By Nick Nunn, Staff writer
After the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs capped off their 49-18 over Franklin County last Friday night, the stands and sidelines cleared out at a rather brisk pace due to the cool weather.
Even MCHS Head Football Coach Bill Malone was anxious to get on the bus and head home.
The game moved along at a good pace, thanks to limited penalties on both sides of the ball, an issue that has popped up a few times this year for the Bulldogs.
After a couple of weeks of difficulties on offense, Coach Malone stated that the offense is back on track and moving along like it should.
The fact that only two possessions during the entire game ended without touchdowns for Morgan County attests to the offense’s success against Franklin County. Malone also praised the two touchdown passes by Trent Hawk and receptions by Melvin Davis.
Additionally, Morgan County’s defense held the Lions mostly in check, despite Franklin County’s quarterback, Ben Cheek, being “as elusive a quarterback as we’ve seen,” according to Malone.
During the game against Franklin County, Marquis Benton secured the record for career rushing touchdowns by reaching a total of 39 touchdowns.
Benton’s second touchdown of the night against Franklin – which broke the record of 38 touchdowns previously held by Cameron Kiplinger – was his eleventh of the year.
With the Hart County Bulldogs next in line for Morgan County, the Dogs are facing a team with a 7-1 record after a narrow 21-23 loss to Elbert County last Friday. Coach Malone, however, does not think that this season’s Hart County team is markedly better than the Hart County team that the Dogs beat 35-8 last season.
“That Hart County team last year was good,” said Malone, noting that Morgan County’s victory over Hart County was just as impressive then as a victory over Hart County would be this year.
Getting on top of Hart County early by “stomping the gas from the get go” is a key to Malone’s strategy this week, and he said that Morgan County will have to play “as close to perfect as we can” to assure a win. This Friday is also Senior Night at MCHS, as it is the last regular season game that will be played in Morgan County for 2013.
Since having the chance to play a playoff game at home this postseason is a “daunting task,” according to Coach Malone, this might be the last game that Morgan County’s seniors get to play on their home turf. “It really does bring the finality of a high school career to an end,” said Malone about facing down Senior Night, but he has no doubt that “we’ll make it through.”