Baldwin, GMC drop home games; JMA idle

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• Ware County – 41
• Baldwin – 3


The Braves actually played better, relative to their first two games of the season.

The special teams cut way down on the bloopers and miscues. In fact, the Braves' special teams was a plus in the first half, executing both a field goal and a successful fake punt. Baldwin (0-3) also managed to cut way down on the penalties. 

Meanwhile, Baldwin's offense also moved the ball better and was able to piece together multiple long and sustained drives, something that didn't happen in the first two games.

In the end, though, the Gators had too much firepower. Ware (2-0) came into the game ranked No. 6 in the GSHA Class AAA composite poll. The Braves' young secondary once again struggled, as Gator receiver Jarvis Hayes had 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. 

Despite showing improvement, Baldwin's home woes continue. In the last four games at Braves Stadium, dating back to the final two games of last season, Baldwin has now been outscored by a combined score of 150-31. In those four games, the offense has  scored four touchdowns.

Next up is a golden opportunity for Baldwin to get into the winning column against the Washington County Golden Hawks. The two teams will play next Friday night in Sandersville. Waco (0-2) is pretty woeful this season under first-year Head Coach Robert Edwards, the former star Georgia Bulldog running back and first-round NFL draft pick. The Golden Hawks lost to Swainsboro 42-0 in the season opener and had less than 50 yards of total offense.

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• Brentwood – 27
• GMC Prep – 16

The bad news for the Dawgs is that they're 0-3. The good news is that all three losses were non-region games, and GMC still has plenty of time to regroup in time for GHSA Region 5-A play.

Nevertheless, Friday night's loss stung. Brentwood (1-2) is a smaller GISA school from Sandersville. The contest marked the first time that GMC and Brentwood had played since 1987.

Brentwood finished with 263 rushing yards and GMC 17. Wells Mueller stole the show, rushing for more than 100 yards and taking a kickoff 97 yards into the end zone in the first half.

The Dawgs two touchdowns came via a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Saunders in the second quarter and an Isiah Womble kickoff return late in the game.

Unfortunately, the row to hoe gets no easier for GMC, which next Friday travels to Washington-Wilkes, which entered the game ranked in the top 10 in GHSA Class A. After that is a non-region game against Riverside Military before Region 5-A play begins on Sept. 30 at Johnson County.

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