MILLEDGEVILLE — Coming off their first win of the season, Georgia Military Prep School travels to Gainesville Friday, Sep. 13 to take on Riverside Military Academy, the only other military prep school in the state.
The match-up between the two schools is considered the Military Bowl of Georgia, which GMC Prep appears healthy to defend this week.
“As far as us, we’re as healthy as we’re going to be,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “The guys that were cramping were fine last week. We worked on our conditioning, which helped.”
Sitting at 1-1 on the season, the Bulldogs approach this week’s contest with a renewed confidence after last week’s 28-7 win over Glascock County in front of a home crowd.
“They’re in a good place this week,” Simpson said. “They’re focused on trying to get better each week, and this week is no different.”
Looking at the Eagles offense, Simpson admits, “Riverside’s pretty big. They have a good-size quarterback and run it well.”
GMC Prep will rely on their experienced defensive line and skilled linebackers to limit the scoring opportunities for Riverside on Friday night.
On the offensive-side of the ball, Simpson and the Bulldogs plan to stick to their strength, which is running the football and controlling the clock against the Eagles.
“We feel like our offensive line and big running backs will do well,” he said. “We feel like we’ve got the advantage.”
While the Bulldogs remain confident about the match-up, this week’s game will be the team’s first game on the road this season.
Simpson believes his team is prepared, and he admits traveling on the road suits his squad better for a big game such as the Military Bowl.
“It’s just like any other road game,” Simpson said. “Our kids have played better on the road in the past couple years.”
In current possession of the Military Bowl trophy, the Bulldogs will battle Friday night to hold on to their hardware and for bragging rights as the best military academy in Georgia.
“The Military Bowl is extremely important to our guys, and it’s something they didn’t get to have for a while until last year,” Simpson said. “They want to be the best military school in the state, and they also want to keep that trophy. So, they take a lot of pride in it.”
Friday’s contest between GMC Prep and Riverside Military will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Gainesville.