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ip sorter ,I WE HAVE IT COVERED IF ITS PLAYED J September 18, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS HOME CALENDAR 5:00 p.m. Varsity Softball (vs. Jackson) 6:30 p.m. JV Softball (vs. Jackson) 5, 0 p.m. JV Football (vs. Jackson) 6.'00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball (vs. Howard) 7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball (vs. Spalding) FR AY, SEF JMER 2O 7:30 p.m. Varsity Football (vs. Peach Countyl By Rk rd forsyth@mymcr.net In a game that took a full day to complete, the Mary Persons Bulldogs fell just short in their comeback bid to upset Lovett on the road on Saturday. The Bulldogs dropped the non-region contest 29-27 to the AAA Lions on Saturday, almost 24 hours after the game began. A late-summer lightning storm halted play on Friday night with the score tied at 0 with 4:43 to play in the first quarter. After waiting nearly two hours for the skies to dear, a torrential downpour , occurred instead, forcing MP to travel back to Forsyth. The Bulldogs then retumed to Lover on Saturday to pick up the game where it left offat 5 p.m. In a stadium with no more than 600 fans on a beautiful Saturda)~ MP represented about two-thirds of the crowd. The Bulldogs gave their faithful much to cheer about with four touchdowns of 30 yards or more in length, but it was the steadier Lions who prevailed thanks to a couple of timely defensive stands. With MP trailing 29-21 with 3:25 left in the game, Dogs' sophomore linebacker Kelvin Harden picked off an ill-advised pass by Lovett quarterback Blaine McAllister and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown to narrow MP's deficit to two at 29-27. MP head coach Brian Nelson wisely elected to go for two, but Bulldogs' quarterback Logan Hickman underthrew a fade to the back left comer of the end zone intended for Malikk Harris, allowing the Lions to maintain the lead. Nelson said of the failed two- point try: "It was underthrown. You've got to give him a little more of a chance to jump and make a play and catch a ball. It is what it is. You either make plays or you don't make plays?' Then, after a major Lovett special teams blunder a minute later, MP's offense had one more chance with lst-and-10 at the Lions' 11-yard-line with 2:14 left in the game. However, Lovett's defense held the Bulldogs to a field goal ~r, and MP's normally reliable senior placekicker Julian Rivera pull-hooked a 23-yard field goal wide right with 1:20 to play, enabling the Lions to run out the dock. Nelson said of Rivera's miss: "It was a good hold, good everything~ good operation. I think he just missed it." In a losing cause, MP running back William Stewart, subbing for injured starter Rico Harden, had a night for the ages, rushing for See MP FOOTBALL Page 4C MARY PERSONS KETrERBAUGH JUNGBERG FINANCIAL GROUP OF WELLS FARGO ADVISORS 1425 Bass Road Macon, GA 478-749"6zx9 Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SlPC Despite intense pressure from MP pass- rushers lle Thomas Warren (No. 39), Lovett quar- terback Blaine McAIlis- ter ac- counted for four total touch- downs in the Lions' 29-27 victory over MR (Photo/ Richard Dumas) SUNDAY, SE J m ex MONDAY, 23 5:00 p.m. Varsity Softball :(vs. Crawford County) 24 5:00 p.m. Varsity Softball (vs. Spalding) e The Mary Persons varsity volleyball team dropped to 0-4 in region play with a doublehead- er defeat at Upson-Lee on Sept. 12. MP, 2-11 overall, dropped its opening match to West Laurens in straight sets 19-25, 12-25. The Volley Dogs were then throttled by the home Lady Knights 7-25, 15-25 in two sets in the nightcap. The Volley Dogs were next scheduled to host a three-team region match starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Volley Dogs will play Howard at 6 p.m. in Game I and will then face Spalding in Game 2 at 7 p.m. 4 Michael A. Lough worked at the Macon Telegraph from 1998- 2017 and founded and has been running www.centralgasports. com, The Sports Report of Central Georgia, for two years. He has covered the past three Mary Persons-Peach County games. Q) What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this year's Peach County team? LOUGH A.) A fairly typical Peach County team, and more. They're not necessarily unbe- lievable in one area, but are at a high level in every area. Their game this year - when all are playing hard and smart, always merely a hope with a bunch of teen agers - is better than their normal game, which is always pretty dang good. Q.) There are reports that this is one of Chad Campbell's best teams How surprising was their loss to Houston County? A.) I really believed Houston County had their best overall team - from talent to chemistry to work ethic, etc. - since the end of the Fromm-and-Co. Era. Players didn't transfer, the staff retained some stability and was boosted by the retum of Ben Bailey as offensive coordinator. But the early schedule was pretty weak. Still, if you're supposed to be good or better, you're also supposed to take care of bus'mess and beat teams by a cer- tain general margin. They weren't tested, which was a good sign for them, to do what they should have done. But against Peach County and with a full crowd at home? That's a different stor They could still have been much im- proved and lose by three or four touchdowns. That they didn't play well and hung tough and won says we underratedthem. And no doubt Peach County's kids did - as will happen - after they racked up such a head-tuming win over Lee County. Q) Do you think that the Trojans' loss last week is bad news for Mary Persons, since Peach will probably be ready to take that loss out on the Bulldogs? A.) Well, two places where Monday was no fun and practice will be loud this week are Georgia Tech and Peach County. The Trojans are more equipped to take out the web's worth of prac- tice on game night than the Jackets. I've thought for awhile that there was a really good chance for a running clock this week. I See LOUGH . Page 3C it In the absence of starting running back Rico Harden. junior William Stewart. running behind a Travis Webb block. rushed for 214 yards and two touch- downs against Love. on Saturday. 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