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GMC uses NC’s mistakes to rally for 35-34 win

Georgia Military College rallied from deficits of 13 and 11 points to edge Navarro Saturday in the season-opening Battle of the Bulldogs at Milledgeville, Ga.

Coach Bert Williams’ 14th ranked GMC Bulldogs snapped a 10-game losing streak to Navarro and secured its first win in the series since the 2003 season.

Despite being outgained statistically, GMC took advantage of four Navarro fumbles and 18 penalties for 186 yards in assessments to slip away with the win.  Of the 18 penalties, only five were less than 10-yard walkoffs.  A total of 6 penalties resulted in first downs to extend GMC drives and five consecutive holding penalties were called during the first half.

Trezvant Coakley scored the winning points with 1:17 left on a 17-yard run on the first play after GMC recovered a Navarro fumble.  Coakley, who was the team’s second-leading rusher with 16-74, scored on a six-yard run during the second period when GMC wiped out a 13-point Navarro lead.

Still, inside the final 1:17, Navarro quarterback Bivins Caraway directed his team 41 yards in 9 plays to the GMC 28.  But with :10 remaining, freshman Patrick O’Brien’s attempted game-winning 45-yard field goal was blocked.

O’Brien accounted for 35- and 28-yard field goals during NC’s successful start that resulted in scores at the end of its first three possessions.

Caraway hit 32-of-57 passes for 362 yards and threw touchdown passes of  9 to Calvin Jones, Jr., and 2 on a timing pattern to Del’Michael High.

Josh Cleveland led the ground gainers with 16-111-2 and scored on runs of 3 and 13 yards.  Kijana Amous added 97 yards on 20 carries.

Coach Cody Crill’s 15th-ranked Bulldogs open Southwest Junior College Football Conference play on the road Saturday at 7 pm against the Cisco Wranglers at Chesley Field.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Davenport Field, Milledgeville, Ga.

Georgia Military 35, Navarro 34
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Navarro (0-1)                     13           7              14           0              –              34
Georgia Military (1-0)       0           23             0             12           –              35
SCORING SUMMARY
NC – Josh Cleveland, 3-run. (Patrick O’Brien kick), 10:51, 1Q
NC – Patrick O’Brien, 35-FG         5:14, 1Q
NC – Patrick O’Brien, 28-FG.       2:10, 1Q
GMC – Jordan Brown, 23-run. (Evan Pantel kick)  12:35, 2Q
GMC – Trezvan Coakley, 6-run. (Evan Pantel kick)  12:02, 2Q
GMC – Jordan Brown, 4-run. (Pantel kick failed)   9:12, 2Q
NC – Calvin Jones, Jr., 9-pass from Bivins Caraway. (Patrick O’Brien kick)   1:43, 2Q
GMC – Evan Pantel, 31-FG.     0:11, 2Q
NC – Josh Cleveland, 13-run. (Patrick O’Brien kick)   12:27, 3Q
NC – Del’Michael High, 2-pass from Bivins Caraway. (Patrick O’Brien kick)    1:18, 3Q
GMC – Leonard Woods, 45-pass from Cameron Rosendahl. (Rosendahl 2xp run failed)   11:10, 4Q
GMC – Trezvan Coakley, 17-run. (Coakley 2xp run failed)   1:17, 4Q

YARDSTICK                                               Navarro                                GMC
Score                                                                     34                                          35
Scores / Possessions                                      6-16                                       6-16
Offensive Plays                                                 106                                         79
First Downs                                                        31                                           22
By Rushing                                          12                                           9
By Passing                                           17                                           7
By Penalty                                           2                                              6
Rushes-Rush Yardage                                    49-193                                   53-181
Passing Yardage                                               362                                         137
Total Offense                                                    555                                         318
Return Yardage                                                 57                                           127
Kickoffs                                                3-57-0                              3-65-0
Punts                                                    0-0-0                                2-62-0
Interceptions                                     0-0-0                                  0-0-0
Fumbles                                               0-0-0                                 0-0-0
Total Yardage                                                     612                                         445
PC-PA-INT                                                         32-57-0                          13-26-0
Fumbles-Lost                                                     4-7                                          0-0
PuntsAverage                                               5-201-(40.2)                7-269-(38.4)Penalties-Yards                                                 18-186                                 10-80

INDIVIDUAL RUSHING:

RUSHING: NC – Josh Cleveland 16-111-2; Kijana Amous 20-97-0; Marcus Anderson 3-5-0; Tim Taylor 1-(-7)-0; Bivins Caraway 9-(-9)-0. GMC – Jordan Brown 14-81-2; Trezvan Coakley 16-74-2; Leiphart 7-29-0; Quan Bryant 4-10-0; Travis Amie 1-21-0; Cameron Rosendahl 2-(-9)-0; Tyler Herman 9-(-26)-0.

PASSING: NC – Bivins Caraway 32-57-362-2-0. GMC – Tyler Herman 12-25-92-0-0 ; Cameron Rosendahl 1-1-45-1-0.

RECEIVING: NC – Del’Michael High 10-113-1; Calvin Jones, Jr., 8-120-1; Dominique Harris 7-71-0; Josh Cleveland 4-41-0; Tim Taylor 3-17-0.   GMC – Leonard Woods 1-45-1.