Originally created 12/07/02

Georgia Military looks for repeat of national title



Bert Williams has his Georgia Military College Bulldogs playing for a second straight national title.

Georgia Military College, No. 1 in the National Junior College Association of America, will face No. 2 Joliet Junior College in the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl, at 1:30 p.m. today at Glynn County Stadium in Brunswick, Ga.

Williams, the sixth-year Georgia Military head coach and Augusta native, led the Bulldogs to a win over Butler Community College in the 2001 NJCAA national title game.

The 2002 championship pits a pair of unbeaten 10-0 teams. Joliet enters the contest with a 20-game winning streak, while Georgia Military sports a 22-game winning streak.

Andre Hall has been the main ingredient to the Bulldogs' success. A freshman, Hall has rushed for 1,604 yards and 19 touchdowns.

A pair of local players have also made key contributions this season. Rick Stokes, a sophomore wide receiver from Lincolnton, Ga., leads the team with 38 receptions for 574 yards and eight touchdowns. Stokes is also the Bulldogs' main punt returner with a 12.3 average on 24 returns.

Brian Staley, a sophomore defensive back from Aiken, has made 20 tackles and broken up 11 passes. Staley is the team's main kickoff returner, averaging 29.9 yards a return.

AREA PLAYERS

Georgia Military College will play Joliet for the national junior college football title today. A look at the players with area ties on the Bulldogs' roster.

  • Sha'Ron Robinson, Hephzibah (Fr., TE, three catches, 27 yards)
  • Merci Falaise, Washington, Ga. (Fr., OL)
  • Ryan Cowan, Washington, Ga. (So., LB, six tackles)
  • Michael Larmond, Waynesboro, Ga. (Fr., DB, 15 tackles)
  • Titus Peebles, Swainsboro, Ga. (So., DL, 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks)
  • Charles Silas, Swainsboro, Ga. (So., LB, 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks)
  • Antwain Smith, Aiken (So., RB, 12 rushes, 55 yards)
  • Gavin Willingham, Hephzibah (Fr., DL)
  • Rick Stokes, Lincolnton, Ga. (So., WR, 38 receptions, 574 receiving yards, 8 TDs)
  • Brian Staley, Aiken (So., DB, 20 tackles)
  • Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 114.