By Alvin Richardson
The Morgan County Bulldogs will be at home this Friday night in a game against the Franklin County Lions.
Morgan is off to a good start this season with a record of 5-1 overall and 2-0 in region play.
Franklin County is going through a rough year and have yet to post a win. The Bulldogs defeated Jackson County this past week 20-17 while the Lions were falling to powerful Jefferson 33-0.
The Morgan County / Franklin County series goes back to 1970 and the teams have played 15 times over that span.
Each team has won seven times with one tie (7-7) that came in their first meeting in 1970. Morgan County has won the past five games dating back to 2012 but Franklin won the four contests prior to that from 2006 through 2009.
Statistically the Lions have scored 61 points in five games (12.2) and have given up 159 (31.8). By contrast Morgan has scored 154 points in six games (25.7) and have surrendered 114 (19.0).
Thus far the Lions have lost games to Stephens County (42-21), Banks County (15-7), North Oconee (35-14), Habersham Central (34-19), and Jefferson (33-0). Morgan’s five wins came over Loganville (38-17), Greene County (28-15), Walnut Grove (35-14), Monroe Area (27-17), and Jackson County (20-17). The Bulldog’s lone loss came at the hands of Oconee County (34-6).
Franklin County is coached by Paul Sutherland who is in his second season at the school. Thus far he has recorded a record of 3-12. Morgan County is coached by Bill Malone who has been at the helm for 13 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 75-59.
MCHS won last year’s game in Carnesville 40-21 by riding the arm of Trent Folds who passed for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
The Dogs would like nothing better than to make it six in a row against the Lions.
If Morgan can get by Franklin it would set up a huge region contest against Jefferson the following week.