By Nick Nunn
I know that I write about the weather and the changing seasons a little bit too much in my sport columns, but, sitting out at games, it really does make a huge difference in how much I am able to enjoy the experience. So, if you would, indulge me once more and then I’ll try to hold off on it for a while.
For the past week or so, it has felt absolutely wonderful outside.
It might just be that this is the time of year into which I was born, but the fall has to be my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air, the soft breezes and the shortened path of the sun, cooling the days just a little bit at a time.
And, since it is officially fall as of last Sunday, we get to enjoy our fall sports as they were meant to be enjoyed.
(In the fall, that is.)
It was just about this time last year that the public’s concern about the school’s moving back to the AAA division was peaking and, fortunately, those concerns were proven to be unfounded, as many of the Morgan County High School (MCHS) teams had successful seasons.
One year on, there is no reason to believe that this year should be any different, and the teams with schedules already underway appear to be ready to match or exceed their records from last year.
The varsity football team is exactly where it was on the books last year: going up against their first region opponent, Oconee County, with a 3-0 record.
Last year the varsity softball team finished the season with a 15-15 overall record and went 5-2 in the region.
As of this past Monday morning, the Lady Dogs were already 15-8 overall and 7-4 in the region with a little more than a week to go in their regular-season schedule.
The cross country team has seen a set of surprising finishes already while getting in shape for the region meets on the last day of October.
Competition cheerleading had its first meet of the season this past Saturday, and the team is eagerly awaiting the chance to compete again this weekend in Milledgeville.
In short: MCHS sports are in a good place to be able to fall forward into better seasons than last year.
The unknowns abound. The possibilities are still floating free, ready to be grasped by whichever teams prove to be prepared for them.
Soon, however, the winter will be here: a fresh beginning for another round of sports, but the harsh, final reality of ink on a page – or pixels on a website – for fall sports.