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Page 2B i orter September 19, 2018 MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson J q lae Georgia Back in the day, a Ladies II Wildlife ResourcesOnly Firearms Deer hunt II Division offers a traditionally kicked off broad spectrum the firearms deer hunting of hunting opportunities season on the Rum Creek on more than 100 wildlife management areas and fishing areas, as well as state parks across the state. These hunts focus on small game, waterfowl, and turkey to white-tailed deer. In addition, other hunts are limited to specific groups of hunters rang- ing fromyoung- TERRY IN. sters to senior dtizens.This year a Specialty Deer Hunt and two Youth Waterfowl Hunts will take place at the Rum Creek Wildlife Manage- ment Area. The first of these hunts will be a Specialty Either- Sex Deer Hunt.This seven- day hunt will run Oct. 8-14. The only hunters that can participate in this hunt are youngsters (17 years old and younger), ladies, and those possessing one of the fol- lowing licenses: Disability, Returning Georgia Veter- ans, and Honorary (hunters age 65 and older). WMA.This was followed by an Honorary License HoM- er Firearms Deer Hunt. A Youth Firearms Deer Hunt was never held on the area. Since then the Specialty Hunt has taken the place of all three of these hunts. Our local specialty hunt JOHNSON is but one of 16 such hunts slated for the 2018-19 hunting season. The Georgia DNR has also scheduled scores of Youth Deer/Bear, Quail, Dove, Turkey and Water- fowl Hunts across the Peach State. The only folks that can take part in these hunts are hunters 17 years old or younger. However, these hunters must be accompa- nied by an adult (age 18 or older). These hunts provide a fantastic opportunity for young girls and boys to enjoy quality hunting experiences without hay- ing to compete with older, more experienced hunt- ers. These mentors cannot actually hunt; that privilege is reserved for the young- sters. They also offer older hunters a fantastic outdoor dassroom where they can teach youngsters hunting techniques, gun safety, and hunting ethics. Many of these hunts are quota hunts with extremely small quotas. This further enhances the overall hunt- ing experience. This year two Youth Waterfowl Hunts will take place on the Rum Creek WMA. The dates of these hunts are Dec. 8 and Jan. 12, respectively. Only three parties will be selected for each of these very special hunts. A party is defined as the selected hunter and a supervising adult. In addition, a party can include one additional young hunter. This hunt will be held in the MARSH Pond located alongside Juliette Road.This facility holds the distinction of being the first MARSH Project in the state of Geor- gia. The project was a joint effort between Ducks Un- limited, the Georgia Wild- life Resources Division, and the Georgia Power Com- pany. The area is designed to provide wintering waterfowl with roosting, loafing, and feeding areas. The pond offers winter- ing waterfowl two very different types of habitat. One portion is a green tree reservoir, This photo of young the other an Resources Division. open field planted to grain crops. Prior to the season, the area is flooded, enabling ducks access to both the flooded woodlands and field. As you can imagine, com- petition for the privilege of hunting this area is keen. If you would like to be con- sidered for this hunt, you must submit your applica- tion online at GoOutdoors- Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m Oct. 15. If you have hunterTed Wilson is courtesy any questions regarding auota hunt applications, call 1-800-366-2661. More detailed informa- tion regarding any of these hunts is available in the 2018-19 edition of the Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide. This indispensible free publica- tion can be picked up at your local license dealer. It can also be viewed online at Information relating to the Youth and Specialty of the Georgia Wildlife Hunts to be held on the Rum Creek WMA can be obtained from the folks at the Game Management office in Fort Valley (478- 825-6354). Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column "Monroe Outdoors' for the Reporter for many years. Email him at qwood- The MP JV football squad defeated Jackson 20-13 on the road on Thursday thanks to stellar defen - sive play from its second- ary, like this intercep- tion by Dennis Swain. (Photo/ Will Davis) Mary Persons' JV football team com- pleted a Monroe County sweep of the Jackson teams with a 20-13 road win on Thursday. The varsity, JV and middle schools teams have now all beaten the boys from Butts County this season. The Red Devils struck first after completing a 22-yard pass on 4th-and-7 to the MP 1-yard line. The quarterback snuck it in from there on the next play and Jackson led 7-0. Later in the first quarter, MP respond- ed when quarterback Jaden Bankston hit receiver Darius "Xbox" Williams, who made an acrobatic catch down the left sideline deep in Jackson territory. Moments later Bankston connected with Holten Bell on a short pass for the score. Park Davis' PAT made it 7-7 with 1:39 left in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the turnover bug bit both teams. First, Jackson faced a 3rd- and-6 when MP defensive back Dennis Swain made a leaping interception of a Red Devil pass. The Bulldogs soon re- turned the favor, however, throwing one of their three interceptions. The Jackson defender appeared to be headed for a Pick 6 touchdown but D.J. Mart'mez and Hughley caught the Red Devil from behind and tackled him at the : MP fiveryard-line, saving a touchdown. That would be huge because moments later MP made a big-time hit and forced a fumble. The Bulldogs recovered but would later turn it over on downs. The black-and-gold defense intercepted an- other Jackson pass with just a minute left in the second quarter. But MP, trying to score before half, gave it right back with an interception in the fiat that Jackson returned for a touchdown with just 30 seconds left in the half. The extra point was no good but the Red Devils had secured a 13-7 halftime lead. MP reclaimed the lead in the second half when the stingy Bulldog defense forced another fumble, and Trey Jones scooped it up and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Park Davis' extra point gave MP a slim 14-13 lead. As the heat took its toll on both offens- es, the defenses took command the rest of the game as the teams traded punts. MP'S defense seemed to clinch the game when it forced Jackson to turn it over on downs one last time with just a minute to go. MP took over inside the Red Devil 20-yard-line but the Bulldogs scored a touchdown as Javier High ran around the right side. The extra point was no good and suddenly Jackson would have the ball back down 20-13 with 30 seconds left. After the kickoff, the Red Devils struck on a long pass play advanc- ing to the Bulldog 25-yard-line. Finally, the defense forced one more incomple- tion, and the Bulldogs celebrated. The IV squad is now 1-0 on the year and is slated to host Jones County on Thursday. m The Monroe County Middle School football team pununeled Rehobath Road 39-6 at home on Wednesday to improve to 3-0. The C-Team Bulldogs took a 13-6 halftime lead on a pair of J.T. Owens touchdown runs, a 30-yarder off tackle in the first quarter and a 13-yarder in the second quarter. Monroe County then added to its lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter when Owens scored his third rushing TD of the contest on a 31-yard scamper. Running back Kenjavion "Duke" Watson then stretched over the goal line two minutes into the fourth quarter for yet another Bulldogs' score. It was Watsods second straight outstand- L ing rur,on the series, following Owens conversion ofa 3rd-and- 15 earlier in the drive. Seth Davis then added a touch- down on a 19-yard run offofa toss sweep to the right to put MP ahead 33-6 midway through the final pe- riod and effectively seal the contest. Kicker Dawson Dell had three suc- cessfial extra point tries in the win. Monroe County head coach Michael Smallwood said his squad rushed for six scores on Wednesday despite mistakes made along the offensive line. He credited his backs' abilities to break tackles and make plays in space, in particular Owens who he likened to current Mary Persons star Quen Wilson when Wilson was an eighth grader. "I think that Quen was probably more explosive due mainly to pure speed;' Smallwood said. "They both have the ability to see the field and make the right cuts. I really think they have this year ,' Smallwood said. "He is very good, but I think that one of the things that makes him good is the other defensive linemen. JdMai Davis usually occu- pies two to three blockers in the middle while Ant Clements has linebacker speed on the other side. that J.T. is probably a more powerful We usually rotate runner than Quen was as an eighth grader as far as Far& after contact o or moving the pile. I think that as long as J.T continues to improve and remains coachable that he can follow Quen path on the field at ME.' Monroe County's pass defense has continued to dominate in the early season, having allowed zero pass completions all season. However, Smallwood said Bulldogs' defenders continue to allow too many rush- ing yards along the edge. Up the middle, however, he said his squad has been stout, particularly along the defensive line where defensive tackle Timarion Grier wreaked havoc on Wednesday. "Timarion Grier has been in the opponents' backfield more than Christavious watkins at one of those spots with no dropoff. Those four guys lead our team in tackles, and it's always a good sign when the defensive line- men lead that category.' The Monroe County Middle School squad will next play at Byron Middle at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School 7th Grade football team tied Clifton Ridge 16-16 in a weather-shortened affair on Tuesday; Sept. 11. Clifton Ridgescored Monroe County running back J.T. Owens ran through this attempted tackle at the goal line en route to one of his three touchdowns during the Dogs' 39-6 home win on Wednesday. (Photo/Richard D~nas) first on a 70-yard TD before Mon- roe County answered back with a one-Tard QB sneak for a score by lack Gordon. Gordon then hooked up with Ty Dumas for a two-P0int conversion to tie the contest at 8-8. Gordon later connected with tight end leSean Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run. Watson then ran in a two-point try to put Monroe County ahead 16-8. However, Clifton Ridge responded with another long TD run shortly before the half when the game was stopped for lightning. Smallwood said he's very pleased with what he's seen in practice and in the opening game from the 7th Grade team. "I think we are seeing many more positives than nega- tive' he said. "The fact that we are putting together drives on offense is very good. Our defense just has to do a better job of containing. The score doesn't really tell the story of the game at this level. They had a very good, big running back who is hard for smaller DBs to tackle, so I can't really judge us by the long runs. We were able to make some stops on defense and at the same time we drove the ball offensively, rather than just one-play scores." f et