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Elbert County Rips Dogs

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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer

The Elbert County Blue Devils were considered one of the pre-season favorites to win the 8-AAA Region title and Friday night they made a statement against Morgan County by dismantling the Bulldogs 41-7. The Devils suffered through a slew of key injuries midway through the season but are nearly back to full strength and it showed against the young Morgan County squad. Elbert racked up nearly five hundred yards of offense and held the usually potent Bulldog offense to a lone touchdown. Elbert led 7-0 after one quarter, 20-7 at the half and then put the Dogs away with two more scores in the third quarter to lead 34-7 going into the final period. The Devils used a punishing ground game and some timely passing to easily outdistance MCHS. The loss eliminated Morgan from any post-season play possibilities. Head Coach Bill Malone was obviously disappointed in the outcome and said, “Elbert County certainly had a fine football team but we just didn’t play very well. We’ve got our work cut out for us this week (against Hart County) and we need to get back to work and improve.” The early prognosis look good as Morgan County took the opening kickoff and drove from their thirty three to Elbert County’s twenty four before bogging down. Big plays on that march included a quick screen from Brantley Frost to Quincey Jones for thirteen yards, a sweep by Trey Chapman that covered ten more, and a completion to Jailyn Ingram that was good for an additional fifteen yards. Andrew Bishop’s forty one yard field goal attempt was wide but it looked as though the Bulldogs were going to be able to move the ball. Elbert County’s first possession ended at the Morgan County forty one when sophomore Keandre Williams pounced on a fumble. The Dogs couldn’t muster a first down and for the next three possession the game turned into a punting contest. With three minutes left in the opening quarter the Blue Devils took possession on the Bulldog forty five and ten seconds later they were in the end zone as the Elbert tailback went the distance on first down. The PAT made it 7-0. Morgan drove past midfield on the ensuing possession but wound up having to kick it away and Elbert then drove ninety three yards in eight plays for their second touchdown of the night and a 14-0 lead. The Dogs hung in there with their best drive of the night on the next possession. Starting at their thirty two they drove for their only score of the night and found pay dirt at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter. The touchdown came when senior quarterback Brantley Frost hooked up with junior wide out Jailyn Ingram on a corner route in the back of the end zone on a pass that covered twenty five yards. Along the way Quinn Williams caught a pass up the seam for fifteen yards, Quincey Jones found some running room on the tunnel screen and scampered twenty six yards, and Brantley Frost scrambled for nine more. Andrew Bishop’s PAT cut the lead to 14-7 and it looked like the Dogs were still in it. Morgan surprised Elbert on the ensuing kickoff when Coach Bill Malone gambled with an onside kick and Jason Dowdell came up with it at midfield for the Dogs but three plays later Morgan was faced with a fourth and four and a hitch pass failed to get the necessary yardage. The Blue Devils took over at their forty two and five plays later they built a 20-7 lead on a twenty five yard run with only 1:07 left in the half. It was all downhill for the Dogs after that as the Devils controlled the second half with their running game and stout defense. Offensively Morgan County was led by quarterback Brantley Frost’s two hundred yards through the air and thirty five yards rushing. Frost completed fourteen of thirty five passes and a touchdown. Jailyn Ingram led the receiving corps with six catches for eighty one yards and a touchdown. Quincey Jones and Sam Couch each caught three passes for forty eight and forty four yards respectively. Brantley Frost and Jailyn Ingram appeared in the GHSFD (Georgia High School Football Daily) newsletter’s leaderboard this past week which lists top rushers, passers, and receivers around the state. Frost was in the top forty in passing with 1314 yards (prior to Elbert game) averaging 187.7 yards per game and Ingram was in the top thirty with 600 yards (prior to Elbert County) for an average of 85.7 yards per outing. Defensively the Dogs were led by Malik Chapman who had a fine game with eight tackles, five assists, four tackles for loss and caused two fumbles. He was ably supported by Zack Howe who came through with eight tackles, five assists and one tackle for loss and Case Segrest who chipped in with six tackles, seven assists, one tackle for loss and also caused a fumble. Region 8AAA Report Team Region Record Overall Next Week Hart County 4-0 8-0 vs Morgan County Jefferson 4-0 8-0 vs Oconee County Oconee County 3-1 7-1 at Jefferson Elbert County 2-2 5-3 vs East Jackson Morgan County 1-3 3-5 at Hart County Jackson County 1-4 2-7 Does not play East Jackson 0-5 1-8 at Elbert County Last Week’s Results Elbert County 41 – Morgan County 7 Hart County 49 – Oconee County 21 Jackson County 35 – East Jackson 15 Jefferson – Did not play certainly had a fine football team but we just didn’t play very well. We’ve got our work cut out for us this week (against Hart County) and we need to get back to work and improve.” The early prognosis look good as Morgan County took the opening kickoff and drove from their thirty three to Elbert County’s twenty four before bogging down. Big plays on that march included a quick screen from Brantley Frost to Quincey Jones for thirteen yards, a sweep by Trey Chapman that covered ten more, and a completion to Jailyn Ingram that was good for an additional fifteen yards. Andrew Bishop’s forty one yard field goal attempt was wide but it looked as though the Bulldogs were going to be able to move the ball. Elbert County’s first possession ended at the Morgan County forty one when sophomore Keandre Williams pounced on a fumble. The Dogs couldn’t muster a first down and for the next three possession the game turned into a punting contest. With three minutes left in the opening quarter the Blue Devils took possession on the Bulldog forty five and ten seconds later they were in the end zone as the Elbert tailback went the distance on first down. The PAT made it 7-0. Morgan drove past midfield on the ensuing possession but wound up having to kick it away and Elbert then drove ninety three yards in eight plays for their second touchdown of the night and a 14-0 lead. The Dogs hung in there with their best drive of the night on the next possession. Starting at their thirty two they drove for their only score of the night and found pay dirt at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter. The touchdown came when senior quarterback Brantley Frost hooked up with junior wide out Jailyn Ingram on a corner route in the back of the end zone on a pass that covered twenty five yards. Along the way Quinn Williams caught a pass up the seam for fifteen yards, Quincey Jones found some running room on the tunnel screen and scampered twenty six yards, and Brantley Frost scrambled for nine more. Andrew Bishop’s PAT cut the lead to 14-7 and it looked like the Dogs were still in it. Morgan surprised Elbert on the ensuing kickoff when Coach Bill Malone gambled with an onside kick and Jason Dowdell came up with it at midfield for the Dogs but three plays later Morgan was faced with a fourth and four and a hitch pass failed to get the necessary yardage. The Blue Devils took over at their forty two and five plays later they built a 20-7 lead on a twenty five yard run with only 1:07 left in the half. It was all downhill for the Dogs after that as the Devils controlled the second half with their running game and stout defense. Offensively Morgan County was led by quarterback Brantley Frost’s two hundred yards through the air and thirty five yards rushing. Frost completed fourteen of thirty five passes and a touchdown. Jailyn Ingram led the receiving corps with six catches for eighty one yards and a touchdown. Quincey Jones and Sam Couch each caught three passes for forty eight and forty four yards respectively. Brantley Frost and Jailyn Ingram appeared in the GHSFD (Georgia High School Football Daily) newsletter’s leaderboard this past week which lists top rushers, passers, and receivers around the state. Frost was in the top forty in passing with 1314 yards (prior to Elbert game) averaging 187.7 yards per game and Ingram was in the top thirty with 600 yards (prior to Elbert County) for an average of 85.7 yards per outing. Defensively the Dogs were led by Malik Chapman who had a fine game with eight tackles, five assists, four tackles for loss and caused two fumbles. He was ably supported by Zack Howe who came through with eight tackles, five assists and one tackle for loss and Case Segrest who chipped in with six tackles, seven assists, one tackle for loss and also caused a fumble. Region 8AAA Report Team Region Record Overall Next Week Hart County 4-0 8-0 vs Morgan County Jefferson 4-0 8-0 vs Oconee County Oconee County 3-1 7-1 at Jefferson Elbert County 2-2 5-3 vs East Jackson Morgan County 1-3 3-5 at Hart County Jackson County 1-4 2-7 Does not play East Jackson 0-5 1-8 at Elbert County Last Week’s Results Elbert County 41 – Morgan County 7 Hart County 49 – Oconee County 21 Jackson County 35 – East Jackson 15 Jefferson – Did not play

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