MCHS JV team ends season with 11-0 record
By Nick Nunn
With victories against North Oconee, East Jackson, and Elbert County this week, the Morgan County Middle School junior varsity boys team secured an unblemished, 11-0 record for the 2012-2013 season.
Over the course of the season, the team scored a total of 619 points – an average of 56.27 points per game – while only allowing an average 38.55 points per game, totaling 424 points of the season.
This week alone, the JV team scratched up three more checks on the “W” column.
Their 49-42 victory against North Oconee was the first meeting of the teams this year; North Oconee had cancelled their first scheduled game at the last minute earlier in the season.
During the second two games this week, the JV boys played like a team possessed, rolling over East Jackson 72-40 and defeating Elbert County 73-55.
The depth of the JV team’s bench, one of its many assets, was apparent in these past two games; five players – Trey Chapman, Marcus Ford, Fraquan Moore, Stacion McClelland, and Donta Moore – scored 10 points or more in one or both of the games.
According to the original schedule, the JV team was going to be able to compete in a JV tournament, but Coach Jonathan Nelson found out just last Saturday that no JV tournament will take place this year.
“I’m really disappointed for the guys about the tournament because it’s something we’ve talked about since the season started,” said Nelson. “They envisioned that tournament as the ‘JV State Tournament’...”
Nonetheless, Coach Nelson turned quickly to summing up the year as a whole after the final game was in the books.
“With any team, there is always a pursuit of perfection,” began Nelson. “Going undefeated in any sport at any level is not an easy task, but our kids worked their tails off all year and they were determined to finish this season with no losses. This group really bought into the philosophy on how we wanted to play defensively and offensively.”
“The biggest thing to me, though, is the way they persevered in the classroom with their grades. It’s not just about winning basketball games but instilling the drive in them to become the best they can be in life. Winning games is extra gratification.”
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition