By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) football team defeated the Youth Middle School Warriors 21-14 last Wednesday, Oct. 2. As of the win against Youth, the Bulldogs were undefeated with only one game remaining in the season. MCMS played against Social Circle yesterday, Oct. 9, for the last game of the regular season before the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) playoff and championship games, which are set for Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, respectively.
Youth pulled no punches, right from the beginning of the game. The Warriors recovered an onside kick to prevent the Dogs from taking possession of the opening kick.
The Warriors pushed down the field with a drive that lasted almost the entire first quarter but succeeded in getting both the opening touchdown and a two-point conversion to make the score 8-0 in Youth’s favor.
Youth attempted another onside kick after their touchdown, but the Dogs got to the ball first and started their drive on the Warriors’ 47-yard line.
The Dogs got to within 12 yards of a touchdown but turned the ball over on downs. Morgan County prevented Youth from advancing during their drive, and, because of a bad snap on a punt attempt, Youth had to down the ball on their own 9-yard line for another turnover on downs.
Demacion Normon put the ball in the end zone for the Dogs on the second drive of the play with a 5-yard carry. To even the score, the Bulldogs attempted a two-point conversion, and Tremon Moore was able to get through Warrior defenders into the end zone, leaving the score at 8-8.
Youth again began the third quarter, putting together another long drive for a touchdown but didn’t get the two-point conversion attempt, putting them ahead 14-8.
Just at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Morgan Country was set to receive another Warrior punt, and Moore was able to return the punt more than 70 yards for a touchdown to even the score 14-14.
Deyondray White’s extra point attempt was unsuccessful, but the teams were back even with one quarter to play.
After the touchdown, Morgan County took a note from Youth’s own playbook, attempting an onside kick, which they recovered at Youth’s 47-yard line. The Dogs only needed three plays for their next touchdown, and Normon got his second touchdown of the game with a 35-yard carry andWhite’s kick scored the extra point.
In the five minutes remaining in the game, Youth obtained possession of the ball twice, but wasn’t able to add any more points to the board, leaving Morgan County ahead 21-14 for the win.
MCMS played the Social Circle Redskins yesterday in Social Circle. The Dogs’ opponent for the PAC had not been determined as of printing, but keep an eye on the Citizen’s Facebook page for sports updates.