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Bulloch Academy hits the road for region tilt
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It’s been a pretty successful season so far for the Bulloch Academy football team. The Gators currently sit at 6-1 overall and 2-0 in region play, and are coming off an impressive 48-8 win over Pinewood Friday in which they piled up over 450 yards of total offense including 338 yards on the ground. 

“I felt like we rebounded from our performance against John Millegde,” said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. “Our field position was back where I like it, we moved the football on offense and our defense was able to bend but not break for the most part the entire game.”

The Gators find themselves in a familiar spot. Bulloch Academy was 5-1 and 2-0 in region play back in 2016, and then the bottom fell out, as they lost their last 2 regular season games, and were eliminated in the first round of the state 19-14 by Heritage.

This Friday they play the first of their final two region games as they travel to Trinity Christian in Dublin, who come in with a record of 4-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.

The Crusaders lost last Friday to Fredrica 58-15, but beat Westfield by the exact same score as the Gators 21-7. The other two common opponents were Augusta Prep whom they beat 42-7, and the Gators beat 42-23, and John Milledge whom the Gators lost to 29-14 and the Crusaders lost to 31-20.

“Trinity is going to be tough, they’re going to be physical and they will be well conditioned,” Collins said. “Coach Jimmy Fields does a great job up there, and one of his biggest strengths is how he conditions his kids up there. I look for a tough, hard nosed game with Trinity.”

The Crusaders beat the Gators 32-13 last year in Statesboro and are led by quarterback David Coleman and his favorite receiver Walker Payne, who is also a standout on the Crusader track team.

“They are a 50/50 run pass team,” Collins said. “They are balanced, and that is a bit of a concern because you can’t just key on one thing. You have to be very disciplined on defense.”

“Where I think we have an advantage is in our depth,” Collins said. “They run a lot of players both ways, we don’t do that and I feel like toward the end of the game that should play in our advantage.”

The Gators and Crusaders get things underway Friday at 7:30 in Dublin.