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HOME CAiENDAR iAll SPORlS WEDNESDAY AUGUST l5 4:30 pm. JV Sottball 1 lvs. lamar Countyl V pm. Varsity Soltball lvs. lamar Countyl THURSDAY AUGUST lb pm. W Volleyball lvs. Baldwinl 6:00 pm. ‘ Varsity Volleyball lvs. Baldwinl FRIDAY AUGUST l7 Vasiiytaiitball lvs.,Gainesvillel infirm JV Soltbalylt :- US Monticellol -y t P-m. Varsity Softball lys Monticellal Calvin makes big catch on the Ocmulgee River! Blake Colvin (right) caught this lb. catfish from the Ocmulgee River while fishing at the riverfront property of family friends in Juliette. He used bream for bait on an ocean rod, and had to get By Richard Dumas forsyth©mymcmet The Mary Persons Bulldogs got their much bal- lyhooed 2018 football campaign off to a solid start with a comfortable 35-12 exhibition home win over Southwest (Macon). Most of MP’s stars got involved in the action as senior running back Quen Wilson and senior all- purpose star Antoine Davis each scored rushing touchdowns while senior quarterback I.T. Hartage threw for a touchdown. In a penalty—filled scrimmage, it was MP that got on the scoreboard first after a shanked Southwest punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Patriots’ .- :25-yard~line. Despite back-to—back MP‘penalties 7! to start the drive, Wilson got most ofthe yards backhimselfon a 32-yard jaunt on opening carry to set up lst-and—goal at the Patriots’ 8-yard- line. After MP failed to get into the end zone on its first three tries, Wilson finally bounced off a would-be tackler and spun across the goal line on 4th—and-goal for a one-yard score with left in the first quarter. A Julian Rivera extra point gave the Bulldogs a quick 7-0 lead with left in the first quarter. It was MP’s defense that provided the heroics moments later. After the Patriots drove into MP territory, Dogs’ free safety Desmond Williams singlehandedly swung momentum back in MP’s direction. One play after Williams dropped a would-be interception, the senior free safety dropped into coverage and picked off Southwest quarterback Jordan Slocum’s ill—advised throw into double coverage down the right hash. Williams then put on a show for the MP fans, bobbing and weaving his way 80 yards down the field, crossing the goal line for a TD at the same time a Southwest player unsuccessfully tried to bat the ball loose. Rivera’s second extra point of the game gave MP a 14-0 lead with 3:58 left in the first quarter. But the Patriots would answer quickly. On Southwest’s second play from scrimmage of its ensuing series, Slocum beat MP’s secondary over the top with a lobbed pass to receiver Montez Askew, who scampered the rest of the way for a v. down in the ) water to get his catch out. It's the biggest fish he has caught so far. The fish was cleaned and frozen to enjoy later Left, Blake Colvin's cousin, Braxton, poses with Blake's catfish to show how long it is. He plans to be as good a fisherman as his -» cousin. ts August l5, 20l8 FOOTBAAI. SEASON HAS ARRIVED llllllllllllIlllillIllltllIlllillllllllllllllllIllllllllllllilllllllliilillll lI|llllII|lllllllllllllllllllllllll Junior receiver Trippe Moore makes a key first- down grab during the first half of MP's pre- season victory. (Photo/Will Davis) 78-yard score. Slocum was sacked on the Patriots’ two-point try, so the Bulldogs clung to a 14-6 edge with 2:44 left in the first period. After getting stopped on downs near midfield on their next series, the Bulldogs finally scored their next offensive touchdown midway through the second period Starting from their own six—yard- line, the Bulldogs advanced 32 yards in seven plays before Hartage decided to test the Patriots’ defensive'backs down the field The strong-armed senior rolled right and eluded two Southwest rushers just long enough to throw the ball yards downfield off the wrong foot The spiral hit ManufacMmotquaiiyharawood STOP BY TODAY AND SUBSCRIBE! ln-County: ass 1 Out of County: $438 lllllllllIIlllIlllllllllllllllilllllllllIIllllllll'lllIlllllIIllllllllIlllllllllllllIlllllllllIlllllllllllllllllllllllIIlll||lllIlIllllIIlllllllllilllllllllllllli Mary Persons junior quar- terback Jimbo Finch stiff-arms a would- be tackler en route to an ll -yard touchdown run in the fourth ' quarter of MPs 35-l2 home victory over Southwest (Macon) on Friday night. (Photo/Kim Holderfieldl MP senior receiver De’Adrek Alford in stride on a left-to-right crossing route, and Alford took it the rest of the way to the end zone for a 62 -yard score. Rivera’s third extra point, taken from outside 40 yards, put MP ahead 21-6 with 5:44 left in the second quarter. Southwest had a chance to cut into MP’s 15-point lead just before halftime, but MP new- comer Rico Harden, a Lamar County transfer, made a leaping interception in the end zone for a touchback to end the half. ‘ ’ MP’s starting offense came back out for one more drive in the third quarter, and Davis capped the series with a two-yard touchdown run off of a jet sweep. Liam Spence’s extra point put the Bull— dogs ahead 28-6 'with 9:11 left in the third quarter; 3 The Bulldogs scored their final touchdown with 8:13 left in the fourth quarter when third-string quarterback limbo Finch scrambled for an 11-yard score. Spence’s extra point put MP ahead 35-6 and after one final Southwest passing TD two minutes later, the contest ended an 23-point MP win. It was the fifth consecutive year that MP had opened its season with a home pre-season victory over Southwest (Macon), and Dogs’ head coach Brian Nelson said the game looked . what he’s seen in MP’s unofficial opener the several years. , x f e : Nelson said of his team’s performance: “Probably a little more rust than I would’ve liked to haVe had I would think there would be a little less rust On it. But that’s about how we’ve scrimmaged every year for the last four or five years.” The only real negative to come out of the game for MP was that senior defensive end Daniel . Lavelle, a Division 1 prospect, exited after the z opening defensive series with a shoulder injury. Lavelle spent the remainder of the gameon the i sideline with his shoulder taped. Nelson said , r A -, after the game that he didn’t know the , j of Lavelle’s injury. ;_ ‘ Nelson said, “You don’t want nobody hurt, but hopefully it’s nothing maj or.’ 5 i ‘ ‘ ‘ The Bulldogs will begin their regular y- against Gainesville at 7:30 pm. on Friday at Dan Pitts Stadium. ‘ .Sjmeckiczirv [’0 we!” l/Viurfma’s , Robby Whitehead : President 140 industrial Park Drive Forsyth, GA 31 029 HAVE GREAT SEASN!‘ and pins. indium timbers. Mar More; tan WM Mobile: (478) 538-2964 Iain Mobile: (478) 538-3074 P.O. Box 378 - Smarr. GA 31086 Phone: (478) 994—0009 - Fax: (478)