By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County’s Bulldogs suffered a stinging, season ending 24-21 loss to the Bremen Blue Devils last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. The outcome was a bitter pill to swallow given the way things played out. The Dogs ran out to a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in the half and looked to be in control. Things changed dramatically from there. The Dogs suffered a fumble at their 16 with under two minutes to go in the half and Bremen cashed it in for a touchdown with just 21 seconds left before intermission to make the score 14-7. On Morgan’s first possession of the third quarter the Blue Devils intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to tie the score and then on the ensuing possession the Devils scooped up a fumble and ran it in for their third score in less than four minutes of play to take a 21-14 and the Bulldogs were in shock.
The remainder of the third quarter was fought on even terms but Bremen put together a long, grinding drive in the fourth period that took six minutes off the clock and resulted in a 37 yard field goal and a 24-14 lead with 2:19 left in the contest. Things looked grim for the Dogs but they didn’t fold. On their first play of the ensuing drive senior quarterback Trey Patterson found Lamarcus Stokes on a wheel route up the home sideline and Stokes gathered it in and sprinted 81 yards to the end zone to make it 24-21 lead with 2:05 left in the contest and breathe life into the Bulldog faithful.
Morgan went for the onside kick and nearly picked it off but the Blue Devils maintained control at midfield. The Bulldog defense dug in and held Bremen without a first down and Morgan’s coaches used a judicious timeout with 1:08 left. Bremen lined up to punt and the Blue Devil snapper sailed the ball over his kicker’s head to give Morgan County had one last chance to tie or win the game. Bremen was called for interference on first down and the ball was moved to the 28. Morgan need just a few more yards to get into field goal range but it was not to be. Four incomplete passes later Morgan County gave up possessio
Offensively Morgan was led by Lamarcus Stokes who had a rushing touchdown that covered 84 yards and a pass reception of 81 yards for another score. Jordan Huff rushed for 47 yards and had a scoring reception of 28 yards, Malik Chapman ran for 44 yards, and Trey Patterson completed three passes for 122 yards. The offense finished with 194 yards rushing and 122 passing for a total of 316 yards. Defensively the Bulldogs were once again outstanding. The Red and Black defenders were led by Keandre Williams with seven tackles and an interception, Jody McAllister with six tackles and six assists, M.J. Webb with five tackles with two for loss and Jordan Huff who finished with four tackles and caused a fumble. Bremen’s offense totaled 189 yards with 166 on the ground and 23 through the air.
The Bulldogs put together a promising opening drive. They drove 48 yards to the Bremen 8 yard line but a fumble killed the march and that missed opportunity would loom large by night’s end. Nonetheless Morgan struck first on a brilliant 84 yard run from Lamarcus Stokes. Stokes went wide, found the right sideline and sprinted to pay dirt just moments into the second quarter. Carlos Hernandez booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead. Neither team threatened again until late in the period when Morgan County took possession at their 42. Jordan Huff rattled off 16 yards on first down and Bremen was hit with a personal foul on the play moving the ball to the 27. Two plays netted just two yards but on third down Trey Patterson bootlegged right and then fired a strike to Jordan Huff who had slipped out on the left side and Huff danced into the end zone giving Morgan a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in the half and what looked to be control of the game.
From there however those three turnovers that Bremen turned into 21 points in a span of less than four minutes of play changed the momentum and ultimately the outcome. Morgan County finished their season with a record of 8-3 and the school’s first region title since 2003.