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Page 4B September19, 2018 iR Orter LAST WEEK'S RESULTS Among readers, Caroline Nichols, Monica Bazemore and John Wadley tied for first with all going 8-2. Nichols won the tiebreaker to get the first place prize, a gift cer- tificate to Jonah's Pizza. Bazemore was second in the tie breaker, so he wins a $15 gift certificate to Shoney's. Wadley won third place, a gift certifi- cate to Forsyth Country Cookin. Among celeberity pick- ers, sheriff AI Shackelford, Dr. Jeff Langford, Joel Kennedy and Park Davis led by going 8-2, with Shackelford holding onto the top spot by just one game over Langford. Texas A&M at Alabama Florida at Tennessee UGA at Missouri Pitt at UNC Clemson at Ga. Tech S. Carolina at Vandy Miss. State at Kentucky Arkansas at Auburn Citadel at Mercer Saints at Falcons AI Shackelford 24-6 Sheriff AI Shack- elford is married to Velda Murner and we have three children and three grandchil- dren We live in downtown Forsyth Alabama Tennessee UGA Pitt Clemson S. Carolina Miss. State Auburn Mercer Falcons Steve Walker 21-9 Dr. Steve Walker has been a chiropractor in Forsyth since 1984. He and his wife Cindy have three children and four grandsons and attend First Baptist Church in Barnesville. Alabama Tennessee UGA Pitt Clemson S. Carolina Miss. State Auburn Mercer Falcons Rick Cantrell 20-10 Rick Cantrell is owner of Elite Land Services. He lives in Forsyth with his wife Holly, a counsel- or at Pike County High School, and they have four children. Texas A&M Tennessee UGA Pitt Clemson S. Carolina Miss. State Auburn /vlerc;~r Falcons Murray the Bulldog 19-11 Murray Morris is MP's mascot and won The Reporter's Pigskin Picks in 2014. Favorite quote: "It's Great To Be An MP/ Georgia Bulldog. Wishes he could repre- sent on MP's hallowed field, but Dr. Finch says "no" Alabama Florida UGA UNC Clemson S. Carolina Miss. State Auburn Mercer Falcons Steve Coleman 17-13 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 39 years Deb- bie have 3 grown chil- dren and 1 grandchild. Alabama Florida UGA Pitt Clemson S. Carolina Miss. State M| iState Auburn Mercer Falcons MP PC First Downs 15 15 Rushing yds. 223 88 Passing yds. 175 231 Total yards 398 319 Aft-Comp-lnt 17-11 -O 33-23- ] Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties 9-60 7-52 1 2 3 4 T MP 14 14 O 7 35 PC 7 0 7 7 21 BULLDOG SCORING First Quarter e Quen Wilson 76,yard reception (Rivera kick) J.T. Hartage 44-yard run (Rivera kick) Second Quarter Daniel Lavelle 32-yard fumble return (Martin kick) Desmond Williams 42-yard interception re- turn (Martin kick) Third Quarter Fourth Quarter Quen Wilson 3-yard run (Martin kick) INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Carries Yards Quen Wilson 22 134 J.T. Hartage 5 93 Rico Harden 2 2 Antoine Davis ] -5 PASSING Camp. Art. Yards J.T. Hartage 17 11 175 RECEIVING Rec. Yards Quen Wilson 1 76 Andre Jackson 4 66 Antoine Davis 4 17 Des. Williams 2 16 DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assists Rico Harden 9 O Kelvin Harden 8 2 Daniel Lavelle 6 1 Derrick Goodson 5 2 s o32 3 2 Thomas Warren 3 1 Kanidric Jones 3 O INTERCEPTIONS No. Yards Avg. Des. 42 42.0 No. irds Avg. 1 32 32.0 KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Wyatt Currie 1 0 0.0 N/A No. Yards Avg. PUNTING No~ Yards Avg. Trtppe Moore 3 101 33.7 N/A Aft. Continued from Front MP's second offensive snap, Hartage connected on a short screen pass in the left flat to Wilson. Just as he did on the second play of the game against Lover one week earlier, Wilson exploded up rid& cutting back to his right and darting 76 yards for a touchdown against a shell-shocked Trojans' defense. Julian Rivera's extra point with 5:44 left in the first quarter tied the game at 7-7. Peach County drove the ball to MP's 35-yard-line on its next series, but the Bulldogs forced a punt. When MP got the ball back, it was Hartage's turn to create a highlight. At Peach County's 44-yard-line, Hartage ran a draw play up a hole on the right side. He then escaped down the right sideline, sidestepping Peach County defensive back Kobe Towns at the five-yard-line before waltzing in for a 44-yard TD. Rivera's extra point put MP in front 14-7 with 34 seconds left in the first period. MP added to its lead less than a min- ute later when freshman linebacker Kelvin Harden came untouched on a blitz from the right side, blasting Gibson in the sternum and jarring the ball loose. MP defensive end Daniel Laveile, who also scored on a fumble return for a touchdown vs. Peach in 2017, scooped up the ball at Peach County's 32-yard-line and raced the rest of the way for a score. Braydon Martin's PAT gave MP a 21-7 lead with 11:31 left in the second quarter. Lavelle said of his unlikely TD: "I had to jump on it. I had an opportuni- ty last year, and I had an opportunity again this year. I actually talked about it in dass today: I was like, Tve gotta throw down the right hash. MP safety Desmond Williams hung back just long enough for Gibson to let go of the ball. He then jumped the receiver's route and snatched the pass out of mid-air, racing 42 yards for his third interception return for a touchdown in just five games in 2018. Martin's extra point with 19 seconds left in the second quarter gave MP a command- ing 28-7 halftime lead. MP tried to put the game away on its opening series of the third quarter, but Hartage failed to connect with slot receiver Antoine Davis on an out route on 4th-and-5 at Peach County's 28-yard-line. MP advanced as far as Peach County's 32-yard-line on its next series but a high snap on third down caused MP to have to punt. Then, Peach County's dormant of- fense came to life with five minutes left in the third quarter, roughly the same point in the contest that it did in 2016. With precision, Gibson led the Trojans on an 11 -play, 80-yard drive that spanned 4:56 of game time. Gibson capped the drive with a nine- yard touchdown run off of a QB draw up the middle with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Cervantes' extra point made it 28-14 MP headed to the final period. A long Wilson run on MP's next series was negated by a costly hold- ing penalty, and once again MP was forced to punt. After a break in the action due to an injured cameraman along Peach's sideline, the Trojans' offense overcame a 3rd-and-22 hole thanks to a pass interference on MP's Davis. Two plays later, Gibson hooked up with receiver Mex Henton on a jump ball for a 32-yard gain to MP'S four-yard-line. On the next pla ; run- ning back Nigel Manns raced outside right to the end zone, bowling over Kelvin Harden on the goal line for a "We were getting tired" Nelson said " of his defense. ':and we told them at " halftime: 'Look, they're going to do the same stuff. They're going to get in empty, four or five wides, and thefre going to tempo us up and make us try to get tired out. And we did on a " couple of drives. But at the end ofthe " da ; we got first downs when we really " needed them. Quen made some great "" runs at the end. Andre Jackson made a huge catch and run after the catch, i And then we were able to put one in. ; I'm proud of our fans, proud of every- one for showing up. We probably had :: as many people as they did:', Nelson said Wilson's experience and improved durability paid off in the ' " fourth quarter when the Bulldogs star , carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards. "He got banged on a little bit tonight" Nelson said of Wilson. "He "- held up tonight alright. He's probably going to be a little bit sore, but we've got a week off. I think he's matured ' and he's grown up a little bit over the last year. He's probably gotten a little : bit stronger in the weight room, but we really leaned on him for a while tonight:' The Bulldogs finished the contest with 398 total yards, including 223 on the ground. In a losing effort, Gibson had a sterling night for the Trojans, passing for a game-high 231 yards on 23 of 33 attempts with one touchdown :' and one interception. Gibson also led the Trojans in rushing with 38 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. :- Although MP'S defense yielded 319 total yards in all, Nelson, who doubles as MP's defensive coordinator, said he thought it was his unit's best perfor- mance of the season. ;, "We scored twice on defense, and it may not have looked like it or felt like " it, but we really played as well as we've played all year on defense tonight,' get me another one: They gave me the four-yard score. Cervantes' extra point Nelson said. "We were more active. oppo,rtunity, so I had to take it:' cut MP's lead to single digits at 28-21 We squared up the quarterback a MPs defense forced a three-and-out with 8:01 to play. couple of times on some stunts. We *" on Peach County's next possession, Facing its most difficult challenge of dislodged the ball and got a scoop and " and the Bulldogs seemed poised to put away the "Ii:ojans. However, MP'S top receiver, De'Adrek Alford, dropped a would-be touchdown pass from Hart- age at the one-yard-line, stalling MP'S ensuing drive. Gibson then advanced the Trojans' offense to MP's 22-yard- line, but Peach County receiver Justin Harris couldn't reel in a fourth-down pass, and MP took over with 5:27 left before the half. That's when Hartage took off on another 49-yard scamper in which he burst, Michael Vick-style, between a pair of tacklers. But facing 4th-and- 1 at Peach County's 22-yard-line, the Trojans' defense stood strong, stuffing Wilson for a loss on a run attempt up the middle. With time ticking down in the sec- ond quarter, Peach County's offense appeared content to get to halftime trailing by two scores, but instead Gib- son made his only horrible decision of the game. With about 30 seconds on the clock and Peach County at its own 32-yard-line, Gibson forced a the season, the Dogs' offense tumed to its most experienced player to extin- gnish Peach's fiery comeback. Wilson carried it six times on the 11 -play drive while Hartage connected with tight end Andre Jackson for a pair of key completions for first downs. At Peach County's three-yard-line, need- ing a touchdown to seal it, Hartage took a shotgun snap and handed off to Wilson on a draw to the left. The senior tailback tiptoed untouched through a gaping hole with 3:14 left in the game. Rivera's extra point put MP back ahead by 14 at 35-21, a seemingly insurmountable advantage that late. A rejuvenated MP defense then rose to the challenge one last time, stoning Peach County running back Noah Whittington on a 4th-and- 1 attempt with just over two minutes to play, enabling MP's offense to run out the dock. Nelson said he was proud of how his Bulldogs stepped up late in the game to escape Fort Valley with a win. score out of it:' Nelson said despite the emotional high of Friday's win, he knows it's a " long season ahead as MP continues its j" pursuit of the program's first state title " since 1980. "It feels good for us" Nelson said of ending the seven-game skid to the -' Trojans. "But I told those guys in there after the game: 'This was just another " game. Win or lose, this was not going to break our season. If this, tonight, is the best thing to happen to us, then, we're in trouble: And flit went the other way, we weren't going to let it be ' the worst thing that happened to us. '" So win or lose, it really wasn't going " to make or break our season. This is a positive step going into the off week like this. We've got to get better. Our (" region is tough, so we've got to come to play every night in the region:' MP will have a bye this Friday before , beginning Region 2-AAAA play on Friday, Sept. 28 with a 7:30 p.m. home z contest against Spalding: