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Page 4B November 14, 2018.- mRgporter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson W oen the mperatures ginto p and the woodlands don their multi- colored cloak of yellow, orange and red, I find myself eagerly awaiting arrival of birds that make the long trek from the north to winter in my backyard. During the first week in. November, my wait for the first of these special visitors to arrive ended. The first bird to show up this year proved to be a white- TERRY throated sparrow. Since white- throated sparrows begin ar- riving in Georgia in October, I should have encountered whitethroats weeks ear- lier. However, it is possible white-throated sparrows have been here for weeks and our paths did not cross. Although I was not lucky enough to see the bird, I heard its clear, unmistakable call. As far as I am con- cemed, it is the sweetest bird song we Georgians are likely to hear each winter. Un- derstandably Canadians are convinced this sparrow seems to be saying, "Pure sweet Canada, Canada, CanadaJ' However, here in the United States many folks believe it is repeating the phrase, "Old Sam Peabody, Pea- body, Peabody" Now that I know white- throated spar- rows are here, I W. JOHNSON hope I will soon catch a glimpse of this distinguished member of the sparrow family. The white-throated sparrow is a cinch to iden- ti . Like many sparrows, it displays a gray breast as well as black and white stripes running down the length of its head. Likewise, the feathers on its wings, back, and tail are splashed with colored varying shades of TEAM STATS JM MP First Downs 4 16 Rushing yds. 18 267 Passing yds. 35 322 Total yards 53 589 Att-Comp-'lnt 13-5-1 13 - 11 -O Fumbles-Lost O-O 1 -O Penalties 1-5 5-56 1 2 3 4 T RA O O 0 O O MP 24 28 O 7 59 First Quarter Antoine Davis 47-yard reception (Rivera kick) De'Adrek Alford 29-yard reception (Rivera kick) Desmond VVilliams 80-yard reception (Rivera kick) Alex Rlvera 26-yard field goal Second Quarter Rico Harden 40-yard run (Rivera kick) De'Adrek Alford 20- Antoine kick) INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Carries Yards D.J. Martinez 9 94 73 53 Quen Wilson 4 23 Antoine Davis 2 12 William Stewart 1 9 Jay er High 6 3 Ladamian Sands 2 -1 Jaden Bankston 1 -5 Jimbo Finch 2 -6 PASSING Camp. Aft. Yards J.T. Hartage 12 10 305 Jimbo Finch 1 1 17 RECEIVING Andre Jackson 1 134 80 72 17 11 8 Y brown. There are, however, a few field marks that set this large sparrow apart from its kin. Adult white-throated sparrows have snow-white throats. In addition, bright yellow patches adam the birds' lores (the areas located just in front of the eye). The vast majority of white- throated sparrows breed across Canada Here they prefer to nest around the brushy perimeters of beaver ponds, woodland edges, rocky outcrops and the like. The birds that winter in Georgia also like brushy habitats located within cities, suburban and rural areas to sin White-throated sparrows come from Canada their sweet songs. (Photo/Terry Johnson) to winter in Georgia alike. S,s such, quail hunt- leaves on a chilly winter looking for hidden seeds and ers are apt to encounter morning are likely to hear or insects. them while hunting along see this visitor from Canada. When they venture out the edges of old fields, and In winter, white-throated into my yard, they prefer to shrubby hedgerows along- sparrows often form small feed on seeds I scatter on the side fields. Similarly, deer flocks and even travel about ground. They will also dine hunters sitting in deer stands foraging food with other on canary and sunflower at dawn and dusk often hear birds. Nevertheless, I most seeds, cornbread, and suet. the white-throated sparrow's often see solitary birds at Banding studies have clear, whistled call floating my feeders. Although from found that once whitethroats across the crisp winter air. time to time, I will spot two winter in a yard, they are apt While hunting wood ducks to three birds feeding at the to return to the same loca- in beaver po.a~ I have often same time. tion the following year. This stood motionless in the still, During the time I hostpropensity was first revealed cold, dark water and listened these birds, they spend most a century ago, when a bird to whitethroats calling from of the day on the ground bander placed a numbered the thick bushes growing beneath the thick shrubs band on the leg of a white- nearby. Likewise, people that border two sides of my throated sparrow captured walking their dogs in a city yard. Here they use both near Thomasville. Remark- park or a homeowner raking feet to scratch away leaves ably, five years later the bird and fill the air with was recaptured in the same " location. I hope that you will be lucky enough to have a white-throated sparrow or two choose to visit in your backyard this winter. If they find your yard to their liking,+, you will soon learn why I : think they are so special. Terry Johnson is retired . c Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- + gered Wildlife Program. He * has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors' for the Reporter for many : + years. Email him at tjwood- T Continued from Front margin. The 59-point margin of victory was the second-highest in program histor trailing only MP's 63-0 win over Pike County in 1996. The 59 points scored was also the most ever in a playoff game and fifth-most in program history. The Bulldogs have now had four of their top six all-time highest scoring single- game outputs in 2018. Meanwhile, MP's defense was equally dominant, pitching its third shutout of the season while allowing just 53 total yards. Hartage said he never expected such a blowout outcome in the first round of the state playoffs. "I really didn't;' Hartage said. "We're just doing what we were coached to do. Our coaches are like: 'Never be saris- fled. Always be humble.' No matter who we play, we're just going to be 1-0." MP offensive coordinator Jason Morrow said he never wants his offense to be too dependent on Wilson and was pleased that Hartage and others stepped up to pick up the slack in his star tailbacks absence. "I've said all year long that I like an offense that doesn't rely on one person," Morrow said. "So the more contribu- tions we get from everybody, the better we are offensivel)n lust because it's more difficult to stop when you've got mul- tiple people and you've got all these dif- ferent threats. So I don't like one person being the main person all the time." Like many nights, the veteran Hartage played a prime role in MP's offense on Friday and his performance was made all the more critical with Wilson out. "J.T. is just a smart football player," Morrow said. "He's one of the smart- est I% ever coached in terms of his ,a football IQ being just offthe charts. , And then he's an accurate passer. Don't get me wrong. He's got good weapons around him, but it takes somebody that can pull the trigger and run all those things? Nelson said he expects Wilson we be ready to go when MP hosts Woodward Academy in the second round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Dan Pitts Stadium and said Wilson could have gone back " in if needed against Richmond Acad- em) "We were probably trying to be a little overcautious with Wilson" Nelson -' said. "But J.T s been doing that for a while now. And guys just stepped up and played good. Antoine played good. Rico played good. Alford had some good catches. I'm just pleased with it overall that we were able to do that, and it wasn't too sloppy." ,J Monroe ' Middle :" area runner-up softball uad '+ honored :l Madi Cate McKinnon -- C- : Team Coaches' Award, Blaklee '" Shortt -- C-Team Best Often- " sive Player Award, Riley Ounn +'~ -" C-Team Most Improved Player-' Award, Anna Woodgeard -- " ' C-Team Best Defensive Player .v Award, Makenzie Hicks -- C- Team Academic Award , DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assists Ladamian Sands 4 3 Ken&ell Watts 4 2 4 0 3 0 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Antoine Davis 1 O O.O INTERCEPTION RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Rico Harden 1 18 18;C) KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Tra Jones 1 0 0.0 PUNT RETURNS No. Yards None Avg. PUNTING No. Yards Avg. Tripp Shipman 1 28 28.0 ATTEMPTS Made Aft. Distance 1 2 26 (48) premier team captures CI III division title:L Two Monroe County boys were part of the Southern Alliance of Futbol (SAF) 2004 premier team that won its Class III "', division in the fall. Wing Park Davis and defender Tripp Shipman, both of Forsyth, were members of the team that finished +~ its regular season 9-1, finishing the year on top of its division, which included teams from Fayetteville, Dublin, Springfield, "' Richmond Hill and Columbus. Also on the team was Jake Keys, whose mother Heather Keys is an occupational therapist in Monroe County schools.