The Bulloch Academy Gators should be well rested for their road trip Friday night to Milledgeville for a matchup with the undefeated Trojans of John Milledge, as they are coming off their second bye week of the season.
“The second bye week came at a great time,” said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. “We needed to get some guys back that have been nicked up a bit.”
The last time the Gators took to the field they beat Augusta Prep handedly by a score of 42-23. The Gators had 347 rushing yards in the game, led by Jake Nelson with 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
“A lot of that credit can go to our offensive line, and our coaching staff,” Collins said. “The players have bought into coach Bill Shavers offense, and our line has really been opening up some big holes for our backs to run through.”
Quarterback Don Aaron looks to be totally healed from a preseason hamstring injury, as he was completed five passes for 90 yards, and rushed for a 31 yard touchdown as well.
“I feel like Don is finally healthy,” Collins said. “He is finding his touch in the passing game, and he is a dangerous runner, which can give the defense we play a lot of trouble.”
This week it’s a showdown between the No.1 and No. 2 teams in all of GISA Class AAA as the 5-0 Gators square off against the 5-0 Trojans.
“John Milledge is a perennial power in GISA,” Collins said. “They have won state championships recently. They do a great job up there, and are a very solid team.”
John Milledge comes into the game with a balanced attack, they have scored the exact number of points this season as the Gators with 168, for an average of over 33 points per game. On defense they have allowed 50 points, for an average of 10 points per game.
“Defensively they run an eight man front, which is similar to Pinewood and Westfield, but they are even tougher,” Collins said. “Offensively they are very balanced, and run a Pro-I formation which is something you don’t see much anymore. They also go to four wide outs in a shotgun set and throw the ball well.”
The Gators defeated Westfield for the first time earlier this year, in the Gators lone road game of the season, something Collins is hoping will give the team confidence Friday as they hit the road again.”
“I have tried my best to work the schedule to play as many home games as possible,” Collins said. “That can be a blessing and a curse. The good thing os we have a great advantage at home, the bad is we don’t play much on the road, but I hope they can remember our success at Westfield and it will help us Friday.
The Gators and Trojans are set for a 7:30 kickoff Friday night in Milledgeville.