By Alvin Richardson
The Morgan County Bulldogs ended their spring drills on a high note with a convincing 34-21 road win over the Jackson Red Devils this past Friday night. The Dogs were in control from the outset. They scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and the MCHS defense did not allow a first down until Jackson’s fifth offensive possession.
Head Coach Bill Malone was pleased with the play of his team and with how spring practice went overall. Following the contest he noted a few highlights and said, “I was very proud of our kids. Not only did they execute well for a spring game but to see the older guys actively pulling for the young guys makes me excited about the upcoming summer and fall. The coaching staff did a super job getting our kids ready in just nine days of practice.” Malone added, “I think people took note of the way our kids filled out their uniforms. The weight room coupled with our “Feed the Bulldogs” program is paying off. A big thanks to everyone who has contributed as well as to Crowe’s Barbeque who fed the team Thursday evening.”
Morgan set the tone early on their first offensive possession. Kobridgette Lumpkin had two runs totaling over 20 yards and Seth Robertson added 15 more on a sweep. From midfield quarterback Trent Folds unleashed a dart down the left sideline to wide out Denver Laughlin for the game’s first touchdown. The Bulldog’s did not have a kicker available for the game and went for two but failed and it was 6-0.
The Bulldog defensive unit dialed up a three-and-out and the offense went back to work. With Morgan County’s offensive line controlling the trenches Lumpkin reeled off a couple of solid runs and Folds completed a slant to Robertson. On the next play Folds found Aijalon Edwards #3 down the right sideline for 30 yards and then hit Chris Walls on a run-pass option for five more. From the seven yard line Folds found Jerritt Wyatt on a slant and Wyatt made a nice grab in traffic for the score. The PAT run failed but it was 12-0 with 6:24 left in the opening quarter.
Morgan made it 18-0 on their next drive but they didn’t have to go far thanks to Bulldog safety Al Edwards. Edwards intercepted a Red Devil pass near mid-field and weaved his way to the Jackson three yard line. From there Kobridgette Lumpkin darted over and it was 18-0 with 4:32 left in the opening quarter.
From there it was academic. The Bulldogs began to substitute so that the coaches could get a look at some younger players. Jackson scored twice to make it 18-14 but Morgan’s number one offense returned to restore order. They scored just before halftime when Robertson made a beautiful catch at the goal line on a pass from Folds to make it 26-14. That touchdown was set up with big plays from Robertson, who got 25 yards on a swing pass, and on a slant route from Folds to Rogers Clarke good for 15 more.
With the Bulldogs substituting freely Jackson picked up another touchdown to make it 26-21 but the Dogs responded again. Quinton Proby popped through the middle and shot 45 yards on one play and then went 18 yards on the next play. From the three yard line Proby took it over and Ashton Cooper made a circus catch on a fade route for the two point conversion. That left the score 34-21 and Malone played his youngsters the rest of the way.
Morgan County opens their 2019 season in Madison on Friday, August 23rd against Loganville.