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MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS StateFarm 478-992-9945 Hour Monday - Fdday, 9 am - 5"30 pm ,~,@i~ii,i~ IBIlB M! Sponsored byi~ ~: 1245 Bass Road Macon, GA. 478-749-6219 Wells F~rgo Advisors i5 a trade home used by Wells Fo~o Cl~fing , ,orter September 19, 2018 FOOTBALL IS HERE GO DOGS! ~"~~""""~~~"~"~"'~~""""""~" """""""""~~".~""'""~".~"""~"'""""""""""""'"""""'"~""""~"".""""~~"~~""~~"" ; b f HOME CALENDAR 5.<)0 p.m, C-Team Softball (vs. Gray Station) TMSi Y, Sg'ItMB120 JV Football (vs. Jones County) 5:00 p.m. Varsity Softball (vs. Howard) 6:00 p.m, JV Volleyball L (vs. Spalding) " 6:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Spalding) m S B R21 SAmY, 1 SUN Y, ra Jm MONm, 24 5:00 p.m, Varsity Softball (vs. Jackson) 6:30 p,m. JV Softball Jackson) F.SDAY, SEPTEMBER ZS- Rock Springs shuts out New Creation 32-0 Monroe County resi- dent and Rock Springs Christian Academy (RSCA) senior Tucker Pierson (No. 52) gets set for the next defensive snap during the Eagles' 32-0 home victory over New Creation on Friday. RSCA will next play at Covenant Academy on Friday. (Photo/RSCA) J By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons Bulldogs recorded their most significant victory to date in 2018, holding off Peach County 35-21 in Fort Valley on Friday to snap a seven-game los- ing streak in the series. The Bulldogs rushed 10 (Class AAAA) out to a 28-7 half time lead before visions of a 2016 collapse in their last trip toAn- derson Stadium Source: began to rush through MP fans' minds. But another historic comeback was not to be this time thanks to the legs of MP superstar running back Quen Wilson. After the Trojans scored their second straight TD to pull to within seven points at 28-21 with eight minutes to play, MP answered with an 11-play, 71-yard drive that ate up 4:47 of clock. The crucial possession ended with a three-yard Quen Wilson touchdown run that sealed the game with 3:14 remain- ' ing. Wilson rushed seven times for 42 yards on the drive to score MP's first offensive TD since the first 2. Mary Persons 5-0 6. St. Pius 4-1 ~::: ~:~: ":::: " : "~:: ~:' ~'~N,~,~]~,~,~i~~': ~ ~,~ '~ ;'}~: P:~!U~@~:~ 3. Marist 3-1 8. Flower~ Branch 3-O 10. Ridgeland 1-2 quarter. Wilson led all rushers with 134 yards and one touchdown and 22 carries while also leading all receiv- ers with 76 yards and another score on a single reception. MP quarter- back I.T. Hartage also had another outstanding game, throwing for 175 yards and one touchdown while completing 11 of 17 pas~es. Hartage also had a season-high 92 rushing yards and another score on just six carries. The MP defense was equally up to the challenge, scoring almost as many touchdowns (two), as the Dogs' vaunted offense did (three). MP head coach Brian Nelson admitted after the win that he was nervous inthe second half that Friday's contest could be a repeat of Peach's 19-point fourth-quarter comeback in 2016. "We were moving the ball on offense" Nelson said. "It just got a little stagnant. It felt eerily the same way it x4as~cwo years ago. And one time I caught myself saying to myselfi 'Please don't let this happen again.' Be- cause it just felt eerily like it. The first half, it felt like this might be 42-14. And then we stalled out a few times. And then we shot ourselves in the foot on offense with penalties. It was 3rd-and-22, and we committed a pass interference penalty. But our kids fought, played hard, and maybe a little bit of the experience paid offat the end." If MP, which en- tered Friday's contest with an unblemished / 4-0 record and a consensus Top-4 ranking, thought that things would be easy against the Tro- jans, Peach County showed on the open- ing series that it had ,its usual champion- ship mettle. With junior quar- terback laydon Gib- son starting just his fourth career game, Peach County's of- fense drove 68 yards on just 10 plays en route to a three-yard Gibson TD pass to wide-open tight end Cedric Hillsman. Gibson completed all five pass attempts on the series for 53 total yards. Brandon Cervantes' extra point put the Trojans / / / i ,/on top 7-0 with 6:30 left in the first quarter, and MP trailed for the first time all season. But it tookjust 48 seconds for MP in Mary Persons running back Quen Wilson accounted for 210 total yards in MP's 35-21 road victory at Peach County. Wilson scored this 76-yard TD off of a screen pass on the Dogs' second offensive snap and later se- cured MP's win with a three- yard rushing TD in the fourth quarter. It was the Dogs' first victory over Peach County since 2002 and first win in Fort Valley since 1987. (Photo/ Kim Holderfield) e 35-21 MP win to square the game up again. On See BULLDOGS * Page 4B