Dogs prepare for region showdown
By Greg Sullivan
Remember the Titans? You can bet the Titans remember the Bulldogs.
Now that the region race has passed the halfway mark, only Morgan County has served North Oconee with a region loss. The Titans sit at 15-4 and 5-1 in region play.
Friday night the Dogs welcome North Oconee to the Morgan County High School gym, seeing the visitors for the first time since they beat them 59-51 two weeks ago on the road.
North Oconee is tied with the Dogs atop Region 8-AA South. Both teams sit at 5-1. If Morgan County wins Friday they will not only move one game ahead of the Titans in the region standings, but they will also possess the tie-breaker edge in the event the teams tie for first. A win would guarantee the Dogs will be 2-0 against the Titans in the regular season.
The Dogs hope to not show up rusty coming into the game because they didn't have their usual Tuesday game this week. They are coming off their first region loss of the season on Friday.
"We've just gotta play better," Bulldog Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons said. "After the loss you kinda wish you were playing on Tuesday."
The team, however, will have to be content with waiting a week to get the bad taste of losing out of their mouths.
If a team wins their sub-region regular season title, not only do they get a first round bye in the region tournament, but they earn an automatic bid to the state playoffs.
"It's a big game," Gibbons said.