The Union Recorder

August 27, 2013

GMC opens season with road win

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Traveling to Perkinston, Miss. on Saturday, Georgia Military College snagged its first win of the tough 2013 season against Blinn College, 37-21.

Giving up a safety early in the first quarter, the Bulldogs regrouped to take the lead and never looked back on Saturday.

“The guys played hard. A little sloppy at times — typical for the first game,” Bert Williams, head coach, said. “I was pleased with how they rebounded off of a mishap early on in the game.”

With hot, humid temperatures over the weekend, both teams faced less-than-ideal playing conditions in their season-opener.

“Difficult conditions, very hot and humid conditions early on in the first half, but they battled through it well,” Williams said. “I feel like we handled the conditions better than Blinn did; I’m proud of the way our guys battled the elements. Playing the first half was like playing in a crock pot.”

GMC handled the afternoon game conditions well, controlling the game tempo much of the contest.

“I felt like we controlled the game pretty well. The success that Blinn had scoring was mostly due to our poor decision making,” Wiliams said.

Leading the charge for the Bulldogs, Patrick Thomas completed 11-21 passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, as well as eight carries on the ground for 49 yards and one trip to the end zone.

Williams admits, “Pat played well and had a nice game,” as the sophomore connected with Devon Williams twice for 56 yards and Ty Flournoy-Smith once for a 35-yard reception, and a touchdown each.

Montez McGuire led the Bulldogs’ receiving core against Blinn with four receptions for 50 yards.

On the ground, Javon Robinson proved to be the team’s go-to tailback with 25 carries for 99 yards, two touchdowns and a fumble.

With four turnovers in the contest, GMC still managed to produce 360 yards of offense Saturday afternoon.

“I was encouraged by the job our kids did. The mistakes we had are correctible, and I think a lot of people got a taste of some game-action,” Williams said. “I love that we controlled the game as well we did.”

Defensively, St. Pierre Anilus led the team with 5 tackles, followed closely by Donte Beckham and LeGrande Harley with 4 a piece.

Davonte Lambert did not disappoint with 3 tackles for a loss, two of which were sacks, while Stephen Houston recorded the team’s only interception on the day.

“All-in-all it is good to start off with a win, so hopefully we can build on it going into Snow,” Williams said.

The Bulldogs take on Snow College Saturday on the road.