Morgan County vs. North Oconee
Bogart, Georgia- This game was dubbed the battle for Region 8-AAA supremacy. The winner would have the inside track to winning the Region or at least gaining the upper hand in the playoff picture. On homecoming night the Titans did not disappoint their fans as they dominated the line of scrimmage in 35 to 7 win over the Bulldogs. The loss was the first of the season for Morgan County, GA.
Headhunting defensive back Zantravious Shields came out swinging making a crushing hit on the opening kickoff. He was also the first Titan to touch pay dirt as he bounced off tacklers on a 53-yard run giving the North Oconee, GA a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Super sophomore tailback Kawon Bryant, back from missing most of three games with an ankle injury, used the second quarter to get acclimated finishing the half with 47 yards rushing on nine carries. Senior signal caller Nick Colvin would throw a 33-yard touchdown strike just before the half making the score 14 to 0 North Oconee, GA.
In the second half Bryant would take over the game scoring three times while breaking the 100-yard barrier for the game. His scores were highlighted by a magnificent 51-yard touchdown run and a 63-yard catch and run for score.
Morgan County would finally get on the board down by 28 points when senior athlete Michael Gray hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass. Bryant would tack on a 3-yard touchdown run to finalize the scoring in the game.
Next week North Oconee, GA (4-1/2-0) host Franklin County, GA (1-4/0-2) with a chance to extend their lead in the region. Morgan County, GA (4-1/1-1) has a chance to get back into region contention when it hosts Elbert County, CA (3-2/2-0).
Michael Gray, ATH, 5-11, 185 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Gray did a little of everything. He carried the ball seven times for 31 yards, recorded three tackles, had 66 yard KOR, completed one pass for 30 yards, and caught a 28-yard touchdown.
Assets: Gray has excellent overall body structure with good ball skills. He was easily the top offensive performer for the Bulldogs. He could project as a receiver or defensive back in college. He runs hard with the ball in his hands and is not afraid of contact.
Development: The biggest question mark is whether he has that extra gear to pull away from defenders. I know this he did prove to be very versatile on the gridiron.
Recruiting: It is unknown where his recruiting is at but he has the size and skill to excel at the FCS level in my opinion.
Tez Mathis, DE/LB, 6-2/230 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Mathis was in on five tackles.
Assets: This guy has excellent overall body structure which may allow him to project as a defensive end or linebacker in college. He proved to have very good lateral movement and the ability to catch plays from behind.
Development: As a pass rusher he needs to work on getting the hands of the offensive lineman off his body quicker. I think he may better project as an inside linebacker which means learning to play in space.
Recruiting: Mathis has the size and athleticism to project as an FCS or FBS hybrid LB/DE.
Tevin Waller, DL, 6-1/280 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Waller was in on five tackles and played some offensive line in the game.
Assets: Wow! Does this guy have the body type for playing interior defensive line! Waller also showed off tremendous lateral movement chasing the ball to the boundary. He possesses little to no bad body weight. He could also project as an interior offensive lineman in college. But it would be a shame to waste that athleticism on the offensive side of the ball. He also did a nice job of taking on the double team.
Development: How much more weight can he put on his lean muscular frame? He could also be more consistent with his pad level at the point of attack.
Recruiting: Waller has the size and ability to play DI football in my opinion.
Kawon Bryant*, RB, 5-9/175 (2015)
Stats/Highlights: Bryant carried the ball 21 times for 124 yards and two scores while also catching a pass for 64 yards and a score.
Assets: His Body structure is ideal for an all-purpose back. He demonstrated soft hands and the ability to make yards after contact. Bryant has very good balance and the quickness to make tacklers miss in the open field. This kid is only going to get better as he physically matures. Look for his stock to skyrocket this coming spring/summer with a killer camp circuit.
Development: He could work on getting his facemask on the numbers of the defender when blocking. Adding about ten to 15 more pounds of muscle mass will also help him with durability.
Recruiting: It's real early in the process but Georgia seems to be the school showing the most interest. There is no doubt that he is a BCS level player.
Nick Colvin*, QB/ATH, 6-1/185 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Colvin completed 5 of 8 passes for 120 yards and two scores. He also carried the ball eight times for 30 yards while and had a catch in the game.
Assets: Colvin is a very versatile athlete. He not only played quarterback but lined up in the slot as a receiver. His size and athleticism will allow him to project on either side of the ball at the next level. When he needed to hit the open receiver over the middle of the field he made accurate throws. He also proved to be real tough because he bounced right back up after some big hits.
Development: As a signal caller he has a low release point which causes the ball to sail a tad especially when throwing to the boundary. Colvin sometimes leaves himself exposed to big hits when running with the ball. He could work on more running with more forward body lean.
Recruiting: He currently has offers from Furman, Ohio University, and, Wofford.
Zantravious Shields*, DB, 5-10/185 (2015)
Stats/Highlights: Shields was a striking machine for the Titans making ten tackles, one PBU, and rushing one time for a 53-yard touchdown.
Assets: This guy came out of the gate looking to intimidate ball carriers with his crushing blows. There is no question that this guy has an affinity for contact. Shields is at his best coming up in run support and nailing the ball carrier for little or no gain. His speed looked adequate on his long touchdown run. He really reminds me of former NUC star Avery Walls.
Development: Right now he is sort of a tweener cornerback/safety. He has the size of a big corner but the speed and contact skills of a safety. If he grows at least one more inch look for him to become a BCS safety.
Recruiting: Though it is early in the process he says Louisville has taken an interest. He is a legit DI athlete in my opinion.
Others who impressed: Dakota Greene*, LB, North Oconee (2013); Zack Jenkins, OL, Morgan County (2014); Stewart Spence, LB, Morgan County (2013).