An old rivalry renewed quickly became a one-sided affair.
The George Walton Academy Bulldogs (4-0,1-0 8-A) defeated the Riverside Military Academy Eagles (1-4,0-1 8-A), a former Georgia Independent School Association foe, by the score of 48-0.
"They were bigger, stronger, faster," Riverside coach Chris Cotter said. "They were more disciplined, better coached and they gave us a thorough, backside whipping."
Riverside accounted for only 26 total yards in the first half. The longest play was a 26-yard pass from freshman quarterback Michael Gallup to tight end Omari Archibald. Spencer Straing also added a 20-yard run, but the yards were brought back as Gallup was sacked eight times.
For the Bulldogs, success wasn't so tough to come by.
In the first quarter, the Bulldogs took just two plays to score. After senior running back Eric Dobbs ran 37 yards on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, another senior running back, Justin Brown, quickly finished the drive when he scored on the next play on a 37-yard run with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter.
Cord Gunnin added to the Bulldog lead when he scored from 5 yards out with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The second quarter opened the same way the first one ended. Justin Brown scored his second touchdown of the game, the third on the ground for the Bulldogs, giving them a 21-0 lead just eight seconds into the quarter.
Bulldog sophomore Ryan Carter increased the lead when he scored on a 10-yard run and snared a 13-yard pass from quarterback Ty Shelnutt.
Gunnin and freshman Nick Waters added the last two touchdowns to finish the Eagles off.
The Bulldogs defense held Riverside to 71 total yards of offense.
"Our defense has been dominant," George Walton Academy coach Don Williams said. " They do what they do. We knew they had a young team; we have a veteran team. We wanted to just come in and do better and we did."
Gallup finished 4-for-13 for 47 yards through the air. Spencer Straing led the team in rushing with 65 yards on 11 carries. The Riverside defense which allowed 361 yards and 48 points was without senior Tarvin Dukes, who was out with an injury.
"I think we found a new running back in Straing," Cotter said. "I didn't have a running back and we had to go to the spread. Now we can get more balanced."
Next week, George Walton goes to Athens Academy, while Riverside plays at Social Circle.