By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County High School’s boys’ soccer team is again making a strong statement around the Region and state. With a record of 4-1-2 (four wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties), the squad has only been defeated by Putnam County, the number one team in AA.
In their latest outing, the Bulldogs defeated Region 8-AAA foe Jackson County to move to 2-0 in Region action. Coach Aaron Paul said, “The team is playing very well so far and has been able to fight and overcome some in-game adversity. Coming from behind against Madison County and down 3-1 we were able to secure the tie 3-3. This team has quite a bit of resiliency compared to previous teams.”
The seniors, according to Paul, include Axel Cornelio, Peyton Hoopengardner, Michael Peters (MCHS Valedictorian for class of 2020), Will Kuperberg, Connor Clark, and David Newell. He said, “They are a very talented and hard-working class of seniors who are extremely smart and a fun group of guys to be around. They care deeply about their team, the coaches, and our program.”
Most notably, Trace Blanton is having a great season to this point leading the offense in many different ways. He is on quite a few college radars including Emmanuel College. Paul also noted that Grayson Jarman, Cooper Allen, Luis Tenorio-Perez, and Fritz Williams have done an incredible job on the field as well. Sophomore Chrisitan Keener has been a tremendous addition to the defense this season.
MOCO is now sitting in the number two slot in the Region standings. “We are in total control of our destiny at this point, but have to keep practicing and playing well like we have been,” noted Paul.
The Coach finished his comments by giving a few more shout outs to some others; especially his assistant coach, “Brandon York has been an incredible help this season coaching our JV boys’ team and helping me with varsity. Brandon served as the varsity head coach before I came to Morgan in 2014 and he was excited to get back with our soccer program. He has been a tremendous coach and I look forward to keeping him around. We have some extremely talented freshmen and sophomores on our JV. Clayton Hammons, Evan West, and Trevin Peters have been doing an incredible job on JV, as well as freshmen Caleb Keener, Peyton Camp, Scott Chamberlin, and Gianlucca Corrias.”