By Alvin Richardson
Things did not look promising for the Morgan County Bulldogs last Friday night. They were on the road, in a rivalry game and on the first play of the second quarter Bulldog starting quarterback Trent Folds went down with an elbow injury. It got worse. Shortly after the injury to Folds, Greene County drove 66 yards for a touchdown and then the Tigers tallied a two point conversion after a muffed snap. That gave them an 8-6 lead but Morgan’s problems weren’t over yet. With 54 seconds left in the half Greene made another big play when their quarterback found an open receiver behind the Bulldog secondary and fired a strike that covered 65 yards resulting in six points. The PAT made it 15-6 at intermission and the Dogs were officially in trouble.
Morgan sorely needed to get momentum back on their side but the first two offensive possessions of the third quarter were spoiled with bad snaps and the Dogs still trailed 15-6 with 5:35 left in the period. That’s when they finally got the spark they needed. On second and ten from their 36 yard line Kobridgette Lumpkin took a hand-off from junior quarterback Pratt Spivey and Lumpkin darted 64 yards to the end zone. Keirreon Farley plowed through the middle and added a two point conversion to make it 15-14 to give the Bulldogs new life.
The Morgan County defensive unit, which pitched a shutout in the second half, forced a three-and-out on the ensuing series and the Dogs took over at their 39. From there they marched 61 yards in seven plays and scored on a three yard plunge from Lumpkin with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. That drive was highlighted by a 22 yard pass from Pratt Spivey to Keirreon Farley and runs of 17 and 10 yards from Quinton Proby. The two point conversion pass fell incomplete but the Bulldogs took a 20-15 lead as the third quarter ended.
Morgan’s defense continued to stifle the Tigers, not allowing another first down on Greene’s next two possessions. The MCHS defensive unit wound up giving the Bulldog offense good field position at the Tiger 45 with 7:37 left in the game. On first down Kobridgette Lumpkin gained seven yards and on second down the junior speedster took a handoff, bounced outside and put a nail in Greene’s coffin with a 38 yard run to the end zone. Quinton Proby added a two point conversion with a run through the heart of Greene County’s defensive line to make it 28-15 with 6:43 left in the contest.
The Tigers countered with a late drive to the Morgan County 21 but Elijah Reynolds recovered a fumble with 2:14 left and the Bulldogs had survived.
It looked like smooth sailing for Morgan early in the game when they drove 95 yards on 14 plays to score the first touchdown of the game. That march was keyed by a 22 yard run from Quinton Proby, and short passes to Keirreon Farley and Seth Robertson that they turned into nice gains. The touchdown came on a 24 yard pass down the middle from Trent Folds to Seth Robertson. On that play Robertson hauled in a circus catch in the back of the end zone to give Morgan a 6-0 lead but Greene outplayed the Bulldogs for the remainder of the half and forced Morgan to have to come from behind.
Kobridgette Lumpkin turned in a stellar performance on the offensive side. The junior scatback ran for 148 yards on nine carries and scored three times. Trent Folds completed 8 of 11 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown before being injured early in the second quarter. The receiving corps was led by Seth Robertson and Keirreon Farley. Robertson had three receptions for 67 yards and a score and Farley snagged four passes for 53 yards.
Morgan County was led on defense by Elijah Reynolds who had five tackles, one assist, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and a sack. Chris Walls also had an outstanding game. He tallied four tackles, two assists, two tackles for loss and two quarterback pressures. D.J. Jones and Cole Freeman also had solid outings for the Bulldog defensive unit.
It was Morgan County’s third win in a row against their rivals from across the Oconee River and their tenth over the past eleven games dating back to 2007.
The Bulldogs will pay a visit to Walnut Grove High School next Friday night to take on the Class 5A Warriors. Game time is 7:30.
Morgan County vs Greene County Score by Quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Morgan Co. 6 0 14 8 28
Greene Co. 0 15 0 0 15
Morgan County vs Greene County Yardage Totals
Rushing Passing Total
Morgan Co. 187 137 324
Greene Co. 101 64 165
(Note: Morgan had minus 71 rushing yards on QB sacks thus 187 is net rushing)
Morgan County vs Greene County Key Defensive Stats
Player Solos Assists TFL FR QBP Sacks Other
Elijah Reynolds 5 1 1 1 0 1
Chris Walls 4 2 2 0 2 0
D.J. Jones 5 1 1 0 0 0
Cole Freeman 5 4 2 0 0 0 FF
Key Malone 2 3 1 0 0 0
Seth Robertson 2 3 0 0 0 0
Jacob Pritchett 1 0 1 0 0 0 FF
Zan Mohone 2 2 1 0 0 0 PBU
(Key: TFL = Tackle for loss, FR = Fumble Recovery, QBP = Quarterback pressure, FF = Forced Fumble, PBU = Pass broken up)
Morgan County vs Greene County Key Offensive Stats
Rushing Att. / Yards Yards / Carry TD’s 2 Pt.
Kobridgette Lumpkin 9 / 148 16.4 3
Quinton Proby 10 / 77 7.7 0 1
Keirreon Farley 2 / 19 9.5 0 1
Seth Robertson 3 / 14 4.7 0
Passing Comp. / Att. Yards TD’s
Trent Folds 8 / 11 103 1
Pratt Spivey 2 / 5 34 0
Receiving Receptions Yards Yds. / Catch TD’s
Seth Robertson 3 67 22.3 1
Keirreon Farley 4 53 13.3 0
Al Edwards 2 18 9.0 0
Scores of Interest
Monroe Area 17 Loganville 14
Clarke Central 28 Oconee County 21
North Hall 16 Jackson County 0
Franklin County 15 Banks County 7
Hart County 26 Stephens County 13
Jefferson (Did not play)
East Jackson (Did not play)
Walnut Grove (Did not play)