Although the GMC Prep football program will have a new look in 2019 with new head coach Lee Coleman taking the helm, the Bulldogs’ schedule remains the same as last season.
Last year marked an unremarkable return to playing a region slate after a couple of years of stepping back and choosing to compete as a non-region team. GMC Prep is hoping that a new head coach can light a fire under the program so the Bulldogs can make an impact on the 2019 Region 7-A landscape. The Bulldogs were a non-factor last year, winning their first three regular season games before dropping their final seven, which put them at last place in Region 7-A Division B.
Like the rest of the GHSA squads, the ‘Dogs will open their season one Friday later than last year as the 2019 opener falls on Aug. 23 when they are set to take on Glascock County on Davenport Field. GMC Prep has been able to get some lopsided wins against the Panthers in recent history with the two most recent decisions going the Bulldogs’ way 35-7 and 42-14. Next up is another opponent that GMC Prep has been able to take advantage of in Oglethorpe County. The two teams have met each of the last three seasons with each decision going more and more in the Bulldogs’ favor. GMC will try to keep that trend going when the team travels to Oglethorpe to close out the month of August. Coach Coleman’s squad will be off in week three before facing off against the only other team the Bulldogs beat in 2018, ACE Charter. GMC manhandled the Gryphons 63-0 in Macon last year
The proverbial meat of the schedule follows when GMC is set to host Region 7-A opponent Hancock Central on Sept. 20. Last year’s battle of the Bulldogs went heavily in the team from Sparta’s favor as HCHS downed GMC 36-3 to get region play started on the right foot. The GMC Bulldogs will look to flip that script this year playing the matchup on their home field. Another expected tough test awaits the following week as Coleman’s team is set to take on the Greene County Tigers, the reigning Region 7-A champs from a year ago. Last season’s bout in Milledgeville went 27-7 in the Tigers’ favor. This time around the two teams will meet in Greensboro.
Oct. 11 is probably the most interesting date on the Bulldogs’ 2019 calendar. That’s when they are set to take on the Warren County Screaming Devils in Warrenton. Now former GMC Prep head coach Steven Simpson will be standing on the home sideline that night as he recently opted to serve as Warren’s defensive coordinator. Last year’s meeting when Simpson was still a Bulldog went heavily in the Devils’ favor as they won 38-6 on Davenport Field.
GMC Prep will close out this season with one home game followed by a pair of road trips. The Bulldogs will welcome Washington-Wilkes to Milledgeville Oct. 18 (WW won last year 50-6) and then hit the road to Lincoln County to see if they can turn last year’s two-touchdown loss into a big region win.
Nov. 1 gives GMC a second scheduled off week to prepare for a region crossover game. Due to the size of Region 7-A, it has been split up into divisions, and to close out the regular season the like-seeded teams from each division square off to settle the standings. With the two divisions being unequal, one team gets left out of the equation and last year GMC Prep was that team. To right that inequity, Region 7 came to an agreement with Region 6, another region with an uneven number, to give all teams the same number of games so all can stand on even ground under the GHSA’s power rating system. The Bulldogs hope to still be playing for something other than pride once that 2019 region crossover game comes around.