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Re-porter ~' i ''': '9 AL.Y August 21, 2019 WEHAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED il By Richard Dumas A revamped 2019 Mary Persons Bulldogs defense put the squeeze on Southwest (Macon), holding the Patriots to just 106 total yards in a 24-7 MP home exhibition victory. MP trailed 7-0 early in the second quarter before scoring a pair of touchdowns prior to halftime to take a 14:7 lead at the intermission. The Bulldogs then added another touchdown and a 48-yard field goal by senior kicker Julian Rivera in the third period for the 17-point final margin. The Bulldogs alternated quarterbacks in their pre- season victory with starter Malikk Harris playing the first three series before being relieved by freshman See GAINESVILLE Page B Mary Per- sons senior Malikk Harris, a transfer from Osborne scored a pair of touchdowns, one rush- ing and one receiving, in his MP debut. Harris started at quarterback but also saw time at receiver during MP's 24-7 exhibi- tion home win over Southwest (Macon) on Friday. (Photo/Will/ Davis) The Reporter enjoyed an e-mail Q and A about this week's MP- Gainesville football shmvdown with Gainesville Times sports editor Bill Murphy. Below are the Reporters questions followed by Mur- phy's responses: 1. You said last year that Heath Webb was a very popular pick as coach for MURPHY Gainesville fans, but you also said it would take him time to turn it around. The team went 2-9 last year. What's the attitude there in Gainesville? Still optimistig or is Webb on the hot seat? Unless it's a well-kept secret, there's no hot seat for Coach Webb. He's prob- ably even more well-liked than when he took the job. Heath Webb has really done a fantastic job of brand- ing the GainesviUe High program and bringing new energy to the program. He's a high-energy, youthful coach with a lot of optimism. He treats people with a lot of respect. We held our Hall County Football Media Day a couple weeks ago. Most interesting thing he said about 2018 was "No- body has to remind us we were 2-9 last season we lived it." IfI had a son, which I don't, I would want him to play football for a man like Heath Webb. You can tell Heath puts caring for the players as people as his top priority. I think when he took the job at Gainesville, every- one knew it was going to take a few years to get things tumed around. In 2019, the Red Elephants could realistically shoot for a .500 mark and it would be deemed a suc- cess. Playing in a six-team region, Gainesville only has to win two games to get into the playoffs. 2. Gainesville has two linemen committed to Division lschools. What do they give Gainesville in this contest? Yes, indeed. The Red Elephants have senior Jordan Williams (6-6, 320) at offensive tackle, who is committed to Georgia Tech. On the other side, Gainesville has Makius Scott (6-3, 280), who recently gave his commitment to South Carolina. They are massive human beings who look even bigger than their size in person. Williams gives a nice protector for returning quarter- back Gionni W"flliams. Scott is just relentless on the defensive side of the ball. Gaines e is going to lean heavily on the passing game with some good playmakers back, led by 6-foot, 5-inch senior Walt Dixon who will play exclusively at wide receiver after starting his career at , quarterback. See GAINESVILLE Page 5B MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson m n a few short months, both the Rum Creek Wild- life Management Area and the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge will be holding quota deer hunts. Additionally a quota youth waterfowl hunt will take place on the Rum Creek WMA. Although these events are weeks away, to par- ticipate in these special events hunters must be selected in random drawings. With that in mind, hunters should be mindful that the deadlines for submitting applications for these quota hunts are rapidly approaching. The deadline for sub- mitting an application to hunt on the two Buck Only - Either Sex Last Day Deer Hunts to be held on the Rum Creek WMA is Sept. 1. These hunts take place Oct. 31- Nov. 2, and Nov. 14-16. A quota of 200 hunters will be picked to take part in each event. Keep in mind up to five deer hunters can submit their names using the same application. Two Youth Waterfowl Hunts will be held this season on the Rum Creek WMA. The hunts are scheduled for Dec. 14, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020. Only three hunt- ers will be chosen to hunt in each event. Each child selected is allowed to bring one other child and must bring only one supervising adult. Appli- cations for this hunt are due Oct. 15. Applications for both the deer and waterfowl hunts must be submit- ted via the Internet. If you would like to be considered in a random quota hunt drawing, go to GoOut- doorsGeor- This site will provide you with all of the infor- mation you should need to apply. TERRY W. However, if you cannot find all of the answers to your questions online, call 1-800-366-2661. Three quota deer hunts, a Mobility-Im- paired Either Sex deer hunt as well as a Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt are all scheduled to take place on the Piedmont NWR this hunting sea- son. Some 1,250 hunters will be selected to take to the woods in a Primi- tive Weapons Either Sex Deer Hunt slated for Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The names of 25 hunt- ers will be chosen to hunt on the Mobility- Impaired Only Either Sex Deer Hunt planned for Oct. 18-19. This hunt is designed for wheel- chair-bound hunters only. A quota of 50 has been set for the Youth Either Sex Deer hunt that will also be take place also place Oct. 18-19. Two General Either Sex Deer Hunts will be conducted Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 14-16. A quota of 1,250 hunters will picked for each event. Applications for the Primitive Weapons and General Deer Hunts must be submitted by Aug. 29. Meanwhile, those applying for the Mobility7 Impaired and Youth Deer Hunts must have their applications in by Sept. 10. JOHNSON Applications for the Piedmont NWR deer hunts must be sent to the Unit- ed State Fish and Wild- life Service. Contact the Piedmont NWR office to obtain applications, per- mits, and refuge specific hunting regulations. This office can be reached at 478-986-5441 or email For more information regarding these hunt- ing opportunities, make it a point to pick up a free copy of the 2019-20 edition of the Georgia Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing A vailable Grill Chill, Juliette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-612"t Ga.Reg.CU 401419 200 N. Lee St Forsyth, GAo 478,994-2560 turn to the experts" Hunting Season and Regulations guide. This guide is now avail- able wherever hunting licenses are sold. This informative publication can also be viewed on- line (www.GoHuntGeor- If the fact that the heat index has been soaring above 100 every day has kept you from squir- rel hunting, there is no better time to file your quota hunt applications than right now. When you do, just think about how nice and cool it will be hunting in the Middle Georgia woodlands this fall. Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame- Endangered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors'for the Reporter for many years. His book, "A Journey to Discovery," is available at The Reporter. Email him at tjwoodduck@bellsouth. net. Deer and waterfowl have a few more carefree weeks before it becomes autumn and hunting seasons begin. Deadlines for quota hunts come as early as Aug. 29. 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