One victory turned into two last Friday, and Gordon Central will look to keep the momentum rolling this week.
The Warriors earned an impressive 20-3 road victory at Model last week, but the task gets tougher this week as they welcome in Region 7-AA frontrunner Rockmart to Ratner Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
Gordon Central (2-6, 2-3 region) displayed confidence, improvement and aggressiveness in their win over the Blue Devils as the offense used multiple players to make an impact, including running back Gauge Giddens. The senior led the way with 78 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Also contributing to the 20-point output for the Warriors’ offense was quarterback Martavius Harris, Branson Towe, Alex Abat, Corey Dixon, Dawson Lackey and Brent Silvar among others.
The defense was clutch as well, turning away Model on a few different occasions close to the end zone.
The win continued the positive two-week stretch after Gordon Central’s bye week after a 29-22 home victory over Armuchee the previous Friday.
The bar will be raised a lot higher this week as Rockmart (6-2, 5-0) comes into the contest rolling. The Jackets are unbeaten and coming off wins over Coosa and Pepperell the previous two weeks to set themselves up well for a region title. They can clinch the 7-AA championship with a win over the Warriors as even if they lost to Model in the final week of the regular season they would still hold the tiebreaker over Pepperell due to the head-to-head win.
The first priority on defense for Gordon Central will be trying to slow down Rockmart’s impressive running game. They are led by junior running back Zabrion Whatley, who is already over the 1,000-yard mark and has 13 TDs for the season. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in a game five times so far in 2017. Running back/athlete Markus Smith (538 yards, 11 TDs) and quarterback Dylan Bailey (458 yards, 4 TDs) are also big threats on the ground. Bailey has also thrown for 648 yards and eight touchdowns.
Rockmart has won all three meetings in the series against Gordon Central, including a dominant 61-0 victory last season at home. The Jackets are coached by Biff Parson, who is in his second year at the school after three seasons at Banks County. He looks to have his program on the right track in the second year, which is the same kind of leap first-year Gordon Central coach Cory Nix hopes to make in 2018 after trying to finish off this season with a bang.