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 …

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Bulldogs face Oconee County in final non-region game

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County will have their toughest assignment of the young season this coming Friday night as they take on the Oconee County Warriors of Region 8AAAA.  The Warriors have made life difficult for the Bulldogs, winning the past five meetings.  Morgan County last defeated Oconee in 2013 when they blasted the Warriors 56-14 but the Dogs have had very little luck with their neighbors to the north since then.  The series dates back to 1968 and the teams have played 27 times over that span.  …

The NFL’s first fifty years

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By Jim Halloran columnist As we are preparing for another exciting year of NFL football let’s pause for a moment and look back on its first fifty years. Professional football was born out of the growing popularity of college football. It started with company teams playing each other. The players for these teams were salaried employees of the company who were often recruited more for the skills displayed while playing for the top college teams than their aptitude for the business world.  In 1925 George Halas who was the athletic …

Bulldogs rally topples Greene 28-15

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Things did not look promising for the Morgan County Bulldogs last Friday night.  They were on the road, in a rivalry game and on the first play of the second quarter Bulldog starting quarterback Trent Folds went down with an elbow injury.  It got worse.  Shortly after the injury to Folds, Greene County drove 66 yards for a touchdown and then the Tigers tallied a two point conversion after a muffed snap.  That gave them an 8-6 lead but Morgan’s problems weren’t over yet.  With …

Bullpups pull off 18-12 second half win

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School football team made a thrilling come-from-behind second half effort to outlast the Carver (Monroe) Wildcats 18-12 by scoring two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes Wednesday.  Zach Moore stole the show by scoring both touchdowns in the half on long passes from quarterback Talan Fuller (three TD passes for the afternoon) while also making a key interception on the final last gasp drive by the kittens.  It was a thrilling finale. It was all Carver in the first half.  The …

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Bulldogs take on Class 5A opponent Walnut Grove

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer For the second time in three weeks the Bulldogs move up in class to take on a school two classifications above them.  Morgan travels to Walnut Grove High School in Loganville to take on the Warriors in what should prove to be an interesting contest.  Last year Morgan County scored on the final play of regulation when Trent Folds hit Seth Robertson in the back of the end zone on the final play in regulation to force a tie.  The Bulldogs scored a field goal …

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Lady Dogs move into first with four 8-AAA wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2019 version of Morgan County volleyball is on a roll with four Region 8-AAA wins this week over East Jackson (2), Hart County, and Monroe Area.  MOCO failed to lose a set the entire week!  They defeated Monroe 25-13, 25-23, East Jackson 25-15, 25-11, East Jackson 25-15, 25-9, and Hart County 25-18, 30-28 all in straight sets.  Those four wins put the Lady Dogs into the 8-AAA lead early in the season.  The team is looking to repeat as 8-AAA Area Champions in …

Lightning strikes twice but Dogs prevail

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County and Loganville have played some weird games lately.  In 2018 the two squads had to finish their contest on Saturday morning after lightning stopped play at halftime.  Loganville prevailed in that one 32-19.  Last Friday’s game was eerily similar as the teams suffered through two lightning delays and finished the game just before midnight.  There was one major difference this year as Bill Malone’s Dogs routed Loganville 38-17 at Bill Corry Stadium and got their 2019 campaign off to a rousing start against …

Three-set comeback wins highlight week for volleyball squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Finally!  My good friend Ricky “The Doctor” Cochran loves volleyball about as much as I do.  He was kind enough to cart me out in my wheelchair to watch my first game of any kind in the early goings of Bulldog Fall sports.  It was a doozy of an evening with the netters taking two matches in a third set tiebreaker over both Athens Academy and Eastside.  The scores against the Academy were 17-25, 25-20, and 17-15 in overtime fashion.  The Eagles fell to …

Cross Country showing promise

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor If you happen to drive by the cross-country track on any given afternoon, you will see profusely sweating runners out there in the sweltering above 90 heat.  They are working their tails off in preparation for the up-coming season.  It ain’t no joke being a cross-country runner.  It’s not a sport for the meek, weak, or weary.  That hard work is paying for the runners. Morgan County’s cross-country teams are off and running to a great start to the 2019 season.  The varsity, JV, …

Volleyball action spikes into play

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County High School volleyball squad has lined up against some of the toughest competition they will face all season in their first week of play.  The matches have all been close with the Lady Dogs winning two of their first six contests.  The two wins were against Oconee County in three sets and Flowery Branch in straight sets.   In the absence of head coach Olivia Daniell, who is on maternity leave, varsity assistant Carrie McClain is at the helm and leading …

Lady Diamond Dogs gain momentum

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a few losses during the first week of the season, Morgan’s softball team has been on a winning streak, now with six wins and only three losses.  Wins over Monroe Area 9-8, Hart County 5-4, Grovetown 5-2, and North Oconee 15-7 give us the idea that this team will again compete for the Region Championship after all is said and done.  That time is a long way off, but the experience and newcomers to the team are paying off in the early going. …

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Bulldogs open 2019 campaign vs Loganville

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County will open their 2019 football slate against the Loganville Red Devils from Region 8AAAAA.  Yes that is Class 5A so that means the Dogs will be playing a school two classifications higher to open their year.  Loganville posted a 4-6 regular season record last year in a region that included state powerhouse Buford along with Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals.  That record was good enough for a fourth place finish.  The Devils then proceeded to go on the road and upset 7th ranked …

Morgan nips Jeff Davis 14-13

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County and Jeff Davis High School (Hazelhurst) competed in the campaign’s opening scrimmage this past Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  The teams played their front line personnel in the first half and the Bulldogs sneaked past the Yellow Jackets 14-13 in those two periods.  In the second half, played by the second units and B-teams with a running clock and no kicking game, Morgan came out on top 12-2. Head coach Bill Malone was particularly pleased with the turnout and said, “I really …

Morgan faces Jeff Davis in pre-season scrimmage

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs kick off their 2019 campaign with a scrimmage against the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 9th at Bill Corry Stadium.  The scrimmage begins at 7:30.  Coach Bill Malone’s squad posted an overall record of 5-6 and a region mark of 4-2 in 2018 placing third in Region 8AAA.  They lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lovett.  The Dogs won back to back region titles in 2016 and 2017 the first time that had happened since …

Catch more bass – spend less money

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer When it comes to catching largemouth bass we are all guilty of looking for the latest, greatest thing to come along that will assure a daily limit.  Those companies who make fishing tackle know we are vulnerable and take full advantage with hundreds of new lures and products every year.  Their marketing departments have a field day with guys like us who are easily convinced or at least willing to try new stuff to satisfy our life long search for the perfect bait.  Truth is, …

When girls played pro baseball

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By Jim Halloran columnist The end of the League was inevitable. The nineteen fifties were decades before the current era recognition of the female athlete. The soldiers returned home, among them over 500 major league players and 3000 minor leaguers and the spotlight quickly turned to them.  It was also the end of rationing ,which was a boom to other forms of entertainment and allowed people to travel. Televisions were appearing in households across America which replaced going out to the local ballpark. In addition to this, the league was …

Elder buzzes back to Tech

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Special to the Citizen Former Georgia Tech player B.J. Elder, a standout member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2004 NCAA runner-up team, has joined the men’s basketball staff at his collegiate alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, as associate director of player personnel, head coach Josh Pastner announced. A veteran of 10 years in European professional basketball following his stellar Tech career, Elder, 38, joins the staff following three seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Clarkston High School. He will serve as the basketball staff’s liaison with academic services, campus …