Simpson admits preparing for the option is a daunting task for high school players, especially since the Bulldogs rarely see a team use it in game situations.
“It’s difficult to plan on and practice it, because it’s not something we see week-in and week-out. Our kids are really good about watching film,” he said. “Our kids are good about adapting to things. With the defensive scheme we use, we usually take away the role of them having to figure out who their responsibility is each play.”
The Bulldogs’ offense will also be challenged on Friday night though Simpson and his staff have tweaked their approach to give the team its best opportunity against the Vikings.
“Offensively, we’ve continued to work on what we do,” Simpson said. “With our running game, we’ve sat down over the weekend and tried to eliminate some plays that we feel like didn’t help us.”
Though GMC Prep sits at 1-1 in the region, Simpson believes his team is confident and ready to take on FPD this week.
“Our kids understand that every week is a new challenge and they still have goals they want to reach,” he said. “Friday night, we’re expecting a big crowd and we’re excited about competing with FPD.”
The kick off between the Bulldogs and Vikings is set for 7:30 p.m. at Davenport Field.