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h Sponsored by KbTrERBAUGH JUNGBERG FINANCIAL GROUP Wells~n~o,q~,iso~isarrcdenameu~dbyWellsFargoClear# 5ervices, LLC, MembergPC 1 October 17, 2018 FOOTBALL IS HERE GO DOGS! HOME CALENDAR h- 5. 0 p.m. C-Team Football (vs, Ups0n-Leet SAWY, 2O Oa 21 MONDAY, OaOgR 10a0m Mary Persons JV football team finished the season 2-1-1 after a 55-6 throt- tling of Crawford County at Dan Pitts Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4. Javier High rushed for three touchdowns and DJ Martinez (above, No. 10) ran for two more to lead the Bulldogs. Jimbo Finch and Dennis Swain both caught touchdown passes and Austin Starr had a pick 6 interception returned for a score. Park Davis made 7 of 8 extra points in the season-end- ing victory. Finch, Jaden Bankston and Michael Harrison took turns at quarterback. By Richard Dumas forsyfh@rnymcr.net region The Mary Persons Bull- dogs will play their final road game of the regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when MP travels to Horseshoe Stadium in Dexter to take on rival West Laurens. IfMP wins the Region 2-AAAA championship, as expected, Friday's con- test will be the final time the from the friendly confines of Dan Pitts Stadium until at least late November. For the Bulldogs, 7-0 overall (2-0 in Region 2-AAAA), to realize their lofty goal of a fourth straight region title, MP will first have to contend with one of the top de- fenses in Middle Georgia. West Laurens has yielded just 46 points in 7 games for an average of 6.6 points per game allowed. The Raiders' defense, which has 25 sacks on the season, has already pitched three shutouts while also giving up only a safety in their most recent game, a 14-2 home win over Spalding on Oct. 5. The Raiders, 5-2 overall ( 1-1 in Region 2-AAAA) opened the season with back-to-back shutouts over AA East Laurens (56-0 on the road on Aug. 17) and AAA Crisp Mary Persons senior Quen Wilson (No. 6) rushed for 130 yards and three TDs in MP's 28-9 home victory over West Laurens in 2017. The Bulldogs are three wins away from their fourth straight Region 2-AAAA title. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) County (16-0 at home MP's spectacular offense is led on Aug. 24). After a 22-10 home setback to AA by senior tailback Quen Wilson, Dodge County on Aug. 31, the Raiders bounced back with another shutout, a 37-0 road win at who rushed for 130 yards and three , AAAAA South Effingham on Sept. 14. West touchdowns on 11 carries in last years 28-9 home win over West Laurens. Laurens then handled AAAAA Statesboro 22-6 Wilson, who has scored at least two at home before losing its region opener 16-10 at touchdowns in every game this season, Howard on Sept. 28. West Laurens, perhaps best known as the alma needs just 155 rushing yards to reach 1,000 yards in a single season for the mater of NFL superstar Demaryius Thomas, is first time in his illustrious career. in the midst of a solid run, having advanced past Wilson is also the Bulldogs' second- the first round of the AAAA state playoffs in leading receiver with 372 yards and each of the last four seasons. three touchdowns on15 carries. Friday, Oct. 19 7:30 p.m. The 2018 Raiders are led by junior quarterback The Bulldogs are averaging a pro- A.]. Mathis, who threw for 104 yards against Horseshoe Stadium Tickets: $10 gram-best 45 points per game in 2018 the Bulldogs in 2017. The Raiders also have a and with 315 total points scored need talented, experienced running back in senior Dorian Edmund, who was limited to 59 y ds just 61 points to pass the 1994 squad for most points scored in a 10-game LAST MEETING: on 18 carries against MP a year ago. Mathis top regular season. MP s defense has also Oct. 20, 2017 MP 28, West Laurens 9 receiving target'is senior E.J. Holmes, who has picked up its play recently, yielding just PREDICTION: four touchdown catches in 2018. On defense, 14 points total in the Dogs' first two re, West Laurens is led by the imposing linebacker duo of junior D'Eryk Jackson and senior Trent Carr. The Bulldogs have dominated the series with West Laurens, winning 13 of 15 all-time meet- ings with the Raiders, all of which have occurred since 1994. However, it was West Laurens who gave MP its last Region 2-AAAA defeat, upset- ting the Bulldogs 21-14 at Dan Pitts Stadium in the 2014 regular season finale. Since then, MP has reeled off 18 consecutive region wins, including a fondly-remembered 20-16 classic in Dexter in 2015 that resulted in the Dogs' first region title in nearly two decades. gion contests, which includes h kickoff return for a touchdown by Upson-Lee. However, MP is expected to be without the services of starting strong safety laboree Goodson, who was suspended after he allegedly brought a gun to school during the Dogs' bye week. MP, ranked No. 2 in the Atlanta Journal- Constitution's (A]C) Sunday poll, was perhaps a single play away from being the state's top- ranked squad for the first time in 20 years. Top- ranked Blessed Trinity, the defending AAAA state champions, narrowly escaped with a 21-20 overtime win over region rival Flowery Branch Mary Persons 2Z West kaurens 10 on Friday when Falcons' quarterback Elijah Gainey narrowly missed his intended target on a two-point try for the win. According to the Gainesville Times, Flowery Branch dominated Blessed Trinity 314 to 153 in total yardage, limit- ing Blessed Trinity quarterback Jake Smith to just 29 passing yards. The Bulldogs last occupied the top spot in the AJC's state rankings on Oct. 16, 1998 when MP was upset 27-24 at Perry. By Richard Dumas f rsyth@mymcrnet The Mary Persons vol- leyb team had its season come to an end on Saturday when it failed to finish in the top four of the double- elimination Area 2-AAAA Tournament. The Lady Dogs lost their opening match to Upson- Lee in straight sets, 12-25 and 10-25 before falling short in straight sets to Spalding in their second match. The Volley Dogs missed out on the state playoffs for the second consecutive year. Perry was the Area 2-AAAA champion, defeat- ing second-place Spalding in the championship.match. The other two state quali- tiers were third place West Laurens and fourth place Upson-Lee. "I believe we were disap- pointed that we missed the chance to move forward to state" MP head coach Stephanie Huffsaid. "The girls improved so much that I believed we would move on. However, it wasn't in the cards this year:'Huffsaid ofthis year's The Volley Dogs firdshed squad: "What I enjoyed the the season with a 4-18 most about the seasonis record, but Huffsaid her teaching the game ofvol- squad improved tremen- leyball that I love to a group dously over the course of of girls who I hope learn the season and will have a to love it as much as I did number of returners next growing up and still do" year.