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October 31, 2012

GMC takes on Aquinas for Homecoming

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military College Prep School approaches its last two home games of the season, and Friday, Nov. 2, the Bulldogs will celebrate their homecoming with a match up against Aquinas at Davenport Field.

Coming off a loss to Hancock Central, a team head coach Brad Owens believed his team could beat, GMC athletes will attempt to redeem themselves against a 6-2 Fightin’ Irish squad.

“We’re all disappointed. We know we didn’t do our best, and if we had it could have been a different outcome,” Owens said. “We have to put that behind us and move on.”

Going into Friday’s contest, Owens admits the Bulldogs have had a fuming rivalry in recent years.

“We’ve had an interesting rivalry with Aquinas since I’ve been here. It’s been very heated,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Owens expects the Fightin’ Irish to display most of the same schemes they have all season but suggests the biggest obstacle in the Bulldogs’ preparation may be trying to figure out which Aquinas starting line up they will see, as they have had some personnel issues as of late.

“We know what to expect from them from a scheme standpoint, but we don’t know what to expect from them from a personnel standpoint,” Owens said. “They had nine starters out last week.”

At this point, Owens and his staff are in the dark on whether Aquinas will actually have their nine missing starters from last week back, as GMC Prep has heard different reports from several sources since last week.

“The rumor-mill is churning, but all we can do is prepare for them scheme-wise,” Owens said.

As far as the Bulldogs’ preparation goes, Owens and his staff plan to make some adjustments on defense, but let the offense continue to work out the kinks in the running game, specifically the option.

“We might make some personnel adjustments on defense, but on offense we just want to continue to get better at what we’re doing,” Owens said. “We’re just going to keep working and keep trying to get better. We’re going to expect to win.”

With the healthiest team GMC Prep has had since before their match up with Wilkinson County in game four, Owens hopes his Bulldogs will come out with a vengeance and put on a show for the homecoming crowd.

“We’re relatively healthy, as healthy as we’ve been in a while. We want to come back home and have some success,” he said. “We’ve lost two home games in the last two years, so we’ve had success at home. Hopefully we can parlay that into a win.”

A win on Friday could still mean a possible playoff birth for the Bulldogs; however, with a win they still need some help to get there.

“It’s depending on what happens in some other ball games,” Owens said. “We need some help in some areas; we need some teams to lose.”

A win against Aquinas would be a large stepping stone for the program, as one would have to go back to the 2003 season to find the last time the Bulldogs beat the Fightin’ Irish.

GMC Prep will be feeding off the energy of the homecoming crowd and festivities with hopes of taking down the number nine ranked private school in Class A.

The two teams square off at Davenport Field on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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