Dogs fall in opener to Newton

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2019-20 Bulldog basketball season kicked off Saturday night at home against an always-talented Newton team.  Starting three sophomores, junior Desmond White, and senior AJ Brown, the Dogs came away empty-handed in the 74-47 loss.  The inexperience showed in the second half. Trailing by only seven at intermission 29-22, and both teams playing like it was the first game of the season, Morgan’s youthful lineup had problems handling the Rams’ pressure.  Turnovers that were converted into easy buckets proved too much for MOCO to …

Hart rushes past Morgan 39-14

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a game that would ultimately decide the number two and three seeds in Region 8AAA Hart County’s ground game carried the day.  Led by tailback Malachi Thomas (1136 rushing yards coming in) Hart took a 21-14 lead into intermission and then dominated the second half with a punishing rushing attack.  The visitors from Hartwell held the ball for 18:24 of the final 24 minutes, racked up 14 first downs and posted 18 unanswered points to capture the number two seed.  Morgan had precious few …

Lady Rams power past Morgan

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The home opener and prior pre-season scrimmage for the Morgan County Lady Dogs’ basketball team have not gone as planned.  Or have they?  Over the past several season, the program has taken to scheduling stronger opponents early outside the region in an attempt to “toughen up” the team for those games that really do count.  Just ask first-year head coach Timothy Roop.  As the lead assistant for Josh Reeves over the past few seasons, he has seen first-hand how these early games may not …

Morgan stops East Jackson 45-31

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County didn’t play their best football game of the season last Friday night when they traveled to Commerce, but eventually posted a wild 45-31 win over East Jackson to move to 4-1 in region play and 7-2 on the season. The Dogs used a crushing ground attack that accounted for 330 yards on the night to eventually subdue a feisty, much improved Eagle squad.     That rushing attack was led by junior Kobridgette Lumpkin who had a monster game.  The junior running back …

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Dogs open season against Newton Saturday

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s that time.  The Morgan County Bulldogs and Lady Dogs will tipoff their basketball season this week with a girls’ scrimmage game Nov. 7 and the season opener Nov. 9.  Coach Timothy Roop’s team will get their feet wet against an always stout Madison County squad Thursday at 6:00.  The boys won’t have the advantage of a preseason scrimmage, but will be tested right out of the gate by the neighboring Newton Rams Saturday.  Newton is always tough and this year should be no …

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Morgan faces Hart with home playoff game on the line

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor The orange-clad Hart County Bulldogs will pay a visit to Bill Corry Stadium this Friday night and there will be a lot on the line.  Because the race is so close there will also be another factor in play – the three way region tie-breaker (between Morgan, Hart and Monroe Area) – and that could lead to some interesting decision making.  Without going into all the specifics it boils down to these possibilities: (1) If Morgan County wins the game they will get the second …

Bulldogs christen new practice field under the lights

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a timely turn of events, the Morgan County football team got a welcome surprise this week when they were given an opportunity to practice under the lights at the brand new practice field.  The beautifully sodded and lighted field has been some time coming with a lack of funding holding up the progress of completing the field.  Donations from the community helped to complete the project. The practice came during a week when the squad is looking squarely at a possible second place …

New season brings on new challenges

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some observers might believe that the 2019-20 version of Morgan County Bulldog basketball will be in a rebuilding mode.  The members of the team and coaching staff might believe otherwise.  Every new season brings about new challenges, and this Jamond Sims’ led squad is no different.  The graduation of four starters and one key substitute from the 2019 Class AAA State Champions will certainly be hard to replace (all five are playing at the college level this season), but Sims feels that the Dogs …

Lady Dogs’ preseason preview:

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor How does a team replace their two leading scorers that contributed almost 40 points per night a year ago?  That is just one of many questions that first-year head coach Timothy Roop will try to answer this season.  The two vocal leaders are now plying their craft at the college level, but the remainder of the starting lineup and reserves return intact.  This, along with the addition of some new names on the roster, should give the Lady Dogs’ basketball squad the opportunity to …

White-tailed deer: hunting the rut

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Firearms season for deer has just gotten underway and there’s lots of possibilities out there right now but many hunters are already thinking about when the rut might begin because that is the year’s best opportunity to get Big Ed on the ground. If you are just starting out as a hunter and are unsure about the term “rut” here’s a quick, simplified definition.  It is the period of time when bucks are chasing does for breeding purposes.  Because that is the primary instinct of …

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JV season ends in victory over Hart

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Young coaches seem to always bring the energy to the game.  Such is the case with the Junior Varsity football coaches at MCHS.  Coaches Carter Shultz and Marvin Mathis have a passion for football and for coaching young men that is obvious in their tone.  The two community coaches have an obvious respect for one another and couldn’t say enough about their counterpart.  We sat down with these two after the JV football season to assess their success after a 6-1 campaign.  Their insight …

Dragons maintain hold on first place

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a beautiful night for football at Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium Friday, and for a half the Morgan County Bulldogs met their surroundings with some beautiful play.  Had it not been for a couple of things that went against the Dogs, Morgan could have been tied with the Dragons at the intermission.  However, those mishaps proved to be part of the Bulldog downfall, and the second half Jefferson showed why they hold the number three ranking in AAA this week. As some in the …

JV slips past Jackson County 30-26

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County JV football team continued their winning ways with an entertaining 30-26 victory over Region foe Jackson County last week.  The play of Jay Eubanks, Pratt Spivey, Rogers Clark, DJ Smith, and Javier Laguin sparked the offense to the win.  The see-saw battle started with the Dogs taking the lead on their first possession.  They marched 68 yards in only six plays to draw first blood.  Running back Eubanks, putting together a fine season, was again the leading ground gainer in the …

Spike Dogs end season in Sweet 16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It wasn’t that long ago that a Sweet 16 appearance for the Lady Spike Dogs was unheard of.  Now, it’s commonplace; a spot that the program has become accustomed to being in.  What’s not unheard of is facing another high-profile private school in that round and finding out how difficult it is to compete against schools that have an advantage in finances, resources, facilities, and…did anyone mention…players?   It’s like a broken record for some of the Morgan County sports teams.  Morgan County (22-11) …

Dogs tame winless Lions 35-16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was business as usual for the Morgan County Bulldogs as they took down the Franklin County Lions Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The Dogs moved to 6-1 with the win and upped their Region record to 3-0 with a huge game looming at Jefferson this Friday.  The showdown will pit MOCO against one of the state’s top AAA teams (number 4) with both squads defending an unblemished mark in 8-AAA play.   The winless Lions came in with high hopes of an …

Spike Dogs move to State Playoffs

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The MCHS Spike Dogs punched their ticket to the State Volleyball Championship with a win over Monroe Area this past week.  The victory pushed Morgan into the 8-AAA Region Championship Final Four.  A loss to Jefferson and a win over Hart County gives them the third slot from the Area.  This means they will travel to Westminster Schools Saturday, Oct. 19 to face the second seeded team out of Area 6-AAA, North Murray.  Times have yet to be determined.  Ringgold will be the number one seed at 25-15 for the …

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Diamond Dogs taken out by strong Ringgold squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s softball season ended against a “buzz saw”, as Coach Jason McBay noted.  Number one Ringgold proved to be everything and more they were touted to be…and then some.  The Lady Dogs went up against a powerhouse that proved in all phases of the game to simply be a little better than the hometown girls.  The two-of-three series ended on day one after the Lady Tigers took a 12-0 win in game one and shut out the Dogs again in game two 7-0.  It …

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Dogs ousted by Youth in PAC playoffs 21-0

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Middle School football finished up the season in the PAC playoffs this week against Youth Middle School losing 21-0. The Bulldogs lost to them 42-7 in an earlier regular season game.  The vast improvement is a credit to the coaches and players against a talented opponent.  Middle School football finished the season 3-4 on the season with wins over: Loganville in double OT to start the season, Carver, and Social Circle. The Bulldogs lost to Youth, Putnam in OT, and Monticello in another close …

Bulldogs sneak past Jackson County

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County came into last Friday’s game as a solid favorite but the Jackson County Panthers of Coach Rich McWhorter just wouldn’t go away.  The Bulldogs managed a 13-3lead  at halftime but Jackson County scored early in the third quarter to close the gap to 13-10 and the teams traded touchdowns after that as Morgan held on for a 20-17 Region 8AAA win.  That put the Bulldogs at 5-1 overall on the season and 2-0 in region play – tied with Jefferson for first place …

Lady Dogs finish fourth at Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Diamond Lady Dogs are headed to the AAA State Softball Championships after a fourth place finish in the 8-AAA Region Tournament last week.  And, they certainly have their work cut out for them facing the number one team in AAA, Ringgold.  Coach Jason McBay said, “They are good. You don’t go 10-0 in that region (6-AAA) for no reason. It all starts with their solid defense. They don’t give you very much. You have to earn it.  They have solid hitting in spots …