By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County hits the road this week to take on a dangerous foe in what is surely a big region game for both teams.
The Bulldogs will tangle with a Franklin County squad who came within a whisker of pulling off a major upset this past Friday. The Lions led or were tied with a powerful Jefferson team for most of the night before falling 17-10 when Jefferson scored with 14 seconds left. Franklin’s 2018 season hasn’t gone well as the Lions have posted just one win against four losses but their near miss against Jefferson may have given them some new found confidence.
Franklin County has historically been a tough game for Morgan County and the Lions are one of only a handful of teams that lead in the all-time series.
The Lions have posted a record of 7-6-1 against Morgan County dating back to the first meeting in 1970.
On the flip side Morgan has won the past four contests in dominant fashion. The Dogs have outscored the Lions 179 to 69 since 2012 and need to post a win in Carnesville to stay in the hunt for a home playoff game.
Franklin’s lone win this season came against Banks County (17-0) with their losses coming at the hands of Stephens County 13-3), Habersham Central (35-20), North Oconee (35-7) and Jefferson (17-10). That gives the Lions a scoring average of 11.4 and an average of 20 points per game allowed.
Morgan’s scoring average is 15.0 and they have allowed an average of 24.7 in six games.
The Lions have a new head coach this season. Paul Sutherland is in his first season as a head coach in Georgia but is a veteran coach. Sutherland was previously the head man at Pendleton High School in South Carolina for 17 seasons where he was the longest tenured coach in school history.
His teams won four region titles, 119 games and posted a winning percentage of .630 over that span.