By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County went toe-to-toe with state powerhouse Calhoun for a half last Friday night at Phil Reeves Stadium but couldn’t sustain it over the final two quarters, ultimately losing a 38-10 decision. Morgan led 10-7 at the end of one quarter before Calhoun surged back to take a 17-10 lead at intermission. The home team then showed their pedigree by scoring on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 31-10 and put the game out of reach. The loss gave Morgan a 7-4 mark for the campaign while Calhoun improved to 10-1.
The Bulldogs shocked Calhoun’s home crowd when senior Seth Robertson bolted 95 yards with the opening kickoff for a 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets came right back to tie the score just a few moments later powered by a 66 yard run to the one and a touchdown two plays later. With just 1:06 elapsed off the game clock each team had already found the end zone and at that point it looked like this one would be a wild affair.
After those two quick strikes Morgan went on offense for the first time and moved the ball handily against a Calhoun defense that had given up just over nine points per game. They drove to the Yellow Jacket 10 yard line on the strength of a 32 yard pass from Trent Folds to Jerrit Wyatt and another pass from Folds to Kobridgette Lumpkin that netted 12 more yards and a first down at the Calhoun 12 yard line. From there the Jackets stiffened but Bennett Ianelli booted a 27 yard field goal to give Morgan a 10-7 lead with 7:54 left in the opening period.
Calhoun responded with a kickoff return to midfield but four plays later Morgan’s defense stopped them on a fourth and two at the Bulldog 43. MCHS took over on downs but two plays later a fumble and return to Morgan’s 20 gave the Yellow Jackets a prime scoring opportunity. Calhoun picked up a first down and got all the way to Morgan’s five yard line before the Bulldog defense halted the drive with a stop on third and five. The Jackets opted for a 22 yard field goal that flew wide left and Morgan clung to their 10-7 lead with 3:03 left in the first frame.
From there the defenses settled in and the next four possessions ended with punts. With 8:47 left in the second quarter Calhoun faced third and seven from their 16 when they went deep for 57 yards to the Morgan County 27. The Yellow Jackets got a first down on a pass interference penalty and advanced to the Bulldog 11 yard but Al Edwards broke up a third down pass to force a field goal. This time the Calhoun kicker was true and the score was knotted at 10-10 with 5:48 left in the half.
On the ensuing possession Morgan was called for offensive pass interference and couldn’t overcome it. Calhoun got the ball back at their 45 and had a fourth and one at the Bulldog 48. They elected to go for it and a dive play looked to be stopped short but a good spot gave them a first down and the Jackets made it pay off. Two plays later the quarterback kept and scooted 45 yards to the five. Two plays after that Calhoun scored to give them their first lead of the game at 17-10 with just 58 seconds left in the half and that’s the way things stood at intermission.
The Yellow Jackets would dominate the final two quarters.
On Calhoun’s first possession of the second half they drove 80 yards in seven plays highlighted by a 35 yard touchdown pass to make it 24-10 and then forced a Morgan County punt which they returned to the Bulldog six yard line. On third and goal from the four the Jackets executed a nifty back-shoulder throw and catch that resulted in another touchdown to make it 31-10 with 4:47 left in the third period and the hay was in the barn for this one.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on a seven yard run for one more touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Bulldog offense couldn’t sustain a drive or come up with a big play against the stout Calhoun defense as Morgan ended their 2019 season.
Morgan’s defense was led by Zan Mohone, Cole Freeman and Donovan Caswell. Mohone finished with five tackles, three assists and a tackle for loss. Freeman had three tackles, six assists and a tackle for loss and Caswell contributed three tackles and five assists.
The offensive stats were incomplete as of press time but unofficially Trent Folds was 10 of 26 for 90 yards, Jerrit Wyatt caught three passes for 34 yards, Keirreon Farley had one catch for 30 yards and Austin Knight had two receptions for 17 yards. Kobridgette Lumpkin and Jonathan Proby led the rushing attack. Lumpkin finished with 63 yards on 15 carries and Proby had 60 yards on 10 carries. Bennett Ianelli made a 27 yard field goal and was good on his only PAT attempt. Seth Robertson scored Morgan’s only touchdown with the opening kickoff return.
Morgan County vs Calhoun Score by Quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Morgan County 10 0 0 0 10
Calhoun 7 10 14 7 38
Morgan County vs Calhoun Yardage Totals
Rushing Passing Total
Morgan Co. 121 90 211
Calhoun 184 107 291
Morgan County vs Calhoun Key Defensive Stats
Player Solos Assists TFL
Zan Mohone 5 3 1
Cole Freeman 3 6 1
Donovan Caswell 3 5 0
Key Malone 3 2 0
Jonathan Nash 1 4 1
D.J. Jones 1 2 1
Elijah Reynolds 1 4 0
Morgan County vs Calhoun Key Offensive Stats (Unofficial)
Passing Comp. / Att. Yards TD’s
Trent Folds 10 / 26 90 0
Rushing Att. Yards Yards / Carry TD’s
Kobridgette Lumpkin 15 63 4.2 0
Jonathan Proby 10 60 6.0 0
Receiving Receptions Yards Yards / Catch TD’s
Jerrit Wyatt 3 34 11.3 0
Keirreon Farley 1 30 30.0 0
Austin Knight 2 17 8.5 0
Kobridgette Lumpkin 1 8 8.0 0
Al Edwards 1 7 7.0 0
Seth Robertson 2 2 1.0 0
Kicking FG’s PAT’s
Bennett Ianelli 27 yds. 1 X 1
Region 8AAA State Playoff Results
Jefferson 49 Sonoraville 17 (Jefferson vs Appling County 2nd Round)
Hart County 56 Haralson Co. 27 (Hart at Pierce County 2nd Round)
Calhoun 38 Morgan Co. 10
North Murray 28 Monroe Area 14