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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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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 …

Local Outdoor Report

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lake Oconee Fishing Report for October from the GON reports that the lake was clear up until the storm front from Michael rolled through.  Fishing above the I-20 Bridge will especially have stained waters throughout the next few days.  Before the rains, Oconee was seeing lower that normal fill levels.  Hopefully, the intense rains for this week will help bring the Lake back to full pool levels. According to reports, the fishing right now is still tough as the days shorten.  Some anglers …

Bulldogs Hammer Franklin Co. 40-21

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs traveled to Carnesville last Friday night to take on the Franklin County Lions and came home with another big Region 8AAA win.  This one was a total team effort.  Trent Folds led the offensive onslaught with touchdown passes to four different players and the Bulldog defensive unit surrendered just a single touchdown over the first three quarters of play.  Morgan County’s special teams got into the act as well when D.J. Jones blocked a punt for a safety as Morgan bullied …

Spikers split matches on senior night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Lady Dogs came away with a win and a loss this week on senior night by defeating Cherokee Bluff 25-16/25-14 in straight sets while losing to a talented Oconee County squad by identical set scores of 25-17.  The night was made special by honoring the only two seniors on this year’s team.  Bailey Shultz and Nijah Young were recognized before the Oconee match.  They have both played an integral part of MOCO’s success this season and an Area/Region Championship. Shultz has …

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Morgan falls to Jackson Co. and Jefferson in Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MOCO Diamond Lady Dogs put up a valiant effort in the Region 8-AAA Tournament this week, but came up short against Jackson County and Jefferson.  The losses gave them a fourth place seed going into this week’s State Playoffs where they will face off with The Lovett School.  Lovett is the number one seed coming out of 5-AAA with a Region record of 9-1 and 18-3 overall for 2018.  With Lovett, Westminster, and Pace Academy (all private schools) leading the pack from their …

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Morgan County Football Opponent Preview

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs moved solidly into third place with last week’s win over Franklin County but will now face a challenge when they play the region’s number two team in the Jefferson Dragons.  This contest will go a long way toward determining the number two seed in Region 8AAA which is important because that seeding carries a home playoff game with it. Jefferson is having another solid season and have posted a record of 6-1 to this point.  Their only loss was against Oconee …

Fast start keys Region win for Dogs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County’s Bulldogs came blazing out of the gate last Friday night, scoring 20 first quarter points on their way to a key Region 8AAA win over Jackson County’s Panthers.  Led by Seth Robertson, Trent Folds and Denver Laughlin, Morgan scored on their first three possessions of the night to run out to a 20-0 advantage.  That lead held up all night but Jackson County managed to make it a one score game when they scored a touchdown 20-14 with 5:52 left in the third …

Spikers take Region Championship!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In non-region play this week, the Morgan County volleyball team got wins at Eastside by defeating AAAA foe Eastside 25-23, 21-25, and 25-22 in a hotly contested match that went three sets.  In the second match of the evening they ousted Athens Christian in straight sets 25-19 and 25-11. “As far as Thursday’s games went, in all honesty, they didn’t play their best volleyball even though we came out with a close win over Eastside. I think it was a good lesson for them …

Cepuran, Nix lead Dogs to wins over Hart County

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Diamond Dogs punched their ticket to the State Playoffs with two straight wins in a three-game series over the Lady Bulldogs from Hart County to secure a final four finish in the 8-AAA Region Tournament.  Bailey Nix pitched 111 scoreless innings in the two games and Dakota Cepuran had a monster day at the plate to lead the way for MOCO.  On top of those performances, Morgan made some ridiculous defensive plays all around to shut down Hart 8-0 in game one …