The 2017 edition of Morgan County’s Bulldogs etched their name in the record books of school history by winning back to back region titles for only the fifth time since 1948. Along the way they posted a record of 9-2 and set a school record for most points averaged per game (35.27). The Morgan County community may have set a record for attendance at a single game when they stormed the gates for the Bulldogs contest versus Monroe Area on October 13th, a game in which the Dogs upset the sixth ranked Purple Hurricanes 22-21. That crowd was estimated to be somewhere north of 4,000 people.
There were also some individual records set during 2017. Trey Patterson set records for most completions (149), passing yards (2537) and passing touchdowns 29) in a season and most passing yards, touchdowns and completions for a career. Anthony Cooper set records for most receiving yards (936) and receiving touchdowns (15) in a season as well as becoming the third most prolific receiver in total yards (and he did that playing just one year of varsity football.) Jordan Huff set a school record for most receptions in a season with 48.
On the defensive side Cole Freeman led the team in tackles (solos plus assists) with 82 followed closely by Tre’mon Moore (74), Tre Davis (71), Rambo Rambus (69) and Jayson Fryzel (63). In the tackles for loss (TFL) category Tre’mon Moore led the way with 17, Jayson Fryzel finished with 16 and Tre Davis had 10. Jordan Huff led Morgan with five interceptions, two of which were returned for TD’s and Jayson Fryzel was the sack leader with seven.
The 2017 Bulldogs also put themselves in fine company by becoming the 13th team since the Bill Corry era to win at least nine games. Those teams include squads from 1963, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012. Those teams represent the best of Morgan County football in the past 55 years.
Over the course of the 2017 campaign Morgan County outscored their opponents 35.2 to 18.6. Their only losses of the year came at the hands of Class AAAA Oconee County by a score of 30-22 and to East Hall in the state playoffs by a score of 50-36.
The final stats for both offensive and defensive leaders are included along with a table comparing the best Morgan County football teams since 1962, which was the last time MCHS won a state title.
(Note: Between 1963 and 1989 there were region playoffs and only the region champion advanced to the state playoffs. Between 1990 and 1995 the top two teams in each region advanced to the state playoffs and beginning in 1996 the top four teams from each region advanced to the state playoffs. It is also noteworthy to mention that the 1977 team went 8-3, were region champs and lost in what would be considered the quarterfinals to Jeff Davis 16-7.)