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J Page 2B October 31, 2018 LAST WEEK'S Mather Mitchell won first place in Pigskin Picks last week by going 9-1. Mitchell wins a T-shirt and $15 gift certificate to Shoney's. Leonard Jones, Caroline Nichols, John Jossey and Katie George tied for second place, with Jones winning the tie breaker and a gift certificate to Forsyth. Country Cookin. Among celebrity pick- ers, Rick Cantrell and Park Davis led by going 8-2, and Joel Kennedy went 7-3 moving into a first-place tie with AI Shackelford. Howard at Mary Persons UGA at Kentucky Missouri at Florida Texas A&M at Auburn So. Carolina at Ole Miss Syracuse at Wake Forest Ga. Tech at UNC Fla. State at NC State Alabama at LSU ETSU at Mercer AI Rick Park Murray Steve Shackelford Cantrell Davis the Bulldog Walker 61-29 60-30 59-31 56-34 55-35 Sheriff A/ . Rick Shack- Cantrell is e/ford is owner of married Elite Land to Velda Services. Murner He lives and we in Forsyth have three with his children wife Holly, and three a counsel- grandchil- or at Pike dren County We live in High downtown School, Forsyth and they have four children. Park Davis is a freshman who plays football and soccer for Mary Persons. 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 ". 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. MP MP MP MP MP UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA Florida Florida FLA Florida Florida Texas Auburn Texas A&M Auburn Texas A&M Ole Miss Ole Miss S. Carolina S. Carolin, S. Carolina W. Forest Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Ga Tech GA Tech GA Tech UNC UNC NC State FL State NC State NC State NC State Alabama Alabama ALA Alabama Alabama Mercer ETSU Mercer Mercer Mercer I ~ iiiii!i~;:i~)!:!~ii!~i~/)il i !:~)/ i ! ~: () ~i!i! ii i !iiii!!! i !!iiiii iiii i ii,!i !ii!il i i! i ii ili i iiiiii ii i/ill ii!!!il i!i By e,rd O.-- forsyth@mymcnnet and it was returned 45 yards for another Panthers' score to put Cowan Road on top 22-0 at half time. Things didn't get any better for the Bulldogs in the second half as Monroe County quar- terback Hunt McAteer was picked offin the Panthers' red zone late in the third quar- ter, and the interception was returned 92 yards for a score. Cowan Road then tacked on one more touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the final margin. Monroe County head coach Michael Smallwood said of the loss: "We just got over- whelmed. They were much more athletic than we were and there just wasn't much we could do about it. We tried to make adjustments but nothing The Monroe County Middle School football team was pounded 34-0 at home by Cowan Road Middle in the quarterfinals of the Central Georgia Middie School Athlet- ic League (CGMSAL) playoffs on Wednesday, bringing an end to the C-Team Dogs' season. Cowan Road scored on a 45-yard touchdown run with just under one minute left in the first quarter to open the scoring. The Panthers then added a touchdown pass arly in the second quarter ona 4th' and- 11 toss to the right comer of the end zone for a 22-yard score. Monroe County quar- terback Ryan Causey was then intercepted late in the first half, 0 worked. It doesn't take away from our season though. I am extremely proud of our team. We won more games this year than the past three seasons combined. I look forward to seeing these 8th graders progress at the next level, and I am really looking forward to having these 7th graders back next year" The Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed from the East division, limped into the playoffs following their first loss of the season, a 14-6 home defeat against Upson-Lee Middle, in their regular season finale on Oct. 17. The loss meant undefeated Upson-Lee claimed the top playoff seed from the East division. The C-Team Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-2 record. iiii iiilYili i:iii ill i i; i 4. BULLDOGS Two plays later, Wilson was blasted Perry again drove deep into MP terri Continued from Front on a late hit along MP'S sideline, caus- tory on its final possession but MP cor- " ing the second near-melee of the game nerback DJ. Martinez broke up a long . to erupt. After several minutes of dis- Pucker fourth-down pass attempt with :: short and left. cussion, Perry's Thomas was the lone seven seconds left to keep the Panthers 2 After a Perry three-and-out and a player ejected, and order was restored out of the end zone one final time. = Panthers' special teams penalty, MP after the two quarterbacks, Hartage MP senior outside linebacker Kanid- .- was set up with a short field at Perry's and Pucker, had to meet at midfield to ric Jones, who had five solo tackles in 42-yard-line with just 1:26 left in the exchange a brief hug and some words the win, said MP s defense is starting to "- first half. Using a hurry-up offense, of warning from the referees,gd at the fight time of the year. : =5 Hartage connected on three straight Dingrnore said MP has to do a better "I feel we've matured a lot ' Jones first-down throws to advance to the,job of avoiding conflicts with pesky said. Were making less mental mis- : ::::: Panthers one-yard-line. But the Dogs opponents, takes on defense. Weve basically gotta = ' struggling short-yardage offense would "The Perry players were talking a lot, make sure everybody's on the same ,7 leave fans wanting yet again. Sands was and they got in our heads a little bit," defensively' * page stopped for no gain on first down, fol- Dingrnore said. "Championship teams The Bulldogs dominated the Pan- - lowed by a fumbled snap that resulted have to keep their composure. And so thers in total yardage by a margin of in a two-yard-loss on second down. that's what we did the second part of 466 to 223, including a 278 to 71 edge " Then, on 3rd-and-goal from the Perry the game, and I think we ran the score on the ground. Davis led MP in receiv- 3, things got even worse for MP as up on them." ing with five catches for 74 yards and ". Hartage threw an interception directly With Thomas out, three plays later a touchdown, Rucker led Perry with ii into the waiting hands of Perry line- Hartage connected with Davis on a 44- 152 passing yards and two intercep- backer Jermaine Lee for a touchback, yard slot post for a score. As he savored tions while completing 13 of 26 passes. The offensive miscues meant MP the moment, Davis stared down the Makefl Kendrick led the Panthers in dung to a 14-0 halftime lead with would,be tackler who nipped at his rushing with 43 yards on nine carries - little to show for what was otherwise a heels as he crossed the goal line. Martin while Malik Mullins was Perry's top re- do ant first half. then missed the ensuing PAT to keep ceiver with four receptions for 67 yards. MPs offense started out sluggish in the score 27-0 with 1:24 left in the third Dingmore said Nelson preached the " the second half as yet another hold- quarter, importance of staying focused even ing penalty forced the Dogs first Perry's offense continued to move Homecoming festivities going on. punt of the game But that would be the ball effectively on MP s bend-but. Coach Nelson has been telling us the last disappointment that MP fans dont-break defense, but the Panthers all week that was our job to do on would experience the rest of the night, once again stalled near the Dogs red Homecoming, Dingmore said. "So it Moore's punt pinned the Panthers at zone. This time, Panthers kicker lorge was real good to get that win for the their own two-yard-line, and the Bull- Bautista drilled a 39-yard field goal program and for the schooL" dogs would destroy Perry from there, to get the Panthers on the scoreboard Nelson said MP didn't call anything MP's defense forced an immediate with 9:03 left in the game. special on the opening play to spring three-and-out, giving the Bulldogs' MP's offense then dosed out the Wilson. He said Wilson's talent just al- great field position at Perry's 33-yard- game. Hartage led the Dogs on a lows long scores to happen at any time. , line. Four plays later, Harden took a 6-pla ; 60-yard drive that ended on a "We were trying to get the ball in his draw to the right, spun back left to 24-yard touchdown toss from Hartage hands," Nelson said. "He's a dynamic shake a linebacker and then juked left to DeLAdrek Alford in the left corner of playmaker, and he can do a lot ofspe- . to freeze a safety during a spectacular the end zone. Martin's extra point gave cial things with the ball in his hands. 13-yard touchdown run. Martin's extra MP a 34-31ead with 6:38 remaining. That was part ofit. Just mnning our point gave MP a 21-0 lead with 6:18 After Perry's fourth punt of the game, stuffand at any point in time he can left in third quarter, the Bulldogs then finished the scor- break one. We were just fortunate that Needing a score to stay dose, Perry ing with a three-play, 46-yard drive he got one earlyY again moved the ball down near MP'S in which reserve running back T.J. Nelson said if there was anything red zone, but Rucker inexplicably Morgan did all the heavy lifting. Mor- about Friday's game with which he had the ball slip out of his hand as gan, who accounted for all 46 yards on wasn't pleased, it was the Dogs' red he tried to throw. The floating duck the ground, capped the drive with a zone offense. landed directly in the hands of MP 14-yard score. Martin then missed the "We bogged down a little bit in short middle linebacker Jumon Wilson, who PAT, slipping on the wet grass, and MP yardage, Nelson said. "Theyiumped in returned the pick 13 yards to MP'S own settled for a 40-3 lead with 2:37 left in some fronts we weren't expecting, and 43-yard-line. the game. we've got to iron that stuff out"