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Dc Page 4C September 18, 2019 iP orter P P This year our celebrity champions from years past face off in an exciting season to determine the Champbn of Champions. In Week 3, sports editor Richard Dumas led all celebrity pickers by going 7-3, cafapulfing him out of last place. Steve Coleman~s 6-A moved him within one game of leader Sonny Trammel[ Among readers, Leonard Jones went 8-2 and takes firsf place, a $1,5 Gift Certiflcafe from Minori~s Italian J~sforanfe and a Winner's T shiri from ERATEES Custom Screen Printing Caroline Nichols, Nick Morgan, Jeff Jeremiah, Sarnantha Penamon and Marvin White all tied for second place going 7-3. Marvin White won the tiebreaker (MP-Lovett score) and takes second place, a $15 Gift CertiFicate from Shoney~s of Forsyth. Carohne Nichols takes !i[ [ ilil i[ ili iiI third place and will get a $12 Gift Certificate from Pickled Okra. Peach Co. at MP Notre Dame at UGA Kentucky at Miss. St. S. Carolina at Missouri Michigan at Wisconsin California at Ole Miss Auburn at Texas A&M App St at UNC Mercer at Furman Falcons at Colts ~sve Coleman 2018 champ 19-11 Steve Cole- man Is a surveyor, Chairman of the Chamber, Vice Chair of the City P&Z board, and former president of the MPTD Club. He and his wife of 40 years Deb- bie have 3 grown chil- dren and 1 grandchild. Peach Co UGA Miss State Missou Wisconsin Ole Miss Texas A&M UNC Furman Colts Stan Hlckman 2013, 2017 champ 18-12 Dr. Stan Hickman is the owner of Southern Smiles in Forsyth. He and wife Blair have two sons. Jason is a freshman at Mercer and Logan is a freshman quarterback on the MP football team, just like his daddy was. MP UGA Miss. State Missori Wisconsin Ole Miss Auburn UNC Mercer Falcons Richard Dumas 2010 champ 18-12 Richard Dumas is news editor and sports editor of the Reporter, and has co vered Mary Per- sons athlet- ics closer than anyone the past 9 years. He has a Masters and undergrad- uate degree from UO,~. Peach Co. UGA Miss. State Missouri Wisconsin California Texas A&M UNC Furman Falcons iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiii;i iiiiiii)iii!)iiiii)~) Eric Bunn 2012 champ 16-14 Eric Bunn is co-owner of the Bunn Insurance Agency. He and wife Shelby have just wel- comed their first child, Ella Alexis Bunn. Peach County UGA Miss. State Mizzou Wisconsin California Texas A&M UNC Furman Falcons , k I m L ~'~ ' ? k "rw'r'~ [ % FULL SERVICE COLLISION REPAIR CENTER Locally Owned and Operated 177 N. Indian Springs Drive Forsyth, GA Phone: 478-974-0680 Fax: 478-974-0640 t. h- %. Y MP FOOTBALL Continued from 1C 214 yards and two touchdowns, a 66-yarder and an 84-yarder respectively; on 19 carries. McAI- lister was the star for the winning side, passing for 136 yards on 17 of 33 completions with three touchdowns and one intercep- tion. q-he senior quarterback was also Lovett's leading rusher with 104 yards and another score on 26 carries. Lovett opened the contest on Friday night with a 13-play drive that ended in a punt after an intentional grounding call on McAllister near MP's red zone. After MP's offense went three- and-out, .the game was halted for lightning. When play resumed on 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 Available Julielle Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga, Reg, CU 401419 turn to the Saturday, Lovett's offense picked up right where it left off, scoring a touchdown on an eight-yard McAllister slant to receiver Logan Givens on the fourth snap after the game re-started. Henry Beery's extra point put Lovett ahead 7-0 with 3:12 left in the first quarter; Both offenses then stalled completely with six straight punts, three by each team, over the next seven minutes of game time. MP, which had only two first downs to that point, finally got on the score- board with 6:43 left in the second quarter. On 4th-and- 1 from MP's own M-yard-line, the speedy Stewart took a handoff from Hickman and found a hole on the left side of the line. He broke free from one tackler and accelerated into the open field for a 66-yard touchdown. Rivera's extra point tied the contest at 7-7. After Lover went three-and-out for a fourth straight possession, thanks to a Tra Jones sack, MP's offense hit another big play. This time, Harris, playing quarterback, connected with receiver Adrian Hughley, who was wide open on a wheel route down the left sideline, for a 30-yard touchdown. Rivera's extra point gave MP a 14-7 edge with 3:06 remaining in the second quarter. But Lovett's offense got back on track just before halftime. The Lions marched 60 yards on six plays, aided by a pair of MP off-sides penalties, and tied the contest at 14-all. McAllister capped the drive with perhaps his finest improvisational moment of the game. The 6'3" signal caller dropped a low snap. He then Full Service Collision Center 40 Years Combined Experience Certified Technicians We Work With All insurance Companies Estimates! picked up the bose ball and rolled right before looking back to his left and floating a soft pass down the left sideline right into the wait- ing hands of a wide-open Beery for a 16-yard touchdown with 32 seconds to play in the first half. Beery then followed up his own score with an extra point, and the teams entered halftime tied at 14. After each team had promis- ing drives stall early in the third quarter, it was MP who made the game's next enormous play. On the initial snap of MP's second third-quarter possession, Stewart took a Harris handoff and ran into a pile near the line of scrimmage. Suddenl~ he bounced the ball outside and kept his footing down the right sideline after every Lions' defender had been sucked into the hole. Stewart slyly followed his lead blocker, MP's quarterback, into daylight and sprinted free for an 84-yard touchdown with 6:42 left in the third quarter. Rivera's extra point gave MP a seven-point lead at 21-14. But MP's defense was unable to contain McAllister for most of the second half. The quarterback accounted for every yard, either rushing or passing, on Lovett's next series, a seven-play, 78-yard drive that culminated in a 14- yard post hook-up to Andrew Pinkston for a score. With MP seemingly expecting an extra point kick, the Lovett offense instead rushed onto the field. The Lions' Michael Hollingsworth took a direct snap and ran outside left against an outflanked Dogs' defense for an easy walk-in two- point conversion to put the Lions ahead 22-21 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs then drove down to the Lovett red zone on their next possession, but Hickman threw across his body over the middle while being pressured, and his pass was picked off by Lovett safety Alden Camilla to halt the threat. The Lions then went on another extended drive, this time 70 yards on 12 plays, mixing up McAIlis- ter's short passes with quarterback draws to eat up 4:48 of dock. The series ended on one of those designed QB runs, a six-Tard McAllister scamper that resulted in a touchdown. Beery's extra point with 8:19 left in the game put Lovett ahead 29-21. A desperate Bulldogs' offense tried to convert a 4th-and-4 at Lovett's 39-yard-line on its next drive, but Stewart was stuffed for no gain, giving the ball back to the Lions with 4:28 to play. But three plays later, McAllister made his only crucial error of the contest, not seeing Harden undercut an out route. The talented sopho- more snatched the underthrown pass and dashed 48 yards un- touched for an unlikely score that trimmed MP's deficit to two at 29-27 with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter. Needing a two-point con- version, MP dected to go away from its vaunted running game and instead tried a fade to Harris in the comer, but Hickmarfs pass was never high enough and hit the Lover defender in the back. MP's defense gave the Bulldogs one more shot by forcing a three- and-out, and Lovett uncharacter- MP g istically committed yet another First Downs 11 19 critical miscue. Punting from Rushing yds. 268 151 Passing yds. 74 136 Lovett's own 45-yard-line, the Total ~rds 342 287 Lions' long snapper hiked the Att-Comp- nt 14-9-1 33-17-1 ball well over the head of Lions' punter Camilla, whose futile at- Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0 tempt to get off a kick in a swarm Penalties 9-60 6,48 of Dogs' defenders was blocked by MP's Thomas Warren. The error 1 2 3 4 resulted in a loss of 34 yards and MP 0 14 7 6 T7 position at Lovett s 11 -yard-linegaVe MP the ball {n prime scoring ;," ~L 7 7 8 7 29 cm with 2:141eft in the game. S 0 NG On the ensuing snap, MP appearedtohave a chance to get First Quarter into the end zone, but Stewart lost his footing at the six-yard-line. Second Quarter Two more Stewart runs resulted . William Stewart 66-vord run (Rivera kick) in no forward progress, and MP * Adrian Hughley 30-yard reception (Rivera kick) was forced to settle for a go-ahead Third Quarter field goal try. After Rivera's short William Stewart 84-yard run (Rivera kick) kick sailed wide right, McA1- Fourth Quarter lister knelt down twice, and the * Kelvin Harden 48-yard interception return (2-point marathon contest had finally pass failed) ended with the few Lions' fans in attendance roaring. Thanks largely to three big touchdown plays that totaled 180 yards, MP outgained Lovett in total yardage, 347 to 287, includ- ing 268 to 151 on the ground. Harris and Hickman combined to complete 9 of 14 pass attempts for 79 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hughley was their favorite target, catching 4 passes for 67 yards and a score. McAllister spread the ball around for the Lions, completing at least three passes to five different receivers. Nelson said it was the first time in his coaching career he had ever finished a game on a different day than it started, but he said the unusual setting was no excuse for the loss. "It was a weird situation com- ing up here last night and going back" Nelson said. "And I told them (MP players), 'We played bad enough to get killed, but we played good enough to have a chance to win it at the end~ At the end of the da~ kids are resilient. I don't know if it bothers them one way or the other, but it is what it is. We had to do it. We had to get the game in" Through four games, the 2-2 Bulldogs remarkably have scored the exact same number of points, 113, that they have allowed, and all four contests have been decided by seven points or fewer. Nelson said he's only somewhat pleased by how the non-region campaign has gone so far. "We're not where we need to be;' Ndson said. "We've improved a little bit. I would like to see big- ger strides in improvement. We're better today than we were four weeks ago, but we're still going to have to get better." INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Carries Yards William Stewart 19 214 Malikk Harris 9 14 Kelvin Harden 3 21 Wyatt Currie 2 17 Adrian Hughley 1 2 PASSING Camp. Art. Yards Malikk Harris 6 8 27 Logan Hickman 3 6 52 RECEIVING Rec. Yards Adrian Hughley4 67 Tr Jppe Moore 2 10 William Stewart 1 4 Malikk Harris 1 2 Qyatt Currie 1 -4 DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Wyatt Currie Thomas Warren 8 1 William Stewart 5 1 D.J. Martlnez 4 1 Andre Jackson 3 2 Adrian Hughley 3 2 Demarcus Cleveland 2 3 Kelvin Harden 3 O Tra Jones 2 1 Lamont Jones 1 4 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None INTERCEPT No. ' Kelvin Harden 1 48 KICKOFF RETURNS + No, Yards Avg. Adrian Hughley 2 53 26.5 PUNT RETURNS . Yards Avg. None No HOPKINS 31@ ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.eom Serving Forsyth for more than 40years~ PUNTING Trippe Moore FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Mado Att, Distan~D Julian Rlvera0 1 23 i ) ?