By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County and Loganville have played some weird games lately. In 2018 the two squads had to finish their contest on Saturday morning after lightning stopped play at halftime. Loganville prevailed in that one 32-19. Last Friday’s game was eerily similar as the teams suffered through two lightning delays and finished the game just before midnight. There was one major difference this year as Bill Malone’s Dogs routed Loganville 38-17 at Bill Corry Stadium and got their 2019 campaign off to a rousing start against a Class 5A opponent.
A pleased Coach Bill Malone noted, “If our kids continue to play with as much energy and tenacity as we did against Loganville, we’re going to be a fun team to watch this season.”
The Bulldog’s passing game was on target, the first unit defense surrendered just 142 yards (35 rushing) and Morgan won the special teams game with a kickoff return for six points. Loganville made a mess of their special teams as their punter was twice called for putting his knee on the ground while catching the snap and Morgan took full advantage of the field position.
The Bulldogs took control of this one early and led 14-0 at the quarter mark and 32-7 at intermission. The game’s start was delayed by 45 minutes and once more at the 9:04 mark of the second quarter for another 40 minutes but the Dogs took both in stride and steadily pulled away for the win.
Morgan drew first blood by using a little trickery. Quarterback Trent Folds handed off to Al Edwards on a jet sweep and Edwards found Jerrit Wyatt all alone on a 38 yard touchdown strike. Folds ran in a two point conversion for an 8-0 lead at the 4:58 mark of the opening quarter and that lead that would never be threatened.
Morgan widened their advantage later in the quarter when they drove 39 yards for another score. The big play of that march was a pass from Trent Folds to Chris Walls that covered 22 yards and gave the Bulldogs a first and goal at the four yard line. Two plays later Folds sneaked over from the one. The PAT run fell short but Morgan led 14-0 as the first quarter was ending.
On the ensuing series it looked like Loganville had scored on a 71 yard screen pass but a holding penalty negated the play and Morgan got the ball back after forcing a punt. They promptly marched 48 yards for their third touchdown of the game. That drive was punctuated by a 40 yard pass from Folds to Jerrit Wyatt that carried to the five yard line and Keirreon Farley swept wide for six points on the next play to make it 20-0 just before the lightning delay.
Forty minutes later play resumed and after the teams traded possessions. Ultimately Loganville found the end zone on a 43 yard drive to make it 20-7 but the Bulldogs had a swift answer. On the ensuing kickoff Seth Robertson hauled in the kick and bolted 85 yards for a touchdown. That made it 26-7 with 2:35 left in the half but Morgan wasn’t through. The Bulldog defensive unit, which was rugged all night long, came through with a quick three-and-out and Loganville’s punter went to a knee to field the punt leaving Morgan with a short field. They took possession at the Red Devil 33 with 1:38 to go but the Dogs only needed a few of those seconds to score. On the first play Folds took the shotgun snap and fired a perfect spiral to Kobridgette Lumpkin in the corner of the end zone to make it 32-7 and that one broke Loganville’s back.
The Red Devils added a 35 yard field goal in the third quarter and Morgan countered with a 28 yard scoring strike from Folds to Jerrit Wyatt to make it 38-10. The Bulldog coaching staff played their younger players from that point on. Loganville added seven points on a late drive but it mattered little as the Dogs posted a 38-17 win.
Offensively Morgan was led by quarterback Trent Folds who completed 13 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, by Quinton Proby who ran for 32 yards and by Jerrit Wyatt who snagged three passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively the Bulldog’s first unit yielded just 142 yards and limited Loganville to five first downs. That unit was led by D.J. Jones who had four total tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two and a half sacks. Cole Freeman continued his stellar career at linebacker with eight total tackles and a tackle for loss. Key Malone, Denver Laughlin and Criston Foster all had solid outings for the Morgan County defensive unit.
Morgan County travels to Greene County next Friday to take on the Tigers. Game time is 7:30.