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478-992-9945 Hours: Monday Friday, 9 am 5:30 pm sREporter . . p O October p 281 TiftColle Drive-Forsyth,GA31029 WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED l MPs record, region winning streak snapped on home turf By Richard Dumas forsyth©mymcmet The Mary Persons Bulldogs’ program—best 23-game region winning streak came to an ugly end when MP was walloped 52-7 at home on Senior Night by first—place West ' Laurens on Friday. The loss was MP’s first in Region 2-AAAA play in nearly five years when the Dogs’ fell 21- 14 at home to the Raid- ers in the regular season finale on Nov. 7, 2014. Despite a driving rainstorm throughout the second half, the Raiders tallied 568 total yards in amassing seven touchdowns, six in the game’s final 25 minutes. West Laurens’ 52 points were the most an opponent has ever recorded at historic Dan Pitts Stadimn. The previous record was 49 points scored by LaGrange in a 49-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in 2001. The 52 points allowed also tied an MP program record for most points allowed in a single game, matching a 52-0 road loss to R.E. Lee in 1943. Mean- while, the 45—point total margin of defeat was MP’s worst loss since the aforementioned defeat to LaGrange in 2001 and the program’s second—worst loss since falling 50-0 to Morgan County during a winless 1961 campaign. The loss was also MP’s fourth of the regular season, mak— ing the 2019 squad just the fifth Bulldogs’ team since 1966 to lose four or more regular season games. MP, 4-4 overall (2-1 in Region 2-AAAA), still has remote hopes of winning the program’s record fifth straight region championship, but the Bulldogs will have to win their final two regular season games, both on the road, while West Laurens would have to lose its final two, both at home. The Bulldogs do stillrhave the inside track to the region’s No. 2 seed, which would guarantee MP at least one home playoff game for the eighth consecutive season. IfMP wins its final . two contests, starting with Friday’s showdown at Perry, the E Bulldogs would lock up the second seed. West Laurens, 7-1 overall (3-0 in Region 2~AAAA) and Perry, 5—3 overall (3-0 in Region 2-AAAA), currently share first place with a head—to-head showdown to come in their regular season Mary Persons senior Rico Harden (No. 22) made one of the Dogs‘ lone highlight plays in an otherwise dismal 52-7 home loss to West Lau- rens when he iumped over . , finale on Nov. 8. rece'nflfir BA-elnt to mter- MP head coach Brian Nelson said after the game he didn’t cep Is . . a :5 pass in the em: Zone for so N. Jackson s", Forsyth, GA 31029 want to dlscuss the blowout defeat. “It’s over. There ain’t nothing we can do about it now,” Nel- See MP FOOTBALL - Page 8B a second-quarter touchback. (Photo/Will Davis) 478-9235 Trail Dogs sniff out second straight title MP sweeps individual region cross country titles with wins by Wachtel, Leverett FREE Go Dogs rshrrr VVl'Ttl Y'CDLJIR F’lZZZ/\ . . Get a large speciality pizza from Jonah’s between 3-5 pm on Friday and you’ll get a M Go Dogs T-shirtll For the first time in program history, the Mary Persons boys cross country team captured back-to-back region champion- ships with a team victory at the Region 2-AAAA title meet at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon on Thursday The Bulldogs totaled 39 points to take home the region title for the second straight year. West Laurens was the runner-up for the second consecutive year with 47 points followed by Perry in third place with 64 points. Upson-Lee was the fourth and final Region 2-AAAA squad to qualify for state with 83 points. Also, for the second straight year, MP junior Justin Wachtel was the boys individual cham- pion, finishing with a winning time of 16 minutes, 4 seconds, to best second-place finisher Paul Kellam of West Laurens, whofinishedinatimeof17 minutes, 7 seconds, by 1 minute, 3 seconds. Wachtel, who often runs against the top runners in the See X COUNTRY - Page SB Enjoy Pizza and Pigskin on a Football Friday Night in Forsyth, Ga! PlZZERlA A/ JOHNST Os 5an AT MERCER 7:00 PM. KIEKUFF ' SATURDAY, NUVEMBER 2 Five Star Stadium Macon, GA 0 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLOSETTO HOME