By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County used a stifling defense and a steady offense to subdue Monticello 28-0 for their first win of the year. Playing without last week’s starting quarterback D.J. Smith and starting running back Kobridgette Lumpkin the Bulldogs turned to Pratt Spivey and Cal Camp at the controls and to Jack Harper and Jacere Cooper at the running back slot. Morgan took a 7-0 lead at the quarter mark and increased the margin to 21-0 by halftime. On their second possession of the second half Morgan County put together a 60 yard drive to make it 28-0 and the Dogs cruised in from there.
The Bulldog defensive unit put together their third consecutive solid outing by limiting the Hurricane offense to just 63 yards and four first downs in the first half. Meanwhile the MCHS offense piled up 212 yards over the first two quarters of play as the Dogs sewed this one up early. Morgan got stellar defense from Criston Foster, Key Malone and Elijah Reynolds. Foster had five solo tackles, four assists and three tackles for loss, Malone came through with five solos, four assists and a tackle for loss, and Reynolds finished with five solos and three tackles for loss.
On the offensive side sophomore Jack Harper, starting his first game as the primary running back, came through with 141 rushing yards on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns. That included a 70 yard scamper on which he was tackled at the Monticello one yard line. Pratt Spivey and Cal Camp also contributed on the offensive side with 77 combined passing yards.
On Morgan’s second possession of the night Harper broke his long run that went from the 29 to the Hurricane one. Harper scored on the next play and Nathan Camacho added the PAT for a 7-0 lead at the 3:06 mark of the opening period. Monticello managed a first down on their ensuing series but had to punt and the Bulldogs, beginning at their 26, marched 74 yards on nine plays for their second score of the night. On that drive Pratt Spivey picked up 13 on a quarterback keeper, Denver Laughlin caught a pass from Camp for 22 yards and Jacere Cooper rumbled 16 yards on a dive play. From the nine yard line Jack Harper went over the right side untouched for the touchdown and after Camacho added the extra point it was 14-0 with 8:41 left in the half.
Monticello went backwards on their next possession and after the punt Morgan took over on the Hurricane 45. Seven plays later Jacere Cooper went four yards for the third score of the night with 4:33 left until intermission. The big play on that drive was a 34 yard run from Cooper who bounced outside and took it down to the nine yard line. Morgan led 21-0 at the half and in full control of this one.
On their second possession of the third period Morgan County put an end to any hopes Monticello may have had. Beginning at their 40 the Bulldogs put together a seven play drive that used up three-and-a-half minutes to score their fourth touchdown of the night. Jack Harper ran four straight times for a total of 22 yards before Spivey found Austin Knight for 36 yards to the four yard line. Two plays later Spivey found pay dirt from two yards out and Morgan took a four touchdown lead with 5:51 left in the third quarter. From that point on Morgan substituted freely and wound up with an easy win.
Morgan hosts Lakeside (Evans) this Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. Game time is 7:30.