Young Bulldogs focused on task at hand

Mary Persons Head Coach Brian Nelson talks about his team's meeting Friday night against Blessed Trinity at Wednesday's practice. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

FORSYTH, Ga. -- As the Mary Persons Bulldogs are gearing up to face a familiar foe in the 4A semifinals, Head Coach Brian Nelson is making sure his team is staying focused this week in practice.

The Bulldogs are playing host on Friday to the Blessed Trinity Titans, a team they beat last year in the 4A quarterfinals. But this rematch will be the first time a majority of the Bulldog lineup will face the Titans.

"Most of the kids, if not all that we put out there Friday night, were standing over there on the sidelines watching that whole game," Nelson said. "It's a different experience for the kids we got on this team."

The Titans have also shown that they are a different team from last year. Two weeks ago, they took down undefeated Cartersville and Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence, the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the country. Blessed Trinity racked up 304 yards of total offense while holding Cartersville to 17 points, the Hurricane's lowest score of the season.

While other teams might have celebrated the fall of Goliath, coach Nelson is making sure that his team is fully prepared to take on David.

"It's kind of funny. After they got beat everybody was like 'Cartersville got beat, Cartersville got beat,' Nelson said. "You don't want to play the team that beat Cartersville either. They must be pretty good too."

Mary Persons and Blessed Trinity will kick off at Dan Pitts Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a trip to the 4A state championship on the line.

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