By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County’s upcoming game against Jackson County was predicted to be for the Region 8AAA title but the Panthers were upset by rival East Jackson 21-14 last Friday night. Jackson County was coming off the program’s first win over Hart County (0-13 previously vs Hart) and had put themselves squarely in the hunt with that victory. Their region title hopes were derailed with the loss to East Jackson but they still have plenty to play for. A win over Morgan and a loss by Franklin County Friday night would give them second place in the region and an opportunity to host a home playoff game for the first time in school history.
The all-time series between Morgan and Jackson County stands at 6-2 in favor of the Bulldogs. The Panthers are 2-2 in region play and 3-6 overall in 2016. Their wins have come over Banks County (21-16), Monroe Area (41-21), and Hart County (18-14). They have lost to Madison County (42-12), Lumpkin County (26-13), West Hall (42-0), East Hall (38-22), Franklin County (21-14) and East Jackson (21-14).
Morgan has won the last two game in the series. In 2014 the Dogs came out on top 45-42 and last year they bested the Panthers 13-7. Jackson County last beat Morgan County in 2013 when they won a thriller 38-35.
Historically Jackson County has struggled. They are 105-266-4 since the program began in 1980 and they have posted only eight seasons in which the team broke even or had a winning record. They have made the playoffs just twice (2012 and 2013). The Panthers are coached by Brandon Worley who is in his second season at the school. He has posted a record of 7-12 over that time.
Game time is 7:30 at Bill Corry Stadium.