For the Bulloch Academy Gator football team, this week will be a test in focus.
The 7-1 Gators have an opponent they could easily overlook in the 2-6 Bethlehem Christian Academy Knight. It is also homecoming at Bulloch Academy, and there is a region championship showdown looming a week away against Fredrica,
“If we could get the media to focus on who we are playing this week, instead of next week that would help,” said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. “There are a million distractions this week obviously with homecoming being one of them. We also have a good football team coming in here, despite their record.”
“I was particularly proud of our seniors earlier today,” Collins said. “I overheard some seniors cautioning their teammates in the hall that we need to stay focused this week, and not to overlook our opponent Friday. If our seniors are in line, I feel like the rest of the team will follow.”
The Gator first string defense has only surrendered two touchdowns in their last two games, while the offense has been virtually unstoppable. The Gator offense rushed for over 400 yards against Trinity in just three quarters of work, and went over 400 total yards of offense the week before against Pinewood.
“Our defense has really been playing well lately,” Collins said. “Offensively it all starts up front, and our offensive line has been playing well all year. We also have a quarterback in Don Aaron who has been getting better and better. He graded out at over 95% this past week and had over 100 yards rushing. We also have two great backs in Ty Mingle and Jake Nelson, who have shown you can’t just focus on one aspect of our offense.”
Bethlehem Christian Academy comes into the game with a record of 2-6, but have lost their last six games in a row, and have given up over 40 points per game in those 6 losses.
“They seem to have some very good individual players,” Collins said. “They don’t always play together as a team - their record would indicate that - but they also continue to fight throughout the game, even when they have been down by 40 points.”
Bulloch Academy and Bethlehem Christian get things underway Friday night at 7:30 at Gator Alley.