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MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS Sponsored by 1245 Bass Road Macon, GA 478-749-6219 Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Cledfing Services, LLC Member SIPC T orter 1 November 28, 2018 HOME CALENDAR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 SATURDAY, DKEMBER 11 !:30 p.m. 9th Grade Boys BaSketball (vs. Hampton) 3.<)Op.m;! ;:. (vs. Hampton) 4:1.5 p.m. JV Boys Basketball Ivs. Hampton) 6.'00 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball (vs. Hampton) Mary Persons' of- fense, which entered Fri- day's game averaging 49 points per game, was held to just seven points by Marist's fearsome defense during the Dogs' 10-7 state quar- terfinal play- off home loss on Friday At right, MP receiver An- toine Davis is chased down by the War Eagles' John Flor, a play that exemplified MP's offen- sive futility against the perennial powerhouse Marist. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Hampton) SUNDAY, 2 MONDAY, 3 11ESDAY, DECEMBER 4 to season- in Herring, UGA to face Bama for SEC title University of Georgia sophomore defensive end Malik Herring, a 2017 Mary Persons grad, will join the Bulldogs when they face No. 1 Alabama in Mercedes-Benz Sta- dium in Atlanta at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Herring, pictured during a UGA victory over UMass on Nov. 17, made a career- high five tackles, includ- ing a half sack, while making his first career start in UGA's 45-21 home thrashing of Geor- gia Tech last Saturday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) By Dundas game (46) and average margin of out for the third straight time when victory (34:77). The 2018 MP senior MP defensive tackle Derrick Good- dass also joined the 1980 senior dass son snuffed out a Marist screen pass The Mary Persons Bulldogs' histor- as the lone groups in MP history on third down. ic run came to an inauspicious end ever to win four consecutive region After a Marist punt, the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the AAAA championships, had a chance to strike first early in state playoffs on Friday night when Meanwhile, Marist moves on to the second period, but Hartage's visiting Marist came from behind face Cartersville on the road in the deep pass attempt down the right in the fourth quarter to down the semifinals of the AAAA state play- sideline was dropped by Harden, Bulldogs 10-7 in one of MP's most offs on Friday The winner will face who had several steps on his de- disappointing defeats ever at Dan the victor in the other AAAA semi fender. Marist then went three-and- Pitts Stadium. matchup between Blessed Trinity out yet again, but the Bulldogs were MP's offense, which entered the and Troup County in the state cham- once again unable to grab a lead. MP contest averaging 49 points and 464 pionship game at Atlanta's Mercedes- advanced to midfield before back- yards per game, was held to just Benz Stadium. to-back negative plays were followed seven points and 199 total yards by The normally explosive Bulldogs' by a block-in-the-back penalty that a combination of the War Eagles' offense got the ball first on Friday, necessitated yet another Bulldogs' physical defense that limited MP's but a promising drive was halted punt. rushing attack and wet, windy con- prematurely thanks to a personal Taking over in good field position ditions that rendered MP's passing foul penalty. The Bulldogs then at their own 40-yard-line with 3:45 game a shell of itself, d0uble-downed on miscues when left in the second quarter, the War After a scoreless first half, MP punter Trippe Moore shanked a Eagles had the final chance to score senior running back Quen Wilson two-yard punt out of bounds, set- before halftime. Marist ran the ball opened the scoring with an 11-yard ting Marist up at MP's 35-yard-line. seven straight times for a total of 26 touchdown run midway through Three straight fullback dives by yards, but the drive ultimately stalled the third quarter. But Marist scored Lincoln Parker netted seven yards when War Eagles' receiver Kyle the final 10 points of the game on a and set up a 4th-and-3 at MP's Hamilton was flagged for offensive one-yard touchdown lunge by quar- 28-yard-line. Instead of going for it pass interference, pushing Marist out terback Connor Cigelske with 8:50 on fourth down, Marist head coach of field goal range and ensuring a to play followed by a game-winning Alan Chadwick elected to try a 45- scoreless first half. 25-yard field goal by Brendan Farrell yard field goal, but Farrell missed the The War Eagles, who amassed just with 2:16 remaining. The Bulldogs kick short and left. 45 total yards and two first downs had one last chance to tie or take MP got a single first down before in the first half, busted their longest the lead in the waning seconds, but having to punt on its second pos- run of the game, a 22-yard Cigelske MP's offense tumed the ball over on session, but Marist's offense couldn't scamper, on the second play of the downs, take advantage thanks to a first- third quarter. However, one play MP finished the season 12-1 (5-0 down sack of Cigelske by MP's lead- later, Marist's momentum came to in Region 2-AAAA). The 2018 ing tackler Ladamian Sands. a screeching halt when Cigelske Bulldogs were just the fifth team After a War Eagle punt, the fumbled, and MP's Harden recov- in school history to win at least 12 Bulldogs sprung two long runs, ered at the Dogs' 32-yard-line. games in a season and just the fourth one by Wilson and the second by MP then gave the methodical War MP team to start the season With Rico Harden to advance to Marist's Eagles a taste of their own medicine 12 consecutive victories, joining the 33-yard-line. But on the very next by eating up 4:35 of dock while 1979, 1980 and 1994 squads. The pla) Wilson lost a fumble for the marching 68 yards in 10 plays for the 2018 Bulldogs also set new school first time all season, and Marist re- game's first score. Wilson capped the records for total points in a single claimed possession. The War Eagles' drive with his school record-tying season(598),averagepo tsper offenseproceededtogothree-and- . 25tb]touchdownrtmoftheseason, an 11-yard jaunt on a draw right in which he ran through Hamilton's tackle attempt en route to a walk-in score. Julian Rivera's extra point put MP on top 7-0 with 6:01 left in the third quarter. Trying to strike back, Marist advanced to MP's 28-yard-line before Sands sacked Cigelske on second down, forcing an uncomfort- able 3rd-and-long. On third down, Cigelske fired inaccurately over the middle, but Harden could not secure the interception, an error that proved critical as Farrell's ensuing punt pinned MP at its own six-yard- line. Three plays later, Hartage made his own third-down mistake, firing inaccurately on a deep ball, and ' was intercepted by Marist's Joshua i Moore at MP's 45-yard-line. Work- ing.from a short field, the War Eagles ate up 4:26 of clock while driving 45 yards on 10 plays for the tying score. Cigelske, who capped the series with a one-yard TD rim, carried the ball five times for 27 yards on the drive. Farrell's extra point with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter evened the contest at 7-7. With MP's offense facing its most important drive of the season, it was Marist's defense that answered the challenge. War Eagles' linebacker Grey Taylor stuffed Wilson for a one-yard loss on first down fol- lowed by a critical sack of Hartage by Marist's Jalen Clark for an nine-yard loss on second down. Hartage found Wilson on a middle slip screen on third down, but the play only netted See BULLDOG. . Page 3C