Morgan football finishes regular season 9-1

After picking off Jackson’s pass on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage, Morgan defender Jacarius Robinson signals for a block downfield as he returns the interception.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The Morgan County football team defeated Jackson County last Friday, 31-12, to cap off its impressive regular season.

The Bulldogs finished 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Region 8-AAA.

Although Morgan struggled at times last week and entered halftime with just a 17-12 advantage, the Bulldogs defense dominated the second half and that allowed Morgan to etch out a comfortable win.

Jordan Huff had a night to remember on the defensive side of the ball. The junior recorded 11 total tackles and picked off two of Jackson’s passes. Jacarius Robinson had an interception as well.

Tre Davis had 12 total tackles, and Jamario Pritchett, Quin Williams and Tre’Mon Moore each recorded one tackle for loss.

In total, Morgan’s defense allowed only 210 total yards. Of those 210, 159 were gained on the ground.

Offensively, Morgan was able to move the ball despite some periods of sluggish play.

The Bulldogs ran for 133 rushing yards, paced by senior Rambo Rambus, who finished with 107 yards and a touchdown. Moore scored Morgan’s other rushing touchdown.

Senior quarterback Trey Patterson went 12-of-25 for 198 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Anthony Cooper caught three of those passes for 94 yards and scored both receiving touchdowns. Robinson and Huff each finished with more than 40 receiving yards.

As the Region 8-AAA champion, Morgan owns a 1-seed in the upcoming state playoffs. As such, the Bulldogs will host at least the first two rounds of the playoffs should they win the first postseason game, which is this Friday night.

The Bulldogs play host to East Hall, which is 6-4 on the season and hails from Region 7-AAA. The winner of Friday’s game will play the winner of Westminster-North Murray.

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