By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County’s football season is over. The Bulldogs posted a record of 6-5 overall (4-2 in Region 4AAA) and in third place behind Richmond Academy and Thomson. The Dogs played Appling County in the first round of the state playoffs last week and fell to the 8th ranked Pirates 42-13 in a game that was 13-7 at halftime and 28-13 early in the fourth quarter.
From a historical standpoint Morgan just completed their 73rd season of play. The Bulldogs have an all-time record of 481-291-19 (.622). That comes out to an average of 6.75 wins per year over an extended period of time. Those numbers tell us that Morgan County has been one of the most consistent programs in Georgia. Additionally they have five state titles and 11 region titles to their credit over that span.
To put the wins per year statistic in perspective let’s compare Morgan’s number (6.75) with some well-known programs. Carrollton has averaged 7.45 wins per year (since 1909), Thomasville has averaged 6.92 (since 1914), and Thomson’s average is 6.5 (since 1912). Those numbers are somewhat skewed because prior to the 1940’s teams did not always play 10 games so let’s take a closer look at some schools that have played a similar number of season’s as Morgan.
Buford has played football since 1942 and their average win per season number is 7.96. The Wolves are currently considered one of the best, if not the best program in the state. Warner Robins, a powerhouse for many years has played 68 seasons and they have won an average of 7.97 games per season. Lowndes has played football for 51 seasons and the Vikings have averaged 7.45 wins per year. Rabun County’s Wildcats are having quite a run of recent success but their number over the past 72 seasons stands at 5.54.
From a state title standpoint here’s how that breaks down using the teams in our comparison. Morgan (5), Lowndes (5), Thomasville (5), Thomson (5), Warner Robins (4), Rabun County (0), Carrollton (7), and Buford (12).
The point being that Morgan’s program has stood the test of time. So let’s move on to finishing up on the 2020 Bulldogs.
Overall the 2020 Morgan County squad posted wins over Monticello (28-0), Lakeside of Evans (41-7), Hepzibah (23-12), Cross Creek (52-0), Burke County (41-21) and Harlem (42-0). Their losses came at the hand of Putnam County (5-2), Monroe Area (13-9), Thomson (33-7), Richmond Academy (14-7) and Appling County (42-13). Those losses came at the hands of teams that are currently a combined 45-10 and one is still in the playoffs (Appling County).
A closer look at the record will show that the average margin of victory this year (which includes wins and losses) was 10.7 which is the best since 2017 when the Bulldogs posted a mark of 9-2 and an average margin of victory of 16.6. Defensively Morgan surrendered 13.4 points per game the best since 2016 when that squad gave up 12.0 points per game. The Bulldog offense scored an average of 24.1 points per outing which was down a couple of decimal points from last year.
The all-time scoring record for average points per game came in 2017 when the Bulldogs scored 35.3 points per game. The all-time record for points allowed came way back in 1956 when the Dogs allowed a miniscule 3.9 points per game on their way to a state title.