This team is pretty good folks. In fact, they can be scary good as witnessed in the first half against an always tough and highly ranked AAAAA Cedar Shoals Jaguars squad. Morgan made it look easy as they ran out to a 42-19 first half lead and coasted home from there. The transition game was in high gear as the Dogs put on a highlight reel show featuring thunder dunks, slashing layups, alley-oops, and three-pointers.
Ty Lawrence had his game-face on from the opening tip. After hitting an opening trifecta, he led the way with four monster dunks and a cool first half 20 of his team-high 35 points.
Lawrence got 12 of Morgan’s first quarter 16 as the Dogs jumped out to a 16-9 lead then poured it on in the second period. High-flying Anthony Cooper started the quarter with a dunk of his own that posterized a Cedar defender on his way to scoring 12 on the evening (eight of those were on dunks). Alec Woodard warmed up and added 13 points in the win.
The Dogs didn’t play as well in the third period allowing Cedar to cut the lead to 13 at one point, but that was as close as they would get. Coach Jamond Sims said, “We came out a little flat in the third quarter, but I don’t know if we can play much better than we did in that first half. I have an easy job. I just try to put the right guys on the floor and let them make plays.” Don’t let him fool you with his modesty. Sims is one of the most respected coaches in the state and, along with his staff, does as good a job as anyone you’ll see at the high school level. Now in his third season at the helm of the Bulldog program, the veteran coach has back-to-back 8-AAA Region championships, two AAA championship finals appearances, and one state championship in his back pocket. This year’s team could make it three if they can stay healthy and continue to do the little things. It’s a squad with multiple weapons, depth, and a team first attitude. Their unselfishness and ball movement are fun to watch.
Morgan polished off the week with a 76-38 rout of rival Putnam County on the road and will face Jefferson before this issue of the Morgan County Citizen is published. Friday the Dogs travel to Heritage to finish up the regular pre-Christmas regular season. After a two week layoff the boys will travel to Tallahassee, Florida to compete in the Capital City Classic. They will play Maclay High School Dec. 22 and Leon High School the next day. Game times have not been posted. After Christmas the Dogs will host the Sweet South Classic Dec. 28-30 in what is always a strong field in both the boys and girls brackets. Cedar Shoals has won the boys tournament the past two seasons.
All game times for all sports can be seen on the Sports Schedule in this issue and every week this year. That includes Morgan County Middle School, Morgan County Junior Varsity, and Morgan County Varsity teams. You can also go to the Morgan County Athletics website at www.mocoathletics.com for more information on the teams, schedules, and games each week. Another good website to get basketball information is the Max Preps site. This site is comprehensive in its coverage of every Georgia high school team in every sport. Get updates on the Bulldogs and other teams on the schedule.