By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County will open their 2019 football slate against the Loganville Red Devils from Region 8AAAAA. Yes that is Class 5A so that means the Dogs will be playing a school two classifications higher to open their year. Loganville posted a 4-6 regular season record last year in a region that included state powerhouse Buford along with Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals. That record was good enough for a fourth place finish. The Devils then proceeded to go on the road and upset 7th ranked Southwest DeKalb (14-13) in the first round of the state playoffs before losing to Carrollton 29-6 in the second round.
Last year’s game between Morgan and Loganville was a weird one. Loganville took a 13-3 lead at halftime before a lightning storm 31 miles away upset the officials and caused a suspension of the game. The contest resumed Saturday morning and thus the Dogs traveled back to Walton County for Part Two of the game.
The Dogs fell behind 19-3 before they rallied to tie it at 19-19 but eventually fell 32-19 marking the first time in three tries (since 1998) that Loganville had defeated Morgan County.
Loganville is coached by Mike Humphreys who is 24-21 in five seasons with the Devils. His 2018 team posted wins over Morgan, Walnut Grove, North Oconee, Johnson (Gainesville) and Southwest DeKalb.
Morgan County is coming off a 5-6 campaign in which they placed third in Region 8AAA and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lovett. Morgan’s wins came over Greene County, Jackson County, Franklin County, Hart County and East Jackson.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Bill Corry Stadium.