By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County made a nearly three hour trek to Hazlehurst, Georgia last Friday night to take on the Jeff Davis High School Yellow Jackets.
After that long journey the Bulldogs wound up playing a little less than two quarters because of inclement weather.
The game ended in a 7-7 tie with MCHS scoring on a 30 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mario Folds to sophomore receiver Denver Laughlin for their only points.
Jeff Davis put together a drive late in the second quarter to tie the game and the scrimmage ended moments later due to lightning in the area and never resumed.
Jeff Davis plays in region 2AA and posted a 5-5 record last season, making the state playoffs before losing to Benedictine in the first round.
Benedictine wound up as the runner-up in Class AA last season.
Head coach Bill Malone made a few comments on the game and noted, “I was excited that many of our guys played with a real sense of toughness. I thought our young players did well in their first time playing against someone else. It will be good to see Loganville (Morgan County’s opening opponent on August 17th) play next Friday night and get some film on them. There are plenty of scenarios we’ll work into practice for the next two weeks that will help put our players in a better position to be successful.”
On the offensive side coordinator Wade Woodall commented on his group and said, “I thought we played well. We only had the ball for three possessions but we moved inside the red zone each time but only scored once. We just need to clean up a few things so we can capitalize on those situations.”
Defensively for Morgan County coordinator Brett Bell had this to say about his unit’s performance. “We did some good things in the scrimmage. I was particularly impressed with the play of Jordan Huff, Denver Laughlin and Cole Freeman. Those guys gave us the fanatical effort needed to be a successful defense. After a scrimmage you start to learn a lot about your team and how they respond to playing someone in a different jersey. I was excited that we gave up only seven points in the first half. That number is respectable against a quality opponent with a great front. We still have a lot of things to correct, mainly cutting down on explosive plays. We look to improve in this area and are excited for our first game against Loganville.”
Morgan County opens their regular season schedule August 17th at Class AAAAA Loganville.