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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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 …

Lady Diamond Pups celebrate eighth grade recognition with win over Putnam

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Middle School Lady Diamond Dogs celebrated their eighth grade recognition night with a big win over rival Putnam County this past week.  They entered the PAC Tournament this past weekend.  Results were not available at press time.  We will give you all the details of that event next week. Pitcher Averi Camp struck out seven of only 14 batters she faced in the game that ended 16-0 with the mercy rule in place after only three innings to get the win.  She gave …

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Morgan County Football Opponent Preview

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County hits the road this week to take on a dangerous foe in what is surely a big region game for both teams. The Bulldogs will tangle with a Franklin County squad who came within a whisker of pulling off a major upset this past Friday.  The Lions led or were tied with a powerful Jefferson team for most of the night before falling 17-10 when Jefferson scored with 14 seconds left.  Franklin’s 2018 season hasn’t gone well as the Lions have posted just …

Morgan falls 39-0 in Region opener

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Monroe Area’s Chandler Byron showed why he is a Player of the Year candidate this year.  The Hurricane’s dual threat quarterback rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, scored four rushing touchdowns and threw a 59 yard scoring strike on his first snap of the third quarter in a 39-0 whitewashing of Morgan County last Friday night in Monroe.  The win kept the third ranked Purple Hurricanes undefeated at 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4 overall …

Lady Dogs get win over Rockdale 8-2 on Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Alissa Webb and sophomore Reign Williams came up big on Senior Night producing five of the team’s eight runs.  The duo combined to go 6-8, score four runs, and drive in two more.  Webb had doubles in both outfield gaps to go along with another single in the sixth inning.  Williams’ three singles helped get Webb across three times.  Pinch runner Carlie Lane ran for catcher Williams to score a run and steal three bases in the win.  McKenzie Torbush also singled twice …

Spikers get big win on eighth grade recognition night over GWA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School volleyball squad finished out their regular season home matches by recognizing their six eighth graders in a blowout win over George Walton Academy 25-13 and 25-14.  After the Lady Dogs ran out to a 13-0 lead on the service game of Addy Christian, it was pretty much no contest for the two straight set victory.  Christian hit a number of aces and bullets that were too hot for GWA to handle and handcuffed the defense for the big lead. The …

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County will host the Jackson County Panthers for Homecoming this Friday night at Bill Corry Stadium.  This will be the second region contest for both squads and a win for either team will boost their hopes to get into the state playoffs.  Both Morgan and Jackson County are coming off losses in their region openers with the Bulldogs falling to Monroe Area 39-0 and Jackson County losing to Hart County by a score of 30-13. Jackson County comes in with a record of 2-3 …

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Woodward Commits to Austin Peay

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By Caroline Schlabach staff writer Basketball has always been a family affair for Morgan County High School senior Alec Woodard. Woodard’s mother, Allison Echols-Woodard, played basketball at Georgia Tech from 1989-92, and his older sister, Autumn, a 2017 MCHS graduate, played at Augusta University last season. Now, Woodard hopes to follow in their footsteps after verbally committing to play basketball at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Woodard, a 6-foot-4 guard, is the third member of the Governors’ 2019 recruiting class and is ranked the No. 25 player in …

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MS football wins over Youth Middle

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The Morgan County Middle School football team ended its two-game losing streak with a dominant 31-7 win over Youth Middle School at Bill Corry Stadium last week. Bulldogs coach Aaron Paul said his team prepared all week for Youth Middle’s physical rushing offense and the hard work paid off. The Bulldogs (2-2) had several third-down stops and forced three turnovers on defense. “Our defense played extremely well,” Paul said. “We worked really hard all week on our alignment for our guys. We changed what we have normally been doing on …

Spikers take down Jefferson to remain number one in 8-AAA

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It would only be fitting if this week’s Morgan County High School volleyball update started out with a big “OOPS” from this sportswriter.  For the past two weeks the old geezer has been calling Brooke BUTLER by the name of Brooke Randall.  How I got this confused is beyond me.  I know both of these stellar athletes at MOCO.  Randall is a superstar soccer player while Butler is one of the mainstays for the highly successful volleyball squad under Coach Olivia Daniell.  Butler is one of the main reasons for …

Busy week for Lady Diamond Dogs

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Six games in three days is no easy task.  The Lady Diamond Dogs did just that coming away with a third place finish at the Morgan County Lady Dogs Invitational this past weekend and going 3-3 for the week.   The girls are still far from full speed playing without the services of All-State players shortstop Alissa Webb and catcher Madison Henry.  Nonetheless the team is holding their own against some of the best competition the state has to offer over the past week. Thursday evening the Lady Dogs fell …

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MS football falls for second week

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The Morgan County Middle School football team dropped its second consecutive close game last week, but Coach Aaron Paul feels that the Bulldogs are headed in the right direction. The Bulldogs lost 25-18 at Jasper County Middle School on Sept. 5 and fell 20-12 to Loganville Middle School at Bill Corry Stadium on Sept. 12. “I felt like we played much better than we did a week ago against Monticello,” Paul said. “We had a plan to better manage our personnel on offense and defense, and we also had a …

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JV football defeats Elbert County in shootout 49-26

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor You aren’t supposed to score 75 points in a JV game.  Or are you?  With the way offenses are geared today, even at the high school level, maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise.  It’s hard to believe the evolution of the game when you watch players this young taking shotgun snaps, running motion, and throwing the ball all over the field.  Offensively, for the Dogs in this one, you couldn’t help but notice the intensity and extra effort given by the backs on …

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Morgan County Football Opponent Preview

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The Morgan County Bulldogs face a daunting task this week as they travel just down the road to take on the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes.  The Canes are off to a blazing start on their 2018 campaign having posted four straight wins and moving up to fourth in the Class AAA rankings.  Monroe Area’s offense has been virtually unstoppable and is averaging 35.8 points per game in their wins over Apalachee (35-7), Loganville (52-24), Pace Academy (36-15) and Walnut Grove (28-7). The Hurricane offense is spearheaded by their quarterback and …

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 …