By Nick Nunn staff writer
The 2014 Georgia high school football schedules have been posted by the Georgia High School Association, and Morgan County is set to face off against AAAAA opponent the Jones County Greyhounds for the first game of the 2014 season. With both the North Oconee Titans and the Franklin County Lions leaving region 8-AAA this season and only the Jefferson Dragons replacing them, a single spot was left open in the Morgan County schedule.
Morgan County High School (MCHS) Head Football Coach Bill Malone explained that he decided with the former head coach of Jones County, Dwight Jones, that Morgan County and Jones County would create a good matchup. However, Jones has since left his position in Jones County to coach in Harris County. “He and I both had open spots and we wanted our teams to play,” said Coach Malone about his and Coach Jones’ decisions to match Morgan County and Jones County.
“They were traditional, Power Wing T, and I thought we could use the challenge of a real physical game.” However, Malone stated that Jones County’s new coach, the former offensive coordinator from Griffin County, will bring a “wide-open offense” to Jones County. “That will help prepare us for some of the offenses we will see this fall, in particular Greene, Jefferson, Elbert, and Jackson County,” said Malone about facing the new offense in Jones County.
“We still feel good about playing them, and we know that the challenge of preparing for them will get us ready for region play.” Malone says that, despite facing losses in several key positions this year, the morale of the Bulldogs is high early during spring preparations. To him, that signals that the Dogs will continue to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
“As far as where we stand, we lost more seniors than any other team in the region,” said Malone about Morgan County’s team. “We are rebuilding both lines of scrimmage, replacing much of the offensive backfield, and look to play a lot of young guys. If our attitude stays like it is now and the kids continue to work like they’re doing in the weight room and after school, we should be competitive.” “I’m looking forward to the season.”