Dogs continue dominance in region play

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  With wins over Hart County 56-38 and East Jackson 69-41, the Morgan County Bulldogs have extended their 8-AAA Region record to 8-0 with only two games remaining.  This past Tuesday the Dogs played Jackson County at home in their final regular season game on senior night (details not available at press time) and will finish up the regular season schedule with Monroe Area Friday, Feb. 2.  MOCO has wrapped up the number one seed going into the Region Tournament even before these two games are played.  They have also …

Morgan Boys flexing their muscle

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It was a game that lived up to all the hype and fanfare it was billed to be.  It was a game that was played like a state championship battle between two of the best teams in the state.  From the over capacity crowd, to the intensity of play on every possession, to the fans hanging onto the edge of their seats on every pass, shot, steal, and rebound, it was a humdinger of a game.  It was a game that was being played for bragging rights between two neighboring …

Newton upset falls short for Lady Dogs

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This is not the first time you’ve read this line in one of our basketball articles.  The Morgan County girls’ team is not one that teams will want to face in the region tournament and beyond.  After facing a brutal schedule this week, it is obvious to all that the Lady Dogs are getting better with every game.  Friday they pounced on the Panthers of Jackson County 69-23, but suffered losses to the AAA top-ranked and undefeated Franklin County Lady Lions 59-36 and Newton’s 7-A fourth-ranked and region-leading Lady Rams …

JV boys and girls basketball action

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In JV action this week it was Milfred Franklin’s boys getting a close win over Franklin County 46-41.  The Dogs were having their way for three quarters when the Lions mounted a furious late, fourth-quarter comeback.  Franklin hit six final period three-pointers, but the free throw shooting of the Dogs and particularly, Desmond White, fought back the last-ditch effort to get the win on the road.  White was 10-11 from the line and was the leading scorer with 19. Saturday the Dogs played Nathaniel Greene Academy, a Greene County private …

Swim Dogs honor seniors in final home set

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It’s never easy to say good-bye to those seniors who have put their heart and soul into a sport they love.  Every year every team watches as those special individuals walk through the door of graduation and move on to the next level.  The Morgan County High School swim team did just that this past Thursday as they said their farewell at the senior recognition ceremony to eight seniors.  They are Grace Alexander, Anna Beth Barber, Lauren Bone, Lily Courchaine, Emily Dickson, Emma Hughes, and Natalie Smith on the girls’ …

Mat Dogs celebrate senior night

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It was senior recognition night for the Morgan County wrestling program as they played host to Commerce in the final home match of the season.  Woodward Academy, another top-flight program in the state, was on course to join the festivities, but had to cancel due to weather related issues and illness within the team. If you want to see one of the top-notch programs in Georgia wrestling circles, you don’t have to look much farther than to Commerce.  Coming into the match this past week with Morgan County, the Tigers …

Middle School teams going strong

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The Morgan County Middle School basketball teams are closing in on the end of another season with only one game remaining at home on the schedule.  That game will be played Jan. 29, and will honor those eighth graders graduating to MCHS.  Get out and cheer these players on in their final home game. In action this week, the boys took wins over Putnam County 35-28 and Jasper County 51-31 in big Piedmont Athletic Conference games.  The Putnam game, played in Eatonton, was close throughout.  Marquavious Wright scored 10 of …

Dogs to host powerhouse Newton Saturday

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The Morgan County Bulldogs will get tested this week.  Like really tested.  Putting their undefeated record on the line against two highly ranked AAAAAAA teams in Meadowcreek (number six) Monday and Newton (number five) Saturday will give the boys some big-time competition to say the least.  On top of that, the team will go on the road to take on 8-AAA foes Jackson County Tuesday and Franklin County Friday. The week starts off on Martin Luther King Holiday vs. the Mustangs at Morehouse College in a venue that will also …

Lady Dogs get two region wins

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Over the past couple of weeks, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs have been the victim of some very close losses.  Their luck turned in the opposite direction this week with wins over East Jackson and Monroe Area by big margins.  It was junior guard Lou Reid who turned her game up a notch to lead the way for MOCO scoring 24 against the Lady Eagles in a 74-32 rout that looked more like a layup drill.  She turned around three days later to post a season-high 28 Friday vs. the …

Morgan downs East Jackson, Monroe in region play

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After polishing off East Jackson 67-48 and Monroe Area 68-47 in important Region contests this past week, the Morgan County hardcourt Dogs will face quite possibly the greatest challenge they’ve had all season in the coming six days.  Over that span MOCO will face two highly ranked 7A teams from Newton and Meadowcreek as well as region games with Jackson County and Franklin County stacked in between.  Monday the boys will travel to Morehouse College to play Meadowcreek, Tuesday it’s on to Jackson, Friday they’ll travel to Franklin, and then …

Two years of championship teams honored

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The past several seasons have gone into the history books as the greatest run ever seen since Morgan County started playing boys’ basketball.  However, there were those teams in years gone by that paved the way for the teams of the 2010’s.  Two of those teams were honored between games last Friday at the Monroe Area vs. Morgan County contest. This year’s squad took notice as the classes of 1986 and 1990 were introduced to the applause of those fans that could recall their accomplishments and play on the court.  …

JV Girls get two wins, boys fall to Monroe

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It was a great week for our JV girls’ basketball team as they took wins over East Jackson 37-35 in a squeaker and Monroe Area 39-13. Coach Candy Wyatt’s group has shown vast improvement over the first games as was evidenced in their final minute win over the Lady Eagles. Both teams started cold and ended the first quarter 5-2.  Before the half the Lady Dogs had a 10-point run that was somewhat quieted when East Jackson hit a late three to make the score 15-10 at intermission.  With Morgan …

Middle School Hoopsters take wins over Loganville

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In the final game of the week for both Middle School teams, it was a full day of basketball at Morgan County High School.  Before the Dogs and Lady Dogs tipped it off in the finale of the day, Morgan County showcased their D-League (Developmental League) Teams by competing against other area teams in a tournament type atmosphere.  It had to be a great day for these youngsters to play on the same court where the big boys play.  These are the players they emulate and hope to be like …

Cardwell and Relay Team qualify for State

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Over the past three weeks, the Morgan County Swim Dogs have had a ton of success  Their past three meets were The Hot Chocolate Invite hosted by Habersham Central, The Alcovy Invite, and The Forsyth Winter Classic. Coach Susan Courchaine was excited to announce, “The biggest news coming out of the past three events is that John Cardwell qualified for State in the 100 yard backstroke at the Alcovy Invite on Friday night, and the girls’ relay team of Lily Courchaine, Natalie Rogers, Natalie Smith, and Grace Alexander qualified for …

Dogs survive week of close games

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Get first 8-AAA wins If your record is still unblemished in January, you still hold the number one spot in the state, haven’t been beaten in Region play in five years, won six Region Championships in a row, and have been to the AAA Finals four straight years, you can bet you’ll have a target on your back.  That target means you are the team to beat.  You become the marquee game that’s highlighted in red on all your opponents’ schedules.  Who wouldn’t want to be the team to topple …

Lady Dogs playing well in close loss

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Green Named MVP, Woodard gets 1000 If close games supposedly harden you and get you ready for the playoffs, then Morgan’s girls should be tough as nails come tournament time.  This past week the basketball team took losses to Hart County 56-53 in overtime and another to AAAAAA opponent Heritage of Conyers in the final two minutes 53-47.  The other game of the week featured an unbeaten Franklin County squad that currently holds the number three ranking in AAA.  Morgan lost that one 59-32 to a very talented group that …

JV Boys get win over Franklin, Girls win nail biter at Hart

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Morgan’s boys JV team got wins at home vs. the Franklin County Lions 48-33 in dominating fashion, but lost one to Heritage Saturday 50-40 in a much closer game than the final score indicated.  Friday’s game at Hart County was one that got away on the last possession as Morgan fell by two 39-37.  The girls got a nice win over Hart County in their only game of the week 30-29. The young group of boys, composed of mostly ninth graders, is showing potential for future Bulldog mania to continue. …

Middle School Mat Dogs enjoying successful season

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The Morgan County Middle School wrestling program entered this season without a coach.  Enter Marcus Crowe, a former high school wrestler and career EMS professional for 20 years.  After acquiring his high school education degree, the 41-year-old was hired late by the Morgan County Board of Education as a teacher at the high school in healthcare administration.  Upon his hiring, head wresting coach Dusty Sidwell acquired his services to work with this year’s youngsters at the middle school.  Crowe will become an ordained deacon in his church in the coming …

MOCO Mat Dogs compete in Area Duals

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The Morgan County wrestling team traveled to Jackson County for the 4-AAA Area Dual Meet Tournament Saturday, but came away short of making it to the State Tournament.  Wrestling is somewhat different from most high school sports in that there are separate state champions crowned for the team and individual competitions.  The Dual Competition is for teams only to advance. After taking care of business quite handily against Monroe Area 63-16, MOCO easily dispensed of Union County 60-18 in the second round.  The win put Morgan in Saturday’s second day …

Huff says ‘yes’ to Spartans

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Morgan County’s all-purpose athlete Jordan Huff has just made the Michigan State coaching staff very happy with his commitment to play football for the Spartans in 2019.  The rising senior was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 9-2 record that led to a second straight Region 8-AAA Championship in 2017. Huff’s numbers speak for themselves.  Playing multiple positions on an offense that set the school record for most points averaged per game at 35.27 points, Huff made an impact in a number of areas.  His 48 receptions at receiver set a school …