Hargrave Military Academy vs. Georgia Military College
Milledgeville, Georgia- This game was billed the battle of Prep School vs. Junior College. Hargrave Military had this game circled on their schedule because it would be the toughest contest they would face all season. Georgia Military on the other hand looked at this game as a good challenge and a chance to get several players ready for the rest of the season. In the end The Bulldogs would accomplish their goals by the tune of a 27 to 0 victory.
Mario Alford would get things started by returning the opening kickoff 42 yards setting up a spectacular touchdown grab by receiver Kevin Gary with 11:57 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs would again score through the air as Ky Tyler would hook up with Joseph Brooks on an 18-yard score giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.
The second quarter would become a defensive struggle for the Bulldogs as they would continually get bogged down in the red zone. The Hargrave defensive unit was lead by Georgia commit Leonard Floyd with help from a Brian Nance interception. Georgia Military would eventually tack on a field goal just before the end of the half making the score 17 to 0.
Clemson commit Shaq Lawson would dial up the second half defensive pressure for the Tigers by recording two sacks and recovering a fumble. The Bulldogs would finally tack on another field goal by Chris Bell extending their lead to 20 to 0.
First time starting signal caller Ky Tyler would finalize the score with a five yard run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter. Hargrave would never really mount any offensive threat in the second half ensuring the first shutout of the season for Georgia Military. Not only did the Bulldogs dominate on the score board but they doubled up the Tigers 20 to 10 in first downs. Georgia Military also walked away with a decisive yardage advantage 411 to 165.
Hargrave Military Academy Tigers
John Atkins, DL, 6-4/300
Stats/Highlights: Atkins was in on five tackles and a TFL while also taking on the double team all game long.
Assets: Atkins has the width, strength, and overall size to take on more than one blocker. He is very physical at the point of attack and had the mobility to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or downfield. He is quick off the ball allowing him to gain the hand placement advantage.
Development: Sometimes he was not set before the snap thus losing the battle for leverage at the line of scrimmage. Atkins played almost every snap in the first half which hurts his ability to stay fresh and make big plays. Defensive tackles at the next level are not normally asked to play that many snaps.
Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Kivon Coman, DB, 6-0/200
Stats/Highlights: Coman was in on five tackles, one TFL, and one INT.
Assets: Coman has excellent size and was the one secondary player for the Tigers that did not shy away from contact. He demonstrated good ball skills on his interception and has the ability to be an intimidator in the secondary. His size is almost that of an outside linebacker in college. Coman's skills set is ideal for kick and punt coverage.
Development: He could work on staying lower and balanced in his backpedal. This will allow him to make more plays on the ball.
Recruiting: Committed to Mississippi State
Leonard Floyd, LB, 6-4/215
Stats/Highlights: He was in on a dozen tackles and three TFL's.
Assets: Floyd has all the physical characteristics that a college coach would want in an outside linebacker. He is tall, long, and athletic with the ability to track plays sideline to sideline. His speed and quickness allows him to get from Point A to Point B in a blink of an eye. His frame can easily hold another 25 pounds of muscle mass. I walked away thinking he was clearly the top prospect on his team.
Development: He needs to work on his spacing on the field by halving the distance between the offensive tackle and outside receiver. Adding some lower body muscle mass will also improve his power upon contact.
Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Brandon Hill, OL, 6-5/360
Stats/Highlights: Hill played right offensive tackle the entire game.
Assets: This guy is one mammoth sized offensive lineman. He was at his best when run blocking by doing a great job with his hand placement. Hill also does a nice job of running his feet after contact. There was little doubt about him being the most physical lineman for the Tigers. I really think his best position at the next level would be as a huge run mashing offensive guard.
Development: Trimming down about 30 pounds may allow him to play right offensive tackle in college. Right now his feet are not quite quick enough to pass set against speed pass rushers for an entire game.
Recruiting: He signed with Alabama out of High School.
Shaquille Lawson, DL, 6-3/255
Stats/Highlights: Lawson recorded six tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery, and one caused fumble.
Assets: He has excellent overall body structure with little or no bad body weight. Lawson was clearly the pass rushing specialist for the Tigers proving to have the ability to shed blockers and make plays in the backfield. He also did a nice job hustling sideline to sideline and getting down field to make plays. He always seemed to be around the ball. His conditioning seemed to be top notch which allowed him to wear out his opponent.
Development: He could be more consistent with his pad level at the point of attack when playing the run. Adding about ten more pounds of muscle mass should help him combat huge offensive tackles.
Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Monte Taylor, TE, 6-4/240
Stats/Highlights: Taylor made two catches for 40 yards before leaving the game with an injury.
Assets: He was only targeted twice but made excellent catches in traffic. Taylor demonstrated soft hands and the ability to catch the ball at its highest point. He also has the athleticism to make yards after the catch. His size will also allow him to become an every down tight end at the next level.
Development: Unfortunately for Taylor he was injured on his second catch and did not return. I really think he was one of the few bright spots for the Hargrave offense.
Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina
Georgia Military College Bulldogs
Mario Alford, RB/ATH, 5-9/180
Stats/Highlights: He had eight carries for 62 yards, two catches for 39 yards and one KOR for 43 yards.
Assets: This athlete was the only player on both teams that demonstrated that second gear. He definitely has the ability to get to the corner and make huge yardage. His skill set is ideal for becoming a kick returner or punt returner. Alford also has very soft hands and could actually project as a slot receiver in the spread offense. He will make an impact wherever he goes because of his elite speed.
Development: He is not the biggest back so adding some muscle mass while maintaining his overall athleticism will help him get more yards after contact. His best bet would be to sign with a team that runs the spread and does a nice job of getting its athletes in space.
Recruiting: He currently has nine DI offers as that list continues to grow.
Trenton Brown, OL, 6-8/330
Stats/Highlights: He played left offensive tackle most of the game.
Assets: Brown has tremendous size and the long arms you want in a left offensive tackle. He does a nice job of getting into his pass set and using his arms to redirect pass rushers.
Development: He has to be more physical at the point of attack in the running game. Brown needs to get lower with his pad level and keep his feet churning after engagement.
Recruiting: He has several BCS offers but it is believed that Florida is in the lead.
Tre' Carter, OL, 6-3/280
Stats/Highlights: He played offensive guard the whole game.
Assets: Carter has excellent overall body structure for an interior offensive lineman. He is a natural hip and knee bender which allows him to uncoil with some pop. His lateral movement is excellent and he has the ability to get to the second level. I think he would make an excellent offensive center.
Development: He could add about 15 more pounds of muscle mass which should help him combat those huge interior defensive tackles he will face at the next level. His coaches said he has played some center. If so that makes him a very versatile lineman.
Recruiting: He currently has four offers at this time.
Tiquention Coleman, DB, 5-10/170
Stats/Highlights: Coleman was in on three tackles while providing excellent coverage.
Assets: Coleman was excellent overall speed and hips on a swivel. He covers a lot of real estate on kick coverage and is not afraid to come up and put his helmet on the ball carrier. His skill set is ideal for playing boundary corner at the next level.
Development: Coleman is not the biggest defensive back. He will need to add about ten pounds of muscle mass in order to battle the bigger receivers he will face in college.
Recruiting: No offers at this time but he should project DI or IAA
Kevin Gary, WR, 6-1/180
Stats/Highlights: He was only targeted twice but made the best touchdown catch I have seen all season.
Assets: Unfortunately for Gary he was only targeted twice. But on his touchdown catch he demonstrated many skills coveted by college coaches. He was able to use excellent body control, soft hands, and the uncanny ability to stay in bounds on the underthrown ball in tight coverage that he turned into a touchdown. His coaches also said after the game he is an excellent cover corner.
Development: It was really hard to totally evaluate his game. GMC was breaking in a new quarterback and that most likely hurt his chances. But after six games he is still the leading receiver for the Bulldogs.
Recruiting: No offers at this time but he is definitely a DI player.
Neville Hewitt, DB, 6-2/215
Stats/Highlights: Hewitt had five solo tackles, one PBU, and proved to be the intimidator in the secondary.
Assets: This guy is one huge safety. He is so big and strong that projecting him as an outside linebacker in college is a distinct possibility. Hewitt is definitely not afraid to come up in run support. As a matter of fact he had the biggest hit of the game in the fourth quarter as he came up sinking his hips, wrapping his arms and literally picking the offensive player off the ground.
Development: Hewitt has to work on staying lower in his backpedal if he wants to play safety at the next level. He could also work on his ball skills if he wants to be a difference maker against the pass. Either way I find it astonishing that he does not have more offers.
Recruiting: He currently has a Marshall offer but I expect that to expand soon.
Others who impressed: St. Pierre Anilus, LB, Georgia Military; Octavius Brown, DL, Georgia Military; Caleb Clayton-Molby, LB, Georgia Military; Shawn Hall, LB, Hargrave Military; Akeem Judd, RB, Georgia Military; DaVonte Lambert, DL, Georgia Military; Brian Nance, LB, Hargrave Military.