The Bulloch Academy Gators were able to gain a little momentum going into their final game of the season as they knocked off Bethlehem Christian 50-14 this past Friday night. Running back Rodney Hill helped park the offense, as he returned from a one game suspension by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Hill also added a 56-yard touchdown reception, and had a 79-yard kickoff for a score as well.
“Rodney had a heck of a game,” said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. “Our offensive line opened some holes for him, and he did a great job scoring in many different ways. I felt like aside from that our focus was not where it needed to be and it contributed to some silly penalties and a couple of turnovers, giving us a few things to work on this week.”
The Gators playoff picture is pretty clear, a victory Friday at Fredrica earns them the number two seed in the state, and a home playoff game. A loss Friday and the Gators will hit the road for the opening round of the state.
“The Fredrica game ends the regular season, and once again has a lot of meaning to it,” Collins said. “Last year it was the number one or number two seed, this year it’s for a home playoff game, or a trip to somewhere for the opening round.”
The Knights enter the game with an overall record of 4-4, and are 2-1 in region play. The Knights are also the defending state champs, and while they lost a few Division 1 players to graduation Collins says they are still a dangerous team.
“People keep saying this is not the same Fredrica team from a year gao, and they are correct,” Collins said. “The thing is, they still have quite a few weapons. Denver Anthony is probably their best running back returning, and they still have exceptional team speed.”
“Their team speed is extremely concerning to me,” Collins said. “They can mess around for a few plays, and then hit you with a couple quick scores, and the next thing you know you are down by 14 points. I think the formula for a win is going to be defensively we have to limit their big plays, and offensively we have to keep the chains moving and keep the ball from them. It’s hard to make those big plays when your offense is on the sidelines.”
Bulloch Academy and Fredrica are scheduled for a 7:30 start Friday at St. Simons Island.