MCMS Tackles Tigers
Middle school beats greene co. at home 31-12
The Morgan County Bullpups beat the Greene County Tigers last week at home 12-31.
The Bullpups received the ball to begin the first quarter of gameplay. The drive quickly led them to Greene County’s side of the field, and Willie Simmons scored the first touchdown of the game when he broke through the line and ran 32 yards into the endzone.
The extra point was good, bringing the score to 0-7.
Morgan County didn’t score again until the second quarter. The Bullpups started the drive at the Tigers’ 37-yard line after a big tackle by Glenn Tolbert on a fourth-and-10 play by Greene County caused a turnover on downs.
For the first play of the drive, the Pups executed a halfback pass, Dalton Cole handed the ball off to Tremon Moore, who threw to Joe McAlister. The play covered 37 yards and put the team in the endzone for the second time of the day.
The ball bounced off of the uprights during the second extra point attempt and fell by the wayside. With only 1 minute and 11 seconds left in the first half of the game, the score was 0-13.
The Tigers got the ball back, and, on their first play, Webb sacked their quarterback for a 10-yard loss.
A couple of plays later, McAlister intercepted the ball after a failed pass attempt by Greene’s quarterback and ran the ball back 18 yards for a touchdown. The Bullpups attempted a 2-point conversion but were not successful. The score at the end of the half was 0-19.
The Tigers received the ball to begin the third quarter, but were not able to score.
Their drive ended when McAlister had his second interception of the day. The Pups were able to drive to Greene County’s 25-yard line, thanks to big running plays by Malik Chapman and Simmons, but a fumble gave the Tigers the ball on their own 28-yard line.
However, they only held onto the ball for one down. MJ Webb had a big sack on the first play of the Tigers’ drive, which caused another fumble, and Morgan County recovered the ball on the Tigers’ 25-yard line. Right where they were before their fumble had given the ball to Greene County.
This time, the Bullpups were able to hang on to the ball long enough to push into the endzone, but the extra point was blocked, bringing the score to 0-25 with 2:23 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers decided that it was time to score when they got the ball again, and they didn’t waste any time doing it, returning the ball after the kick off all the way to the endzone for their first touchdown of the game. The extra point wasn’t good, 6-25.
Morgan County’s next drive was fast and efficient. The Bullpups started on their own 42-yard line after being brought back 10 yards because of a holding penalty, but they were brought to the Tigers’ 19-yard line after a 39-yard run by Chapman.
A play later, the entire offense took part in pushing Cole, who still had the ball, 11 yards into the end zone. Greene County just couldn’t stop the mass of bodies that pushed into the endzone. The extra point was no good, and the score came to 6-31 with ten seconds to go in the third quarter.
“It was supposed to be a quarterback sneak,” said Head Coach Stacy Webb, but the team adapted to the circumstances and muscled through. “Wrap around and keep moving.”
The Tigers were able to score again in the fourth quarter, but the scoreboard showed 12-31 at the end of the game, displaying the second win of the season for the Bullpups.
This week, the Bullpups are playing against Loganville at home.
Coach Webb took a few seconds to describe the progress of the team and next week’s game against Loganville.
“We just need to keep working and getting better each week,” said Coach Webb. “Loganville has a good team we will have to play our best.”
Printed in the September 27, 2012 edition