Offense racks up more than 400 yards in huge win
By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County remained undefeated at home on the 2020 campaign with a 41-7 shellacking of the Lakeside Evans Panthers of Class 6A last Friday night. It was the first time in school history that Morgan had tackled an opponent three classifications higher and this one ended on a happy note. The Bulldogs beat Lakeside to the punch on nearly every play with their quickness as they built a 14-0 lead after one quarter. Morgan then put the game away in the second frame by adding 21 more points for a 35-0 lead at intermission and sailed in from there. The Dogs amassed 400 total yards mostly in the first half while limiting the Panthers to 181 on the night to improve their overall record to 2-2 on the year.
The Morgan County defensive unit continued their string of stellar outings led by Jacob Pritchett who came through with four solos tackles, an assist, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He got plenty of help from Jacere Cooper who finished with five solos and two tackles for loss and from Denver Laughlin who aided the cause with two solos, an assist and an interception.
The Bulldog offense used a relentless ground game and came up with three big pass plays thrown in for good measure. The Bulldog offensive line dominated the Panthers front seven with crunching drives of 52, 74 and 66 yards and Morgan’s passing game came through with 157 yards and three touchdowns. The Dogs got scoring plays through the air of 57, 35 and 46 yards. For the second week in a row Cal Camp and Pratt Spivey shared quarterback duties with great success. Camp fired a TD strike to Rogers Clark (57 yards) and Spivey tacked on two nice throws for touchdowns, one each to Denver Laughlin (35 yards) and Kobridgette Hyman (46 yards). The Bulldogs welcomed Hyman back after an injury sidelined him last week and the shifty senior running back came through with 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns on runs of seven and five yards and caught a touchdown pass.
Head Coach Bill Malone was pleased with the play of his team and said, “I’m happy for the kids. They had a lot of distractions this week (with Homecoming) and they had a good time with it but when it came time to focus on the game they did just that and came through with a good performance.”
After the Bulldog defense stopped Lakeside without a first down on the first possession Morgan took over at their 43. Two running plays netted a minus two yards but on third down Cal Camp scrambled to his right and found a wide open Rogers Clark for 59 yards and the game’s first score. The PAT was spoiled on the snap and hold to leave the score at 6-0 with 9:03 left in the opening quarter.
Lakeside went three and out for the second straight time and it took the Bulldogs just 1:12 to post their second touchdown. Kobridgette Hyman ran the ball four straight times for a total of 45 yards and on his fifth consecutive run the senior went five yards for six points. The Dogs went for two on the conversion and Cal Camp took it over to make the score 14-0 with 6:20 left in the first period.
Lakeside put together three first downs on the ensuing possession but still had to punt and Morgan took over on their 26. From there they went on a crushing drive that covered the 74 yards in 12 plays and Hyman polished it off with a seven yard touchdown when he cut back after starting wide. Along the way Austin Knight snagged a pass for nine yards, Lumpkin added a 12 yard run and Jacere Cooper rambled 26 yards on a dive play to key the drive. Bennett Ianelli booted the extra point and Morgan was pulling away with a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
It got worse for the Panthers. After an exchange of punts the Bulldogs took possession on their 40. Pratt Spivey and Hyman combined for 25 yards on four running plays to the Lakeside 35. On the next play Spivey and Denver Laughlin teamed up on a beautiful throw and catch for Morgan County’s fourth touchdown of the night and Ianell’s PAT made it 28-0 with 2:29 left in the half but the Dog’s weren’t through. The Bulldog defenders, in control all night, stopped Lakeside on three plays and forced a punt. Morgan got the ball back in good field position after a fair catch interference penalty on the Panthers put the ball at the Lakeside 46. On the first play Spivey found Kobridgette Hyman on a swing pass to the left and Hyman weaved his way to the end zone. The PAT made it 35-0 just before intermission and this one was in the books.
Morgan finished off their scoring barrage with a 66 yard drive on their opening possession of the second half and it didn’t take long. Lumpkin darted 41 yards on the first play and Jacere Cooper took over from there with three straight runs. Cooper’s last run came from five yards out for the touchdown. The PAT was no good leaving it at 41-0 with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter.
A running clock limited the possessions in the second half and Lakeside averted the shutout with a touchdown at the 2:09 mark of the final quarter.
Morgan County hits the road Friday to take on an old rival from the past in the Thomson Bulldogs (see opponent preview). Game time at the Brickyard is 7:30.