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The offense was prolific and the defense was stifling for the Georgia Military College football team Sunday as the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (5-2) overcame some early miscues on their way to manhandling the Hocking College Hawks 65-9 in Ohio.

Hocking entered the matchup at 3-1 on the season, but the competition level had been lacking. Such was not the case Sunday. GMC put up 554 yards of total offense while allowing the host Hawks (3-2) to accumulate just 117. Hocking’s lone touchdown came after GMC muffed a punt early giving the home team great starting field position, but soon after that score the Bulldogs put things on lockdown and went on to carry a 42-9 lead into halftime.

Head coach Bert Williams says that his team needed a win like Sunday’s following last week’s letdown at ASA Miami and the season’s final stretch looming. 

“We needed a day like that where we could get everybody played without too many injuries,” he said. “Just to have some regular success across the board was very helpful.”

Offensively the Bulldogs were led by sophomores T.J. Jones and Trey Brown who each had their biggest individual performances of the season. Jones finished the day with 140 yards on just six carries with three touchdowns. A majority of his damage was done on just a single carry, one he took 93 yards for a touchdown after the GMC offense was pinned deep inside its own territory. Brown, who came from Montezuma to be a Bulldog, finished the afternoon with four catches for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterbacks Nick Bohn and Damekus Taylor combined to go 15-of-18 passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns with Bohn getting a majority of the attempts. Neither threw an interception on the day. The fumble bug did bite the Bulldogs as they put the ball on the ground five times throughout the game and lost four including the early muffed punt. 

Zero interceptions thrown is not something Hocking’s quarterbacks are able to boast after Sunday’s performance. The Hawks’ quarterbacks each threw a pick apiece to GMC defensive back Keylin Roach who took one of them 54 yards all the way to the house. He wasn’t the only Bulldog to flex on defense as four different players had multiple tackles for loss on the day. Tyrek Williams and Marlon Jackson had three apiece at linebacker and defensive line respectively while Yaya Diaby and Naszir Mallory each added a pair. In total, the GMC defense had 17 tackles for loss that pushed the Hocking offense back a cumulative 61 yards.

The punting front has been something to watch for GMC ever since starter Tommy Washington was lost for the season to injury. The Bulldogs got a bit of bad news Sunday when backup Te’Darrian Murray dislocated his shoulder while doubling as a running back. Thankfully his punting services were only needed once on the day as his lone punt was sent 38 yards. 

“If he’s not back for next week’s game he should be back for Arkansas Baptist,” Coach Williams said of Murrary. “It may be that he’s able to handle punter but not take the pounding at running back. He could be cleared to do one, but not the other.”

Tight end Zach Sheffer is the team’s third punter should he be needed Oct. 19 against Community Christian College. 

The grueling four-game stretch played away from Davenport Field is now over for GMC, one that saw them go 3-1 despite having traveled far north and south. The Bulldogs are now faced with a welcomed bye week that will allow the team to recharge before its final four games of 2019, three of which will be played at home. 

“It’s going to be fairly light with not a lot of contact,” Williams said of this week’s practices. “We’ll certainly get some sweat in Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but the guys are totally off today (Monday) and Friday so they can go home and get some rest time themselves to get ready for the final push.”

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