,” Williams said. “On kick off he’s putting it in the right spot, and with field goals and extra points he’s been consistent with that.”

GMC now prepares for its next match-up with top-5 ranked Iowa Western Community College on Saturday at home.

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