GC hopes to bounce back at Gilmer

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Alex Far­rer

The Gor­don Cen­tral War­riors are off to a tough start this sea­son, and on Fri­day they will face a team that is in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

Both teams are des­per­ate for a win after 0-2 starts when the War­riors head on the road to El­li­jay to visit Gilmer at 7:30 p.m.

Gor­don Cen­tral ( 0- 2) have suf­fered dis­cour­ag­ing losses to Har­al­son County and Chris­tian Her­itage in the first cou­ple weeks of the sea­son and were un­able to get any­thing go­ing of­fen­sively last Fri­day against the Lions as well as strug­gled to de­fend their po­tent pass­ing at­tack. The War­riors were held to just 54 to­tal yards as they ro­tated quar­ter­backs Brady Lackey and Nel­son Gravitt with head coach Cory Nix still see­ing which of the pair to use most go­ing for­ward. Cam Pierce was Gor­don Cen­tral’s most con­sis­tent rusher for the sec­ond straight week.

Gilmer (0-2) is also win­less as they lost to Fan­nin County 28-0 in their opener on Aug. 17 and then dropped a 20-19 heart­breaker last Fri­day against Rabun GapNa­coochee. The Bob­cats will boast a multi-headed rush­ing at­tack with quar­ter­back David Smith and run­ning backs Avery Ber­tolini, James Dover and Tay­lor Brog­don all get­ting their share of car­ries.

The Bob­cats are look­ing to turn things around un­der head coach Casey Win­gard, who is in his third sea­son at the school after suf­fer­ing 0-10 sea­sons in both 2016 and 2017. Their last win came in Novem­ber of 2015 against Her­itage (Ca­toosa).

The War­riors trail the all-time se­ries against Gilmer 3-6, but it has been a while since they squared off as Gilmer won the last meet­ing in 1991, 7-6.

Gor­don Cen­tral is also look­ing to gain some mo­men­tum with a pos­i­tive per­for­mance this week as it is their last non-re­gion con­test be­fore an off week and then head­ing straight into Re­gion 7-AA play when they host Pep­perell on Sept. 14.

Pre­dic­tion:

The War­riors have strug­gled to get go­ing in both of their first two games, fall­ing be­hind early in each and never re­ally re­cov­er­ing. They must get off to a bet­ter start against Gilmer be­cause the Bob­cats are also look­ing for a change of mo­men­tum in their sea­son after two losses in a row.

Gor­don Cen­tral needs to rely on their run­ning game to churn the clock and put points on the board with­out putting their de­fense in a bad spot on turnovers.

This will be a com­pet­i­tive game be­tween two teams both need­ing a win to get some con­fi­dence back as they head to­ward re­gion play.

Gilmer wins,

Score:

21-17.

Pho­tos by FRANK CROWE / For the Cal­houn Times

( ABOVE) Gor­don Cen­tral’s Seth Wolfe (7) looks for open space dur­ing his team’s game against Har­al­son County. ( BOT­TOM) Gor­don Cen­tral’s Alec Mor­ris tries to turn the cor­ner on a run against Chris­tian Her­itage last Fri­day.

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