Bulldogs Take Down Harlem 42-0

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Writer 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 …

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Morgan shocks Burke; assures spot in playoff

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Writer Friday the 13th turned out to be pretty unlucky for the Burke County Bears. Burke, a perennial powerhouse, was nearly a two touchdown favorite over Morgan County but no one told the Bulldogs that. Playing at the luxurious Bear Den in Waynesboro, Morgan County got a signature win when they broke out of the gate quickly to post a 14-0 halftime lead and then got another jolt from Javier Laguin who ran the second half kickoff back for a touchdown to make it 21-0. Although …

Bulldogs Rout Cross Creek 52-0

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Hyman’s 99 Yard Run to the Record Books Highlights the Night By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  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 …

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A Season To Remember

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Morgan County High School Spikedogs volleyball team prevailed as runner-up in the AAA State Championship Coach Kathleen Goodwin was reflective and proud at the outcome of the championship. “It was a tough loss, and of course we would have loved another outcome, but at the end of the day I am still so proud of what these girls accomplished together. This season they won their area without dropping a set; they made it to the Elite Eight, the furthest any Morgan County team has ever been before, and then they just …

Breaking News: MCHS Spike Dog volleyball advances to Final Four

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The juggernaut that is the 2020 Morgan County High School Spike Dog volleyball team defeated third ranked Lafayette High School Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the AAA State Volleyball Championship. Morgan, ranked fourth in the state in AAA, defeated the third ranked LaFayette team 3-1. The win sets up a noon semi-final game against Sandy Creek High School. The match will be played at Morgan County High School this Saturday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $8 at the door. LaFayette won the first match 25-20 but after …

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MCHS Lady Dogs knocked out by Harlem HS

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By R. Alan RichardsonSports Editor  In what shaped up to be the 4-AAA regular season Region Championship battle between the Morgan County Lady Dogs and the Lady Dogs of Harlem High School, MOCO came up one game short of claiming the title in the 11-3 loss. This one belonged to the home team from the get-go as Harlem put five runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back. With Morgan County holding a slight lead in the region, thanks to a 7-6 walkoff victory in Madison …

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Morgan County no match for Thomson

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T-Dogs win 33-7 in Region Opener By Alvin RichardsonSports Reporter  Morgan County and Thomson had not met on the gridiron since 1965 but the Bulldogs of McDuffie County, freshly minted from Class AAAA, proved to be more than Morgan could handle in 2020.  Playing at the historic “Brickyard” Thomson controlled both lines of scrimmage from the outset and rolled to a convincing 33-7 win in the Region 4AAA opener for both teams.  Thomson put together 243 rushing yards and added 116 more through the air while Morgan was held to …

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MCMS Lady Dogs finish second in tournament

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Lose Finals 4-1 to Loganville By R. Alan RichardsonSports Editor  The Morgan County Middle School softball squad had a successful weekend hosting the annual Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) softball tournament and finishing a close second to number one seeded Loganville, losing 4-1 in the championship game. Morgan, the number three seed, took on the second-seeded team Social Circle in the first round coming away with a 12-4 victory.  Coach Shelly Hilsman said, “I would say this game stood out the most to me, to get us to the Championship game. …

Morgan swamps Lakeside

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Offense racks up more than 400 yards in huge win By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  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 …

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Volleyball team hosts Virtual 5K fundraiser

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  Don’t miss the chance to support the Morgan County High School (MCHS) and Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) volleyball teams this weekend by taking advantage of the gorgeous Fall weather while running in a virtual 5K race.  “Haven’t heard of a virtual 5K before? That is okay! It is fun and easy, you get to run on your own time and place,” said a spokesperson for Morgan County’s volleyball teams. “Whether you run or walk, you will be supporting our Morgan County Volleyball teams …

Football Comes Home

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With all the fanfare of a football Friday night the Morgan County Bulldogs came home under the lights for a big win against Monticello High School Friday night. Fans came out and cheered the Dogs on as they won their first game of the season after dropping the two way contests. The Bulldogs face the 6A Lakeside Panthers this Friday night, October 2, at Bill Corry Stadium. The Dogs used an explosive offense to dominate the Monticello game and bring life to the stands. For more on the Dogs’ big …

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Morgan Blows Past Hurricanes 28-0

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  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 …

Bulldogs Fall to Monroe Area 13-9

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  Morgan County moved the ball up and down the field last Friday night and posted 389 yards to just 120 for the Purple Hurricanes but it was all for naught.  In the end Monroe made the big plays and Morgan made too many miscues.  As a result Monroe Area came away with a hard-fought 13-9 win.  The Canes touchdowns came on a 28 yard corner route late in the half and a 60 yard fumble return after a bad snap on a punt.  Monroe had …

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High School Sports: News and Notes

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Despite the Covid-19 crisis Morgan County High School fall sports are in full swing and as always our players and coaches are doing a great job.  Most importantly the kids are are out there doing what they love and that is a big deal after months of uncertainty.  Today we will just cast a look around to check out the news for some of these teams as well as take a look at a few topics of interest around the state in high school sports. How Region 4AAA football playoff …

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It was football but 5-2?

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  It was just a weird football game and I’m not just talking about fans and players on the sidelines wearing masks.  Nope.  What was really strange was that neither offense mustered a touchdown which is pretty rare in these days of high scoring games.  Both teams had a safety.  Not unheard of but pretty odd.  The total offense of both teams combined was 231 yards (173 for Morgan and 58 for Putnam) which sounds like a game out of the 1950’s.  Plus throw in an overtime …

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Be on the Lookout for a Weird Football Season

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(Author’s note: I wrote this column prior to the last Friday’s football game with Putnam.  Little did I know that the weirdness was just beginning because Putnam defeated Morgan 5-2 – a score that had never been posted in a high school football game since 1912.  Read more about the game and the history behind that score in today’s sports page.) High school football in Georgia is back.  Despite all the delays, fits and starts, quarantines, doubts and gnashing of teeth we’ve finally made it.  Many teams around the state …

Morgan Falls to Putnam 5-2 in Overtime

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  Morgan County’s 2020 campaign got off to a rocky start with a 5-2 loss to old rival Putnam County at Al Reaves Field last Friday night.  The baseball-like score (see separate article on the rarity of this result) came as a result of two bad snaps that turned into safeties and a War Eagle field goal in overtime for the winning points.  Other than that both defensive units stymied the opposing offenses and the result was that Putnam had 58 yards of total offense on 62 …

Spike Dogs celebrate Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  Six seniors on the Morgan County High School volleyball squad have been instrumental in the recent and past success of the program.  Those players were given a grand sendoff this past week in an early version of senior night at their home gym.  Brooke Butler, McKenzie Larate, Emma Silvey, Faith Heusser, Anna Cox, and Gracie Christian were given their final season hoorahs surrounded by their teammates and loyal fans.  Most of these young ladies have been a part of varsity competition for the past …

Running Dogs open 2020 home season in Rick Boulis Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  On a day that brought near-perfect running weather and as many as 14 schools to the Morgan County Cross-Country running course, Jason Wachtel from Mary Persons High School, set a new course record at 16:00.83.  If you know anything about the sport, a sub-sixteen minutes over 3.1 miles is flying!  The top girls’ runner was Morgan’s own Rylee Bernard.  Her 22:00 time led her team to a fourth-place finish overall.  The Bulldogs’ top finisher was James Martin with a time of 20:56. MOCO’s boys …

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Dogs start 2-0 in 4-AAA play

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  It was a big week for the MOCO volleyball team as they moved to 14-3 overall and took care of business in their first two Region 4-AAA games of the 2020 season to start 2-0. The Lady Dogs got those two wins in Augusta as they pummeled Hephzibah in straight sets 25-3 and 25-7 before handing the Academy of Richmond County a 25-20, 25-12 loss.  First-year head Coach Kathleen Goodwin weighed in on the first 4-AAA victories, “Coming out with two wins in our …