Morgan County travels to Watkinsville Friday night to take on the Oconee County Warriors in a key Region 8-AAA contest.
The Warriors have made a complete turnaround this season under new coach Travis Noland and will enter the game sporting a perfect 6-0 record including a 2-0 mark in region play. Noland, who coached for nine seasons at Stephens County High School prior to beginning his tenure at Oconee, compiled a fine 73-30 record as head coach of the Indians.
That run included eight campaigns that resulted a state playoff berth, two eleven win seasons, one ten win season and a trip to the quarterfinals in 2005.
The Warrior defense has been stingy and are giving up only an average of 9.0 points per game and the offense is scoring at a nifty clip of 32.4 points per outing.
Oconee has scored in excess of forty points in their last three contests. (These figures do not include the Putnam County game which was a forfeit). Morgan County is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.
The Bulldog defense is surrendering 26.3 points per game and the offense is averaging 29.5 points a night. In fairness the Dogs have played a much more difficult schedule than has Oconee County to this point. Two of their losses have been to ranked teams.
Two of Morgan’s losses have been to Jones County, a top ten team in Class AAAAA and Jefferson who are ranked fourth in Class AAA. The game’s outcome will go a long way in determining a playoff spot as Jefferson and Hart County seem to be the dominant teams in the region and will most likely occupy the first and second positions.