Hart Gets Back to Work

For the past three weeks, the Hartwell Bulldogs have taken a hiatus from football action, leaving the northeast Georgia town little to talk about. The break may give the Hart County Bulldogs an edge on Central Gwinnett when they play Friday night.

But play time might be a better advantage to the Black Knights who are entering the game 0-2, coming from a 12-10 loss to Berkmar, a winless team in 2001.

The game last Friday was canceled because of a schedule mix-up, so head coach Gregg Segraves used the down time to hold a "second summer camp." Lingering injuries from Hart's season opening 41-13 loss to Thomson also had time to heal.

Even with the extra practice time, the Bulldogs must muster enough defense to slow the Black Knights' ground-oriented double-slot offense. Since the double-slot resembles the Wing-T, which Thomson runs, the Hart County defense must do a better job containing the offensive line.

On most plays, the Black Knights will line up with two wide receivers, a fullback and two wingbacks, with a tight end frequently substituted for one of the wide receivers.

Hart's advantage is in Central Gwinnett's inexperience. A new coach for the second time in the school's history, Brad Warren is also training an inexperienced offense. Tally Johnson, former head coach, retired at the end of last season (2-8) after 28 years in that position.

The Bulldogs must watch a talented Black Knight kicker, Adi Brkic, who can make a 50-yeard field goal. Crucial to the Bulldogs' ability to win is their ability to limit turnovers.

Also, Ricky Davis, quarterback, and Brandon King, fullback, are players to watch on the Central Gwinnett team.

Bulldogs to watch are D.C. Cobb and Michael Blackwell, who will split time in one-back, two-back, and three-back sets.

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