The Bulloch Academy Gators came into last week’s matchup with John Milledge on an impressive four game win streak, but ran into a wall Friday as the Trojans showed why they are ranked number one in the state, as they defeated the Gators 28-14.
“Credit John Milledge as they made the plays when they had to,” said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. “I thought it was a very well played game, there were no turnovers, and only four total penalties. I was pleased by our effort. There were times when the momentum shifted as they made big plays, but I feel like for the most part we answered those big plays ourselves.”
This week the Gators look to avenge their only other regular season loss as they head to Bellville to take on the Pinewood Patriots. The Patriots knocked the Gators off 30-28 in the Erk Russell Classic August 24th.
“It’s obviously a big game especially since it’s currently for the top spot in our region,” Collins said. “Pinewood has really improved, as I figured they would. They were a very young team last year, and those kids have shown what a year of experience can do.”
“I think that we are a very different team than we were in that first game with them,” Collins said. “I think we have improved, and are playing at a much higher level right now.”
The Patriots are currently 5-1 on the season, with their lone blemish coming in a 38-6 loss to John Milledge. The Patriots are averaged 35 points per game and are coming off an impressive 30-28 win over defending state champion Frederica. Pinewood is led offensively by quarterback Mic Wasson who completed 17-19 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns against the Gators earlier this season.
“We saw what a good passer Wasson can be in our first meeting,” Collins said. “Since then he has really improved as a rusher and now has over 400 yards rushing and leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns.We have to do a good job of trying to slow him down, as well as the rest of their team.”
The Gators and Patriots are scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff Friday night in Belleville.