Spring football in full swing

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By R. Alan Richardson

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Last week we talked with our two new football coordinators, Brett Bell on defense, and Wade Woodall on offense.  There is at least one new face on the staff and others who are moving up the ladder.  The present coaching staff includes Marvin Mathis, Michael Campbell, Jeff Snipes, Christian Darsey, John Darsey, Aaron Paul, Rob Brown, and Harris Warbington.

However, two faces, one very familiar to Morgan County fans and the other not so much will be important cogs of the 2018 defensive staff.  Aubrey Fortson comes to Morgan from his alma mater, Elbert County, after two years coaching the defensive line.  Prior to that he made stops at Jasper County for three years and Putnam County for one.  While in high school, Fortson played defensive line for both Mike Falleur and Jeff Arnett, threw the shot put, and wrestled at 275 pounds.  The ninth year veteran played in the trenches at Tusculum College.  He said, “The D-line is what I know and that’s what I’ll be doing here as well as coaching the track team.”

The second young man has worn many hats coaching both football and track over the past four years while attending UGA to obtain his B.S in history and Master’s in education degree.  Even though he is still considered a community coach, Carter Shultz has moved up the ladder during that time serving as running backs, JV offensive coordinator, defensive backs, and JV defensive coach.  This spring he will take over for Brett Bell as the defensive backs coach on the varsity level, but will also help coach the JV defense as well.  Shultz was a three-sport standout at Morgan in football as a defensive back, wrestler at 152, and centerfielder in baseball. 

Shultz said, “We’ve got a bunch of guys coming back that includes four starters on the varsity and six or seven with game experience.  I’m going from the offensive side of the ball to defense, but that’s what I know having played there in high school.  Offenses are so complex today with their air-raid schemes that we’ll need to give different looks and cover for everything.  We’re coming in the same in the spring so 90% of it will simply be the reps we get.  Coach Bell and I work well together and are on the same page about what we need to do and work on.”

Morgan lost their coordinators on both sides of the ball, but you can bet that the old ball coach (Malone) will have his players and young staff ready after two weeks of spring ball.

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