East Hall Eliminates Bulldogs 50-36

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  Morgan County dominated the first seven minutes of Friday night’s game against the East Hall Vikings and it looked like the Bulldogs were on their way to the second round of the state playoffs.  The Dogs led 14-0 with 5:54 left in the first quarter after a lightning-like three play 70 yard drive to open the game, a stop of the high powered East Hall offense and a 69 yard, 11 play drive that resulted in another score. But then Austin Parker and his receiving corps got warmed up. …

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Competition Cheer Takes Fourth at State

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The Morgan County Competition Cheerleaders ended their season Saturday with a fourth place finish in the state finals.  They finished behind a strong Pierce County team that has won five out of the past six years.  Calhoun finished second and Adairsville grabbed the third place finish.  This is the second year in a row that Morgan County has placed fourth in division AAA at the state finals. Coach Kelli White had this to say about the season, “I am very pleased with the outcome.  Our team went against the best …

Swim Dogs finished eighth in first meet

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Morgan County’s Swim Dogs opened up their 2017-18 campaign at the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Center competing against 16 other teams from across the state.  Coach Susan Courchaine’s squad finished eighth overall with 173 points (combined boys and girls) in a large and talented pool of teams. Top Scorers for Morgan were Lily Courchaine and John Degonia. The second-year coach was pleased with their first outing saying, “This was a good first meet for us. Our returning team members are already in quite good shape this early in the season. …

All Region softball Team announced

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After another successful season in 2016 the Morgan County softball team put all nine of its starters on one of the three lists for All-Region nominations.  Sophomore Hannah Callaway and juniors Madison Henry, and Alissa Webb made the grade for top honors around the region for their play in left field, catcher, and shortstop respectively.  No question these three players deserve the recognition.  Here’s a breakdown of the results in the voting (by the region coaches): Region 8-AAA All-Region Team: 1st Team: Alissa Webb (junior shortstop) Madison Henry (junior catcher) …

Dogs Claw Jackson Panthers 31-12

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The Morgan County Bulldogs put the finishing touch on their regular season with a workmanlike 31-12 win over tenacious region foe Jackson County.  The Bulldogs won for the ninth time in ten outings but the Panthers made the Dogs work for this win on Senior Night at Jackson County High School. The Bulldogs actually fell behind in the first quarter.  Morgan opened the scoring with a 22 yard field goal from Andrew Watkins following an interception by Tuke Robinson that he returned to the Panther 12 yard line.  On the …

Hopes dashed, Morgan falls to Loganville in Championship

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Under a full moon and perfect weather for football, two championship caliber teams played tug-of-war for 32 minutes.  It was a dominant defense and a single touchdown that was eventually the difference in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship football game.  Morgan took a heartbreaking 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Loganville Red Devils at Bill Corry Stadium in a game that went down to the wire.  It gave Loganville its second straight PAC Championship and Morgan the heartbreaking loss to end their perfect season. Loganville pulled a little trickery …

Boys Prove Their Worth at State

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The Morgan County Cross-Country boys’ team gave it their best shot at the State Championship Race this past week finishing 16th out of 30 entries in AAA.  Coach Erin Spinks was proud of the effort her team exerted when she said, “Our boys proved their place at state.”  Morgan may have finished fourth at the 8-AAA Region Championship, but that was not their mindset going into the State competition.  Spinks pointed out that even though the team came in fourth at region that did not upset them.  She commented, “It …

Media Day Kicks Off 2017-18 Basketball Season

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East Jackson High School put together and hosted a highly impressive, first-ever 8-AAA basketball media day that included round table discussions with each team, video interviews, and radio interviews.  The top players and the coaches from each school were invited to attend along with local media outlets that cover those schools.  It was a first-class event and an opportunity to meet and get an in-depth and personal view from the boys’ and girls’ perspectives as well as the region coaches.  It was an outstanding way to kick off the 2017-18 …

Bullpups Stroll into Championship Game with 30-0 Win

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It was another day at the office for the unbeaten Morgan County Middle School football team as they moved one step closer to their goal of a conference championship.  The Dogs have taken the Piedmont Athletic Conference by storm this season, but this one was not that easy.  Once again, the defense stood tall while the offense scored 24 second half points to take the win. Morgan faced off Wednesday with archrival neighbor Greene County (Carson Middle School) in the semifinal round of the PAC Championship at Bill Corry Stadium.  …

No Drama as Dogs Pound Franklin County 42-17

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With a second consecutive region title in their grasp the Morgan County Bulldogs quickly dispatched Franklin County last Friday night by scoring 42 unanswered points in the first half and limiting the Lions to a paltry pair of first downs.  The Dogs laid siege to the Franklin County end zone by scoring on their first six possessions and ended up on the one yard line as time expired in the first half when Head Coach Bill Malone refused to pile on the helpless Lions. Meanwhile the Bulldog defensive unit forced …

Liars Club announces winners and whiners

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Several weeks back a conversation was started at the local Liars’ Club monthly meeting about who were the best baseball players of all-time.  The conversation (argument) morphed into banter about not only who were the best players, but who were the best at their respective positions.  The dialog (all-out brawl) ended with a toast and a challenge to the public to help settle said spat.  Well, the winners are in and the whiners can drown their sorrows about who was the absolute best in the minds of those discerning readers …

Cross-Country boys headed to Carrollton

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The Morgan County runners had a great day at the 2017 8-AAA Region Meet held in Jefferson this year and hosted by East Jackson.  Morgan’s boys finished fourth earning them a pass to attend and compete in the State Championship Cross-Country meet to be held at Carrollton this Saturday, Nov. 4.  Coach Erin Spinks commented, “This is the meet that we train for all season.  We had some big competition this year, but our boys ended the race in fourth.  Our girls came in fifth but fought a great fight.  …

Middle School Cheer Completes Successful Season

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In a lifetime of wandering through this old world, you’ll probably get to the end and count your closest friends on one hand.  Such is the case with Morgan County Middle School cheer coaches, Emily Barrett and Hillary McKenzie Reaves.  The two have been friends since they were in diapers growing up near each other’s families.  Reaves commented, “I graduated a year ahead of Emily and we grew up together.  Our moms were both moms of multiples so they have a lot in common.”  Barrett has a twin brother, Andrew, …

Second Straight Region Title Puts Bulldogs in Some Lofty Company

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The 2017 Morgan County football team woke up some echoes this past weekend by capturing their second consecutive region title.  They joined some elite company with this accomplishment.  In seven decades of MCHS football there have been five instances of back-to-back region titles for Morgan County squads.  Those teams were from 1955-56, 1958-59, 1961-62, 2002-03 and of course the 2016-17 teams. Morgan County has captured a total of 11 region titles and each one is special because they are difficult to come by.  To make it even more distinctive it’s …

Dogs sneak past Hart County 20-7

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer The Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t exactly steamroll Hart County Friday night but they put a “W” on the board with a 20-7 victory.  That was enough to put the Bulldogs squarely in control of their own destiny with regard to Morgan’s Region 8AAA region championship aspirations.  Head Coach Bill Malone was more or less in agreement with that statement and said, “An ugly win is better than an ugly loss.  We had three really poor practices leading up to the Hart County game – probably …

Loss ends Lady Dogs’ run in Sweet Sixteen

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s volleyball squad fell to Westminster Academy (University) in a valiant effort last week to end their season.  It was much closer than many thought it would be as the girls went down in three sets 25-15, 25-15, and 25-13 in the final hoorah for the Lady Bulldog’s five seniors.  Lexi Forton, Katie Hill, Natalie Baddour, Aris Hubbard, and Madison Gasque may have all played their final set for MCHS, but will be remembered for their 2017 run to the Sweet Sixteen and …

Morgan County Football Preview

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor Historically speaking the Franklin County Lions have been a thorn in Morgan County’s side – a statement only a handful of teams can make.  Franklin leads the all-time series 5-7-1 going back to 1970 when the teams’ first met.  The Lions also hold a 4-3 edge dating back to 2006 including a four game winning streak against Morgan between 2006 and 2009.  Even though the Lions have a historical edge, Morgan County has restored order to the series by winning the past three contests.  They …

Junior Varsity takes undefeated Hart County to the limit

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The final score didn’t indicate the effort given by Morgan’s JV football squad last Thursday in a 43-31 loss to Hart County on the road.  Coach Marvin Mathis didn’t let it go unnoticed on his young troops.  “After the game we made sure that the young men knew that their effort was great, but to never be satisfied with a loss in anything you do. Always keep fighting until you get the results you want.” Offensively for Morgan it was Kobridgette Lumpkin that came …

Middle School competes at Cross-Country State Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School cross-country teams competed at the Georgia State Middle School Championships in Cochran Saturday. According to Mile Split writer Bruce Taylor, this was the 11th version of the Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships hosted by Bleckley County HS. The meet began back in 2006/2007 with a modest beginning including 120 runners, maybe 8-9 schools and just 2 races. It has come a long way since, as this season with attendance of 5000 or more, including 2200 runners registered, …

Cross-Country teams take first, second place on senior night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s boys’ cross-country team took first place in their final meet of the season that featured both the last home meet and senior night.  The girls finished in second place to end their season on a positive note.  In an earlier event the same afternoon the Morgan County Middle School boys also finished first and the girls came in second. Coach Erin Spinks, as always, wasn’t shy about expressing her pride in the Bulldogs.  “I cannot begin to express how proud I am …