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Page l2 - August l5, 20l8 Mary Persons Year in Review 20 1 By Will Davis publisher©mymcmet Augki 7, - Macon Lee County 21 Mary Persons 17 For the second straight year the Bull— dogs opened the season in the Corky Kell Classic at Mercer, and this time MP nearly upset a Class AAAAAA powerhouse be— fore falling to Lee County 2 1 ~17. A 43-yard Alex Rivera field goal gave the scrappy Dogs a 17—14 lead in the third quarter, and MP was on the 8—yard—line with a chance to go up 10 early in the fourth. But Lee County held and then marched 92 yards on eight plays to score the winning touchdown. MP stayed in the game despite being hammered in the statistics in part thanks to three fumble recoveries, and courtesy of a 78-yard return for a touch- down by Bralen Harvey off a botched field goal. Aug. 25,, 2017 ' Forsyth Mary Persons 28 Jackson 7 The Bulldogs won their fifth straight in the Backyard Brawl —-— or perhaps it should now be called the Bulldog Bowl with a smothering defense leading the way to a 28-7 victory over rival Jackson. Getting his first home start, junior quarterback JT Hartage was a crisp 14 of 19 passing with two TDs, both to Rashad Hughley. Ladondre Buckner added two running scores in the second half as the Bulldogs amassed 331 yards of offense in a dominat— ing performance. A highlight in the home opener was the unveiling of the new video scoreboard at Dan Pitts Stadium. Sept. 1, 2017 Forsyth Mary Persons 34 Washington 8 MP improved to 2-1 on the year with a 34-8 mercy—rule beat—down of Washing- ton. J.T. Hartage had another stellar per— formance, throwing for TDs to Condarius Alford and Antoine Davis and running for a third. Alex Rivera added two field goals in a rout. The only blemishes for the Bull- dogs were four turnovers, including three fumbles, in the contest. Sept. 8, 2017 Forsyth Mary Persons 52 Forest Park 0 The Bulldogs notched the third-biggest blowout in program history with a 52-0 whitewash of Forest Park. J.T. Hartage threw three first-half touchdown passes, to Antoine Davis, Condarius Alford and Donovan Hogan, and Bralen Harvey ran for two more as MP built a 42—0 halftime lead. With a mercy—rule running clock in the second half, MP got lots of players some valuable experience. But the sec— ond half highlights came from a 24—yard fumble return for a touchdown by Albe- yon Fields and a 54-yard field goal by Alex Rivera. Dad, Mom, TRIPP SHIPMAN #96 fit We love you! Katelyn, Meme Poppa Sept. 15, 201 7 - Forsyth Peach County 35 Mary Persons 14 Tied 14—14 at the half, Mary Persons wilted in the second stanza against a fast and powerful Peach County team, los- ing 35- 14. The Bulldogs got on the board first when Peach County botched a field goal try and Daniel Lavelle scooped it and rumbled 74 yards for the score and it was 7—0. Later in the first quarter, Hartage later hit Antoine Davis on a 16-yard touchdown pass and for the second year in a row, the Bulldogs had a two—touchdown lead on Middle Georgia’s top program. But as in 2016, when MP blew a 20—0 lead, the Tro- jans would have the last word. Or words. They ripped off 35 straight points, rolling up 391 yards of offense against a pretty stout MP defense. Sept. 29, 2017 - Griffin Mary Persons 42 Spalding 18 Mary Persons established itself as the favorite to win a third straight Region 2-AAAA title with a 42-18 road win over Spalding in the region lid-lifter. Bralen Harvey and Tre Slaton each ran for two touchdowns and J.T. Hartage threw two more as the Bulldogs rolled up 501 yards of offense. Quen Wilson was the rushing leader with 108 yards and Ladamian Sands and Jatorian Hansford led the defense with six tackles each. MP’s only blemish was 10 penalties for 100 yards. Oct. 6, 2017 Forsyth Mary Persons 28 Upson—Lee 21 Antoine Davis intercepted an Upson-Lee pass at the goal—line with just four seconds left to secure a nail-biting 28—21 win over the Knights in an instant classic at The Pitt. Former MP quarterback Justin Elder made his first trip to Forsyth as the head coach at Upson-Lee and he almost pulled off the upset over his alma mater. The Knights converted an incredible three fourth downs and advanced to the MP six-yard- line in their bid to tie the game until Davis’ heroics. Adding insult to Elder’s injury, quarterback J.T. Hartage broke his school record for most passing yards in a game by throwing for 297 yards. Hartage threw for all four MP touchdowns, including two to Ladamian Sands, and one to Deadrek Alford, who caught nine passes for 170 yards. Sands caught the game-winner with 7:40 left in the game. Oct. 20, 201 7 Forsyth Mary Persons 28 West Laurens 9 The past two years, Mary Persons and West Laurens had played close games with the region title on the line. That didn’t happen in 2017 as the Bulldogs hammered the Raiders 28—9 in a Homecoming rout. Quen Wilson had his best game of the year to date, rushing 11 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns including a 67—yarder on the second play from scrimmage. The win put the Bulldogs one win away from a as ‘LOVE Yo third straight region title. Oct. 27, 2017 Perry Mary Persons 47 Perry 21 Mary Persons clinched its third straight Region 2-AAAA title with a 47-21 road win over Perry, the first Three-Peat for the Bulldog program since 1992— 94. The win also clinched at least two home playoff games for MP. Quen Wilson again led the Bulldogs with eight carries, 144 yards and three touch- downs. J.T. Hartage ran for two scores as well as the Bulldogs racked up 435 yards of offense. Antoine Davis had three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown as MP trounced the hapless Panthers. Perry did score 21 second-half points as coach Brian Nelson cleared his bench. The team learned an hour after the game that How- ard had lost, meaning they were indeed region champs again. Nov. 3, 2017 Macon Mary Persons 17 Howard 14 Mary Persons extended its region win— ning streak to three seasons and 16 games as it capped the conference schedule with a 17—14 win over Howard. The Bulldogs haven’t lost in Region 2—AAAA since 2014. MP’s defense had to do most of the work against the Huskies, as Bralen Harvey scored the game‘winning touchdown on a 68-yard fumble return in the second quarter. The defense then shut the door in the second half on Howard, giving up just 154 total yards. Harvey scored on offense as well and then Alex Rivera added a 32- yard field goal for the difierence maker. Jatorian Hansford led the defense with eight tackles. ‘ Nov. 10, 2017 - Forsyth Mary Persons 27 Carver (Columbus) 0 The Bulldogs opened the 2017 play: offs with a workmanlike 27-0 shutout of Carver, advancing to Round 2 for the sev— enth straight season. J.T. Hartage got the scoring started on an 88—yard touchdown scramble. Hartage later threw a TD pass to Deadrek Alford and Alex Rivera kicked two field goals, including a 54-yarder, as MP coasted into the Sweet 16. Nov. 17, 2017 - Forsyth Mary Persons 39 Baldwin 14 w 3‘ '- th 6" if“! "rr's uu'n‘rniin stairs!) nown. my .WHEIQQEB You,in yr." grins: iguana!!! CAuzrlwAIr iiigm YOU’RE «may analgesia: new! Juanita/gages“ AND NICK ' MP’s former region foe Baldwin returned to Forsyth for a Round 2 playoff game without its top player, who was suspended. Yet the Bulldogs found themselves trailing for the first time in two months, 13—9, in the third quarter. That’s when MP woke up. and went to work. Quen Wilson, Bralen Harvey and J.T. Hartage all rushed for 100 yards as the Bulldogs amassed 484 yards of offense, most of it in the second half. Hart— age had two touchdowns, the MP defense recorded two safeties, and Alex Rivera added two field goals in what became a rout. Nov. 24, - Forsyth Mary Persons 51 Jefferson 32 The Bulldogs advanced to the state semifinals for the second straight year with a 51-32 win over Jefferson in a shootout at Dan Pitts Stadium. Quen Wilson exploded for 210 yards and four touchdowns as MP amassed 440 yards of offense. Deadrek Alford caught two TD passes as well, as J.T. Hartage was his typically efficient self passing, going 10 of 13 for 164 yards. Tre Slaton led the defense with 11 tackles. Dec. 1, 2017 - Forsyth Blessed Trinity 28 Mary Persons 7 ' It was Country vs. Catholic as Per— sons hosted Blessed Trinity in its first state semifinal game at home since 1993. The Bulldogs had beaten Blessed Trinity in the quarterfinals in Forsyth in 2016, but the home folks went away disappointed this time as the eventual state champion Titans got a 28-7 victory. A stout BT defense held MP’s normally potent rushing attack to ' just 59 yards on 29 carries and the Titans sacked quarterback J.T. Hartage five times. Despite that, MP only trailed 14—7 going into the fourth quarter on the strength of Deadrek Alford’s leaping touchdown catch just before half. But BT added two scores in the final period to extend its margin. The Bulldogs ended another spectacular season with an 11-3 record. Blessed Trin— ity went on to beat rival Catholic school Marist to win the state title. MP had fallen to the eventual state champ in the semifi- AAMHHA~HrA rA—._.~._x._.___.._.m.. .fir‘m A (no (nH-ll'r'! nmrran-‘m i-u-im