By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
The Morgan County Middle School football team beat the Carver Middle School Wildcats 28-24 at home for their first game of the regular season on Sept. 4. During the Bulldogs’ preseason game against Carson Middle School on Aug. 24, Morgan County beat the Carson Tigers 20-0.
The Dogs received the first kickoff of the game but did not score until their second drive, when Tremon Moore was able to make a 65-yard run for the first Morgan County touchdown. Deyondray White kicked the extra point to put the Bulldogs ahead 7-0 with a minute and a half to go in the first quarter.
On the next kickoff return, Carver retaliated quickly with a 60-yard return for a touchdown. The Wildcats attempted a two-point conversion, as they would after each touchdown during the game, but came up short, leaving the score 7-6 in Morgan County’s favor.
The Wildcats were the next team to score; their 13-yard touchdown run was accompanied with the buzzer signaling the end of the second quarter of the game. Again, their two-point conversion was unsuccessful.
Already ahead 12-7, Carver increased their lead four plays after receiving the second half’s opening kickoff to 18-7.
Morgan County started their comeback during their next drive. After a horse-collar penalty gave a 15-yard boost to start their possession, the Dogs moved downfield with a 22-yard reception by Anthony Cooper, before a two-yard carry by Trey Patterson got Morgan County into the endzone.
By the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs had possession of the ball were still behind 14-18.
A 28-yard touchdown pass to Cooper, however, brought Morgan County Bulldogs ahead 21-18: their first time leading since the first quarter.
The Wildcats then attempted an on-side kick, but the Dogs recovered and were able to score on a 33-yard reverse play by White.
Ahead 28-18 with only a little more than four minutes left in the last quarter, the Dogs had a little room to breathe, but Carver again showed its ability to make a big play, scoring with a 60-yard reception on the first play of their next drive.
Morgan County was able to let the clock run down during their last drive, holding onto their 28-24 lead and their first win of the regular season.
“It was a good test for us,” said Coach Stacy Webb about the game against Carver. “It was hot but our kids played well. Carver has a good team with some big running backs. We just need to keep working and get better each week.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Dogs played against Monticello in Jasper County. Their next game will be at home against Loganville on Sept. 18.