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 …

Lady Dogs host Monroe in Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Spike Dogs may be peaking at just the right time.  What time is it?  It’s tournament time!  The playoffs for the 8-AAA Area Championship begin this week.  If Morgan is to defend its 2018 Title, they will have to do it coming in as the number three seed behind Jefferson and Jackson County.  That will come as no easy task as Jefferson (29-4) and Jackson County (33-10) are ranked number four and six respectively in Class AAA.  It’s no surprise that …

JV Dogs fork Jackson Red Devils 40-16

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MCHS JV football team put a whuppin’ on the Jackson Red Devils this past week 40-16 in a lopsided blowout. The team is now 4-1 on the season and shows much promise for the future of Bulldog football.   The Dogs scored early and often in this one including on their first possession.  Morgan took the kickoff and behind the running of Tre Hawkins and Jay Eubanks went 70 yards in six plays to draw first blood.  Hawkins had a big run of …

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Bulldogs host Franklin County in third region contest

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs will be at home this Friday night in a game against the Franklin County Lions.   Morgan is off to a good start this season with a record of 5-1 overall and 2-0 in region play.   Franklin County is going through a rough year and have yet to post a win.  The Bulldogs defeated Jackson County this past week 20-17 while the Lions were falling to powerful Jefferson 33-0. The Morgan County / Franklin County series goes back to 1970 …

JV competes in strong field at NE Georgia Volleyball Shootout

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MCHS JV volleyball squad put their heart and soul into the final hoorah of the 2019 season coming up just short of their goal.  The stout competition they faced was some of the toughest of the season at the Northeast Georgia JV Shootout.  The season-culminating tournament is one that gives these younger players something to look forward to.  Many JV teams (in most sports) are left with nothing more than a final regular season game to hang their hats on.     Coach …

Bulldogs win over Monroe Area

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Since 2016 either Morgan County or Monroe Area have been Region 8AAA champs so the matchup last Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium was a big one.  The Bulldogs of Coach Bill Malone passed that test with a solid 27-17 win over the Purple Hurricanes on Homecoming Night in front of a raucous crowd.  It was the first region game of the campaign and the Bulldogs played well on both sides of the ball to get the win. Head Coach Bill Malone was well pleased …

Lady Dogs sweep East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Diamond Dogs stamped their ticket to the State Softball Tournament this past weekend by defeating the East Jackson Lady Eagles in two straight games.  The best of three series was played in Madison with the number four MCHS girls hosting East Jackson.  Coach Jason McBay’s squad took the contests by scores of 7-4 in the opener and 10-5 in the afternoon portion of a double-header.  With the two wins, MOCO will now move into the Final Four of the 8-AAA Region Tournament …

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Diamond Pups still alive in PAC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In an historical week for the Morgan County Middle School softball program, Coach Shelly Hilsman’s team got their first win in four years over Social Circle and first-ever over Loganville (to her knowledge).  To add salt to the wounds of the Lady Redskins, the Social Circle win came on Eighth Grade Recognition Night that featured seven graduates. Morgan came out of the gate with guns blazing.  After pitcher Kendall Smith retired Social Circle in order in the top of the first, Morgan scored two …

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JV takes out Oconee: Eubanks two rushing TDs leads the way

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor On a sweltering afternoon at Bill Corry Stadium, the MCHS JV football team took out archrival Oconee County 22-8 in a game that was actually much closer than the score indicates.  There was a small feeling of revenge after the varsity Warriors handed Morgan County their worst defeat of the season two weeks ago. Morgan started the game strong going on a 15-play drive that gobbled up most of the first quarter clock.  Tre Hawkins, DJ Smith, Jay Eubanks, Maurea Ward, Rogers Clark, and …

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Volleyball preps for Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With only three non-conference game dates remaining on the Morgan County volleyball schedule, the girls have solidified their spot in the Area Tournament with a win over Monroe Area this past week.  The Lady Spikers will go in as the number three seed (8-4) behind number one Jackson County (11-1) and number two Jefferson (11-1).  MOCO will potentially host Monroe Area on Oct 6 with game time to be determined this week.  “If you’re looking at the record, two teams are pretty close to …

Getting ready for a region run

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s softball squad had an up-and-down week with losses to Region 8-AAA opponents Franklin County and East Jackson before finishing up on the positive side with a win over Monticello Monday.  The girls now sit in fourth place in 8-AAA with Franklin County and Jackson County leading the pack at 9-2 while Jefferson is on their heels at 8-3.  MOCO is now 14-11 overall with a 5-7 record in Region play.   The Region is always one of the toughest in the State.  …

Huge region football game Friday night

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By Alvin Richardson sports staff Morgan County will host Monroe Area Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium in the Region 8AAA opener.  The two schools are long-time rivals with a series that dates back to 1948.  If you count games with Madison High School vs Monroe Area the series goes all the way back to 1923.  Since 1948 however Morgan County leads the series 29-20 and have won four of the last five and seven of the last ten games versus the Purple Hurricanes dating back to 1999.   Monroe …

JV Spike Dogs building steam

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Sometimes it’s a thankless job toiling down on the JV.  Sometimes it’s an unappreciated team for all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears they put in.  This year’s younger volleyball squad has put together an exciting season with only three losses on their record.  It looks like the program is in great shape as they reload for the coming years. Coach Jamie Williams told us, “The latest losses were in matches where the girls played at their highest level, but the close matches …

Oconee drops Morgan 34-6

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Something had to give in the Morgan County football game versus Oconee County.  It was Friday the 13th, there was a full moon and just for good measure Mother Nature decided to throw in a pretty good dash of lightning.  Ultimately the beneficiary of all that karma turned out to be Oconee County as the Warriors held off a determined Morgan County squad in the first quarter and then seized control of the game.   The Bulldogs were in charge of the early going against …

Dogs oust Hart in extra inning thriller

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Anytime you can get a win, it’s a good day.  It’s a good day when it’s against a Region 8-AAA opponent.  It’s still a good day when it comes in extra innings and an even better day when it’s a walk-off win.  What makes it a great day is when it’s against the Hart County Lady Bulldogs of the orange and black variety.  Bulldogs are not supposed to be orange and black.  They are red and black. That’s just what the Morgan County Lady …

Daniell’s return sparks Spike Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Dogs’ volleyball team welcomed back Coach Olivia Daniell this past week with open arms.  The new mother has been on maternity leave since early June.  She told us, “I’m getting back into the swing of things at school and with practices and games.  This is all certainly new to me, but the baby (Finley) and my husband (Zach) are doing well.”  The third year head coach made her debut back with the team in wins over Prince Avenue and Clarke Central.  Daniell …

Pups lose shootout in overtime 41-33

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Despite trailing by 12 points with only 1:40 remaining in the third period, the Morgan County Middle School football team forced the Putnam County War Eagles into overtime only to see their comeback bid fall short.  This one would be a shootout that would come down to extra football and the fireworks started early and often for both squads.  Talan Fuller connected with Zach Moore for three touchdown passes on the day, but it wouldn’t be quite enough to pull off the victory. The …

Bulldogs hammer Walnut Grove 35-14

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County ran their season record to 3-0 on the 2019 campaign with a 35-14 drubbing of Walnut Grove last Friday night at Warrior Stadium.  The Bulldogs cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead as the offense scored on five straight possessions and the defense held Walnut Grove without a first down over the opening two quarters. Morgan’s ground game led the way as the offensive line controlled Walnut Grove’s front seven.  They rolled up 10 first downs in the first half and finished the contest …

Lady Dogs rout East Jackson, go 2-1

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Dogs dismantled Region foe East Jackson last week 8-1 in a home game before taking down the Monroe Lady Hurricanes 4-2 and then losing to another strong Jefferson squad 8-0.  According to MaxPreps softball rankings for Class AAA, Jefferson holds down the seventh spot in the state.  Morgan moves to 9-6 on the season and 4-4 in Region contests.  The Region will again be stout with Franklin and Jackson County, along with the Lady Dragons, highly ranked.  Currently, the Morgan County girls …

JV Dawgs “Make Some Noise” in home opener

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With the Dogs clinging to a slim 6-0 margin at the half, the Morgan County JV Bulldog football squad put some major points on the board in the second stanza to grab a 26-6 win over visiting East Jackson.  In the season’s home opener, it was all MOCO in the second half.  The Dogs took advantage of some costly Eagle cough-ups in the pivotal final 20 minutes. Both teams started slowly and the game was marred by penalties and turnovers.  Both teams went four …