Gordon Central's Alex Abat

Gordon Central's Alex Abat (12) runs behind the block of Martavius Harris last Friday. (Frank Crowe, For the Calhoun Times)

A team is only as good as its last performance, and the Gordon Central Warriors are feeling pretty good right now, coming off their first win in more than two years. But now, they want to use that victory to build some momentum.

The Warriors, who defeated Armuchee 29-22 last week to break a 21-game losing streak and give first-year head coach Cory Nix his first win, head on the road on Friday to play Model, and their goal is simple...keep the train rolling.

“I really wanted that win for the kids. They’ve worked their tails off and been so resilient this year after some tough losses, and they never quit. It was good for them to finally cash in on that hard work with the reward of a win,” said Nix. “It’s been a long process to break through and taste a victory. It’s been a long time since these kids or anyone around this program has gotten to have that feeling that goes along with getting a win. But we’re not going to be satisfied with just getting one. We needed this as a program to show ourselves and everyone else that we can go out, compete and get the job done with a win. We want to build on that now.”

Gordon Central (1-6, 1-3) saw a 22-7 lead evaporate in the fourth quarter against the Indians last Friday as Armuchee rallied to tie it at 22-22, but the Warriors showed perseverance and was able to drive down the field before quarterback Martavius Harris found Branson Towe for a 28-yard touchdown pass for the eventual game-winner. The Warriors’ defense then sealed it with an interception by Brent Silvar as time expired.

The attention now turns to Model (1-6, 1-3), who have had their own struggles this season following a run of five straight State playoff appearances. The Blue Devils have a young team that is gaining experience as they go in 2017, and Nix said he sees a lot of similarities to his group, which plays a lot of underclassmen.

“They are similar to us…they are growing,” said Nix. “They have some athletes on both sides of the ball. They will run a 3-3 stack with several different coverages on defense. No. 50 (Hayden Smith) is a really good player on the defensive line that I’ve seen on film. We have to be able to block him. On offense, they decided to change things up a good bit over their bye week so they are still getting comfortable with that. This will be two teams battling hard on Friday, and it’s another opportunity for us to prove ourselves.”

Gordon Central leads the all-time series against Model 6-5, but the Devils won last year’s meeting 58-7 to break a five-game losing streak. Nix said his team must focus on a few keys on Friday to have success, including stopping the run, picking up blitzes and stunts on Model’s defensive line and be able to block them and execute the game plan.