By Alvin Richardson
Something had to give in the Morgan County football game versus Oconee County. It was Friday the 13th, there was a full moon and just for good measure Mother Nature decided to throw in a pretty good dash of lightning. Ultimately the beneficiary of all that karma turned out to be Oconee County as the Warriors held off a determined Morgan County squad in the first quarter and then seized control of the game.
The Bulldogs were in charge of the early going against their long-time rival and looked like the better team for nearly a quarter. Ultimately the Bulldogs couldn’t finish off a pair of promising drives and when Oconee County finally counter-punched they did it in a big way.
With 1:48 left in the opening quarter Morgan County had dominated the stat sheet. They had run 20 plays to Oconee’s three, had accumulated six first downs to none for the Warriors and led in total yards 84 to four. Unfortunately the Dogs didn’t have any points to show for their efforts after suffering a turnover on downs and an interception.
Following the interception Oconee took possession and four plays later threw a haymaker that resulted in a 60 yard touchdown run with just eight seconds left in the first period for a 7-0 lead. The teams traded blows evenly over the next seven minutes of play but the Warriors got in another solid punch late in the half. With 3:56 remaining in the second quarter they broke their second long run of the night, this one a 51 yard jaunt that made it 14-0.
At that point the Bulldogs were still in the fight but on their first play from scrimmage following the kickoff the Dogs suffered a fumble. Oconee pounced on it at the 19 and five plays later they found pay dirt to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room and Morgan was in big trouble.
At the start of the evening Morgan County took the opening kickoff and moved crisply to the Oconee County 15. Along the way they got 13 yards on a sprint out pass from Pratt Spivey to Al Edwards, 15 yards on a pass from Spivey to Chris Walls and nine more when Spivey connected with Denver Laughlin. Morgan reached the Warrior 15 yard line and faced fourth and two. The Dogs shifted into a power set but an early snap spoiled the play and Oconee took over.
The Bulldog defensive unit produced a three-and-out on Oconee’s first series and the Morgan offensive unit was off and running again. This time they drove 33 yards to the Warrior 35 highlighted by a pair of pass completions. Spivey hit Jerrit Wyatt for 19 yards and two plays later found Keirreon Farley for 19 more. The drive ended when Oconee County came up with an interception at the 35.
From there Oconee rebounded and scored 21 unanswered points to take control of the game. Their Warriors made it 28-0 with 7:35 left in the third quarter after they used their ground game to move 64 yards in nine plays. The TD came on a 21 yard run.
Morgan County’s Jacere Cooper returned the kickoff past midfield but the Dogs couldn’t advance from there. Pratt Spivey punted to the Oconee one yard line and the Warriors promptly fumbled. D.J. Jones gobbled it up at the eight and three plays later Morgan’s Keirreon Farley ran up the middle for six points with 4:42 left in the third period to make it 28-6.
On Oconee’s ensuing possession Denver Laughlin came up with an interception to give the Dogs a little hope. Morgan County drove to the Warriors 38 but a fourth down pass attempt fell incomplete as the fourth quarter opened and six plays later Oconee’s fine quarterback Max Johnson (headed to LSU) ran a keeper play for 54 yards and a touchdown to seal Morgan’s fate. Before the extra point could be attempted, at the 8:07 mark of the fourth quarter, lightning came and the game never resumed. Oconee County left town with a 34-6 win.
Denver Laughlin, back from injury, led the defense with four tackles, three assists and an interception. Cole Freeman helped the cause with four tackles and eight assists D.J. Jones turned in another solid performance with two tackles, three assists, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
On offense Pratt Spivey completed 10 of 19 passes for 97 yards, Quinton Proby led the rushing attack with 43 yards on 10 carries and the receiving corps was led by Jerrit Wyatt who had two catches for 25 yards, by Seth Robertson who snagged three balls for 18 yards and by Keirreon Farley who had one catch for 19 yards.
Morgan County is off this coming week and will open their region schedule against defending region champ Monroe Area on September 26th at Bill Corry Stadium in Madison. Game time is 7:30.
Morgan County vs Oconee County Score by Quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Oconee County 7 14 7 6 34
Morgan County 0 0 6 0 6
Morgan County vs Oconee County Yardage Totals
Rushing Passing Total
Oconee County 344 39 383
Morgan County 77 97 174
Morgan County vs Oconee County Key Defensive Stats
Player Solos Assists TFL Int. FR QBP Other
Denver Laughlin 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
Cole Freeman 4 8 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Jones 2 3 1 0 1 1 0
Elijah Reynolds 1 4 0 0 0 0 FF
Note: TFL = Tackle for loss / QBP = QB pressure / FF = Forced fumble / FR = Fumble recovery
Morgan County vs Oconee County Key Offensive Stats
Passing Comp. / Att. Yards TD’s
Pratt Spivey 10 / 19 97 0
Rushing Att. Yards Yards / Carry TD’s
Quinton Proby 10 43 4.3 0
Kobridgette Lumpkin 11 36 3.3 0
Keirreon Farley 1 1 1.0 1
Receiving Receptions Yards Yards / Catch TD’s
Jerrit Wyatt 2 15 12.5 0
Keirreon Farley 1 19 19.0 0
Seth Robertson 3 18 6.0 0
Chris Walls 1 15 15.0 0
Al Edwards 2 11 5.5 0
Denver Laughlin 1 0 9.0 0
Scores of Interest
Monroe Area 42 Walnut Grove 2
East Jackson 38 Banks County 0
Hart County 32 Madison County 9
Apalachee 21 Jackson County 14
Jefferson (canceled lightning)
Franklin County vs Habersham Central (rescheduled for Sept. 27th)
Greene County (did not play)
Region 8AAA Schedule for September 27th
Monroe Area at Morgan County
Jackson County at Hart County
Jefferson at East Jackson
Habersham Central at Franklin County (non-region game)