By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County capped off their 2020 regular season with a workmanlike win over the Harlem Bulldogs. Morgan County led 28-0 at intermission and tacked on two more scores for good measure in the third period to post the win. The victory also gave the Bulldogs an unblemished home record on the year. MCHS finished third in Region 4AAA and will travel to Baxley Friday night to take on the Appling County Pirates who finished second in Region 1AAA.
Morgan was led on offense by Pratt Spivey, Jack Harper, Ashton Cooper, Al Edwards and Denver Laughlin. Spivey completed six of nine passes for 140 yards including two scoring passes and he also had a rushing touchdown. Harper ran for 63 yards on eleven carries and one touchdown, Cooper had a pair of catches for 69 yards, Edwards had two receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, and Laughlin caught two balls for 22 yards and a touchdown.
On defense Morgan County was led by Elijah Reynolds, Antavious Elder and Key Malone. Reynolds had two tackles and a tackle for loss plus a pick six. Elder finished with three tackles, an assist and a tackle for loss and Malone notched four tackles, an assist, and a broken up pass.
The Bulldog defensive unit, who put together their third shutout of the season, gave up two yards on Harlem’s opening possession and forced a punt. Morgan immediately drove 48 yards to the Harlem 14 but an interception stopped the drive. Harlem got the ball out to mid-field with the aid of a penalty but then shanked a punt and Morgan took over at the 40. Three plays later Jack Harper scampered 32 yards to the four and Harper scored two plays later from the three yard line. Nathan Camacho made the first of his six PAT’s and it was 7-0.
Morgan put this one away in the second quarter. The Dogs went 57 yards in 10 plays and Pratt Spivey found Denver Laughlin on a fade rout from 11 yards out for the night’s second touchdown at the 7:45 mark of the second period. Two minutes later the Bulldogs scored again. This time it was a one play drive. Spivey fired a dart to Al Edwards on a post route that covered 44 yards to make the score 21-0 with five and a half minutes before intermission. The third score of the quarter came courtesy of Elijah Reynolds. Reynolds stepped in front of a Harlem receiver, intercepted the pass and went 27 yards to the end zone. During that three touchdown flurry the Bulldog defense gave up eight yards on three Harlem possessions.
With the score at 28-0 Morgan quickly finished things off in the third quarter. They marched 61 yards in seven plays for their fifth touchdown of the night. The big play on that drive was a deep pass from Spivey to Ashton Cooper for 46 yards. Spivey went over from one yard out for the touchdown and it was 35-0 with 8:20 left in the third quarter. One possession later Morgan started at the Harlem 43 and was in the end zone five plays later. D.J. Smith did the honors with a two yard dive to make it 42-0 as the third quarter ended and the Bulldogs cruised in from there.
Morgan travels to play Appling County in Baxley, Georgia next Friday night. Game time is 7:30.