By Katie Morrison staff writer
The MCMS Bulldogs lost two more games last week against both Loganville on the road and Greene County at home.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Loganville Devils defeated the Bulldogs 25-17. The first quarter ended in a 4-4 tie with points scored by Morgan’s Trent Folds with two and Chandler Brady with two points. In the second quarter both teams added only three points to the board, with a three point shot by the Bulldog’s Dylan Pitts. The Dogs went into halftime tied 7-7 with the devils.
The game’s momentum changed drastically in the second half. Trent folds scored one point in the third quarter for the Bulldogs while the Devils gained four. Coach Franklin said, “We came out with a game plan that we executed very well against their offense. During the third quarter we had three crucial mental lapses in our defense, which allowed Loganville to go up by 5 points.”
Even though Trent Folds scored four points, Dylan Pitts made two, and Armond Wright totaled three points for the Dogs, the Devils scored a total of 14 points in the fourth quarter. According to Franklin, “We were able to get to the free-throw line in the 3rd and 4th quarters to cut into the lead but couldn’t convert. The players felt the pressure of having to try harder with missing free-throws as the game got closer to the end which led to us losing our focus on the game plan.”
That Friday, Jan. 29, the Dogs endured another tough loss to Greene County at home 48-22. “This game came down to execution and turnovers,” explained Franklin. In the first quarter both Desmond White and Dylan Pitts scored three points each, but the Tigers scored 12 points. The second quarter, in which Trent Folds scored a total of five points, wasn’t much better for the Dogs as the Tigers scored an additional 14 points.
After halftime, the Tigers continued to dominate the game. In the third quarter Trent Folds had four points and Jai Peek made two for a total of six points, but the Tigers made 15. The Dogs scored five more points in the fourth quarter, as Trent Folds scored one point and both Derrick Reid and Denver Laughlin had two points each. The Tigers scored seven more points in the fourth quarter, ending the game 48-22.
Despite the point differential Coach Franklin is aware of the challenges that the team is facing. “We knew exactly what they were going to do on their offense and when they pressed us but we just couldn’t adjust to their speed and inside presence,” stated Franklin, “forcing turnovers with their guards and their quickness is the Achilles heel of their game. They are a very good team, but everybody is beatable on any given day!”