Dogs showcase 2017 version in first 7-on-7

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By R. Alan Richardson

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The Morgan County football team faced off with Monticello and Jefferson County this past week in their first 7-on-7 competition.  The linemen also worked on technique and blocking schemes while the skill people worked on their passing attack.  All drills and competition were worked with helmets and without pads in accordance with GHSA rules for summer workouts.  Jefferson came out on top of the Canes and Bulldogs with a stout passing attack led by their quarterback duo.  Both of these athletes are in the 6’5” range with cannons for arms.  They will be a tough act to stop in AA next season.

Morgan bested Monticello in both scrimmage sessions by a large margin.  Newcomer Antonio Cooper made his presence known on some nice catches that included a diving catch in the corner of the end zone and another on a jump ball situation that the 6’4” leaper won easily.  Quarterback Trey Patterson looked sharp under the new up-tempo offense being utilized under first-year offensive coordinator, Wade Woodall.

The gridiron guys have been working on their strength and conditioning at 7 a.m. each weekday followed by team drills and concepts afterwards.  It’s time to see where the Dogs are at this point in the summer.  Defensive coordinator, Brett Bell, said, “It was great for our players to compete against an opponent other than themselves.  I really enjoyed the competitive spirit that our players play with every day.  As far as defense is concerned, Jordan Huff and Jacarius Robinson led the way with Huff getting an interception and Jacarius leading us in pass break-ups.  We are still trying to improve on playing disciplined in the secondary and communicating effectively.  So much of secondary play is about doing your job and not trying to cover for someone else.  That’s what the 7 vs. 7 is all about…working as a unit to better our pass coverage and responsibilities.”

Offensive coordinator, Wade Woodall, commented, “Our kids were excited to finally compete against someone besides themselves.  They competed from the first snap to the last.  Offensively we played pretty well on the day.  We got production from many different players which was great to have.  Defenses were not able to key on one specific guy.  Trey Patterson had a good day reading defenses and completing passes.  Antonio Cooper had several big catches that included four touchdowns.  We also had touchdowns from Jacarius Robinson and Jordan Huff.  Tre’mon Moore, Branden Smith, TJ Allen, and Taylor Knight all had big catches throughout the day as well.  We had a couple of busted assignments that need to get corrected.  We have to get everyone on the same page and have things become second nature.  But, that is why we do 7 vs. 7, to learn from our mistakes and get better.  All-in-all it was a step in the right direction for us.”

Head Coach Bill Malone summed things up saying, “It was a lot of fun watching our guys compete against someone else.  The competitive spirit of our guys, especially Jacarious Robinson, Anthony Cooper, Jordan Huff, and Trey Patterson, set a good foundation for what we hope will be the identity of this year’s team.  Our linemen, led by Coach Fortson and Coach Brunson got in some good work against Monticello.  Overall, last week’s 7-on-7 was a great way to kick off our 2017 season.”

The Dogs will compete again at UGA this week.

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