Lady Dogs edged out by Razorbacks

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By Tom White Sports Writer Friday night, the Morgan County High School Lady Bulldogs welcomed Cross Creek to Madison for a region match up. In a game marred by turnovers and defensive rebounds, the Lady Razorbacks left Madison with the 43-28 win and closed the week ranked #2 in GHSA AAA girls basketball.  The Lady Dogs were 7-and-4 overall and 2-and-0 in region play after a 64-16 statement game earlier in the week at the Academy Of Richmond County.  The CCHS Lady Razorbacks came into the game 4-and-2 overall having …

Bulldogs fall to Cross Creek

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By Tom White Sports Writer The Morgan County Bulldogs basketball team faced a tough Cross Creek Razorbacks team Friday night at home. Cross Creek entered the game as the No. 8 ranked team in AAA with a 7-and-3 record. The Dogs were 4-4 overall and 0-1 in region.  The Dogs’ game at the Academy of Richmond County scheduled for Jan. 12, was postponed, meaning that for the second week in a row, the Dogs hit the court after a week of just practice and no competitions. The Dogs’ lack of …

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Morgan County Mat Dogs go two-and-one

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By Tom White Sports Writer Saturday morning, the Morgan County High School Wrestling team traveled to Harlem High School for the 2021 Area Duals. Six teams faced off in a double elimination bracket in the first year of the new region alignment for the Dogs. The Dogs ended the day as the Area Duals Runner-Up after going two-and-one on the day.  Duals tournaments are team bracket contests where you pit your best against their best in what MCHS coach Marcus Crowe described as a “chess match.” The Dogs came into …

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Bulldogs fall to the Hephzibah Rebels

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By Tom White Contributing Writer The Morgan County High School Bulldogs basketball team opened region play on Friday night at home against the visiting Hephzibah Rebels from Richmond County. The Dogs brought their 5 and 4 record to the table against the 2 and 2 record of the Rebels. The Morgan County season has been plagued with postponements and cancellations including the game on Tuesday, January 5th at Thomson that was supposed to be the region opener. This game would not go the way of the Dogs either losing 66-61 …

Lady Dogs begin with a win

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MCHS Lady Bulldogs open region play with a close win By Tom White Contributing Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Bulldogs opened region play Friday night at home with a 49-45 win against the visiting Lady Rebels from Hephzibah High School.  The Lady Dogs entered the game with a 5 and 4 record after a quiet holiday break and a postponed game at Thompson earlier in the week, while Hephzibah was looking to improve on their 1 and 3 record.  A mix of speed, power and finesse made this …

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Bulldogs Well Represented on All-Region Squad

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Editor  The Morgan County football team made a good showing on the All-Region 4AAA team selected last week. On the offensive first team the Bulldogs placed three linemen and a running back. On the defensive first team Morgan placed two linemen, two linebackers and a pair of defensive backs. Morgan also had seven players listed in the Honorable Mention category including an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a defensive lineman, two defensive backs, an h-back and a punter.  In total Morgan County was represented by 17 …

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Bulldogs lose one to COVID

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Exposure to Coronavirus forces game cancellation Sports Staff The Morgan County High School Bulldogs cancelled a Saturday night game against Salem High School after a player and two staff members were exposed to Coronavirus. According to Bulldog Head Coach Jamond Sims, the game was cancelled after a player, a coach and the team’s bus driver all reported exposure to COVID-19. Sims says practice last week was also cancelled “out of prudence” and that the Bulldogs were able to get back into the gym on Monday and Tuesday for practice. “As …

Lady Dogs take two

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Sports Staff Despite a turnover plagued weekend, the Morgan County High School girls basketball team managed to secure two non-conference wins last Friday and Saturday. The Lady Dogs defeated Greene County for the second time this season 48-39 on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Greene County. The night before the Lady Dogs won a nail-biter against Monroe Area 41-40 at Monroe Area. For the season, the Lady Dogs are 3-3 and are averaging 43.3 points per game. Head Coach Timothy Roop said while the team works on knocking off some rust, …

Bill Malone Resigns as Football Coach

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Veteran mentor leaves his mark on MCHS football program By Alvin Richardson Sports Editor  Bill Malone has spent nearly all of his working years at Morgan County High School but this past week resigned as head football coach.  The veteran teacher and coach came to Madison in 1994 as an assistant for Kenny Moore and graduated to the head coach position in 2007.  Having just finished his 14th campaign at that post, Malone became the longest tenured head football coach in school history and it’s been a tenure that has continued …

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Morgan Football History and End of Season Review

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Editor  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 …

It’s going to ‘Reign’ at Georgia Southern

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By Tia Lynn Ivey Managing Editor  A former Morgan County high school student Reign Williams, will live out her dream to play softball at the college-level after being offered a full scholarship to Georgia Southern University, a NCAA Division 1 School.  “As soon as I began playing I was hooked,” said Reign, who lives in Morgan County. “From my first travel game on I knew I wanted to play at the next level. I’m so blessed that the coaches at Georgia Southern are giving me this opportunity to fulfill my …

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Bulldogs Keep it Close for a Half Before Falling 42-13

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Editor  For two quarters Morgan County played the eighth ranked Appling County Pirates off their feet.  In a game played in Baxley, Georgia the Bulldogs fell behind in the first quarter 7-0 but with 5:33 left in the half Rogers Clark ignited the Dogs by blocking a punt and Jamarrion Lewis scooped it up and scored to tie the game at 7-7.  The Pirates responded with a 50 yard drive to go up 13-7 at intermission but Morgan went to the locker room having played a …

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 …

High School Volleyball

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. …