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February 20, 2019 Page 5C eReporter P rOorter 1 ] i February 20, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS StateFarm 281 "lift College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED HOME CALENDAR 4:00 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Sandy Creekl 5:5 5 p.m. Varsity Baseball (vs. Sandy Creek) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 4:00 p.m. Varsity Tennis (vs. Baldwin) 4:30 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Lamar County) 6:00 p.m. JV Boys Soccer (vs. Mount de Sales) FRIDAY, Mary Persons junior soccer star Julian Rivera (in white) uncharacteristically missed a pair of key penalty kick tries during a 1 - 10T road defeat at Jack- son on Thursday. The loss dropped MP to 2-2 entering a tough contest against Houston County on Tuesday night. (Photo/Will Davis) f- 5:55 p.m. Varsity Baseball {vs. Morgan County) SATURDAY, 23 SUN Y, r.e WY 24 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 4:00 p.m. Varsity Tennis (vs. Mount de Sales) 4:00 p.m. JV Baseball Ivs, Eagles Landing) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 4.'00 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Rutland) 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer (vs. Upson-tee} 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. Upson-Lee} By Will The Mary Persons boys soccer team fell to 2-2 on Thursday with a devastating penalty kick loss to rival lackson. Playing on ]ackso new turffidd for the first time, the Bulldogs jumped on top fLrst when junior Julian Rivera sent in a cross and freshman Austin Starr drilled it home from dose range with 19. 2 left in the first half It was Staff's first varsity goal. The Bulldogs would control pos- session for most of the game on a cold night in Jackson, outshooting the Devils 22-8, but failed to score again: They were also playing without defensive mid Tanner Lee, who was injured, and several other starters in- duding Will Adldns and Liam Spence battled injuries as well Yet it seemed MP would escape with a 1-0 win until the Red Devils sent a long flee kick toward the MP goal with just 7:58 left in the game. It was windy and senior defender Ma- son Baker tried to head the ball, but misjudged it and the ball continued backwards and struck the back of the net for an own goal Red Devil fans erupted as the game was tied at 1-1. Rivera fired several shots in the final 8 minutes to try to re-take the lead, but he was hounded by multiple Jackson defenders. With less than a minute to go, Rivera was tripped in the box, earning a PK. However, the Red Devil keeper stopped the shot. Rivera fol- lowed and scored, but the referee ruled that the shooter cafft score on a rebound on a PK and the game ended tied at 1-1. Normally non- region games end in ties, but reportedly a new GHSA rule allows games to go to overtime and PKs ffnecessary ffboth coaches agree before the game. So that what happened, 2019 C-Team Schedule DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME Feb. 20 Byron Home 5 p.m. Feb. 25 Fort Valley Home 5 p.m. Feb. 27 Lamar County Away 5 p.m. Feb. 28 Crawford County Home 5 p.m. Mar. 6 Henderson Away 5 p.m. Mar. 11 Jones County Away 5 p.m. Mar. 13 Byron Away 5 p.m. Mar. 18 Fort Valley Away 5 p.m. Mar. 20 Lamar County Home 5 p.m. Mar. 25 Girls ChampionshipTBA TBA Mar. 27 Boys Championship TBA TBA *Girls games begin at above times. Boys games immediately follow. the teams playing a 15-minute overtime with Jackson somehow getting the wind at their backs the entire overtime. Once again, MP dominated possession but neither team could score and it went to PKs. Bulldog players Mason Baker, Gar- rison Walker and Will Adkins made their penalty kicks. But MP seemed to be in trouble when lackso keeper dove and stopped Braydon Martin shot and then snatched the shot of Julian Rivera, who again muffed his PK. MP needed two Jackson players to miss to have a shot. Sure enough, the next Jackson shooter went wide right, and then the following one clanged his shot off the top bar. MP once again had a chance. But Austin Starr went wide right too, and Jackson only had to make its next PK to secure a 4- 3 PK victo The Red Devil shot into the right comer and the Jackson team erupted in jubilant celebration. Keeper Aubrey Peterman had 16 saves for the Dogs. The Jackson win ends the Bulldogs' 3-year streak of lopsided wins. Last year MP beat Jackson 11-1, in 2017 it won 9-0 and in 2016MP won 6-0. Jacksoffs last win had been a 2-1 vic- tory in 2015. Jackson improved to 3-1 on the season. Last Tuesday; Feb. 12, MP fell to Warner Robins 2-0. The Demons scored two goals ea@, as Eduardo Medina struck with 34:48 left in the first half, and then Cory Payne scored just three minutes later Coach Andrew Stevick said his boys came out flat but Woke up after falling behind 2-0. The Bulldogs would not allow another goal and had lots of chances to score but couldn't put it past a strong Demon keeper. The Bulldogs actually outshot the winners 14-11, and Peterman had seven saVes. Warner Robins improved to 2-1-1. The Bulldogs were slated to play at Houston County on Tuesday before beginning Region 2-AAAA action at West Laurens on Friday; Feb. 22. MP senior Brycen Young uses Some ground moves on Columbus' Ryan Bithorn during his first-round state tra- ditionals finals victory on Wednesday, Feb. 13. (Photo/Randy Newsome) j ~ j By Richard Dumas MP senior wrestler Brycen Young placed sixth in AAAA in the 152-pound division, the program's highest-ever individual finisher. Thanks to Young, the MP program, in just its fourth year of existence, placed a best-ever tie for 31st in the team competition with a total of nine points, exceeding last year's total of seven points. Young, the lone Bulldog compet- ing at state, defeated Columbus' Ryan Bithorn in his opening match before topping Eastside's Will Gaither in his second match to advance to the semifinals. Needing one victory to gain a spot in the finals, Young was defeated by Woodward Academy's Malachi Wiley. Still with a chance to finish as high as third, Young lost a sec- ond match, this time to Heritage Catoosa's Garett Stephens. In his final match, he lost to region rival Caden Snell ofWest Laurens, fall-' ing short in his attempt to place fifth and finishing the season with an outstanding 46-5 record. Ridge- land's Jacob Mariakis captured the 152-pound title for his third straight state championship, beat- ing Wiley in the finals. Woodward Academy captured the AAAA championship with 169 points, narrowly edging runner-up West Laurens with 166.5 points. Blessed Trinity placed a distant third with 129.5 points. t