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dbStateFarm IT'S PLAYED IN MONROE COUNTY, WE'VE GOT IT Cheer Dogs chase second fo ' The Mary Persons aaa aia u- sea a sixth Win in Dexter tis wede MP comt - Uon head coach ward the Cheer Dogs havetit scored any lower fl m a 90 all season, andl c r son, MP scored a 78 at sta last year whm it fu shed t h. tion in Region 2-AAAA indudes West and Perry. Ward said MP has beatm the Lady Rai&rs twioe this sesson andh knockedoffPerrym Ward.said ofregion: Dogs are slated be the first o~the big three Region 2-AAAA squads to take the mat, bea- ning at 2.-04 pan. For full lVlP cheerlead- covera mduaing a recap of the Monroe County Middle School squads 2018 season, see mxt wealds Report=. Bulldogs just one win away from region title By I hard Dumas The Mary Persons Bull- dogs throttled Perry 40-3 at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday night to move one win away from a fourth straight Region 2-AAAA champion- ship. The Bulldogs had to over- come their own inconsistent play, including 11 penalties, cold, damp conditions and a feisty Perry squad to finish off a Homecoming Night win. Several mini-fights broke out during the chippy contest with one player, Perry's K.T. Thomas, being ejected following a third- quarter skirmish along MP'S sideline. MP quarterback J.T. Hart- age threw for 182 yards, breaking his own single season school passing record of 1,865 that he set in 2017, and three touchdowns with one interception on 13 of 23 line before MP linebacker Ladamian Sands swatted away Perry quarterback Lane Rucker's 4th-and- 1 pass attempt to force a turn- over on downs. On MP's very first offensive snap, running back Quen Wilson took a shotgun handoff from Hartage am/exploded through a hole on the right side. Wilson then outran a Panthers' safety who seemed to have the angle on the speedy tailback, toting the rock all the way down the right sideline to the end zone for a 70-yard touch- down. Braydon Martin's extra point gave MP a 7-0 lead with 8:54 left in the first quarter. MP senior fight tackle Colton Dingmore, who sealed the edge on Wils0n's TD run, said the right side draw has been a big play for the Dogs all year. "I think we have on the offensive line a lot of good passes. Senior nmning back chemistry7 Dingmore said. Quen Wilson also had a huge night, surpassing 1,000 yards for the first time in his career with 169 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Wilson, who exited early with a minor injury for the second straight week, failed to score multiple touch- downs in a game for the first time in 2018. Perry got the ball first and advanced to MP's 30-yard- "We know where to blockfrom Hartage to Wilson set end zone. Despite a high on the fight side,so it's just up MI atPerry's 11-yard- throw, Jackson leapt and been good for us.' iine on 4th-and- 1. Instead reeled the pass in, landing On the ensuing kickoff of trying to pass like Perry just inside the boundary MP head coach Brian did short yardage mo-for a four-yard touchdown. Nelson called for one of ments earlier, Wilson took Martin's extra point put MP his patented pooch kicks, a handoffand darted up the up 14-0 with 5:22 left in the which MP's Antoine Davis middle for 10 yards to set first quarter, and it seemed secured off one hop at up 1st-and-goal at the Perry the rout was on. Perry's 37-yard-line. Several 1. Three plays later, Hartage A Perry three-and-out, MP penalties momentarily found a wide open Andre followed by a 35-yard bomb stalled the Dogs' next drive, Jackson streaking right to from Hartage to Trippe but a 14-yard screen pass left across the back of the Moore, appeared to give October 31, 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~111~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MP sophomore D.J. Mar- tinez (No. 10) broke up this fourth-down pass with seven seconds left to keep Perry from scoring a TD in a 40-3 MP Homecoming win. (Photo/Will Davis) MP momentum to extend its lead. But a holding penalty put MP in a long yardage spot and despite a sensational Hartage third- down run, the Bulldogs faced a 4th-and-4 at Perry's 23-yard-line. Hartage tried to find Moore once again on a comeback route, but the pass was thrown too late and was batted away by Perry's Davion Ross. The Panthers then drove near the MP red zone, but two holding penal- ties caused the drive to stall. Facing a 3rd- and-43 at the Panthers' own 46-yard-line, Rucker heaved a deep ball into double coverage down the right sideline, where : the pass was brought in at the 21-yard-line by MP's Desmond Williams for his tdam:ieading fifth intercep- tion of the year. MP's offense then moved right down the field, taking advantage of long runs by Wilson and Rico Harden. However, once again, the Perry defense prevailed, forcing a 38-yard field goal try by Martin, which missed See BULLDOGS Page 3B MP cross country squads achieve program's first-ever team championships By I herd Dumas The Mary Persons boys and girls cross country teams overwhelmed the Region 2-AAAA cham- pionship field on Thurs- day, sweeping the Region 2-AAAA meet at the Geor- gia Industrial Children's Home in Macon. The MP boys and girls squads captured what are believed to be the first re- gion team championships in program history on Thurs- da)n The MP boys squad amassed 50 points to edge second-place West Laurens, who finished with 55 points, for the top spot. Spalding finished closely behind West Laurens in third place with 60 points while Perry placed fourth and also qualified for state with 75 points. MP second-year head coach LLonesha McElhaney said she was elated with the way her runners competed in cold, rainy conditions on Thursday. "I'm excited," McElhaney said. "I couldn't do it with- out the kids. They've stuck through it through good and bad days. And toda} they all ran excellent times." MP sophomore Justin Wachtel captured MP's first The Mary Persons boys and girls cross country teams, pictured shortly after receiving their trophies, each took first place at the Region 2-AAAA championship meet in Macon on Thursday. MP had never previously won a team region cross country title. MP sophomore Justin Wachtel, in middle holding boys trophy, also:became the First MP athlete to win an in- dividual region cross country title since 20]3. Wachtel will next look to improve Upon last year's third place finish at state on Saturday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) i individual region champion- ship title since 2013 with a dominating performance at Thursday's meet. Wachtel's winning time of 16 minutes, 4 seconds, easily outpaced second-place finisher Paul Kellam of West Laurens by 49 seconds. MP junior Logan O'Neill also had a standout meet, placing third overall out of 42 total runners with a time of 17 minutes, 4 seconds. Other MP boys runners who recorded counting times indtided: sopho- more Connor Battles, who placed seventh with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds, sophomore Alec Remick, who placed 13th with a time of 18 minutes, 44 seconds, and sophomore Holden Haworth, who placed 26th with a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds. Other MP boys runners who competed on Thursday but did not record counting times included: junior Alex Hanson, who placed 28th with a time of 19 minutes, 42 seconds, and sophomore Weston Dunwody, who placed 29th with a time of 19 minutes, 47 seconds. Upson-Lee and Howard placed fifth and sixth with 103 points and 158 points, respectively, and did not qualify for state. Wachtel said Thursday's individual win was made all the more special by his teammates also com- ing through for the team victory, saying: "It felt great celebrating with the team:' McElhaney said despite Wachtel's individual bril- liance, it's not surprising that he was more focused on team success. "He's such a competitor, but he's so humble;' McE1- haney said of Wachtel. "He works hard. He's talented and on top of that he gives 150 percent at practices. I'm very happy for him. He deserves this region champi- onship" Meanwhile, the MP girls squad also finished in the top spot on Thursday with 35 points, easily distancing itself from second-place Per- which totaled 52 points. West Laurens finished in third place with 59 points while Upson-Lee placed fourth with 97 points. Howard senior Jordan Rozier was the girls indi- vidual region champion with a time of 20 minutes, 22 seconds after placing second a year ago. Perry's Alyssa Mountain finished in second place but was 32 seconds behind Rozier. MP's top individual finisher was sophomore Ava McKallip, who placed third overall out of 35 total runners with a time of 21 minutes, 25 seconds. MP had three other finishers inside the top seven as well. Freshman Mamdeth Lever- ett placed fourth in her first- ever region meet with a time of 21 minutes, 58 seconds. Freshman Caroline Hamp- ton also had a standout region debut, placing fifth with a time of 22 minutes, 14 seconds. Sophomore Sarah Boyer placed seventh with a time of 22 minutes, See X COUNTRY Page 4B