By R. Alan Richardson
The MCHS JV football team put a whuppin’ on the Jackson Red Devils this past week 40-16 in a lopsided blowout. The team is now 4-1 on the season and shows much promise for the future of Bulldog football.
The Dogs scored early and often in this one including on their first possession. Morgan took the kickoff and behind the running of Tre Hawkins and Jay Eubanks went 70 yards in six plays to draw first blood. Hawkins had a big run of 30 yards to carry the Dogs to the Jackson 30 before Eubanks went 30 more on a sweep for the touchdown with only 6:13 showing on the first quarter clock. The TD was capped off by a pass from Pratt Spivey to Samaurea Ward for the two-point conversion to give the home team an 8-0 lead.
Jackson returned the favor by going on a 51-yard drive themselves for a touchdown. The two-point conversion tied the game at 8-8. It looked like this one would be a track meet. The Bulldog defense stiffened up after that and kept the Red Devils out of the end zone until late in the game after the coaches had substituted heavily.
The scoring in the first half included a Spivey to Rogers Clark pass that covered 77 yards. The PAT failed to give Morgan the lead for good at 14-8. Later in the first quarter, defensive end Damien Walker got a nice sack on the Jackson quarterback that caused a fumble. Rodney Stephens grabbed the loose ball for a scoop and score with 1:20 showing. A quarterback sack on the extra point attempt made it 20-8. Walker had a great afternoon from his defensive end position. He was in the Jackson backfield all night accounting for several tackles for loss, sacks, and individual tackles.
Jackson had a long touchdown run called back on the first play of the second quarter that could have made things close, but the holding infraction gave Morgan new life. The Dogs went on to score two more times before the half. Ashton Cooper had a 26-yard pass reception for touchdown from Spivey after Walker tackled the punter for a second time in the contest to give MOCO great field position. It only took two plays for the Dogs to take advantage of it. Spivey’s nice over-the-shoulder throw was followed up by another missed extra point attempt. 26-8 was the score, but after a short drive by Jackson, Morgan took it in again. With only :29 seconds in the half and the Dogs looking at a fourth and two from the Jackson two-yard line, Hawkins plunged in for the score. It was 34-8 after Spivey again hit Cooper for the PAT. It was over at the half. A lot of subs got significant playing time in the third and fourth periods.
The second half showed quarterback DJ Smith scoring with 5:26 remaining in the game when he swept to his left on a quarterback keeper. The 15-yard run made it 40-8 after a failed two-point attempt. Smith had a nice half running the football. Jackson scored with under 3:00 remaining and made good on the PAT for the final score of 40-16.
The defense was led by Walker, Dominic Frazzita, Ward, Javier Laguin, Antonio Howell, Ceaser Futch, Zachary Martin, William Jeffries, Stephens, Clark, Jamorrion Lewis, Lyshon Swain, Butler, Michael Young, Sawyer Frost, Cam Jeffries, Robert Armstrong, Hawkins, Eubanks, and many others who recorded tackles.
Defensive coordinator Carter Shultz said, “I thought we played very well in the Jackson game. Anytime you can score 40 points in 8 minute quarters, you are doing something right. Coach Mathis did a great job with play calling and the kids executed well. Defensively, after the first drive we were much more focused and began to have our way. This team is starting to really work together and they are becoming more and more cohesive. I’m excited to see how we can finish the season off against Jackson County and Hart, our only two losses last year.”
Next up for the JV will be a home game on the Oct. 17 at 5:30 against Jackson County.