By R. alan richardsoon
Despite a great defensive effort that played well all afternoon and stepped up on two critical situations, Morgan County’s JV football squad came up short last week losing 14-0 to the Jackson County Panthers. Two untimely turnovers by the Dogs led to scores for the visitors and that was all it took for the win. The Dogs fell behind in the second quarter after a punt snap got loose and Jackson took advantage to take a 7-0 lead into halftime. The second score came off a pass thrown behind the line that seemingly went incomplete. The Panthers quickly picked up the loose ball and walked into the end zone for the 14-0 lead and final tally.
The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter with neither team making a serious threat offensively. The defense held the Panthers in check as they did the entire game. Making plays for Morgan were Chris Walls, Denver Laughlin, DJ Jones, Peyton Hoopengardner, Que Wright, Criston Foster, William Jeffries, Noah Brown, and others. With 6:25 remaining in the half, the Dogs made the first of two big mistakes when the punt snap went awry and the Panthers fell on it on the 17 yard line. With great field position, it took Jackson County just three plays to punch it in for the touchdown on a quarterback sprint out run. The PAT was good and the lead was 7-0 bad guys with 5:06 remaining in the half.
The defense stepped up big for the first time after a Morgan punt gave the ball to the Panthers on the Dogs’ 34. With JC again threatening to score on third down on the 12, Javier Laguin picked off an errant pass with only 48.6 seconds to go to keep the lead at only seven going into intermission.
The Bulldog offense couldn’t get much going throughout the game and the third quarter was no exception. Kobrigette Lumpkin was the workhorse on the ground for Morgan, but was swarmed by the Panthers on most of his carries. After a couple of punt exchanges, the Panthers got things going when a Morgan County punt from deep in their own territory was returned to the nine. The defense stood tall again. Jackson drove to the one, but a Morgan defender put helmet to ball to force a fumble that the Dogs recovered on the one. Quarterback Pratt Spivey connected with Laughlin on a long pass, but a clipping call brought the ball back to the Morgan County 20. This did give the Dogs some breathing room. After the field exchange between quarters, disaster struck again in the form of a lateral pass that was dropped. MOCO watched as a Panther defender picked up the loose pigskin and scampered in untouched for their second touchdown of the day. After the PAT the scoreboard read 14-0 Jackson County and that’s how it ended.
The youngsters are getting some valuable experience and some are even seeing some quality minutes on Friday night as well. This week the Dogs will travel to Putnam County on 9/7 to square off with the War Eagles.
Game time is 5:30