Getting a big win after two tough losses [to two of the nation’s perennial powerhouses] was the focus Saturday as GMC JC rolled to a 41-6 victory over the visiting Arkansas Baptist College Buffalos from Little Rock.

The Davenport Field crowd roared as GMC took the field and found a way to the end zone in the opening ticks of the game, and the Bulldogs would never look back.

The Buffalo got the ball back with just under nine minutes to go in the first, but GMC linebacker Frank Demery landed a big fumble recovery to put the ball back in his team’s hands.

The Bulldogs continued to run it down ABC’s throat on their next offensive drive, utilizing Quadrez Reese, Tobias Palmer and Dae Spence — three backs who really carried GMC JC in Saturday’s contest.

On a pivotal fourth and one play, Reese found a yard and continued the drive before quarterback Chris Hart found Palmer for a short touchdown pass with 4:38 to go in the first. After a successful point after, the Bulldogs were up 14-0.

GMC JC used both talented quarterbacks Saturday, Hart and Tony Guidugli, and both did a fine job of guiding the team, and managing their possessions.

GMC’s Quin Thornton, from Naples, Fla., also had a fantastic day for the Bulldogs as he carried ABC’s next punt to the 36 yard line with 2:22 to go in the first.

Hart then struck for a long pass to Rashon Prince and GMC JC was back in business and ready to strike again.

With the Bulldogs driving to start the second quarter, Reese took the toss and squeaked into the end zone to put his team up 21-0.

The Bulldog defense was ferocious Saturday as they continuously put ABC in tight spots, keeping the opposing offense on their heels.

The calm and collect Guidugli came back in at quarterback and continued to guide the Bulldogs toward more points. After a fine run by Palmer, Guidugli hooked up with Thornton, who danced and pranced for a nice gain.

Palmer, who played like an All-American Saturday, then took a pitch from Guidugli and waltzed into the end zone for a 27-0 GMC lead. The Bulldogs would miss the 2-point conversion attempt.

With nine minutes to go in the half, the Bulldog kickoff coverage continued to look sharp and found ways to pin the Buffalos deep in their own territory. But then ABC had to contend with the stifling Bulldog pass rush on their next possession as GMC’s Bernard Dawson and Qwontez Mallory each sacked ABC’s quarterback on two straight possessions.

GMC’s starting tight end Antonio Danzy did play after all, as the medical staff wrapped up and protected his injured hand. Danzy’s blocking presence was needed Saturday, but his ability to catch and grab tough passes was limited.

Guidugli continued to guide the offense in the waning moments of the second quarter. With the Bulldogs closing in for another score, Guidugli stepped back and fired a rocket to the always reliable Chris Thomas who found the end zone to build his team’s lead to 34-0. A sack by Bulldog Antonio Mitchum would end the half.

“Way to go, 50!,” screamed one of GMC JC’s assistant coaches as Dan Wylie made a nice stop on Arkansas Baptist early in the third. And no story could be complete without the bone-jarring hits of All-American free safety and UGA signee Jakar Hamilton, who unleashed another patented blast on an ABC wideout to end a promising drive early in the third.

GMC JC’s Dale Peterman, a talented corner from Youngstown, Ohio, really came up big for the Bulldogs Saturday. Peterman had several nice kickoff returns to give his team great field position, and also recorded two huge interceptions to end Buffalo drives.

Perhaps the game’s biggest plus was the production GMC JC received from both their talented young quarterbacks.

“We just had a good week of practice. Everybody came out here and played together and everything. We played as a team today,” said tailback Quadrez Reese after the game. “We finally got Tony [Guidugli] on the same page with everybody. He’s been working really hard in practice every week and getting better and better. It looks like we have a nice two-headed quarterback.”

Peterman’s pick and fabulous return later in the third would spark the Bulldogs and prevent any serious late-game runs by ABC.

Later in the third, with the Buffalo driving again, Peterman would again step up and pick off a pass to shift more offensive stats in his team’s favor.

ABC got the ball back with 13:18 to go in the third, but GMC’s Alex Brown gathered up an interception on a tipped ball to continue the woes for the Buffalos.

ABC finally got decent field position and found a way to drive down the field late on some of GMC’s reserves. Big No. 95 Leroy Vick got a big goal line stop for the Bulldogs, but the Buffalos were determined not to leave Davenport Field as shutout victims. ABC would punch it in from the 1 yard line to make the score 34-6 with 9:13 to play.

Guidugli came back in on GMC’s final drive, as the rain slowly began to trickle in, and guide the Bulldogs down the field one more time. After Guidugli hit Thomas on another sharp pass, Carlos Ross came in and carried the Bulldogs on the game’s final drive. A nice catch by Thornton with 5:32 left put the Bulldogs in another position to prolong the drive.

A toss sweep to Spence from 10 yards out pushed GMC JC’s lead to 41-6. Bulldog free safety Demazio Skelton picked off an errant Buffalo pass with minutes remaining to close the lid on the visitors from Little Rock.

GMC JC head coach Bert Williams was cheerful after the win, and was really pleased that many new players got a chance to see some action and get a taste of some quality game action.

“The one thing we finally did was pretty much get everybody on the field, and running the play that was called. I know that sounds kind of simple, but for the first time, we’ve got everybody running what we want them to run,” said Williams. “It was an opportunity to get the young guys in there, and I think they got some confidence early. And hitting the big play from the start was something, from looking at the film, we thought would be there.”

Williams was also thrilled with the production of Quin Thornton, who demonstrated his big play potential Saturday.

“He’s starting to come on along. He’s not a real big guy, but he had some really big plays today,” said Williams Saturday. “Both quarterbacks played well. We’re happy with Chris except for the two sacks he took late. And I thought Tony [Guidugli] did a nice job. He wasn’t running for his life and I think he got some confidence today. He did a good job of surveying the field and getting the ball out of there.”

And no successful offensive outing would be complete without the exemplary play of the men in the trenches.

“The line also did a nice job all day — you’ve got to give them a lot of credit because they did a good job of handling what was in front of them. It was a good day for those guys to get some confidence in themselves, and I think this will help us to improve the rest of the year,” said Williams.

Williams was also pleased with the kicking and punting of Evan Kay and Ed Hicks, both of whom did a fine job of locating their kicks and positioning their team on the field.

GMC JC improved to 2-2 on the season and will next face North Carolina Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday on historic Davenport Field.

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