Dogs sneak past Hart County 20-7

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By Alvin Richardson

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The Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t exactly steamroll Hart County Friday night but they put a “W” on the board with a 20-7 victory.  That was enough to put the Bulldogs squarely in control of their own destiny with regard to Morgan’s Region 8AAA region championship aspirations.  Head Coach Bill Malone was more or less in agreement with that statement and said, “An ugly win is better than an ugly loss.  We had three really poor practices leading up to the Hart County game – probably because last week was a very emotional one for our guys for a number of reasons.  I was proud of our defense for limiting Hart County to seven points.  It sure makes it easier to win when your defense plays like they did.”

That defensive unit yielded 271 total yards (60 on a meaningless last play when the outcome was decided) and was led by Tre’mon Moore, Brandon Smith, Rambo Rambus, Cole Freeman, Denver Laughlin, Quin Williams, Tre Davis and Jayson Fryzell.  Offensively Morgan got touchdowns on Brandon Smith’s 43 yard scamper and a Trey Patterson to Anthony Cooper pass.  Placekicker Carlos Hernandez booted a pair of extra points and field goals of 46 and 36 yards.

It looked like another blowout was on tap as the Dogs raced out to a 17-0 lead with 5:28 left in the half but the Bulldogs from Hart County did not fold.  They put together a 13 play, 95 yard drive that culminated with their only scoring drive of the night and scored with just 40 seconds left before intermission to trim the lead to 17-7 – and the second half turned into a dogfight.

The Bulldogs drew first blood with 3:52 left in the opening period.  Following a short punt Morgan had good field position at midfield and it took just two plays for them to score.  On second and four from the 43 Brandon Smith took a handoff on the jet sweep and went the distance.  Carlos Hernandez was true on the PAT and Morgan led 7-0.

On the ensuing series Morgan County’s defensive unit forced a three and out and Hart punted to the Bulldog 42.  The Dogs ate up 29 yards in five plays but stalled at the Hart County 29.  On the first play of the second quarter Hernandez calmly booted a 46 yard field goal to give Morgan a 10-0 advantage.

From that point Hart punted twice and Morgan County once and the Bulldogs won the battle of field position.  Starting at the Hart County 43 MCHS ground out three first downs and reached the Hart

Morgan County vs Hart County by Quarters


Hart Co. 0 7 0 0 7

Morgan Co. 7 10 3 0 20

Morgan County vs Hart County Offensive Yardage Totals

Team Rushing Passing Total

Hart Co. 131 140 271

Morgan Co. 159 41 200

Morgan County vs Hart County Key Defensive Stats

Name Tackles Assists TFL Int. FF FR PBU Sacks

Tre’mon Moore 2 7 1 1 1 1

Rambo Rambus463

Cole Freeman 1 12 1 1

Quin Williams 1 6 1 1

Denver Laughlin 5 5 1

Jayson Fryzell 2 9 1

Tre Davis 2 8

Brandon Smith 1 5 1

(Key: TFL = Tackle for loss, FF = Forced Fumble, FR = Fumble Recovery, PBU = Pass broken up, Int. = Interception)

Morgan County vs Hart County Key Offensive Stats

Rushing Yards / Carries Average / Carry Longest TD’s

Brandon Smith 43/1 43.0 43 1

Trey Patterson41/113.726

Rambo Rambus 13/36 2.8 13

Tre’mon Moore 3/26 8.7 18

Passing Comp. / Att. Yards Longest TD’s

Trey Patterson 7/21 41     9 1

Receiving Rec. / Yards Longest TD’s

Brandon Smith       4/22 9

Anthony Cooper       1/7 7 1

Jordan Huff       1/44

K.J. Wyatt       1/88

Region 8AAA Region Standings (Thru 10/20/17)

Team Region Record Overall Record

Morgan Co. 3-0 7-1

Monroe Area 2-1 7-1

Hart Co. 2-1 2-6

Jackson Co. 1-2 4-4

Franklin Co. 1-2 2-6

East Jackson 0-3 1-6



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