Hyman’s 99 Yard Run to the Record Books Highlights the Night
By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County ran out to a 37-0 lead over the first two quarters against the Cross Creek Razorbacks and cruised to a 52-0 win last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium. Senior running back Kobridgette Hyman added his name to the MCHS record books when he took a handoff from the one yard line, broke into the secondary and darted 99 yards for a touchdown in the opening period. It was the longest run from scrimmage in school history.
The second half was played with a running clock but the game was called at the 4:20 mark of the final period when Cross Creek’s quarterback went down with a broken leg. The stadium went quiet for several long minutes while the player was attended to and then burst into applause when he was carted off the field but the injury spoiled what was otherwise a positive night of football for the Dogs.
Morgan County piled up 406 yards of offense and the defense limited Cross Creek to just 59 yards on 34 plays in the win. Morgan’s defense, ranked in the top 10 in points allowed (Class AAA), posted their second shutout of the season and through eight games have allowed an average of 10.5 points per game which leads Region 4AAA by a substantial margin.
The defense was led by Antavious Elder, Jacere Cooper and Al Edwards. Elder had three solo tackles, three assists, two tackles for loss, and was in on a sack. Cooper had a productive night with four solos and a pair of assists and Edwards finished with two solos, two tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures.
Offensively the Bulldogs were led by Kobridgette Hyman who tallied 153 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns. Jack Harper added 50 rushing yards and Jacere Cooper, D.J. Smith and Joshua Jones all had rushing TD’s on the night. Pratt Spivey completed five of five passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. Al Edwards led the receiving corps with three catches for 32 yards. Owen Peters caught three passes for 30 yards and Key Malone had one catch for 33 yards and a touchdown.
It didn’t take Morgan County long to get on the board. D.J. Smith returned the opening kickoff to mid-field and seven plays later Hyman went three yards for six points. Nathan Camacho added the PAT and it was 7-0 with 9:05 left in the first quarter.
Cross Creek hit a deep pass for 48 yards on their first possession but wound up punting and the ball rolled dead at Morgan’s one yard line to set up a historic play. On first down Spivey handed off to Kobridgette Hyman and he set sail for 99 yards. The PAT made it 14-0 at the 5:33 mark of the first quarter but the fireworks were just beginning.
The Razorbacks went three and out and punted to Morgan’s 27. The Bulldogs then got some chunk plays from Al Edwards on a 13 yard screen pass and Jacere Cooper who picked up 24 yards on three runs. Hyman burst up the middle for 20 more to the Cross Creek two yard line and two plays later Hyman went over for his second touchdown of the night to make it 20-0 early in the second quarter.
On the ensuing possession Cross Creek was forced to punt from their 12 and Denver Laughlin made a fair catch at the Razorback 47. Two plays later Morgan had their fourth score of the night. Jacere Cooper went 14 yards for a first down to the 33 yard line and on the next play Pratt Spivey found Key Malone right up the seam for six points. Malone, who typically wears number 50 and plays linebacker, had changed to number 44 and wound up catching the first touchdown pass of his career. After Camacho made the extra point Morgan led 27-0 with 7:48 left in the half.
The Bulldogs scored again four minutes later. Cross Creek suffered a bad snap on a punt attempt and the punter was tackled at the Razorback 45. Cooper went 11 yards on first down and then Spivey hit Al Edwards for nine yards and then Owen Peters for 15 more. After gaining four yards on the next three plays Morgan turned to Camacho for a field goal and the junior kicker was true from 21 yards to make it 30-0.
Morgan scored once more before intermission. Cross Creek was forced to punt from deep in their territory and the Dogs took over at the Razorback 43. Jacere Cooper made a determined run of 37 yards to the six and then scored on the next play. Camacho’s PAT made it 37-0 with just 12 seconds left in the half.
The final two quarters were played with a running clock and Morgan’s coaching staff was able to get a look at some younger players. The Bulldogs got points on a safety when a bad snap to the punter rolled over the end line. They also got touchdowns from Joshua Jones and D. J. Smith in the second half to round out the scoring as Morgan improved its overall record to 4-4 and their region record to 2-2. The Bulldogs travel to Waynesboro Friday night to take on the Burke County Bears in a Region 4AAA contest. Game time is 7:30.