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sReporter por WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED Difficult Dogs' season ends in disappointment By Rid'lard Dumas MP trimmed its deficit to seven iorsyth©mymcmet early in the third quarter, the Red Raiders finished with 17 For the first time since 2015, unanswered points to close out the Mary Persons Bulldogs failed the 24-point win. It was only the to reach the state quarte second playoff win in the 63-year after losing 38- 14 at home to program history of Madison Madison County in the second County football. round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the 2019 Bulldogs MP never led against the Red finished the season with a 6-6 Raiders, falling behind 14-0 overall record (3-2 in Region in the first quarter against an 2-AAAA). It’s only the sixth time explosive Madison County in the last 57 seasons dating back to 1963 that MP has failed to win ts November 27, 20I9 281 Tlft College Drive - Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday- Friday 9 am 5:30 pm triple-option attack. Although MADISON CO. VS. MP TEAM STAT§C MP First Downs I2 9 Rushing yds. 264 105 Passing yds. 97 I40 Total yards 36I 245 Att-Comp-Int 5-3-0 26— II -I Fumbles-Lost 4-2 3-I Penalties 7-57 4-25 I 2 3 4 T MC I4 7 “ 0 I7 38 MP 0 7 7 0 I4 BULLDOG SCORING First Quarter Second Quarter 0 Andre Jackson 45—yard reception (Shipman kick) Third Quarter 0 Rico Harden 8-yard run (Shipman kick) Fourth Quarter INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Carries Yards Rico Harden I4 100 William Stewart , I2 Malikk Harris I 0 . Wyatt Currie I -2 Logan Hickman I -5 PASSING Comp. Att. Yards Logan Hickman n 26 .. 14o ’ RECEIVING ‘ Rec. Yards Andre Jackson 4 I04 Rico Harden 24 Adrian Hughley I I4 Trippe Moore I 4 DJ. Martinez- I 0 Malikk Harris I -6 DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assists Andrew 'Lackley I0 3 Thomas Warren I0 2 Sherriod Jordan 6. I Andre Jackson 5 2 Rico Harden 4 2 JaIen Germany ' 4 ’ I ‘ Malikk Harris 4 0 Lamont Jones 2 4 Adrian Hughley 2 I William Stewart 2 0 Tra Jones 2 0 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Andre Jackson I 0 0.0 William Stewart I 0 0.0 INTERCEPTION RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None ' KICKOFF RETURNS ‘ No. Yards Avg. Adrian Hughley I I5 I5.0 DJ. Martinez I 3 3.0 Dennis Swain I 0 0.0 Wyatt Currie I 0 0.0 PUNT RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Rico Harden I w 5 5.0 PUNTING No. Yards Avg. Trippe Moore 5 I63 32.6 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Made Alt. Distance None . Mary Persons senior running back Rico Harden rushed for more than I00 yards in his final game in a Bulldog uniform on Friday. MP’s season ended at 6-6 with a 38-I4 home loss to Madison County. (Photo/Will Davis) at least seven games. MP also al- the game when quarterback in the first half with 250 to the hurdling one Red Raiders’ lowed the most points in a single . Logan Hickman connected with Dogs’ 114, including a 163 to 39 defender and then sidestep- season in school history in 2019, tight end Andre Jackson on an advantage on the ground ping a second one en route to giving up 368 points, which out route near the right sideline. But the Bulldogs got the ball a 52-yard gain to the Madison eclipsed the previous worst mark Jackson did the rest, sprinting for first to start the third quarter, County eight-yard-line. On the of 253 points by 115. MP also a 45-yard touchdown with 9:49 and MP wasted little time getting very next play, Harden took a established a new post—World left in the second quarter. Tripp back into the game. Harden ran handoif left before juking a Red War II record for most average Shipman’s extra point trimmed for 19 yards on the opening play Raiders’ safety for an eight—yard points per game allowed at 30.67, MP’s deficit to seven at 14-7. of the second half. Then, on the touchdown run. Shipman’s extra breaking the previous record of But Madison County would next play, Jackson provided one point trimmed MP’s deficit again 25.3 points allowed by more than answer on its next series. The ofMP’s top of the five points. Red Raiders marched 66 yards season, catching a pass from MP fell behind just two plays in seven plays, all runs, en route Hickman near the left sideline, see MP FOOTBALL ' Page 33 into the game when Madison County quarterback Colby Smith floated a pass down the left slot over the head of MP safety Malikk Harris. Red Raid- ers’ running back Martavian Cooper, lined up at receiver, made a fingertip grab and out- raced Harris to the end zone for h a 72—yard touchdown. Camden MARY PERSONSEPLLDOGS STIFEL " investment Service: Since 1890 Chanin Jungberg Ketterbaugh Wealth Advisory Group ordan’s extra int made it 70 . {Madison Co 111:5),th 56 seconds 577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1200 into the game_ Macon, Georgia 31201 Mp then advanced into 478-803- cjkawealthadv' ory.c Madison County territory when ’ \ V \\ H I “V ‘ the Bulldogs faced 4thvand—1 at “ the Red Raiders’ 30-yard-line. MP ran a successful toss sweep to another score. Cooper made left to Rico Harden, but after a highlight reel run to cap the F O H crossing the first down line the drive, cutting left to shake MP senior was stripped by Madison defensive end Tra Jones and then c County defensive end Hunter darting through traffic for a 31- G L F D E B E R Samples. The Red Raiders’ Kiya yard score. Jordan’s extra point I i ’ Hubbard fell on the fumble at put Madison County ahead , s P E c I A L MP’s 26-yard—line, and Madison 1217 with 6: 10 remaining in the v County’s vaunted offense took second quarter. L U B the field a second time. MP went three—and-out on its Madison County got its second next series with Hickman miss- big play on the first snap of the ing an open Adrian Hughley in 1 H OI e drive when fullback Dayton the left slot on third down. The . Gresham burst up the middle for Red Raiders then threatened R U n d Of Go 34 yards across midfield. Seven to add to their lead, crossing plays later, Madison County midfield again. However, MP’s Off I C I U d e d faced 4th-and-3 at MP’s 22-yard- defense stiffened, getting a key line. Smith barely corralled a combined sack by Thomas War- 5 1 7 high snap by batting it to himself. ren and Lamont Jones and then a However, the mishap allowed third-down run stop by Sherriod MP’s defensive line to run past Jordan to thwart the drive. But him, and the senior quarterback MP was only able to muster was able to sprint left and find one first down on its final series For more information contact the golf. course at spacedownthesidelinefor a21- ofthefirsthalf, andMadison ' ' ' v r ” ' ' yard gain to the Dogs’ one-yard- County took a 14-point lead at line. On the next play, Gresham 21-7 into halftime. i . ~: -' I ., z . a. ; r cappedw-plam-yarddrive TheRedRaidersmoreman 4‘"? ".,,‘““‘?.'Y ‘i ’31” .,:’.'..9f’.’. .. that lasted 4:36 with a one-yard doubled MP in total yardage TD dive up the middle. Jordan’s extra point put Madison County infront14-Owith2i521eftinthe . , . l I . P. . . FREE Go Do 5 Twsmrt The teams then traded three- , ' and—outs before MP’s offense finally got on track Facing 4th—and~ 1. at Madison County’s 47-yard-line, Harden took a direct snap out of the shotgun and spun left for a two-yard gain to move the chains. On the next play, MP hit its first big play of Mary Persons Dugout Club sells WITH YOUR PIZZA ' Get a large speciality pizza from Jonah’s between 3-5 pm on Friday and you’ll get 0 Egg holiday boston butts as fundraiser The Mary Persons Bulldogs Dugout Club is partnering with Welch’s Country Smokehouse to raise funds for the upcom- ing season. For'$35 each (a portion of which will go .to the Dug- out Club), supporters can purchase tickets good for one smoked boston butt, with an expiration date of November 1, 2020. Tickets can be paid for and picked up at either Willingham Mechanical at 8469 Rivoli Road (near I-75 8: L475) or Southern Smiles at 275 North Frontage Roadin Forsyth). Tickets can also be purchased directly by contacting a member of the MP Dugout Club Board, and can be redeemed with just a 24-hour advance no- ' man, Holly Gore, Steve ' Howard. Go Dogs T-shirt!!‘ tice (48-hour on holidays) at Welch’s: 1687 Bass Road in Macon, Ga. 31210. The 2019-20 Mary Per- sons Dugout Club Board Members include: Jay Willingham, Stan Hick- Enjoy Pizza and Pigskin- on a Football Friday Night in‘ Forsyth, Ga! PIZZERIA ’V JOHNST 0e Bankston, Tony Mock, Chris Snow and Becky