Miracle comeback highlights busy weekend for Lady Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Miss Irma put a big damper on sports action earlier in the week, but she couldn’t stop the MOCO softball team from playing six games over a three-day span over the weekend.  From Thursday through Saturday it was nonstop play at Morgan’s home field as well as Bill Wood Park. The Lady Dogs played host to 8-AAA region foe East Jackson Thursday and followed that up with the Lady Dog Invitational Friday and Saturday.  16 teams visited Madison to compete in a pool play …

Bullpups remain undefeated after 19-0 win over Loganville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports writer The Morgan County Middle School football team is on a roll, again.  Coming off a fantastic 2016 campaign that had only one blemish on their record, this year’s squad has simply reloaded.  Aaron Paul’s group is still undefeated after blanking the Loganville Red Devils 19-0 this past week.  Paul commented, “We have only seven returning players from last year, but the kids we have are phenomenal athletes for this age group.”  Due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Irma, the game was played Thursday as …

Morgan splits with Jackson County and Oconee

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By R. Alan Richardson sports writer The Lady Spike Dogs took on two tough opponents on Thursday in matches that were close from start to finish.  Area rival Jackson County took Morgan out in a highly competitive match 23-18 and 23-25 while MOCO came back against AAAA Oconee County after dropping the first set to win 23-25, 25-14, and 25-21. According to Coach Greg Thompson, the team played very well in both matches.  He said, “We had an opportunity to take the Jackson County match to three sets, but just …

Rebecca Lindsey: World-Class Cheerleader

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor World Champions are found in almost every sport you can imagine.  Don’t believe it?  Try that thing they call Google to see the results.  Cheerleading is no exception and one of our very own Morgan County Bulldog cheerleaders, Rebecca Lindsey, can say that she knows what it means to compete against the best in the world.  She cheers with the Stingray All Stars Peach out of Marietta, one of the highest ranked squads in the world.  Last year’s team finished second in the World …

Morgan Falls to Oconee county 30-22

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County got off to a horrible start last Friday night as Oconee County took advantage of some early errors and bolted out to a 23-0 lead at the end of one quarter.  The Dogs outscored the Warriors 22-7 the rest of the way but in the end it was too big a hole to climb out of.  As a result the Bulldogs fell for the first time on the campaign to give them a record of 2-1 going into a rivalry game against an …

Young Team Shows Promise

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a game against a more experienced Youth team, the Morgan County Middle School Lady Diamond Dogs’ softball team came up short.  The roster for the young team is dominated by underclassmen, including a majority of sixth graders.  On the other hand, Youth, located in Walton County, does not allow sixth graders to participate.  Their roster sports predominately eighth graders and the age and size difference between the two teams was apparent.  Morgan’s squad is still looking for their first win, but the future …

Lady Diamond Dogs whip Hart County 12-0

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By R. Alan Richardson sports writer The softball team took a 12 run win last week in a run-rule shortened contest that lasted only four innings.  The Lady Dogs are catching their stride at the right time with the second half of the region schedule just beginning.  This team is getting better with every game they play so don’t count them out. The Lady Dogs had little trouble dispatching of the Lady Bulldogs of Hart by scoring multiple runs in each inning of the 8-AAA Region victory.  Morgan got two, …

Spike Dogs Get Region Win Over Monroe Area

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By R. Alan Richardsoon sports editor After splitting matches earlier in the week the Lady Dogs’ volleyball team got a big 8-AAA Area win over the Lady Purple Hurricanes 25-11 and 25-10 in straight sets.  Morgan had defeated Hart County in three sets and lost to East Jackson Tuesday. 4-AAAA opponent Eastside also came in as part of the tri-match with Monroe on Thursday.  Morgan and Eastside led off the day’s action with Eastside taking out the Lady Dogs in the opener.  The Lady Eagles jumped out in front in …

Morgan Knocks off North Oconee 28-13

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By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County used a big play passing game and a stingy defense to stop Class AAAA North Oconee 28-13 last Friday night in Watkinsville.  Playing in front of a full stadium MCHS outgained the Titans 433 to 202 and defeated North Oconee for the second straight season.  Senior quarterback Trey Patterson completed 19 of 36 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns, Tre’mon Moore rushed for 101 yards, Anthony Cooper caught touchdown passes of 53 and 50 yards and Jordan Huff played a brilliant game …

Cross Country Teams Run at Jekyll Island

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s high and middle schools traveled to the Georgia Coast Saturday to participate in the Jekyll Island Invitational.  The 5k race was held at the Great Dunes Golf Course on Jekyll Island.  The competition was stout and the teams were numerous, but the Dogs gave it their best shot and did not disappoint Coach Erin Spinks.  She said, “Saturday was great!  We went down to Jekyll Island for their invitational.  It was a great team bonding experience and lots of great memories were …

Lady Dogs rebound after heartbreaker

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After losing a heartbreaker to Region 8-AAA opponent Monroe Area on Tuesday, the Lady Diamond Dogs made a strong comeback Friday by defeating both Putnam County and Tift County in a doubleheader in Madison.  Tuesday’s game saw a 2-1 seventh inning lead for Morgan evaporate in one swing of the bat.  With a runner on and victory in their sights, the Lady Dogs watched a Monroe Area walk off homerun sail over the fence to dash their hopes of a big Region win.  However, …

MCHS Football Preview

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Old Foe Oconee County Next on Morgan’s Schedule By Alvin Richardson sports writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs will play another team from Watkinsville this week when they face the Oconee County Warriors in the home opener at Bill Corry Stadium at Legion Field.  This series couldn’t be much closer.  In twenty five games dating back to 1968 the series is in a flat-footed tie.  Each team has won twelve times with one tie, a 0-0 head-knocker back in 1981. Oconee County, now playing a classification above Morgan in AAAA has opened …

JV Dogs fall to Jackson County 14-0

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By R. alan richardsoon sports editor Despite a great defensive effort that played well all afternoon and stepped up on two critical situations, Morgan County’s JV football squad came up short last week losing 14-0 to the Jackson County Panthers.  Two untimely turnovers by the Dogs led to scores for the visitors and that was all it took for the win.  The Dogs fell behind in the second quarter after a punt snap got loose and Jackson took advantage to take a 7-0 lead into halftime.  The second score came …

DOGS DOMINATE IN 49-20 WIN

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor Showing superiority in all three phases of the game, Morgan County used an offense that was clicking on all cylinders, a stingy and turnover producing defense, and one of the best kicking games seen in recent memory to stymie Greene County early.  The Dogs traveled to Greensboro to avenge a 13-12 loss from a year ago in which the Tigers used the big play to nip the home team in a barnburner that came down to the final play.  A year later Morgan County struck …

Spikers finish week on high note

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Volleyball action this past week saw the girls come up short on Tuesday against Athens Academy and Madison County only to rebound with two big wins on Thursday.  The Lady Dogs got a revenge win over Madison County on the Lady Raiders’ home court before besting a strong East Hall squad in the tri-match. Coach Greg Thompson discussed the week’s games.  “I was disappointed in the way we played Tuesday against two quality opponents. We came out in the first set of each match …

Lady Diamond Dogs lose close one in first region contest

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan faced off with perennial region contender Franklin County last week in a game that saw the squad come out on the losing end 5-2.  Had it not been for two spectacular plays by the Lady Lions in the late innings with runners in scoring position, this one could have gone the other way.  Morgan had runners on first and second in the fifth inning when Sadie Worth hit a dart into right centerfield.  Franklin’s right fielder made a diving catch with two outs …

Middle School runs home with the gold

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By R. Alan  Richardson sports editor In their first regular season meet of the season, the Morgan County Middle School boys’ cross-country runners took first place at last weekend’s run at Loganville Christian Academy.  Competing in the event were teams from LCA, Trinity Christian, Loganville Middle School, George Walton, Prince Avenue Christian, and Briarwood. Coach Sarah Robertson said, “I was pleased with both the individual and team effort from our boys.  To finish first out of seven strong teams is a great way to start our season.” Placing for Morgan …

Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athletes-of-the-Week

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Week August 21-26 Middle School Girls – Addy Christian, 7th Grade, Volleyball Seventh grader Addy Christian played a key role in the MCMS Spike Dogs’ 2-0 start to the season last week.  In victories over East Jackson and Madison County, Christian did a great job of setting to create scoring opportunities for her teammates.  The coaching staff also noted Christian’s poise in making good decisions throughout both matches.  In the come from behind win over Madison County, Christian had a run of 10 consecutive points scored while serving, which included …

Morgan County Renews border War with Greene county Friday Night

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor (Authors note: As a graduate of Morgan County High School and a former head football coach at my alumni, I am somewhat of an expert on this topic.  Some of my fondest memories are of this game between these two great rivals.  I had the distinct honor of coaching against my old high school basketball coach (Tom Temple) and one of Georgia’s all-time greats (Charlie Winslette).  The memories are rich and burn brightly in my mind to this day.)     When Morgan County’s Bulldogs …

Dogs register for NCAA Clearing House

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor So, you want to be a college student-athlete.  What should you do to ensure that you are eligible to participate at the next level in Division I or II athletics?  It’s pretty simple.  The first step is to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse, now called the NCAA Eligibility Center. What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?  According to their website, the NCAA Clearinghouse is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports. Over 180,000 potential college athletes register with the NCAA every year.  If …