By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County blew out an overmatched Monticello squad last Friday night by using a surgical offense and a swarming defense as the Bulldogs raced out to a 21-0 lead and then began to substitute freely in the later part of the second quarter. The Dogs struck through the air for 205 yards and finished with 136 rushing to tally 341 total yards in just two periods of play. Defensively Morgan limited the Purple Hurricanes to 34 yards rushing on 21 attempts and allowed just two pass completions for a paltry two yards in two quarters worth of work. The second half was canceled due to lightning.
On the offensive side senior quarterback Trey Patterson was red hot completing 13 of 19 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Had it not been for four dropped balls Patterson would have had a nearly perfect night. Patterson’s favorite receivers were Anthony Cooper, Tuke Robinson and Jordan Huff. Cooper caught four balls for 73 yards including a 50 yard touchdown pass when he flew down the left sideline and cradled a perfectly thrown ball from Patterson for six points. Robinson also had four catches for 73 more yards, the longest covering 31 yards. Huff finished the night with four catches for 37 yards one of which was good for 18 yards.
The Dogs also had a stellar night running the ball by rushing for 136 yards and averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Tre’mon Moore led the way with 67 yards on just five carries with a touchdown and scooted for a 38 yard gain on his longest run. Keirreon Farley was also very effective on the ground and finished with 44 yards on just three tries, his longest a 30 yard scamper.
Defensively Morgan allowed Monticello very little room to operate. The Canes averaged 1.6 yards per run attempt and attempted five passes, completing but two for two yards. The Dogs were led by several players on the defensive side. Rambo Rambus (now that’s a football name) tallied 13 points with a tackle, seven assists, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hit. Jamario Pritchett turned in a good day’s work with two tackles and five assists, sophomore Cole Freeman chipped in with a tackle and five assists, Tre’mon Moore had a tackle and three assists and Tre Davis had an assist and a fumble recovery.
In a game that did not have live kickoffs and punts Monticello began on offense and actually punched out their only first downs of the game on their first series. The Bulldog defense quickly found their game speed and forced a punt. Morgan then quickly established the tone with a lightning drive that covered 92 yards and took less than two minutes. Tre’mon Moore got it started with a 37 yard burst around right end to the 45. Patterson then hit Jordan Huff with a swing pass that covered 10 more yards and the Dogs were on Monticello’s side of the field. Keirreon Farley then dove for five yards, Tuke Robinson caught a curl pass to tack on 10 more and, after a penalty that negated a TD, Patterson hit Robinson again on an out route to the 28. On third and 9 Patterson sprinted out and drilled a pass that found Robinson for the third time in the drive. This one covered 22 yards to the 6 and Tre’mon Moore covered the final 6 yards on the next play with a burst up the middle. Senior Andrew Watkins hit the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:47 left in the opening quarter.
The Bulldog defensive unit allowed just one yard in three plays and the Canes quickly had to punt once more. This time it took the Morgan offense just three plays and 1:11 to score. Taylor Knight gathered in a curl route for six yards, Tre’mon Moore ran 19 more to midfield and then Trey Patterson let loose a bomb that Anthony Cooper glided under to score Morgan’s second touchdown. This time Carlos Hernandez booted the extra point and the Dogs led 14-0 at the 6:49 mark of the first period.
Like a broken record the Hurricanes went three and out once more and Morgan took over with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter and two-and-a-half minutes and 67 yards later they were in the end zone for the third time. Tre’mon Moore dove for five yards and Jordan Huff swept for seven. Keirreon Farley took a turn and bit off 10 more yards for another first down. Patterson then fired a strike to Peyton Hoopengardner that was good for 29 yards and on the next play Farley went 29 yards on a sweep for Morgan County’s third touchdown in less than ten minutes of play and the hay was in the barn for this night.
From that point on the Bulldogs substituted freely and got a good look at as many players as possible to see who might be in line for some important minutes once the regular season gets under way.
When the teams returned to warm up after half time a lightning delay forced them back to the locker rooms and play was suspended later without another snap being taken.
Morgan County opens their regular season August 25 at Greene County in a non-region game.