MILLEDGEVILLE — Coming off their biggest win of the season against Hancock Central last week, the Georgia Military College Prep Bulldogs will take to the road for the challenge of second-ranked Aquinas tonight in Augusta.
The Bulldogs go into the matchup with a renewed confidence after their 22-8 win over their rival last week.
“The kids are confident and they’re excited,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “Last week they finally put a full game together.”
Aquinas is a unit that capitalizes on other team’s mistakes, creating scoring opportunities from nothing a lot of times.
“They thrive on turnovers,” Simpson said. “People turn the ball over and they take advantage of it.”
Simpson believes if the Bulldogs can play mistake-free football, they will have a shot at upsetting the highest ranked Region 7-A team this season.
“If we don’t go out and make mistakes, we feel like we can come away with a win,” he said. “If we can get to the fourth quarter close, we feel like we’ve got a shot.”
For GMC Prep the goal of reaching the post-season may still be alive, as the Bulldogs currently boast a 2-3 record in the region.
A win against the Fightin’ Irish could be the team’s ticket to the Georgia High School Association State Football Playoffs.
“Our kids still think they’ve got a shot,” Simpson said. “If we beat Aquinas I feel like we’ll be in.”
Similar to every other contest this season, the game could be won between the trenches, as Simpson believes the success of the Bulldogs hinges on the performances of the offensive and defensive lines against Aquinas.
“Those groups have got to play well consistently,” he said. “If they don’t we’re going to be in trouble, but if they do we’ll be fine.”