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October 4, 2013

Homecoming motivates Bulldogs for Friday night

MILLEDGEVILLE — Bouncing back after a tough loss on the road last week, Georgia Military Prep School football looks to regroup and defend its home turf Friday night against First Presbyterian Day School in the school’s homecoming matchup.

Head coach Steven Simpson plans to use the energy from the homecoming festivities as motivation for his players against the Vikings.

“We try to use homecoming as a motivation,” Simpson said. “We’re able to use it, and I try to tell the kids that they’re doing it for us, for the football team. We’ve got to go out and try to win a football game.”

While GMC Prep has festivities all week surrounding the homecoming event, Simpson has gone as far as to encourage his players to be a part during the school day to show the team’s appreciation for what the rest of the Bulldog community does for them each week.

“We haven’t tried to limit them; I’ve actually encouraged them to participate. I really tried to encourage them to participate,” he said. “Once the school day is over with, we ask for them to put all that behind them.”

GMC Prep’s afternoons have indeed been business as usual, as the Bulldogs prepare to handle a tough FPD squad that touts a similar overall record of 1-3 this season.

“They’re solid on both sides of the football. They’re well coached and very disciplined,” Simpson said. “They’re very simple, not very flashy, but they’re good at what they do. They’re talented.”

FPD will utilize an option-style offense, a formation the Bulldogs have little experience in defending against this season.

“You’ve got to tackle your responsibility whether they have the ball or not,” Simpson said. “Our job is to take away the option as fast as we can.”

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