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Page 4B it orter September 5, 2018 LAST WEEK'S RESULTS Among readers, Diane Jackson won first place prize, a gift certificate to Jonah's Pizza, by going 9-1 last week. She was one of the few to pick the Virginia Tech upset over Florida State. Caroline Nichols, Barbara Greek and Rodney Walker tied for second all going 8-2. But Walker was closest to the MP-Morrow score, the tie breaker, so he wins a $15 gift certificate to Shoney's and Greek wins third place, a gift certificate to Forsyth Country Cookin. Among celebedty pick- ers, Dr. Jeff Langford and Joel Kennedy tied for first place by going 8-2. Lovett at Mary Persons UGA at S. Carolina Miss St. at Kansas St. Ga. Tech at S. Florida UNC at E. Carolina UMass at Ga. Southern Kentucky at Florida Wyoming at Missouri Clemson at Texas A&M Jacksonville at Mercer Jeff Langford 8-2 Dr. Jeff Langford is a local Allergist/ Immunologist and rabid football fan. He and his wife, Sudie, have two boys and reside in Macon, but spend quite a bit of time at their River cabin in Juliette. MP UGA Miss St Ga. Tech UNC G. Southern Florida Missouri Clemson Mercer Stove Walker 7-3 Dr. Steve Walker has been a chiropractor in Forsyth since 1984. He and his wife Cindy have three children and four grandsons iii~ii~iiiiii!!iii~!i!iii!ii!~!!iiii!!!iiii~iii!iiiiiii!iiiiii~iiiii~iiii~ Park Davis 7-3 .~iii!~;i!~!iii!~!!i;!!i!!iiii!i!!ii!!!ilill Murray Steve the Bulldog ii iiiiiShacketlWdii! Coleman 6-4 !iiii!ii!i!ii!!i!!ii!i}i!ii!i iii!iiii}iii!iiii!iiiii!i!i!!ii 5-5 ii!ii!!~iiii!ii!iii!iiiiii!i!~!i~ii!i~}~!iiii~i~iiz~iiiii~iiii~i~iiiiiiii~iii~ii~i~ii~i}~ Park Davis is a freshman who plays football and socer for Mary Persons. MP UGA Miss St Ga. Tech UNC GSU Florida Missouri Clemson Mercer Murray Steve Cole- Morris is man Is a MP's mascot elfdfcH~: surveyor, and won The Chairman Reporters of the Pigskin Picks Chamber, in2014. 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MORROW TEAM STATS MP M First Downs 15 12 Rushing yds. 235 88 Passing yds. 246 55 Total yards 481 143 Att-Comp-lnt 17-13-0 26-13-2 Fumbles-Lost ] -0 0-0 Penalties 4- 32 0-0 1 2 3 4 T M 0 6 6 0 12 MP 21 14 14 13 62 BULLDOG SCORING First Quarter Rico Harden 46-yard run (Rivera kick) Quen Wilson 19-yard run (Rivera kick) Rico Harden 44-yard run (Rivera kick) Second Quarter Quen Wilson 2-yard -run (Martin kick) De'Adrek Alford 74-yard reception (Martin kick) Third Quarter eTrippe Moore S-yard pass (Rivera kick) eQuen Wilson 6-yard run (Shipman kick) Fourth Quarter Wyatt Currie 51-yard INT return (Davis kick) DJ Martinez 1-yard run (PAT blocked) INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Carries Yards Quen Wilson 12 91 Rico Harden 2 90 T.J. Morgan 4 28 J.T. Hartage 2 16 Ladamian Sands 2 7 D.J. Martinez 3 5 Jimbo Finch 1 1 Antoine Davis 3 - 1 Zach Hart 1 -2 PASSING Camp. Att. Yards J.T. Hartage 17 13 235 RECEIVING Rec. Yards De'Adrek Alford 3 119 Andre Jackson 4 76 Quen Wilson 2 28 Antoine Davis 2 13 Tri ppe Moore 2 10 DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assists Desmond Williams 7 0 Thomas Warren 7 0 Derrick Goodson 4 3 Kanidric Jones 3 1 Daniel Lavelle 3 I Kendrell Watts 3 I INTERCEPTIONS No. Yards Avg. Wyatt Currie 1 51 51.0 Antoine Davis 1 24 24.0 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Rico Harden 1 O O.O William Stewart 1 O O.O KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Des. Williams 1 34 34.0 Rico Harden 1 31 31.0 PUNT RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Antoine Davis 1 12 12.0 PUNTING No. Yards Avg. N/A FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Made Art. Distance Julian Rivera 1 O (47) The Reporter talked to Todd Holcomb, prep writer for the Atlanta Journal- Constitution, about MP's big matchup with Lovett. Find Holcomb's coverage at school. How much football recruit- ing does Lovett do? What's tuition at Lovett these days? A. Tuition is over $20,000. So yes, it's pricey. It's one of the more exclusive private schools in the state. Lover rarely gets a transfer that makes a big impact in football. The high academic requirements discourages that. I wouldn't say that about all private schools. But Lover is pretty tough academically: who has over 30 offers and will wind up at some high academic school like Duke. good and would be a solid victory for Mary Persons or any AAAA program. You might not see a better pair Q. Do Lovettfans and of all-around coaches know much about good players this season as those Mary Persons? Do they think we're a Catholic two. They rarely school? come off the field. A. It's not a Catholic Q. What should Mary Persons'fans know about The weakness school? Just kidding. Good Lovettfootball? is that Lover so question. I think they'll be A. Lovett is an old private far is too dependent on educated in Mary Persons' school in Atlanta. It's near those two and needs to tradition this week. At the Pace Academy and West- find depth and balance least, I'm sure they real- minster in the Buckhead and a better running game. ize that Mary Persons is area. As far as football, the Lovett is always well- a top- 10 team in a higher coach is Mike Muschamp. coached, and their players class. And who was Mary He's the brother of South are coachable. Persons? I don't even know Carolina head coach Will that. I do know who Dan Muschamp. Lovett has ad- Q. Lovett lost its first two Q. Mary Persons has Pitts is, though. vanced at least one round games, but against some played Blessed Trinity in the playoffs in 12of really good competition. (twice) and Marist in the Q. What kind of cars the 13 years that he's been What did you learn about playoffs the past three years, should we expect Lovett there. Lovett won a state this year's team in losses to and came away impressed parents to be parking at our title in 2013. Marist and GACS? by the discipline and tough- stadium Friday? A. It shows that Lovett ness of those Atlanta private A. Nicer than most prob- Q. The Lions beat our is not the team to beat in schools. How does Lovett ably, but the folks inside are neighbors in Lamar County Class AAA this year, but as a school andprogram like everyone else's when five years ago for a state they were underdogs in compare to those two?it comes to Friday night title. Did theypeak then or both. Neither was not a A. Lovett can competefootball. You might see are they still one of the best surprise. It's not unusual with both those programs some with a LionBacker programs in Georgia? for Lovett to take its lumps most years, but Blessed sticker. That's the name of A. The 2013 team that early and then win two Trinity and Marist are their athletic booster club. beat Lamar County for the rounds in the playoffs as a bigger schools. Lovett has Mways thought that was a state title represents the lower seed. They're still in gone 2-5 against Marist the cool name for such. best season and team in our top 10. past seven years, and both Lovett history. But Lovett Lovett wins were in double Q.'Got a prediction? remains a perennial top- 10 Q. What's the key to beat- overtime. This year, Marist A. My guess is that Mary team in Class AAA. It was ing Lovett? What are their had its way with Lovett. Persons is 7-10 points bet- a peak, but it wasn't a fluke, strengths and weaknesses? And Blessed Trinity is ter. But Lovett is rarely an A. The strengths are DB/ really good right now and easy out. They're used to Q. As a private school, WR K.J. Wallace, who is is a level above Lovett. But playing good teams. They'll Lover is not bound by dis- committed to Notre Dame, those might be the best two be ready. trict lines like public schools, and LB/TE Nick Jackson, teams in AAAA. Lovett is Continued from Front missed the PAT and trailed 35-12 with 5:34 left in the third. Senior Desmond Williams took the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to set up MP in good field position at its own 41-yard-line. Hartage completed 4 of 5 passes on the drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Trippe Moore for the first score of his career. Rivera's PAT made it 42-12 with 3:02 left in the third quarter. The Bulldog defense forced an- other three-and-out and then MP'S special teams made their best play to date. The Dogs blocked the Morrow punt and took over at the Mustang 36-yard-line. But MP couldn't move the ball so Nelson elected to let Rivera try a 47-yard field goal. But the kick was short and the Bulldogs came away empty-handed. Morrow took over at its own 20-yard-line but four plays later, junior defensive back Wyatt Currie picked offClark and darted 51 yards for a thrilling Pick 6, the first touchdown of his career. Park Davis' extra point made it 56-12 with 6:41 left in the game. Adding to its woes, Morrow then fumbled the kickoff and MP took over at the Mustang 23-yard-line. Six plays later MP faced fourth-and- goal at the Morrow 1-yard-line when freshman running back D.J. Martinez got the first touchdown of his young career. The PAT was blocked and so the scoring was finished at 62-12. Desmond Williams and sophomore linebacker Th .omas Warren led the MP defense with seven tackles each, and the Bulldogs gave up just 143 yards of offense on the night. The Mustangs gained just 88 yards on 29 carries. Meanwhile, the potent Bulldog attack mustered 481 yards of offense, 235 on the ground and 246 through the air. Hartage was his usually effi- cient self, completing 13 of 17 passes. Wilson led the ground attack with 91 yards and 3 touchdowns on 12 carries. But the Bulldogs may be discovering a new weapon in Harden, who had 90 yards on just 2 carries. Nelson said he was happy with his players' effort in the win, but said there's still plenty of room for im- provement. "We continue to get better" said Nelson. "But there are still a lot of things we can work on to get better, execution and fundamentals both. There's a lot of football ahead of us" Nelson said he is concerned that his team hasn't really been pushed yet by an opponent, except for when it trailed Jackson briefly in the first half. He said it would be nice to blow everyone out but said at some point they'll have to compete for four quar- ters to win. Nelson said with Lavelle returning from a shoulder injur ; the Bulldogs are as healthy as they've been this season, adding however that Lavelle is not quite 100 percent yet.