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FOOTBALL IS August 22, 2018 HOME CALENDAR AUGUST 22 4.:30 p,m. JV Softball (vs, Rutland) 5 p,m. C-Team Football (vs. Lamar CountY) 5:55 p,m, Varsity Softbatl (vs. Rutland) mws Y z3 6.'00 p,m. JV Volleyball (vs, Lee County) 6,'00 p,m. Varsity Volleyball (vs. Lee County) 7.'00 9th Grade Volleyball SAW OUSI J UST Zr HEREGO DOGS! TUBDAY, AUGU 28 4:30 p,m. iVSoftba, (vs, West Laurens) p,m, Varsity Softball (vs. West Laurens) AND YOU CAN GET ONE FOR SUBSCRIBE TODAY BEFORE IT'S OVER! In-County: $40 Out of County: $48 Dogs score 42 first-half points before lightning cuts game short By Rkt'lmnd The Mary Persons Bulldogs got their 2018 season offto a "lightning-quiclC start with 35 first-quarter points en route to a 42-0 home victory over overmatched Gaines- ville in two quarters. The victory was MP's 600th in program history, making the Bulldogs just the 16th program in Georgia High School Association (GHSA) history to reach the mark. The win was also the 63rd of MP head coach Brian Nel- son's Dogs' coaching career, matching Steve Chafin for second-most by a head coach in MP history. In a game shortened to one half due to lightning~ the Bulldogs completely overwhelmed once power- ful Gainesville, stomping the Red Elephants from begin- ning to unexpected end. The contest will likely be best remembered years from now for the sideways rain and bolts of lightning that caused the game to be delayed for more than an hour-and-a- half and eventually halted altogether. However, MFs brilliant first-half offense, which lit up the scoreboard before the storm moved in, shouldn't be overshadowed. Senior running back Quen Wilson exploded through Gaines- vales lowly secondary for 139 yards and three touch- downs on just five carries. MP's passing attack was equally efficient with senior quarterback J.T. Hartage completing all five passes he threw for 108 yards. And not to be forgotten, MP's defense accounted for a score with free safety Desmond Wil- liams picldng off a pass by GainesviUe quarterback Walt Dixon and returning it 36 yards untouched for a score. It was the second straight week Williams took a pick to the house, but the first time it counted since his memorable pick-six on Aug. 10 against Southwest (Macon) came in an exhibition game. Williams said of Friday's in- terception: "I was in the right coverage, deep third He (Dixon) kind of overthrew it, and I was in the right zone. So I caught it and went from there" In just two quarters of ac- tion, MP's offense accounted for 337 total yards, induding 229 on the ground, on just 14 offensive plays while limiting GainesviUe to just 97 yards on 41 plays. Perhaps most impressively, all of MP's five offensive touchdown drives were 1 minute, 37 seconds in length or shorter, and all of the scoring drives lasted four plays or fewer. The rout was on almost im- mediately after MP received the opening kickoff. Starting at their own 33-yard-line, the Bulldogs marched 67 yards in four plays for the first score. Hartage connected in the flat with Williams and Wilson, respectively; on back- to-back plays for a combined 43 yards. Two plays later, MP senior running back Quen Wilson exploded for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns season-opening blanking of Gainesville at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday night. if the game hadn't ended at halftime due to lightning. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) senior slot receiver Antoine Davis took a reverse handoff from Hartage and burst to- ward the left end zone pylon, juking back to the inside of the Red Elephants' comer- back at the five-yard-line and crossing the goal line for a 15-yard score. Junior Julian Rivera~ extra point gave MP a 7-0 lead with 10:45 left in the first quarter. GainesviUe's offense then advanced to its own 49-yard- line on the Red Elephants' ensuing series, but MP defensive end Derrick Good- son stopped GainesviUe run- ning back Quintavious Hayes in his tracks in the backfield on 4th-and- 1 for a two-yard loss that halted Gainesville's momentum. Starting at the Red Elephants' 47-yard-line, two plays later Wtlson jump cut twice in the hole and then put a crud move to the right on a hdpless Gainesville free safety, dashing to daylight for a 41-yard score. Riverals extra point made it 14-0 MP with 7:03 left in the first quarter. After MP's defense held Gainesville at midfidd on its next series, forcing a punt, Wilson went right back to work when MP got the ball back. On the first play from scrimmage, the senior tail- back took a Hartage handoff, juked a linebacker and then cut back inside for a second time against the same free safety for a 78-yard touch- down run that was eventually named 13WMAZ's Play of the Week. Rivera's extra point gave MP a 21-0 advantage with 5:37 left in the first quarter. Just over a minute later, MP padded its lead when W'd- liams, who was playing his first regular season game at free safety after being named all-region as a comerback in 2017, picked off an errant Dixon pass near the right hash and cruised 36 yards into the end zone. Another See BULLDOGS Page 6B on just five carries in the Bulldogs' 42-0 The final score might have been much worse Forsyth CabieNet