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Bulldogs drop first game ahead of bye week

September 18, 2019 - 15:30
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    The Morgan County football team takes the field for this year’s edition of their rivalry game against Greene County, played last month in Greensboro. PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

 

Morgan County football saw its winning streak snapped last Friday in Madison.

The Bulldogs hosted Oconee County and fell, 34-6. The loss dropped Morgan’s season record down to 3-1.

Oconee used a strong rushing attack to drive against Morgan’s defense. In total, Oconee ran the ball 33 times for 344 yards rushing. All five of the Warriors’ touchdowns came on the ground.

Morgan defended better through the air, holding Oconee’s passing game to four completions on nine attempts. Denver Laughlin, who was returning from injury, recorded an interception. D.J. Jones notched a fumble recovery for the second week in a row.

The loss ended a strong start to the 2019 season. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 38-17 win over Loganville, then they traveled to Greene County and scored a comeback win over the Tigers, 28-15. Two weeks ago, they beat Walnut Grove, 35-14.

They are off this Friday for the first of two bye weeks. Next Friday, Morgan will host its first Region 8-AAA contest when Monroe Area returns to Madison two years after the programs’ epic, 22-21 bout in 2017 which ended in Morgan’s favor.

The Bulldogs hope to see their starting quarterback return for that game. Trent Folds suffered a dislocated elbow against Greene County and, in the weeks since then, backup Pratt Spivey has filled in. Folds hopes to suit up against the Hurricanes.

Morgan-Monroe will also serve as Morgan’s homecoming game. The game is scheduled to kick off next Friday at 7:30 p.m.