Morgan falls in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County bowed out of the state playoffs with a 40-7 loss to a very solid Lovett squad who dominated the game from start to finish.  The Lions rushed for 310 yards and passed for 203 more while holding the Bulldogs to just 91 total yards on the night. Lovett junior quarterback Blaine McAllister burned Morgan for 93 rushing yards and 203 through the air while accounting for three touchdowns.  Morgan had no answer for the tough Lovett defense, managing just five first downs on …

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Lady Diamond Dogs represented well in All-Region

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a Sweet Sixteen season and a fourth-place finish in an extremely tough Region 8-AAA, the Lady Diamond Dogs softball squad placed a number of players on the All-Region teams for 2018-19.  The first team nominees included shortstop, centerfielder, and all-around athlete Alissa Webb, ace pitcher Bailey Nix, and third and first baseman Reign Williams on the first team.  Nix, a junior, and Williams, a sophomore, will return for next year while Webb will continue her play at the collegiate level with one of …

Middle School Wrestling places second at GMC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Marcus Crowe is making quite an impact on the Middle School wrestling program in just his second year as the man in charge.  Athletic Director and wrestling coach Doug Connelly had this to say, “Marcus Crowe at MCMS  has really taken the Middle School program and run with it.  He’s building numbers and excitement with our younger program.  With no recreation wrestling program we don’t have a built-in system to feed our Middle School program. It’s just not there right now.  We’ve got …

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Middle School Basketball Preseason Preview

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s that time again.  The Morgan County Middle School basketball squads are gearing up for yet another season of the Bullpup version of roundball excitement.  Over the years, the MCMS Dogs have featured some of the greats that have moved on to high school and college athletics.  Athletic Director and former long-time Middle School basketball coach, Milfred Franklin, has done an outstanding job of putting together some fine coaches in all their sports and basketball is no different. Coach Brian Cousins will enter his …

Bulldogs rally for overtime win

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By R. Alvin Richardson staff writer On a cool, blustery night at Pete Herndon Stadium Morgan County rallied from a two touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and ultimately fought their way to a 35-34 overtime win over the Hart County Bulldogs to give Morgan the region’s third seed.  With the victory Morgan County will enter the state playoffs and go up against Region 5AAA second seeded Lovett next Friday night in Atlanta. A proud Bill Malone said, “The most telling thing I can say about our kids is that …

Lady Spikers grab top honors

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After the smoke cleared from an ultra-successful volleyball season where Morgan County captured an Area 8-AAA Championship and a Sweet Sixteen bid, it’s now surprise that the top awards came back to the Lady Dogs in a major way. First-year Coach Olivia Daniell was awarded the 8-AAA Coach-of-the-Year honors and senior Bailey Shultz grabbed the Player-of-the-Year.  Shultz was the motor that ran the MOCO offense and defense from her libero position in her final campaign after starting for four years.  She said, “It’s pretty …

Media Day another resounding success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor For the second year in a row, the East Jackson teams invited all their rivals and media outlets to join them for Media Day.  All teams from 8-AAA were well represented and enjoyed the beautiful facilities as well as a meal, photo ops, a short rules clinic, and interviews during the two hour event. Morgan County’s girls brought in their three senior guards of Lou Reid, Miranda Powell, and Victoria Chapman.  The boys were represented by another set of three senior guards; Stevin Green, …

Q&A with first-year, head swim Coach Jennifer O’Neal

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The following is an interview we had with the Morgan County High School’s new swim coach. Question:  Tell us about your background. Answer:  My swimming history began at Fulton County Dolphins when I was in 6th grade.  In high school i swam for Fayette County high school and competed at state in butterfly and IM every year. Swimming led me into a career as a  lifeguard and swim instructor from the time I was 15 to 22. I coached the boys and girls swim …

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Morgan County Football Opponent Preview

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By R. Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s rousing 35-34 overtime road win over Hart County last Friday night gave them the third seed in Region 8AAA and earned Morgan a first round matchup at Lovett this coming Friday night in the state football playoffs.  The Bulldogs wound up the regular season with a region record of 4-2 and an overall record of 5-5. The Lovett Lions will provide a sturdy opponent for the Dogs.  The Lions captured the second seed in Region 5AAA with a 34-28 win over 5th …

Morgan pounds hapless East Jackson 45-0 on Senior Night

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In what was a predictable outcome, the Morgan County Bulldogs quickly dispatched an East Jackson squad that came into the night with just a single win on the season.  On Senior Night Morgan scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the opening half and added a field goal on their sixth possession to build a 38-0 lead by intermission on their way to a 45-0 win.  Meanwhile the Bulldog defensive unit produced five consecutive three-and-outs over the first two quarters and the first unit …

Spikers take out East Hall in five sets

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a great week of volleyball action, the Morgan County Lady Dogs came within one match of making the Final Four for the first time in school history.  It took the team five sets to move to the Elite Eight with a 3-2 win over the East Hall that went down to the wire.  MOCO took the first two sets 32-30 and 26-24 before the Lady Vikings rumbled back with wins in the next two sets 25-20 and 25-21.  This was more than a …

Cross-Country Region 8-AAA Meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County cross-country team ended their season in the 2018 Region 8-AAA Region Meet with a lot of progress being made with their young group of runners. Even though they did not qualify any runners for the State Meet, first-year coach Brian Johnson was pleased with his team’s first campaign. He said, “This was a great season this year.  We have a young team and I feel that as the season progressed our times came down and our team came together. My first …

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Morgan County Football Opponent Preview

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs complete their regular season campaign with a trip to Hartwell, Georgia to take on the Hart County Bulldogs.  It is a game that will decide the number three and four spots in Region 8AAA.  The winner of this game will take on the number two seed from Region 5AAA and that team is as yet undetermined.  It could be Westminster, Pace Academy or Lovett depending on the outcome of this week’s game between Westminster and Lovett.  The loser of the Morgan …

Lady Spikers cruise into Sweet 16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County moved into the Sweet Sixteen of the Volleyball State Playoffs with an easy three-of-five sets win over Haralson County 25-12, 25-16, and 25-12.  Area 5-AAA only has four teams that compete in volleyball this year, so Haralson pretty much made the tournament by default with a 2-16 overall record while going 1-5 in Area play.  They were no match for the 8-AAA winners of Morgan County who play in a highly competitive Region. As expected the Lady Dogs ran out to a …

Local author and writer making a name for himself

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In Morgan County and Madison, Alvin Richardson is no stranger to the community.  He’s spent the past 30+ years as a head football coach, teacher, assistant principal, and principal as a pillar of our county.  Recently, he was interviewed by the Max Preps Georgia High School Football Daily about another talent he has that has led him to state-wide recognition.  Richardson has become a well-known author, writer, columnist, and speaker throughout Georgia who has taken his love for history into the realm of another …

Hart County outlasts JV Dogs 40-35

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County JV football team lost a tough matchup to Hart County 40-35 in a game that would rival any JV game you could ever watch.  It was a war. Morgan scored first on a 63 yard strike from Pratt Spivey to Elijah Reynolds on the first play of the game.  He was wide open and took it to the house.  Nathan Camacho was good on the PAT with only 9:43 remaining in the first quarter to give the Dogs the 7-0 lead. …

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Lady Dogs Elite Eight bid falls short to Sonoraville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County softball team traveled to Northwest Georgia this week to take on the Sonoraville Phoenix.  The team ended their season with a series loss in the Sweet Sixteen by scores of 3-0 in game one and 6-0 in game two.  The superior pitching of Sonoraville proved too much for the Lady Dogs in the two shutout losses.  The Phoenix are now ranked number 14 in the state in all classifications according to MaxPreps and number two in class AAA. According to a …

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MS football falls in first round playoffs

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By Caroline Schlabach staff writer The Morgan County Middle School’s football season ended with a 36-9 loss to Jasper County Middle School in the first round of the Piedmont Athletic Conference playoffs in Monticello last week. Although the loss ended the Bulldogs’ season, coach Aaron Paul was satisfied with the progress the team made throughout the season. “I felt like the season went well,” Paul said. “We had many different guys play throughout the year in different positions. Our team faced quite a bit of adversity this year, and our …

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Sweet 16 bound!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a big day for the Morgan County Lady Diamond Dogs as they took down the number one seed out of Region 5-AAA to move into the Sweet 16 of the State Softball Tournament.  One more series win could send them to Columbus for the Granddaddy of them all in Georgia softball; the Elite Eight. The Lady Lions came in ranked as the number six team overall in the State AAA rankings according to MaxPreps.com sporting a 9-1 Region record and 18-5 overall.  …

Jefferson hands Morgan 35-14 loss

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County moved the ball nicely all night long against a Jefferson defense that came in ranked fourth in Class AAA but couldn’t convert enough of those drives into points.  Meanwhile the Dragons took full advantage of a couple of Bulldog miscues to build a 21-0 halftime lead and go on to a 35-14 victory in a Region 8AAA game.  Jefferson’s win put them in a position to play for a number one seed and the loss snuffed out Morgan’s chances to host a state …