Last year, the Augusta Ducks received a bit of criticism when they were invited to play in the Tangerine Bowl for the United States Football Association’s AA National Championship, despite not even winning their league.
A convincing 30-6 Ducks win over the Massachusetts State Wolverines and a National Championship trophy silenced many of those critics, who are still silent as Augusta is currently riding a 7-0 record through the home stretch of their regular season.
“I don’t take any game lightly,” Ducks owner Chris Bradley told Developmental Football USA. “What I tell the team is that it means nothing that we won that National Championship, if we lose a game in our league. The National Championship is in the past and a league championship is our main focus now.”
After their coming bye week, the Ducks have two games remaining against the Electric City Chargers and the Garden City Seahawks to close out the regular season.
“I think just from the past, the Electric City Chargers will be a tough one, then I think the last game of the season, being an in-town game with the hype and how the city is going to hype it up,” Bradley said. “It could be close, it could be a blowout, but I think we have two tough games because everyone is after our heads this year.”
Augusta was tested early this season with games against the Electric City Chargers – the 2015 league finalists, the South Carolina Bulls – the 2016 Deep South Football League Champions, and the defending National Developmental Football League Champions, the Georgia Wolves, yet the Ducks still remain unbeaten.
“The last couple weeks we’ve had some ups and downs,” Bradley said. “We’ve been battling through a bunch of injuries – three of our four defensive linemen have been out with injuries – but we’ve been finding ways to win.”
The running back tandem of Gary Rogers and Reggie Grubbs have been key to the Ducks 7-0 start as well as the triple threat at wide receiver in Kevin Davenport, Curtis Sapp and J.D. Johnson.
“It messes up the defense,” Bradley said. “They try to double team one and another is making plays. Our group of wide receivers, it’s really not fair in our league.”
Defensively, Casper Brinkley, Henderson Ware and William Colbreath have all been big for Augusta, as well as defensive back and return specialist Martinez Gallman, who has taken several kicks to the house.
Right now, the Ducks are sitting in first place and on track for a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.