With a near-full moon hanging in the sky over Davenport Field, the GMC Prep football team (2-1 region, 5-3 overall) filled up their side of the scoreboard Friday against visiting Glascock County (3-6 overall).
The Bulldogs won their 2020 homecoming contest 42-0, giving them their fourth win in a row and second shutout this season. It’s also the third time the GMC offense has surpassed the 40-point mark in head coach Lee Coleman’s offense.
The run game was not there early, as it took nearly the whole first quarter before GMC found paydirt, but the home team figured some things out as the night wore on.
“We started off slow again,” Coleman said following the win. “I thought Glascock did a heck of a job up front getting us out of the I-formation by stuffing our inside run, but I thought we did a really good job once we were able to get out on the edge.”
The names that helped the ‘Dogs score big should be familiar to fans at this point as the junior tandem of TE/RB Travion Woods and RB Yasir Saleem combined to score five touchdowns Friday night. Both players refused to go down on the first hit and often welcomed contact with the Glascock defenders. Saleem had a pair of 12-yard touchdown runs and a 59-yard romp that saw him get taken down at the Panther 1-yard line. Woods had a 35-yard TD reception just before halftime to put his team up 21-0 and added a pair of rushing scores himself while spelling Saleem in the backfield.
The other GMC Prep score Friday came on a short quarterback sneak by sophomore signal-caller Tyler Saunders.
Defensively the ‘Dogs kept the Panther offense in check. The visitors from Gibson managed just eight first downs all night long. They reached the red zone twice — once in the first quarter and once on their final drive — but were held at bay both times. Both forays resulted in turnovers on downs. And those weren’t the only turnovers Glascock had Friday. The Panthers were having a little success with the read-option out of the shot gun early, but went to the well too many times. A fumbled exchange between quarterback and running back was picked up by Alex French in the second quarter. Jonathon Roach provided some fireworks for GMC just before halftime by picking off a pass and taking it 40-plus yards to the house, but a Bulldog block in the back canceled out that would-have-been highlight.
The solid overall performance also extended into the kicking game where sophomore Levi Ward was a perfect 6-for-6 in extra points. He also sent booming kickoffs deep every chance he got. His services as punter were needed just once all night long.
As fun as Friday’s win was for GMC Prep, it does nothing in their quest to end the football program’s 17-year postseason drought since Glascock is playing a non-region schedule. The Bulldogs will get back into region play next week when they travel to face the Warren County Screaming Devils (1-1 region, 4-2 overall) who are coached by former GMC Prep head coach Steven Simpson. The Devils of Warrenton have not played a game since their Oct. 16 loss at the hands of now-region favorite Hancock Central.
“We should be more focused next week,” said Coleman. “We’re not there yet, but we know it’s a big region game. Now that all these festivities are out of the way hopefully we can just go back to work and prepare.”
A win in Warrenton would grant GMC Prep football access to the postseason for the first time since 2002. If they lose next week, they will still have another shot when they play ACE Charter.