By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County ran their season record to 3-0 on the 2019 campaign with a 35-14 drubbing of Walnut Grove last Friday night at Warrior Stadium. The Bulldogs cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead as the offense scored on five straight possessions and the defense held Walnut Grove without a first down over the opening two quarters.
Morgan’s ground game led the way as the offensive line controlled Walnut Grove’s front seven. They rolled up 10 first downs in the first half and finished the contest with 257 yards. Kobridgette Lumpkin led all rushers with 85 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns but he got plenty of help from Seth Robertson (48 yards) and Quinton Proby (46 yards). Quarterback Pratt Spivey was on target and efficient as he completed six of 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Rogers Clark who snagged three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown.
The defense was led by Elijah Reynolds who finished with two tackles, two assists, an interception, a broken up pass and a sack. He was ably supported by D.J. Jones who came through with two tackles, a pair of assists and a fumble recovery. Cole Freeman also turned in a solid performance as he collected a tackle, two assists, and forced a fumble on a big hit. The first unit defense did not play in the second half.
Morgan got going quickly with a 10 play, 65 yard drive that was punctuated by a 27 yard run from Kobridgette Lumpkin and a 13 yard pass play from Pratt Spivey to Rogers Clark. Quinton Proby put MCHS in front on a six yard run with 7:49 left in the opening quarter and Bennett Ianelli split the uprights for a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldog defensive unit pushed Walnut Grove backwards on the ensuing possession and forced a punt. After a penalty set Morgan back, Seth Robertson went on a spectacular weaving run that covered 35 yards to the Warrior 17. On the next play Lumpkin bounced outside and scored at the 4:54 mark. Ianelli’s PAT made it 14-0 and it only got worse for Walnut Grove from there.
Walnut Grove suffered two sacks at the hands of Morgan’s defense and punted to mid-field. Seven plays later the Bulldogs were in the end zone again, courtesy of another TD from Kobridgette Lumpkin. This one came from 21 yards out and made it 21-0 with eight seconds left in the first quarter.
Coordinator Brett Bell and his defensive guys came up with their third consecutive three-and-out and Al Edwards returned the ensuing punt 24 yards to the Walnut Grove 29. After a penalty, Keirreon Farley ran for nine yards on a jet sweep and Pratt Spivey hit Austin Knight on a 27 yard pass play to the one yard line. From there Farley took a direct snap and pounded over to make it 28-0 with 7:27 left until intermission.
The Bulldog defensive unit wouldn’t budge and two minutes later Morgan’s offense was on the move again. This time they produced a 59 yard, five play drive that resulted in their fifth touchdown of the half. Spivey hit Al Edwards on a curl route and Edwards turned it into a 30 yard gain. Two plays later Spivey found Rogers Clark in the end zone on a fade route that was good for 26 yards and six points. Bennett Ianelli kicked his fifth straight extra point and Morgan was up 35-0 with 3:00 left in the half.
Over the final two quarters Morgan was able to substitute freely and the number two defensive unit acquitted themselves well. Walnut Grove finally got on the board with 7:53 left in the contest on a 60 yard drive to make it 35-7. The Warriors scored once more with four seconds left in the game to make the final score 35-14.
Morgan County called on freshman quarterback D.J. Smith to lead the offense in the second half and the 9th grader responded with a pass completion and 33 yards on four rushes. Another freshman, running back Jacere Cooper, added 34 yards on six tries and the offensive line held their own against Walnut Grove’s first unit.
The Bulldogs face off against old rival Oconee County in week four. That contest will be played at Bill Corry Stadium at 7:30 on Friday, September 13th. A preview of that game can be found in a separate article.
Morgan County vs Walnut Grove Score by Quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Morgan Co. 21 14 0 0 35
Walnut Grove 0 0 0 14 14
Morgan County vs Walnut Grove Yardage Totals
Rushing Passing Total
Morgan Co. 257 106 363
Walnut Grove 73 75 148
Morgan County vs Walnut Grove Key Defensive Stats
Player Solos Assists TFL FF FR Int. Sacks
Elijah Reynolds 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
D.J. Jones 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Cole Freeman 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
Key Malone 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
Antonio Howell 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Pritchett 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Note: TFL = Tackle for loss / FF = Forced fumble / FR = Fumble recovery
Morgan County vs Walnut Grove Key Offensive Stats
Passing Comp. / Att. Yards TD’s
Pratt Spivey 6 / 10 104 1
Demarcus Smith 1 / 2 2 0
Rushing Att. Yards Yards / Carry TD’s
Kobridgette Lumpkin 7 85 12.1 2
Seth Robertson 2 48 24.0 0
Quinton Proby 11 46 4.2 1
Jacere Cooper 6 34 5.7 0
Demarcus Smith 4 33 8.3 0
Keirreon Farley 3 11 3.7 1
Receiving Receptions Yards Yards / Catch TD’s
Rogers Clark 3 45 15.0 1
Al Edwards 1 30 30.0 0
Austin Knight 1 28 28.0 0
Owen Peters 1 2 2.0 0
Keirreon Farley 1 1 1.0 0
Kicking PAT’s FG’s Total Pts.
Bennett Ianelli 5 / 5 0-1 (37 yds) 5
Scores of Interest
Oconee County 35 Spalding 13
North Oconee 23 Loganville 14
Pace Academy 25 Monroe Area 0
Hart County 40 Commerce 20
Jackson County 31 Lumpkin County 0
East Jackson 30 Oglethorpe County 7
Jefferson 62 West Hall 7
Putnam County 43 Greene County 35
Franklin County Did not play