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Page 4B October 30, 2019 AR orter In Week 8, Sonny Trammel[ Chrissy Donovan, Steve Cole- man and Eric Bunn led our celebrity pickers by going 7-3 as Trammell stayed in first place by just two games. Among readers, Leonard Jones, Wayne Calhoun and Johntavious Josey tied for first place by going 8-'2. Josey took first place on the tiebreaker, winning the $ ]5 Gift Certificate from Minori's Ifahan Ristorante and a Winner's T shirt from ERATEES Custom Screen P~inting. Jones took second pl~ace, winning a $15 Gift Certificate from Shoney's of Forsyth. Josey took third place the tiebreaker and the $12 Gift Certificate from Pickled Okra. Mary Persons at Perry W Laurens at Upson-Lee Howard at Spalding UGA vs. Florida Miss. State at Arkansas Pittsburgh at Ga. Tech Ole Miss at Auburn Vandy at S. Carolina UVA at UNC Sarnford at Mercer Chrissy Ham Donovan 2008 champ 63-27 Chrissy Ham Donovan is a real estate professional with Connie Ham ERA Middle Georgia Realty. She and husband JP have two ~ children, Avery and Jaxon. Perry West Laurens Howard Florida Miss State Pittsburg Auburn S Carolina UNC Samford Stile Coleman 2018 champ 61-29 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 40 years Deb- bie have 3 grown chil- dren and 1 grandchild. MP West Laurens Howard UGA Miss State Pitt Auburn S Carolina UNC Samford Murray the Bulldog 2014 champ 57 -34 Murray Morris is MP's unof- ficial mascot and the dog of Forsyth dentist Dr. Cleft Morris. HiS favorite quote: "It's Great To Be An MP/ Georgia Bulldog. Mary Persons West Laurens Spalding UGA Miss. State Pittsburgh Auburn S. Carolina UNC Samford Jim Finch 2016 champ 52-38 Dr. Jim Finch is in his 13th year as principal at Mary Persons High School. He's been manied to Kelli for 21 years and they have four children: Kennedy, Jimbo, Car#, and Max. He is a former math teacher and coach and big Bama fan. MP WL Howard UGA Miss St Pitt AU S. Carolina UVA Mercer By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons Bull- dogs' hopes for a record fifth straight region rifle appear faint as MP heads to Perry to face the surging Panthers on Friday night. After getting pounded 52-7 at home by first-place West Laurens on Frida the Bulldogs no longer have their fate in their own hands. MP will need to win its final two regular season games while the Raiders lose their final two regular season contests in order for MP to capture another championship. For the Bulldogs to have any chance, they will need to get back on the winning track immediately, and that means beating a Perry squad that will enter Friday's showdown at Herb St. John Stadium on a three-game winning streak. After losing three of five non-region games, the Pimthers have bounced back in region play, winning their first three region contests. After a tight 22-15 road win over Upson-Lee on Oct. 4, the Panthers have dominat- ed their last two opponents, ming 40-14 at Howard on Oct. 18 and 38-0 over Spalding at home last Frida;g According to the Houston Home-Journal, the Panthers took a 21-0 halffime lead over the Jaguars en route to a dominating defensive shutout that included seven sacks; Following a promising 2018 season, Perr led by third-year head coach Kevin Smith, opened the 20.19 campaign in disap- pointing fashion with a 34-3 home loss to rival Houston Count, a AAAAAA squad. The Panthers then rebound- ed to beat AA Northeast 36-20 at home Perry then fell 33-13 at AAA Westside (Macon) before regrouping with a 45-20 home win over AAA Monroe (Albany). The Panthers then lost to another Houston County rival, AAAAAA Veterans, 13-3 on the road in their final non-region matchup. Perry; which features a spread attack, is led offen- sively by junior quarterback Lane Rucker, who has passed for 1,025 yards on 60 percent completions with eight TD passes and five in- terceptions. As a sophomore in 2018, Rucker eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark through the air while throwing 20 TDs and being intercepted 17 times. But Rucker's at- tempts are down in 2019 as the Panthers have turned more to their ground game, led by junior running back Makeil Kendrick, who has rushed for a team-high 773 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per canT. Rucker's top receiving target is sopho- more Daequan Wright, who has caught a team-high 23 passes for 295 yards and two scores. On defense, Perry features a trio of standouts. Senior safety Tyren Mobley leads the Panthers in tackles with 72 and interceptions with three. Meanwhile, senior defensive end C.J. Demicco is second on the squad in tackles with 68 but first in solo tackles with 45, tackles-for-a-loss with 15 and sacks with 7. Another big-play star is speedy linebacker Jdmaian Stokes, who has 67 tackles, including 13 tackles-for- a-loss. The Panthers also have a solid special teams unit with sophomore kicker William McCranie, who has made five of six field goals and all 15 extra point tries, and punter Rucker, who av- erages 33.4 yards-per-punt on 28 attempts. The Bulldogs have won 27 of 35 all-time meetings against the Panthers, includ- ing eight straight dating back to a 44-38 triple-over- time dassic in Perry in 2011 in which MP overcame a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit. In the 2018 meeting in Forsyth, MP endured cold, damp conditions while polishing off a dominating 40-3 Homecoming win. MP quarterback ].T. Hartage threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns while tailback Quen Wilson, who ran for a 70-yard touch- down on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, i Friday, Nov. 1 7:30 p.m. Herb St John Stadium. Tickets: $10 Oct 26, 2018. MP 40, Perry 3 PREDICTION: ! Perry 34 Mary Persons 27 PERSONS BULLDOG P| yer Qf the G=me 50 l porter N. Jackson St Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-2358 rushed for a game-high 169 yards. The 2018 game might be best remembered for being a chippy contest in which there were several near-melees that caused a combined 21 penalty flags to be thrown. In MP's last trip to Herb St. John Stadium in 2017, the Bulldogs arrived just minutes before kickoff due to traffic but still man- aged to pile up 416 total yards and 47 points in the first half alone en route to a 47-21 pounding of the Panthers. Wilson ran for a game-high 144 yards and three touchdowns while Hartage threw for 182 yards and another score. Perry has installed field turf since MP's last visit. Best known for its success- ful basketball program, Per- ry has never been a football power, advancing beyond the second round of the state playoffs just twice in its 66-year football history: The Panthers are also still await- ing their first 10-win season, having won nine games on three occasions. However, the Panthers have put just as many players in the NFL as MP with four, including current Los Angeles Char- gers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward. Meanwhile, the 2019 Bull- dogs continue to struggle mightily on defense, having yielded the most points- per-game (31.2) in modem program history: In just eight games, the Bulldogs' defense has already allowed the second-most total points of any MP squad in history with 250. The winless 1961 squad currently holds the record for most points allowed in a single season with 253, a dubious mark the 2019 team will match with a Perry field goal. However, MP's offense was just as poor as the Dogs' defense against West Laurens. The Bulldogs failed to score an offensive point with MP's lone touchdown coming on an interception returned for a touchdown by senior cornerback Rico Harden. TEAM STATS W~ AlP First Downs 14 8 Rushing yds. 347 54 Passing yds. 221 84 Total yards 568 138 Att-Comp-Int 25-13-2 24-10-3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties 9-77 4-49 1 2 3 4 T WL 0 14 21 17 52 MP 0 7 0 0 7 First Quarter Second Quarter Rico Harden 55-yard interception return (Rivera kick) Third Quarter Fourth Quarter OFFENSE RUSHING Player Canrb~ Yarcl~ Rico Harden 11 18 Jamarion Barron 5 18 Logan Hickman 4 16 William Stewart 3 ,$ Malikk Harris 1 -3 PASSING C omp. Aet. Yard. Logan Hickman 10: 23 84 Malikk Harris 0 1 0 RECEIVING Rer. Yards Trippe Moore 3 27 Andre Jackson 2 26 Malikk Harris 2 16 Jimbo Finch 2 15 Wyatt Currie 1 O DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assbts Kelvin Harden 6 2 Thomas Warren 6 1 Andre Jackson 5 2 Tra Jones 5 0 D.J. Martinez 3 1 Lamont Jones 3 1 Sherriod Jordan 2 4 Adrian Hughley 2 ~'4 Rico Harden 2 2 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None INTERCEPTION RETURNS No, Yards Avg. Rico Harden 2 55 2Z5 KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Adrian Hughley 3 66 22.0 Rico Harden 2 38 19.0 Champ Brantley 1 22 22.0 PUNT RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None PUNTING No. Yards Avg. Trippe Moore 5 189 37.8 Tripp Shipman 1 48 48.0 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Made Art. Di mnce Julian Rivera 0 1 29 q