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.”
Offensively, GMC Prep will continue working its rushing attack with hopes of controlling the clock and wearing down the Fightin’ Irish defense.
“We’re going to try and control the football like always and see what we can do,” Simpson said.
Clearly, on paper the odds are against the Bulldogs; however, GMC Prep touts an outstanding record on the road in recent years and Simpson suggests his players will be as focused on the game as any other game this season.
“Our kids are not bothered by going on the road. Our kids take pride in going on the road and beating teams,” he said. “I feel like we’re more focused on the road. It doesn’t bother them like it does other teams.”
The Bulldogs and Fightin’ Irish clash with an opening kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.