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By Alvin Richardson Staff Writer Sixty Years Ago (1954 Season) Charlie Brake’s first team at Morgan County went 8-2 with losses to Thomson (27-13) and Washington-Wilkes (13-7). Brake’s squad was led by stalwarts such as Snooks Saye, Toy and Roy Sims, Bobby Mason, Frank Eaton, Jack Blackwell, Tim Ruark, Wayne Hanes, Allen Cleveland, Jimmy Harper and Bobby Bone. The 1955 team that included many of those players would go on to win Morgan County’s first state championship in football under Brake. 50 Years Ago (1964 Season) In Jack Gnehm’s second year as Morgan’s head coach the Dogs went 7-3-1. They lost a gut wrenching game to arch rival Washington-Wilkes in the regular season finale that threw the sub-region race into a mad scramble and resulted in Morgan having to play a sub-region playoff game against Toccoa because all the tie-breakers couldn’t determine a sub-region winner. Harold Tamplin scored to tie the game at 6-6 in the fourth quarter but Toccoa eventually beat Morgan 8-7 in the most controversial game in Bulldog history. Toccoa was awarded two points to Morgan County’s one under the penetration rules of the day. Morgan got a point for most first downs and Toccoa was awarded a point for most penetrations into the other team’s territory. The winning and most controversial point was given to Toccoa for net yards. According to the stats Toccoa had 153 to Morgan’s 148. The difference was on one play. The officials ruled that on a play in the fourth quarter when Toccoa lost six yards that no yardage was lost because there was a penalty that was accepted by Morgan County. That ruling was backed up by the GHSA but it was a murky, cumbersome rule that was soon changed. Starters on that team included: Harold Tamplin, Billy Ross, Glenn Brewer, Alvin White, Marshall Conner, Kenneth Wall, Tim Gilbert, Harold Shelton, Mike Mullins, Donald Cummings, and Tommy Spell. Others included Buddy Bearden, Ronnie Stapp, Richard Astin, Carl Bailey, James Ruark, Billy Adcock, Charles Bone, David Hilsman, Roger Peppers, and Mike Ross.

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