By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County will play host to the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes this Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. This one has shaped up as a contest between the two heavyweights of Region 8AAA and witnessing it will likely be worth a good deal more than the price of admission. The two old rivals have played 47 times since 1948, but Friday’s contest is by far the most significant in the history of the series. The team that comes out on top in this one will be in the driver’s seat to win the region title and a number one seeding for the state playoffs. This is, without a doubt, the biggest regular season game for Morgan County in over a decade. The Hurricanes, under first-year coach Kevin Reach, have made an amazing turnaround. They posted a 3-8 record in 2016 but Reach has made an immediate impact and has his squad rolling with a perfect 7-0 mark. The Canes are ranked 8th in the consensus polls (combination of several statewide polls) and within Class AAA are second in margin of victory (26.4) and 4th in scoring (41.1). Their closest game this season was a 24-14 opening win over Class AAAAA Loganville.
Morgan County, under Bill Malone (11th season), is 5-1 and ranked 11th in the consensus polls. Within Class AAA the Bulldogs are ranked 5th in margin of victory (23.1) and 6th in scoring (39.5) and are on pace to break the school record for most points scored in a season (444 in 1962 in 14 games).
The Bulldogs will need every bit of support that their fans can muster in order to win this one, so plan to be a part of what is sure to be an electric atmosphere at Bill Corry Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
(For more information on how the two teams match up, see the ‘Tale of the Tape’ in sports.)