Oconee Co. drops Morgan 20-0

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  By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County put forth a gritty effort against an Oconee County team that was loaded with weapons but could never solve the Warrior defense and fell 20-0 last Friday night in Watkinsville.  Defensively the Bulldogs bottled up a highly touted Warrior passing game yielding just 77 yards and eight completions out of 22 attempts for the highly recruited Max Johnson. Oconee made most of their hay on the ground where they rushed for 200 yards and scored on runs of 32 and 24 yards …

Morgan’s Finest, Mark Argo

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Last month we focused on one of Morgan’s Finest Clifton Hanes with 38 years behind the camera for the Bulldogs.  This week it’s all about long-time educator, math teacher, and the Voice behind the mic Mark Argo who spent years as the announcer for the Dogs. The 61 year-old started his background while in high school where he ran the scoreboard at home football games.  The MCHS graduate returned to his alma mater as a teacher around 1978, and principal James Hagin asked him …

Morgan serves it up to Gatewood

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In volleyball play this past week, the Morgan County Lady Dogs took a three straight set win over private school Gatewood (Eatonton) at home and the JV lost 3-1 against the same group in the opener. The event was scheduled to also have George Walton in the meet, but that didn’t pan out.  After GW cancelled their match, it was decided to play a best of five series against Morgan’s JV and varsity against the Gators.  Gatewood only fielded eight players for the contest …

Dogs score as time expires to force overtime but fall 34-31 to Walnut Grove

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a wild and wooly game that featured 14 points scored in the final 37 seconds of regulation, Morgan County lost an overtime thriller to the Walnut Grove Warriors by a final score of 34-31 at Bill Corry Stadium. Morgan County’s junior quarterback Trent Folds fired a bullet to the back line of the end zone into Seth Robertson’s waiting arms as time expired to force overtime but Walnut Grove prevailed by scoring an overtime touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line …

MS volleyball ‘sets’ up for a successful season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Spike Dogs are off to a great start for the 2018 season. On August 18 the team competed in the pre-season jamboree for the conference they compete in. All 11 teams participated in the jamboree with superior competition throughout the day of play. The A squad went 3-0 with wins over Malcom Bridge, George Walton Academy, and Oconee County Middle Schools.  Coach Alan Shultz said, “Our girls showed a lot of heart with the Malcom Bridge win, overcoming a …

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Cardiac Kids win another one in extra innings over East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Jason McBay said, “Our win over East Jackson puts us in great shape at the halfway point of the 8-AAA Region Schedule.”  This was after the Lady Diamond Dogs took another last inning win over the Lady Eagles 3-2 in the eighth inning. According to McBay, MOCO came up first to take a 1-0 lead when Reign Williams singled, went to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a wild pitch.  East Jackson scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the …

MCMS Bullpups play big; defeat Carver

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By Caroline Schlabach staff writer The Morgan County Middle School Bulldogs used a big-play offense and stingy defense to defeat Carver Middle School 22-10 in their season opener at Bill Corry Stadium on Wednesday. Bulldogs linebacker Jack Harper opened the scoring by scooping up a fumble and returning it 39 yards for a touchdown with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Bulldogs quarterback D.J. Smith scored on a two-point conversion run to take an 8-0 lead. On the first play of the second quarter, Smith threw a 32-yard touchdown pass …

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Morgan County Football Preview

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County will hit the road this week to take on the Class AAAA Oconee County Warriors.  It will be the third time in four games that the Bulldogs have played upper classification teams this season in a tough pre-region schedule. Morgan lost to Loganville (Class AAAAA) 32-19 in the first game of the season and to Walnut Grove (Class AAAAA) 34-31 in overtime this past week.  Sandwiched in between those games Morgan bested rival Greene County 14-9. Now it is on to Oconee County …

Dogs take Region win in dramatic fashion

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor MacKenzie Torbush had the game of her life to help give the Lady Diamond Dogs a huge Region 8AAA win over Franklin County 5-4 with a starting lineup that was missing three players.  Her line drive homerun in the fifth inning to centerfield hit the ice cream truck out by the Kennel to tie the game at 4-4.  Her next at-bat came in the bottom of the seventh when her infield hit drove in Alissa Webb for the winning run.  It was an exciting …

Morgan outlasts Greene County

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs used an early 80 yard touchdown pass from Trent Folds to Seth Robertson and a 95 yard kickoff return from Kobridgette Lumpkin in the second half to help subdue a much improved Greene County team this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  In addition to those two big plays Morgan’s defense came up with some key stops against a sharp Tiger offense. Jordan Huff picked off a pass in the end zone in the first quarter after Morgan had fumbled deep …

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Two close wins for Spike Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a doubleheader this past week, the Morgan County Volleyball team got some exciting wins over Heritage High School of Conyers and Westminster Christian Academy of Watkinsville to start the week.  Morgan got the victory over Heritage in straight sets 25-15 and 25-19 in the opener and defeated Westminster 22-25/25-22/26-24 in three sets in one of the best matches seen in quite some time. If you have not come out to see and support this group of talented MOCO athletes, you’re missing out on …

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Morgan County Football Preview

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County is at home for the second straight week and will host Walnut Grove.  The Bulldogs are coming off an exciting 14-9 win over their arch-rival Greene County and with that win have evened their record at 1-1 on the season.  The Bulldogs got some bad news in the aftermath of the Greene County game as senior defensive lineman K.J. Wyatt may be lost for the season with early indications being a torn Achilles tendon.  That’s a blow to a young defense who benefitted …

Morgan rallies but falls to Loganville

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a bizarre football opener Morgan County went on the road twice and that is not a misprint.  They traveled to Loganville once on Friday night and then finished the final two quarters on Saturday morning in Loganville after officials ruled that a lightning storm 31 miles away constituted a dangerous situation.  The particulars of that seemingly illogical decision are discussed in another part of this sports page. Nonetheless it was an entertaining two days of football. The coaching staff weighed in on the game …

Spike Dogs dig out two wins in home opener

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Lady Bulldog volleyball team got off to a great start for the 2018 season by taking wins over Lake Oconee Academy (Class A public school) and Gatewood (Class AA GISA private school).  The girls defeated LOA 25-16/26-24 in straight sets while besting Gatewood 25-13/25-21.  The young team has only two seniors on their roster (Bailey Shultz and Nijah Young), but the sophomore class is loaded with talent.  Emma Silvey, Anna Cox, Brooke Butler, and Mckenzie Larate in particular showed why this group will …

Lady Diamond Dogs suffer serious injuries in wins over Monroe, Hart

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The past week for Morgan’s softball team has seen some great success.  But at what price?  The Lady Dogs took three wins during the week with big Region 8AAA victories over Monroe Area 10-0 and Hart County 10-2.  They also got a win at Pierce County over the weekend at their tournament. With the three wins, MOCO moves to 2-1 in Region play and 4-4 overall.  They are now in sole possession of third place behind Jackson County (3-0) and Jefferson (2-0) in Region play. Against Monroe Bailey Nix threw …

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Tigers vs Bulldogs for 84th time since 1916

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(Authors note: As a graduate of Morgan County High School and a former head football coach at my alumni, I am somewhat of an expert on this topic.  Some of my fondest memories are of this game between these two great rivals.  I had the distinct honor of coaching against my old high school basketball coach [Tom Temple] and one of Georgia’s all-time greats [Charlie Winslette].  The memories are rich and burn brightly in my mind to this day.) When Morgan County’s Bulldogs and Greene County’s Tigers line up to …

Morgan’s Finest

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Over the next several weeks we will occasionally be sharing some of Morgan’s Finest Behind the Scenes Volunteers over the past many years.  This week’s choice was an easy one.  Clifton Hanes was the man behind the football camera for 38 years (to the best of his recollection).  From 1970 as a MCHS graduate until 2008 he only missed a handful of games taking care of the filming for the Morgan County Bulldogs. Hanes mentioned a few others that could also be considered as some of the greatest volunteers in …

Tough week for Lady Diamond Dogs

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Jason McBay’s season opened up the week with a big come-from-behind win over Commerce in their final at bat.  The rest of the week wasn’t quite so kind.  AA’s second-ranked Monticello Hurricanes took the Dogs down by the tune of 13-2 and Jefferson (highly ranked in AAA) got a 7-2 victory over Morgan in their first Region 8-AAA contest. Monticello got off the bus hitting line drives taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning of play.  A single, triple, and homerun from the first four batters did the damage.  …

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JV volleyball does well in opening tournament

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Coach Carrie McClain reported on the opening JV volleyball team in the North Oconee Titans Invitational to open their season. She said, “The records don’t really reflect how well the girls played. For our first outing and given the competition that we played I am really proud of the girls. They did a lot of things really well and I look forward to seeing how much better they are going to get over this season. Learning the rotation and getting comfortable in their position is still a work in progress, …

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Spike Dogs gear up for first week

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This week the Morgan County High School volleyball squad will enter into their first matches of the season.  Tuesday they open up with Madison County and Habersham Central on the road and finish up the week with their first home event of the season hosting Lake Oconee Academy and Gatewood. First year Head Coach Olivia Daniel told the Morgan County Citizen that her team is young.  She said, “I’m excited about the upcoming season.  We are a very young team with only two seniors and mostly ninth and tenth graders …