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Bulldogs stormed by Purple Hurricanes

September 10, 2021 - 00:00
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    Morgan County wideout turned quarterback Ashton Cooper (No. 11) being dragged down by a Canes defender. CONTRIBUTED BY JIM TURNER
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    Morgan County running back Jacere Cooper (No. 24) tries to avoid being brought down by a Monroe Area defender last Friday night. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY JIM TURNER

The Morgan County Bulldogs fell to the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes last Friday by a final score of 30-0.

After sophomore starting quarterback Talan Fuller sustained a shoulder injury in the Bulldogs’ loss to Putnam County in their season opener, wide receiver Ashton Cooper took over the responsibility of taking snaps.

The 5-foot-11 senior threw for 46 yards and accumulated negative six yards on seven carries.

Robert Armstrong, a 6-foot-4 senior wideout, was Cooper’s most productive target, racking up 46 yards on two receptions.

Jay Dorsey had the most carries for the Bulldogs with eight, but only gained seven yards. It wasn’t much better for running back Jacere Cooper who had negative five yards on seven carries.

Most of the offensive struggles the Bulldogs had led to a halftime score of 24-0. A bright spot in the second half was Rickey Robbins scoring off an 18 yard touchdown run for the Purple Hurricanes.

On top of the quarterback issue for Morgan County, Monroe Area’s defense was stout on the ground. The Canes didn’t allow the Bulldogs’ run game to get started the whole game.

A positive for the Bulldogs is that Dominick Frazzitta played after coming off a foot injury and missing the first game of the season.

The 6-foot-5, 310 pound senior is instrumental in the success of both the offensive and defensive line for coach Jenkins. He came back as a defensive end and a tackle that plays opposite of Air Force commit Chance Reid.

After the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 0-2 on the season as head coach Clint Jenkins looks to get his team back on track.

Their first away assignment for the season comes this week against the Jasper County Hurricanes who are also looking to regain some momentum after coming off a tough 17-7 loss against Mount de Sales Academy out of Macon, Ga.

Both Jasper and Morgan have already played against Putnam County in which the Hurricanes lost 69-0 and the Bulldogs fell 37-0.

Both offenses will look for some type of movement up front to get some momentum for scoring drives.

The key will be to control the line of scrimmage and move the ball on the ground. If either team can establish a run game early, it may be over for their opponent.

Morgan County leads the all-time series against Jasper County 29-4-1 and 9-1 over the last ten years. Jasper’s lone win came in 2014 when the Hurricanes beat the Bulldogs 28-21.