By Alvin Richardson
The Morgan County Bulldogs opened their 2016 Region 8AAA slate in style by steamrolling an overmatched East Jackson squad last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. The Dogs scored six first half touchdowns on their way to a 42 point lead at intermission and cruised to their third consecutive win and fourth in six games. The Morgan offense scored on five of their first six possessions and the defense got into the act as well when senior defensive back Lamarcus Stokes nabbed an interception and flew 56 yards for another six points. Significantly the Bulldog defenders turned in another dominant performance. The Eagles didn’t get a first down until midway through the second period and managed just three in the telling first half. East Jackson never threatened in the opening two periods and totaled a meager 59 yards on the night.
The Dogs broke out of the gate quickly behind junior quarterback Trey Patterson who fired a strike to freshman Keirreon Farley on the game’s first play. Farley found a seam in an East Jackson defense that was intent on stopping the run and the result was a 68 yard gain to the Eagle’s one yard line. Jordan Huff did the honors with a scamper into the end zone on the ensuing play. After a quick stop by the Bulldog defensive unit and a short punt from East Jackson the Dogs found the end zone again seven plays later on a twenty yard bolt from Malik Chapman. On their third possession Morgan went 59 yards in just five plays punctuated by a Patterson to Lamarcus Stokes scoring strike that covered 33 yards and the rout was on.
Morgan’s offense was led by quarterback Trey Patterson but the Dogs had plenty of stars on this winning night. Patterson was good on four of eight passes for 154 yards including a pair of touchdown strikes of 16 and 33 yards to Cornelius Peterson and Lamarcus Stokes. Jordan Huff went untouched early in the second quarter and dashed 32 yards for another six pointer and Stokes capped the first half onslaught with his interception return for Morgan County’s sixth touchdown. Also of note was the PAT team. Tristan Sewell boomed six consecutive extra points, every snap was right on the money and the line was perfect with their protection.
Defensivly Morgan County was led by Lamarcus Stokes, Jordan Huff, Keandre Williams, Quin Williams and M.J. Webb. Stokes had the big interception for six points, Huff tallied four tackles (three of which were for losses)Williams finished with five tackles along with four assists and Webb chipped in with two tackles and four assists.
Head Coach Bill Malone was obviously pleased with his team’s performance and noted, “Certainly we played well and it was a good night for our entire team. Most everyone got into the game and that’s always a boost to morale.” Malone was also happy to see some sharp special team play and said, “I was proud to see our kicking team make six PAT’s in a row. We needed to shore that up.” With an off week ahead Malone also remarked, “Nice to have a few days to heal up some bumps and bruises and get everyone back as close to one hundred percent healthy as possible.”
The second half was played with a running clock because of GHSA rules concerning score differential and the Eagles averted a shutout after the Bulldogs fumbled deep in their own territory. East Jackson quickly capitalized with a three yard touchdown at the one minute mark of quarter number three. The PAT snap went awry and the point was no good.
Morgan’s second unit played the entire second half and fans were able to get a look at a few other Bulldog players. Notably Evan Fleming, David Williams, Jacarius Robinson, Tre Davis and Antonio Robinson on defense along with freshmen Keirreon Farley and Stephon Rambus on offense who all played well in the contest.
After an off week the Bulldogs resume action October 14th at Monroe Area High School in another Region 8AAA contest. Game time will be 7:30.