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 …

Getting Ready For Monroe

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By Alvin Richardson senior staff Morgan County will play host to the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes this Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. This one has shaped up as a contest between the two heavyweights of Region 8AAA and witnessing it will likely be worth a good deal more than the price of admission. The two old rivals have played 47 times since 1948, but Friday’s contest is by far the most significant in the history of the series.  The team that comes out on top in this one will …

State playoff bound FOR TWO TEAMS

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Lady Spike Dogs may have backed up a little in the 8-AAA Area volleyball tournament last week, but their goal of making it to the AAA State Tournament will become reality Wednesday when they take on Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton. The girls lost to third-place regular season finisher East Jackson in the first round of the Area tournament in the best-of-five format before besting Hart County in the consolation match. Jackson County breezed through the tournament as they did the regular …

Lady Diamond Dogs face GAC in first round of State Playoffs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s that time again for the Lady Diamond Dogs. They head into the week with playoff softball and Columbus in their sights as they face off with Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) in the first round of the AAA state softball playoffs. This week, the team helped its cause by finishing third in the 8-AAA Region Tournament after a fourth-place regular season close. Morgan defeated East Jackson 14-2 in the opening round of double-elimination play before falling to the number one seeded Jackson County Panthers …

Shakarah Boswell’s transplant a success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor How many times does a person save someone’s life? In the case of former Morgan County all-around superstar, Shakarah Boswell, she didn’t just save someone’s life, she saved the life of her Daddy, as she calls him, by donating a kidney last month. “It was like I was supposed to do this,” said Boswell. “I wasn’t nervous at all.” Boswell is remembered around Morgan County for her prowess on the softball, basketball, cross-country, and soccer fields. She’s also remembered for her accolades as a …

Bullpups continue to roll with 40-6 win

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School football team traveled to Monticello this past week and climbed all over Jasper County to remain undefeated on the season.  The team has yet to be truly tested with their plethora of offensive weapons and swarming defense. Up until Wednesday, the defense was unscored on before the Hurricanes got a touchdown early in the second quarter.  With that monkey off their back, the Dogs simply shut down Jasper as they have every other opponent this season. Morgan’s first score …

Morgan Co. takes on undefeated Monroe Area in key 8AAA football tilt

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer There’s a pretty good fight on the card for Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. Morgan County’s Bulldogs will host the undefeated and 8th ranked Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes in the biggest regular season home game in more than a decade. This contest will go a long way toward determining the champion of Region 8AAA. Both teams are off to great starts and are the two prime contenders for a coveted region title. Morgan County is seeking its second consecutive region title while Monroe Area …

Dogs Trounce East Jackson 56-6

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer The Morgan County Bulldogs hit East Jackson Eagles with a 56 point barrage in the first half and coasted through the final two quarters on their way to victory in their Region 8AAA opener played at Commerce.  It was the most points scored by a Bulldog squad since a 56-14 win over Oconee County in 2012.  The school record for points in a game is 75 against Hancock Central in 1989. Morgan County again displayed a balanced offense with 211 rushing yards and 190 passing.  …

Lady Diamond Dogs State Bound – Again

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Highlights, controversy surround Monroe series In a series that saw Katee Finney throw a no-hitter in game one, a controversial ruling in game two that helped decide the win, and a hitting clinic in game three by Alissa Webb and Madison Henry, the Monroe series win was one you didn’t want to miss.  On top of all that, the win catapulted Morgan into the State Tournament with at least a fourth place finish in the 8-AAA Tournament.  The Lady Dogs will now face Jackson …

NO CONTEST-JV BITES EAST JACKSON 38-8

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By R. Alan Richardson sports writer It was a hot and muggy day for Morgan’s JV football squad, but it was even hotter for the East Jackson Eagles as the Bulldogs scored in multiple ways to take an easy 38-8 victory Thursday.  It took the team some time to get things rolling in the right direction, but once they did, it was all Bulldogs.  Things didn’t start out too well for MOCO.  After a Bulldog kickoff to start the game, East Jackson ran 11 plays before scoring with 3:09 remaining …

THE CATCH

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor MacKenzie Torbush pulled off the play of the century against Union County with this catch. In a tight 3-2 game and two outs in the top of sixth, Sophomore center-fielder Torbush made this sensational running grab with the bases loaded. She ran through and tumbled over the makeshift outfield fence to give the Lady Dogs two more chances to tie the game. What’s just amazing as the catch, is that Selena Swafford got this photo to preserve the moment. Torbush has this one to …

Seniors Honored by the Spike Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor On a night where Morgan’s seniors grabbed the spotlight, the Lady Dogs also took a big region win over East Jackson before falling in the nightcap to 8-AAA leading Jackson County.  Seniors Natalie Baddour, Lexi Forton, Madison Gasque, and Katie Hill played their final regular season matches wearing the red and black and all played well in this grand finale.  Baddour was exceptional at the net with several key blocks, Forton was key in the backcourt and service games, Gasque showed her characteristic strong …

Lady Diamond Dogs Take Down Lake Oconee Academy

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor This day was reserved for honoring Morgan’s three seniors. In the meantime the Lady Dogs grabbed a 9-0 win over the Lady Titans of Lake Oconee Academy (LOA).  The field was in pristine condition due to the efforts of the coaching staff, players, and volunteers who painted the Big “M” in centerfield and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for such an important event. Although it was an afternoon reserved for honoring the achievements of Morgan’s three seniors, it was those seniors that put …

Morgan Opens Region Schedule vs East Jackson

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By Alvin  Richardson sports writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs open their defense of the Region 8AAA title this Friday when they travel to East Jackson High School just outside of Commerce.  Morgan has completed the first half of their regular season schedule with a 4-1 record, the only loss coming at the hands of Class AAAA Oconee County.  This week’s opponent, East Jackson, currently has a record of 1-2 having played only three games this season because of a cancellation against Glynn Academy during Hurricane Irma and an open date this …

Football remains undefeated with win against Carver

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s been a busy week for the Morgan County Middle School teams with games taking place in football, softball, volleyball, and cross-country.  All the teams did their school proud with wins coming in football and softball and a close loss in volleyball action. The Middle School football team played host to Carver Middle School of Monroe/Walton County and squashed another opponent to the tune of a 49-0 win.  This one was an example of the Bullpups whupping up on a lesser opponent and it …

Cross-Country travels to appalachee invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson sports writer Runners on the Morgan County High School cross-country squads went on the road to Apalachee High School in Barrow County to compete in the Apalachee Invitational last weekend.  According to Coach Erin Spinks the meet is special because they run the meet in remembrance of a former cross-country runner who lost his life to a drunk driver.  She said, “It is always an honor to go and run there in Winder and makes me thankful for the chance for my team to be there …

Morgan Buries Rival Putnam County 41-6

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County thumped Lake Country rival Putnam County for the fifth time in the past six encounters with a combination of big plays on offense and a defense that completely throttled the War Eagles.  Playing at Bill Corry Stadium the Bulldogs bolted out to a 27-0 halftime lead and tacked on two more touchdowns in the third quarter to build a 41-0 advantage before calling off the Dogs midway through the third period.  Morgan outgained Putnam 402 to 135 on the night. The Bulldog defense …