It was wet. It was a little cold. And it was a blowout.
Georgia Military College JUCO football (6-2) welcomed first-year program Community Christian College to rainy Davenport Field Saturday. The two teams tumbled on the slick surface and in the end it was the host Bulldogs who won both the turnover battle, 3-2, and the ballgame 50-0, sending the Warriors back to the Atlanta area with a lopsided loss. The score could have been a lot worse, but GMC head coach Bert Williams called off the dogs pretty early.
GMC got its points nearly every way possible as the team scored through the air, on the ground, on defense, and even had a safety on special teams. Free safety Markell Anderson was the special teams star as he blocked two punts in the ballgame, one in the first quarter that led to the safety and another late in the third. GMC only threw the football eight times Saturday in the less-than-ideal conditions, but did finish with three passing touchdowns. The offense was happy to stick to the ground game where it produced 269 yards on 32 carries, which was good for an 8.4 yards per carry average. Eight Bulldogs, including the two quarterbacks, got to tote the rock on the day. Sophomore T.J. Jones led the way with 77 yards on just four carries, a bulk of which was gained on his 34-yard touchdown run up the right sideline. Ty Leggett had the longest run of the day with his 50-yard scamper that saw him get tackled down near the goal line. Christopher McDaniel and Tyler Jordan each pitched in towards the big rushing total with 58 and 29 yards respectively and each scored a touchdown.
“This has been a fun group to coach and be around, so when we can we like to be able to spread it around,” Coach Williams told Jock Jive Sports, the company that streams GMC JUCO football games, after the win. “We’re also blessed with a lot of running backs that are really pretty darn good so we really don’t feel like we lose a lot when we go to the third, fourth, or fifth running back so we’re fortunate there.”
The Bulldogs carried a 23-0 lead into the second quarter when the offense put the ball on the ground on consecutive possessions. Coach Rob Manchester’s defense picked the team up as freshman defensive back Rod Gattison picked off a CCC pass and returned it 33 yards to the Davenport Field north end zone for a pick-6. Even when the visiting offense wasn’t giving the football away on turnovers or special teams miscues, it could barely get an inch on the swarming GMC defense. The ‘Dogs had six sacks on the day and 12 total tackles for loss all while forcing two fumbles. Community Christian was just a first-year program coming in to take on a very well-established Bulldog football team after all.
“We felt like we definitely had the advantage on the lines of scrimmage on both sides and I think that played out today,” said Williams. “I’m not sure if the weather didn’t help us maybe a little bit more in being able to control the line of scrimmage.”
GMC football is now prepping to play back-to-back home games for the first time this season as the team is set to host Arkansas Baptist College this Saturday afternoon.
“Last year was a little bit of a tough year for them,” Williams said of the Bulldogs’ next opponent, “but offensively they scored a lot of points against some really good defenses — teams that we’ve played or teams we will play. We’ve gotta go to work [this] week show up and play well, play hard, and play clean to get the win we want.”