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Page 14 August l5, 20l8 By Richard Dumas best in the might have six.” assured his parents, Jarvis Hartage said his favorite lorsyih@mymcrnet mid-state Unfortunately, MP has and Nikesha Wilson, that play of his career so far was and now all seen Wilson far too fre— he’ll spend more time on his a 25—yard TD pass on a fade A common denominator five starters quently on the training classwork and less time in route to De’Adrek Alford in the success of most great are back table during his first three Nelson’s doghouse during just before halftime of last Georgia high school football in 2018 seasons. Despite his unique his senior season. year’s state semifinal loss teams is an elite one—two ; (although blend of speed and agility, Wilson said of his vow to to Blessed Trinity. As for punch in the backfield. left tackle the 5’8”, 164-pound back has his parents: “I told them I’ll his two least favorite plays, Just look at arguably the Nate How- yet to rush for 1,000 yards turn it up this year.” one was an errant slant two most successful Mary ard will be in a single season. Wilson Wilson actually started pass to De’Adrek Alford on Persons teams of all time. sidelined tallied 885 yards as a sopho— his middle school career on fourth-and— goal in the 2017 In 1980, it was thunderous much of the more and was expected to defense as a cornerback It opening game loss to Lee running back Alvin Toles year with a eclipse easily the LOGO-yard wasn’t until eighth grade County and the second was and steady quarterback broken leg). mark as a junior. However, that Monroe County Middle a perfectly thrown bomb Greg Elrod leading the way Hartage an assortment of injuries School coach Kurt Greene to Condarius Alford in a while in 1993 it was elusive said of MP’s caused Wilson to end up inserted him at tailback at 28-21 win over Upson~Lee tailback Quentin Davis and offense: “In with just 972 yards despite a Wilson’s request. last year that his receiver strongvarmed quarterback the off- torrid finish to the season. “When I was in seventh dropped. The Condarius Justin Elder providing the season we MP head coach Brian grade, I told Coach (Thom- Alford miscue came in the heroics. brought it Nelson said much of MP’s as) Yawn, ‘Put me at run- midst of a career night for By year’s end the 2018 all together offensive success in 2018 ning back’” Wilson recalled. Hartage in which he set a Bulldogs squad could be And now could rest on Wilson’s avail— “He was like, ‘Nah, you’re new single-game passing mentioned in a similar we’re just ability. too little.’ So my eighth grade yardage record with 292 breath with those two clicking.” “When he’s healthy, he’s year, I told Coach Greene, yards as well as throwing for historic teams, and ironi- = ~> 1 Making as good as there is,” Nelson ‘I’m the best running back, a career-high four touch~ cally perhaps the biggest Quarterback J.T. Hartage, left, and tailback Hartage’s said. “We’ve just got to keep coach.’ He said, ‘We’ll give downs. reason why could be two Quen Wilson, right, should make life hard for jOb much him healthy. And then you a And then I went Nelson said as MP’s first of its smallest weapons. But opposing defenses this season. (File photo) eaStet is the ObViOUSIY his Speed allows 0“ from there? returning Starter at the QB what senior quarterback LT. _ . explosive- him to do a lot of things that From the moment he position in three years, Hartage and senior tailback caleb SPelf 0“ vatSItY 1h ‘ness Wilson other people can’t. We just started taking handoifs from Hartage has emerged as the Quen Wilson give up in 2016' brings to the MP backfield need him to stay healthy and Hartage as an eighth grader, Bulldogs’ clear leader. height, they more than make AS Hartage enters hls hhat The Bulldogs’ offense didn’t have a big year for us if we’re Wilson was a standout, “I think a lot of those guys up for in bite. Sta??? as a Bulldog, the P05; really take off in 2017 until gonna win some games.” capping a spectacular eighth look up to himl’ Nelson said. The 5’10” Hartage t00k Slb‘htles ate ehdless for MP5 Wilson returned at midsea- Wilson, who said he’s grade season with a 300-plus “And a lot of the stuff that we over as MP’s starting OflCehS‘? thh etght Starters son from an ankle injury spent his off-season getting yard outburst in an area do is dependent and based quarterback in the 2017 tetuthlhg trom a 2017 533‘ he suffered in the open- stronger and bigger while championship game win. on him. I think offensively campaign and promptly re— 30“ 1“ WhJCh the Buudt’gs ing quarter of the season. also improving his footwork, As for the dual-threat that’s the guy people look corded the greatest statistical techtdhd the SecondmeSt By state playoff time, the said he’s getting some looks Hartage, although he joking- to. And he’s done a good season ever by a Bulldogs’ Pths 1“ Program hIStOtY Bulldogs’ aerial and ground from college coaches but ly said his parents Maurice job with that role, and he’s quarterback Named Region thh 431- Nt’t Ohh’ (1095 MP attacks were both in full said he hasn’t received an and Tawania Hartage often continued to grow and fill 2-AAAA Offensive Player return W115”, Its leathhg flight, capped by a 51—point offer yet. He said he wants tell him he’s too lazy, Hart- that role a little bit, the true of the Year, Hartage passed when but thehthldogs 3:150 outburst in a state quarterfi— to play at the University of age said he’s being work— leadership role.” for a school record 1,840 bung baCk thfht “70,15an nal win over Jefferson. Georgia but consider ing hard in the off-season. The kind of explosive of— yards and 21 touchdowns, receivers: 53mm? DeAdtt3k That victory was perhaps joining the US Army if Hartage said many of his fensive nights that Hartage completing 67 percent of Alford ahdhhtome D aVIS’ the greatest night thus far UGA doesn’t come calling. pre-season drills have been put up against Upson—Lee his passes with just three Who comblhed for 74 recap" of Wilson’s MP career with Nelson said Wilson should focused on staying inside could become common— interceptions. Hartage’s im— “0113 for 1,066 Yards and 10 210 rushing yards and four have the opportunity to the pocket and keeping tabs place for him in 2018, but mediate success was hardly tOUCththh Yeahago- touchdowns and included play college football if he so on his receivers rather than Hartage said he’s not think- a surprise to close observ— _Hattf‘~ge §a1d 9th3 {813‘ a 54-yard touchdown run chooses. bailing out and taking off ing about his statistics. ers of the MP program, As (t‘lthhIP Wlth ht? tecelvets; down the right sideline that “He might have to take an when pressure comes. “I don’t really have any an eighth grader, Hartage Our ChemIStrY 15 waif he identified as his favorite unconventional route if he “The biggest improvement individual goals, but team quarterbacked the Monroe better; Those guys are JUSt play ever. wants to do that,” Nelson in my game I would say is goals,” Hartage said. “I just County Middle School athamhg' Tho? are the two Hartage said of his back— said. “The speed factor is keeping my eyes downfield want to bring state home. squad to an undefeated beSt Wldh “Sewers Ive ever field mate: “When you’ve got what everybody looks at longer instead of letting After so many years, bring- championship season, Then, Playet1 Wlth. a dude like that who’s fast, You can’t coach that or teach off a route,” Hartage said. ing one home in such a as a ninth grader in 2015, We MP (’93th 2017 quick. you give it to him in that or anything else. You’ve “Because I feel like if I let small town, it would be Hartage led the MP IV thh “0 tetumthg Stfhtets space and it’s hard to tackle just got it. That’s one thing everything fizzle out, then amazing for us and for our squad to a 5-1 mark before $1th the hfiehSIVe hhe’ the him. So when he makes a he’s got.” someone will come open. community as well. We’re a backing up former starter “mt grew mto one Of the move, he’s just gone and you With college on the I’m keeping my eyes out for football town.” horizon, Wilson said he’s that.” MyMoney MyWay‘D Checking Account front Robins Financial Credit Union gives your finances the training they need so you can meet your financial goals. Benefits include: - No Monthly Maintenance Fee No Minimum Balance ,— 2 NSF fees waived per year - Free Mobile Apps for Apple“ and AndroidTM ATM Refunds up to $10 per month for using non~Robins ATM5 Good Grades Reward Program Open your MyMoney MyWay" Checking Account today! I“ Coil, hick or come in today! 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