Hart County Wins Battle of Bulldogs

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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer

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Hart County’s Bulldogs bested Morgan’s Dogs 40-14 Friday night at Pete Herndon Stadium in Hartwell as they continued to roll along through an undefeated season. In a game played under windy, cool conditions the Orange and Black Dogs built a 26-7 lead at the half and breezed to their ninth consecutive victory. That win set up a much awaited contest between Hart County and Jefferson next Friday night for the 8AAA Region championship. Morgan County’s offense was able to put together over three hundred yards of offense but couldn’t consistently string together productive plays to keep drives going. The MCHS defense played well in spurts as well but Hart consistently kept good field position and hurt the Dogs with big plays. Hart reeled off large chunks of real estate on several snaps. They had plays from scrimmage that covered fifty two, twenty nine, twenty six, twenty two, and twenty yards in the first half which accounted for a big percentage of their offense. They tacked on plays of sixty seven, twenty nine, and eighteen in the second half to keep Morgan’s defense on their heels. Hart County scored on their first possession by putting together a forty three drive that took seven plays. The Orange and Black scored when their cat-quick quarterback scrambled in from five yards out at the 8:54 mark of the first period for a 7-0 lead. Morgan fumbled on their first play on the next series but the Bulldog defense put together a three and out with sacks by Keandre Williams and Quinn Williams. Morgan County couldn’t advance the ball following a punt and kicked the ball back to Hart who came up with a nice punt return to the MCHS fifteen. Two plays later Hart County’s outside receiver made a diving catch in the end zone for a touchdown. The PAT failed leaving the score at 13-0 with 4:33 left in the first quarter. The Dogs from Madison mounted a nice drive on their next series marching from their thirty to the Hart County thirty five before having to punt and pinning Hart at their seven. The Morgan defense once again produced a three and out and on the ensuing punt Morgan County fumbled giving Hart possession just inside mid-field. Hart drove to the Bulldog nine from there but Quincey Jones picked off a pass in the end zone to end the threat. In the second quarter the teams twice traded punts and then Morgan County’s offense got moving with a drive that covered fifty eight yards to the Hart County twenty five. On first and ten a hitch pass bounced off an MCHS receiver and right into the waiting arms of a Hart defender. Hart County took over at their thirty eight and drove five plays to their third touchdown of the night on a sweep that covered twenty yards. The two point conversion failed leaving the score at 19-0 with 5:00 left in the half. The two teams swapped punts again and this time Morgan’s offense found pay dirt. Brantley Frost hit Tyler Benford over the middle for twenty eight yards and on the next play Frost hooked up with Jailyn Ingram on a slant route that covered thirty six yards and resulted in a touchdown. Andrew Bishop’s PAT made it 19-7 and Morgan was hanging around. Unfortunately that momentum didn’t last long. With 1:16 left in the half Hart County put together a fifty eight yard drive to score with just twenty one ticks left in the second period. The touchdown came on a fifteen yard quarterback scramble that resulted in a pass to the end zone and Hart came off the field leading 26-7 at intermission. Hart County tacked on two more scores in the final two quarters and Morgan came up with one more score with 4:23 left in the third quarter. That touchdown came via the pass as Frost hit Jailyn Ingram in stride on an inside route and the big receiver sprinted away from the field on his way to a sixty eight yard touchdown. That made it 33-14 but the Dogs could get no closer. They had one more opportunity when Hart fumbled at their forty eight and Maclane Zant scooped it up and returned it to the Hart County twenty. On third and seven from the seventeen Hart County picked off a pass to deny Morgan County. The Morgan County defense was led be Case Segrest, Maclane Zant, Tremon Moore, and Tyler Benford. Segrest came up with five tackles, eleven assists, and a tackle for loss, Zant had six tackles, three assists, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery, Moore contributed five tackles, three assists and also had a fumble recovery, and Benford was credited with four tackles and four assists. Both Keandre Williams and Zach Howe made significant contributions as well. Wiliams had a tackle, eight assists and a tackle for loss while Howe had a tackle and seven assists. Offensively the Dogs were led by Brantley Frost who completed ten passes for 212 yards, Trey Chapman who rushed seven times for fifty yards and Jailyn Ingram who had two catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Quincey Jones also chipped in for the offensive unit by catching three passes for forty nine yards and Tyler Benford came up with two catches for thirty seven yards. Morgan County will conclude the 2014 campaign next Friday night as they travel to Jefferson to take on the Jackson County Panthers. Region 8AAA Report Standings Team Overall Record Region Record Next Game Hart County 9-0 5-0 vs Jefferson Jefferson 9-0 5-0 at Hart County Elbert County 6-3 3-2 vs Oconee County Oconee County 7-2 3-2 at Elbert County Morgan County 3-6 1-4 at Jackson County Jackson County 2-7 1-4 vs Morgan County East Jackson 1-9 0-6 Season over Last Week’s Scores Hart County 40 – Morgan County 14 Jefferson 28 – Oconee County 16 Elbert County 56 – East Jackson 7 Jackson County – Did not play Note: The Hart / Jefferson game will determine the #1 and #2 seeds (and region champion) The Elbert / Oconee game will determine the #3 and #4 seeds

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