With only a little over two weeks before the 2018 season opener, the Morgan County Bulldogs are now in the final stages of preparation before that first game with Loganville on August 17 on the road. In preparation for that first contest, the gridiron Dogs have just finished up their final camp of the summer at Georgia Southern University. They are also prepping for their one and only scrimmage this Friday, August 3 at Jeff Davis Academy starting at 7:30.
The Bulldog triumvirate of Head Coach Bill Malone, offensive coordinator Wade Woodall, and defensive coordinator Brett Bell all weighed in on these latest and last opportunities to get ready for the season.
Concerning the FCA camp, Malone said, “We had 46 players and 10 coaches to attend FCA camp at Georgia Southern last week. FCA does a great job of making sure we pack in as much football as possible during the day. The praise music each evening, team-building time, and morning devotion for coaches and players make this camp special. This was our seventh year going and, Lord willing, we’ll be back next year.”
Bell added, “At Georgia Southern’s FCA Camp, I felt that our team bonded in a positive way that will help us this upcoming season. Our athletes got the chance to experience a college setting by staying in dorms and eating in the dining hall.”
The coaches were highly positive about this week’s game with the Yellow Jackets from Hazelhurst. Woodall commented, “We have a chance to scrimmage a quality opponent in Jeff Davis. They are coming off a playoff appearance last year. This will be a good test for us to see where we are offensively and where we need to improve. I am excited to see our athletes in a game-like setting display their talents.” Bell followed that up with, “We play a quality opponent in the scrimmage in Jeff Davis. Offensively, they run a power Wing-T and are efficient in what they do. We must play with great eye discipline and physicality to stop the run. Our players are excited about traveling down to the ‘Pinelands’ Friday and are trying to build on the momentum that we gained in our summer conditioning program.” Jeff Davis is a AA high school that competed last season in Region 2. They went 5-5 a season ago losing in the first round to a strong Thomasville squad in the first round of the playoffs 35-14. They were ranked number 20 in the final ratings according to MaxPreps.com.
It should be an interesting season with new additions and familiar faces on the schedule. Non-region opponents include Loganville, Greene County, Walnut Grove, and Oconee County. Morgan will open up the Region 8-AAA schedule with Monroe Area on 9/21. Last year’s game was a barn-burner that eventually tipped the scales in Morgan’s favor for a second-straight Region Championship.
It’s all right around the corner until the Bulldog opener on the 17th. Good luck and GO Dogs!