By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
By Nick Nunn staff writer A good crowd of parents and supporters made it out to Bill Corry Stadium last Thursday during the icy evening to cheer on the Morgan County Pro Tec Fire & Safety 9-10 football team during the 2013 Lake Area Championship.
Morgan County’s opponents during the championship game were the Oconee County Patriots. Morgan County fought hard to maintain a lead through the first half, but Oconee County overtook them late, winning the game 13-6.
Oconee County received the ball to begin the championship game, but an early fumble gave Morgan County the opportunity to score first during the game. Because of the fumble, the Pro Tec team began their first drive with only 32 yards to go for the touchdown.
After a nine-play drive, Morgan County scored the first touchdown of the game to go ahead 6-0. Morgan County cut another Oconee drive short with an interception but couldn’t capitalize on the mistake.
The teams held each other in a stalemate through the remainder of the first half, and Morgan County was able to run most of the time off of the clock with their first drive in the third quarter before having to punt to Oconee County. Oconee began their next drive in Morgan County territory and were able to make their first touchdown of the game with a four-play, 31-yard drive.
Oconee also made the extra point attempt to go ahead of Morgan County 7-6. Pro Tec fumbled the ball on their next kickoff return, and Oconee County made them pay for the mistake, scoring with a 35-yard play on the first play of their next drive.
With nine minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the last quarter, Oconee County was ahead 13-6. Morgan County made a valiant effort to even the score during their last drive of the game but wasn’t able to make it back into the end zone, leaving Oconee County with the championship.
“Oconee County was to be respected in every game,” said Pro Tec Coach Daniel Laughlin. “We were told we couldn’t do it, but our team had the biggest hearts that I have ever coached. One of my favorite teams ever.” Coaches for the Pro Tec team were Laughlin, Scott Huff, and Charlie Martin.
The members of the team were: Matthew Bell, Jarrell Brown, Jamarioun Clark, Landon Huff, Denver Laughlin, Key Malone, Jacob Martin, James Martin, Tristan Mayweather, Joe Miles, Owen Peters, Trevin Peters, Chance Reid, Jalin Sims, Will Thomas, Will Thompson, and Marquavious Wright. Congratulations to the Morgan County Pro Tec Fire & Safety on their successful 2013 season.