By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County will have their toughest assignment of the young season this coming Friday night as they take on the Oconee County Warriors of Region 8AAAA. The Warriors have made life difficult for the Bulldogs, winning the past five meetings. Morgan County last defeated Oconee in 2013 when they blasted the Warriors 56-14 but the Dogs have had very little luck with their neighbors to the north since then. The series dates back to 1968 and the teams have played 27 times over that span. Oconee leads 14-12-1 overall and posted a 20-0 win over Morgan County in 2018.
Oconee County is off to a 2-1 record in 2019 with wins over Jefferson (21-20) and Spalding (35-13). Their lone loss was to Clarke Central (28-21). Morgan comes in with a 3-0 mark winning games against Loganville (38-17), Greene County (28-15) and Walnut Grove (35-14). Morgan will be without starting quarterback Trent Folds for the second week after he suffered an injury to his left elbow in the first half of the Greene County game.
In 2018 Oconee finished 6-5 and third in Region 8AAAA. They lost to Troup in the first round of the state playoffs 45-28. Morgan also finished 2018 with a 6-5 record and a first round loss to Lovett in the state playoffs.
The Warriors will bring some potent offensive weapons to Bill Corry Stadium on Friday night. Quarterback Max Johnson is committed to LSU and the senior signal caller boasts a strong, accurate arm and plenty of solid players around him. Among those are his brother Jake Johnson who is a sophomore wide receiver. The younger Johnson is listed at 6’ 5” and 210 pounds and is a college prospect as well.
Oconee County is coached by veteran Travis Nolan. Nolan has a career record of 110-53-0 over 15 seasons including stops at Stephens County and two schools in North Carolina. He has been at Oconee since 2014 and has posted a record of 37-23 over that span. Morgan County has not beaten Oconee since Nolan’s arrival.
This will be the Bulldog’s final game before the region schedule begins against Monroe Area on September 27th.
Game time for the Oconee contest is 7:30 p.m. at Bill Corry Stadium.