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November 28, 2018 Page 3C porter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson if you are a Monroe County hunter, you will soon be able to hunt more different kinds of game animals than at any other time of the year. By Dec. 8, you will be able to hunt quaff, rabbit, squirrel, deer, snipe, rac- coon, opossum, fox, bobcat, dove, crow, geese, and waterfowl. Arguably, waterfowl will garner the most attention. Once again, this year the waterfowl TERRY W. JOHNSON season was broken up into four divi- sions. Most waterfowlers consider the first three installments of the duck and goose seasons simply preludes to the main event. There are a number of reasons for this. Most of the Canada geese and wood ducks harvested in the state are locally grown. As such, aside from blue and green-winged teal, the majority of the other spe- cies of waterfowl that are hunted in the state do not reach the Peach State until sometime in late NoVem- ber. The species that arrive later in the fall include the gadwaff, northern pintail, mallard, ring-necked duck, lesser and greater scaup, northern shoveler, Ameri- can black duck, common goldeneye, hooded and red-breasted merganser, red- head, canvas- back and others. In addition, in a normal year, true waterfowl hunting weather is more often associated with the duck-friend- ly chiUy, windy, and wet condi- tions that are more apt to occur in December than earlier in the autumn. I can appreciate that sentiment. When I hunted ducks in Florida, I never did get used to hunting ducks without being bundled up in heaW, warm dothing. The final segment of the season is also the longest of the four. This year it will run from all the way from Dec. 8 through Jan. 27 The daffy bag for ducks during the 2018-19 season has been set at six. How- ever, the bag limit cannot include more than one black or fulvous whistling duck, two pintails, hooded mergansers, canvasbacks, redheads, or scaup, three wood ducks, four mallards, eiders, long-tailed ducks, or scoters. The limit is six per day for all other species with the exception of the harlequin duck. The season is dosed for this species. The daffy bag limit for Canada and snow geese is five, Hunters can also legally bag 15 American coots per day. The third and final portion of the mourning dove season doses Jan. 15. Hunters can bag 15 mourning doves per day. The season for another migratory bird, the Ameri- can woodcock, opens Dec. 8 and closes Jan. 21. The daily bag limit has been set at only three per day. Even though Georgia has had a crow season for years, I suspect most folks don't realize it. This year crow season opened Nov. 3 and will end Feb. 28. There is no limit on the number of crows you can shoot. Quaff, squirrel, and rabbit seasons will all run The last season segment for hunting Canada geese is Dec. 8-Jan. 21. geese harvested in Georgia are locally grown. (Photo/Terry Johnson) Most of the Canada through Feb. 28. The daffy come to an end Feb. 28. ously doubt a local hunter bag limit for each is 12. The raccoon season also will be able to honestly say The Monroe County doses on 28 February. The they hunted everything white-tailed deer season daffy bag limit for raccoons that was legal to hunt this will dose Jan. 13. Dur- is three per day. fall and winter. That being ing the final round of the For more detailed infor- said, if you are a hunter, season, hunters can bag mation regarding the regu- you are extremely fortu- deer of either sex. lust a lations, required licenses nate to have such a variety reminder: the season bag and permits, seasons, and of hunting oppommities limit is 12 deer. Ten of bag limits, pick up a copy available. these deer must be antler- of the 2018:19 edition less and 2 antlered. One of of the Georgia HuntingTerry Johnson is retired the two antlered deer must Seasons and Regulations Program Manager of the have a minimum of four Guide at your local license Georgia Nongame-Endan- points one inch or longer dealer. You can also view gered Wildlife Program. He on one side of the antlers, the guide online at www. has written the informative There are no limits on gohuntgeorgia.com, column 'Monroe Outdoors' the number of opossums, When the 2018-19 hunt-for the Reporter for many bobcats, and foxes you can ing season finally comes years. Email him at tjwood- harvest. The seasons for to a close roughly three duck@bellsouth.net. all three game mammals months from now, I seri- e TEAM STATS M MP First Downs 11 11 Rushing yds. 163 90 Passing yds. 38 109 Total yards 201 199 Att-Comp-lnt 9-4-0 22-11 - 1 Fumbles-Lost 2- I 2- I Penalties 5-35 5-60 1 2 3 4 T M 0 O 0 10 10 MP O 0 7 O 7 BULLDOG SCORING First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Quen Wilson 11 Fourth Quarter -yard run (Rivera kick). INDIVIDUAL MP STATS OFFENSE RUSHING Player Cc~rries Yards Quen Wilson 17 69 Rico Harden 3 28 Ladamian Sands 1 11 Antoine Davis 2 4 J.T. Hartage 8 -22 PASSING Camp. Att. Yards J.T. Hartage 22 11 109 RECEIVING Rec. Yards De'Adrek Alford 3 40 Des. Williams 4 35 Quen Wilson 2 30 Andre Jackson 1 9 Antoine Davis 1 5 DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS Tackles Assists Ladamian Sands 9 2 Kendrell Watts 6 O Kanidric Jones 5 2 Antoine Davis 5 2 Daniel Lavelle 5 1 Quen Wilson 4 3 Kelvin Harden 3 2 Derrick Goodson 2 5 Jumon Wilson 2 O Rico Harden 1 O Desmond Williams 1 O Thomas Warren 1 O D.J. Mdrtinez 1 0 FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Rico Harden 1 0 0.0 INTERCEPTION RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yards Avg. None PUNT RETURNS No. Yards Avg. Antoine Davis 2 3 1.5 PUNTING No. Yards Avg. Trippe Moore 5 141 28.2 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Made Aft. Distance -None I Continued from Front 15 yards on 3rd-and-20, and the Bull- dogs were forced to punt to a surging Marist offense. Taking over at its own 38-yard-line with exactly seven minutes to play, Marist was poised to run out the dock on MP'S amazing season. The Bull- dogs' best shot for a stop came when the War Eagles faced 3rd-and-14 at the 50-yard-line. Cigelske dropped back for a rare pass and hooked up with Hamilton on a left slant at MP's 35-yard-line. Al- though it appeared the pass might have hit the ground before a diving Hamilton secured it, the referees ruled it a catch, and Marist got a fresh set of downs. The War Eagles converted another third down moments later when Cigelske ran for 12 yards down to MP's 16-yard-line. Three plays later, Marist's John Flor fell down short of the first- down marker on a toss sweep, forcing Chadwick into a tough decision. Despite blustery winds and a slick field, Chadwick sent out Farrell for the go- ahead field goal on 4th-and-2 from the MP eight-yard-line. The senior all-state kicker rewarded his veteran coach's confidence, calmly blasting his kick right down the middle to put Marist ahead 10-7 with 2:16 to pla) Starting at its own 20-yard-line and needing a miracle, Hartage connected with Desmond Williams on a shovel toss for 11 yards. But two plays later, MP made perhaps its most critical er- ror in a game full of mistakes. Normally reliable senior receiver Antoine Davis, vcho set a program record for recep- tions in 2017, found an opening down the left seam deep in Marist territory. Hartage set his feet and lofted a high pass as far as he could in the wind and rain, but Davis, at least 40 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, let the ball slip through his hands for an incomplete pass. Undeterred, Hartage found favorite target De'Adrek Alford for an 18-yard diving grab on the next play to advance to MP's 48-yard-line and move the chains once again. But that would be as dose as MP would come to a winning touchdown as the Bulldogs imploded from that point forward. Hartage was sacked by Marist's Derek McDonald for a six-yard loss on first down, necessitating MP head coach Brian Nelson to use his final timeout with 1:20 left in regulation. Hartage then threw an incompletion on second down followed by a third-down in- completion that was made worse by an offensive pass interference flag thrown on Alford. With Marist accepting the penalty, the Bulldogs faced 3rd-and-31 i at their own 27-yard-line. As all of his receivers raced deep down the fidd, Hartage, left without a short outlet, was sacked for a 10-yard loss by Marist's Tyler Hare. As the dock continued to tick and MP'S receivers trotted in a cu- riously casual manner back to the line of scrimmage, the Bulldogs were left with fewer than 30 seconds to deal with a 4th-and-41 at its own 17-yard-line. Hartage made one final downfield at- tempt on fourth down with 16 seconds in 2018 in which it has rained on game day), Nelson said he didn't think the weather was a major factor in MP's loss. "I think we still tried to do what we do. We just missed a couple;' Nelson said. "In a game like this, you've got to take advantage of possessions, and you've got to move the chains. I thought we played well enough defen- sively. But we just missed on a couple, Rico down the sideline, Antoine there late, Quen maybe tripped up a couple t of times. That's just the way it goes. You've got to play in it regardless. They had to play in it too? Despite the abrupt end to MP'S seem- ingly dream-like 2018 season, Nelson said he wasn't willing to rank Friday's defeat as the most painful one he has experienced in his seven years as head coach. Nelson said, "It's like I told them (MP players) at the end: 'Regardless of what it is, football, life, anything, losing period sucks. Losing just sucks. I don't know if this loss was any more hurt- ful than the one last year or the year before or the year before or the year before. When it all comes to an end, and it does at some point, it's no tim. And welost to a good football game. I'm not really trying to take anything away from them (War Eagles). But at the end of the day, I'm just real proud of these guys. They've done a lot for Mary Persons football" A number of individual MP records were set during the 2018 season. Hart- age set new single-season program marks for most passing completions (147), most passing yards (2,775) and most touchdown passes (28). Meanwhile, Wilson finished with the fourth-most single-season rushing yards in program history (1,535) and tied the school record for single-season rushing touchdowns (25). Alford also had a record-breaking final campaign, shattering the school single-season mark for receiving yards (789) while tying the school single-season record for receiving touchdowns (12). to pla) but Marist's Moore batted away his final pass intended for Alford well short of the first-down marker. From there, one Cigelske kneeldown was all that was needed to secure one of Marist's best recent playoffroad wins and one of MP'S all-time letdowns. For the game, Marist outgained MP in total yards 201 to 199, including a 156 to 84 edge in the second half. It was the first time all season that the Bulldogs have not led in total yards and only the second time all year that MP has been held below 35 points. Cigel- ske led all rushers with 78 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while Wilson led MP with 69 yards and a score on 17 carries. Cigelske led Marist in passing yards as well with 38 on 4 of 8 comple- tions while Hartage experienced a nightmare night, completing 11 of 22 pass attempts for 109 yards and an interception. Due in large part to sack yardage, Hartage ran for -22 yards on 8 carries. Afford was MP's top receiver with 40 yards on 3 receptions while Hamilton led Marist with 34 yards on 3 catches. In a losing effort, Sands had a superb game for the Bulldogs, leading MP with 9 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Time of possession also proved criti- cal, especially in the second half with Marist keeping the ball 14 minutes, 43 seconds compared with MP's 9 min- utes, 17 seconds, as did turnovers (two for MP and one for Marist) and penal- ties (MP had 5 for 60 yards compared with 5 for 35 for Marist). Despite the dreary conditions (the seventh time in nine MP home games MP's offensive struggles squandered a stellar performance by the Dogs' defense, which held Marist's option attack scoreless for the first 39 minutes. Above, top MP tackler tadamian Sands helps corral War Eagles' fullback Lincoln Parker for a short gain. (Photo/Kim Holderfield)