MILLEDGEVILLE — Falling to 1-3 on the season, Georgia Military Prep School came up short of victory Friday night in a 32-0 loss to Wilkinson County on the road.
Only down 12-0 at the half, the Bulldogs lost most of their momentum from a lengthy drive in the third quarter after big plays by the Warriors’ offense and a fumble by GMC Prep on the kickoff.
“The momentum shifted in the third quarter,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “It was 12-0, and our kids are playing hard, and they make a great play going down the sideline, then we fumbled the kickoff and they scooped it up quick for an easy six. Things got a little choppy after that.”
Though the Bulldogs played hard all night, Simpson admits they knew going into the matchup that it was going to be a tough one.
“We knew going in they were pretty big and physical up front. We felt like whoever won the battle up front was going to win the ball game,” he said. “I don’t think our guys quit by any means; I don’t think they gave up. We just got out-matched up front.”
Wilkinson’s strong defensive line and secondary made it very difficult for the Bulldogs to get anything going on the ground or in the air.
Rekarche Griffin, battling injury played most of the contest for GMC Prep at the quarterback position, managing only one completion on the night.
Colby Lawrence carried most of the load in the backfield with 19 carries for 21 yards.
Down the stretch, it came down to penalties and turnovers, in which GMC Prep came up short in both categories.
“I thought our kids played pretty hard, but we can’t turn the football over,” Simpson said. “It wasn’t like we got whipped, but when you miss a block they made a big play.”
Leading the Bulldogs’ defense up front, Parker Williams accumulated eight tackles on the night, including two tackles for a loss and a sack.
Devonta Walker also played well for GMC Prep, finishing with 6 tackles, one of which was for a loss, as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Warriors.
“Devonta Walker had a great time offensively and defensively. He had an incredible night on the defensive line,” Simpson said. “He’s a leader on the sideline. He was in the ball game and was hard charging all night long.”
Looking to find their stride next week, GMC Prep will go back to the drawing board and begin preparing for First Presbyterian Day School next week, which will also mark the school’s homecoming game.
“We’re going back to work on Monday and homecoming is next week,” Simpson said.
GMC Prep will take on the Vikings at Davenport Field on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.