The Mary Persons Bulldogs hosted the Peach Co Trojans in a marquee region matchup at Dan Pitts Stadium at Mitchell Field earlier tonight in the misting rain and the result was a low-scoring 13-7 Bulldogs victory.
This game featured a lot of defense as the mist caused both teams to run the ball most of the night and both Mary Persons and Peach Co’s defenses stepped up and prevented each other from getting on the scoreboard as it was 0-0 through the first three quarters of play. Mary Persons had a field goal blocked in the second quarter and both teams shot themselves in the foot with penalties.
The Black, Gold, and White struck first when star senior RB Duke Watson scored a rush TD with 11:21 remaining in the game and the PAT made it 7-0 Bulldogs. The host got a quick stop on defense and got the ball back and after a long run… Mary Persons struck again with 7:42 remaining when Duke Watson recorded his second rush TD of the night and the score was 13-0 Bulldogs after the blocked PAT.
The Trojans would not go down without a fight as they responded with a relatively quick drive of their own as they scored a pass TD and the PAT made it 13-7 Bulldogs with 4:22 remaining in the contest. Peach Co attempted and successfully recovered the onside kick.
The Black, Gold, and White’s defense did not break as they held the Trojans back and got the ball back but was unable to run out the clock and the visitors got the ball back at their own 20 with :49 remaining for one last gasp and Peach Co ran out of time and Mary Persons pulls out the big time region victory 13-7 on senior night.
The Bulldogs improve to 7-1 overall; 2-0 in region play and will have next Friday off before returning to action in two weeks on the road to Thomaston to play the Upson-Lee Knights.
The Trojans fall to 2-5 overall; 0-1 in region play and will play at Upson-Lee next Friday. This is Peach Co’s first non-winning regular season since 1984… they had eight victories forfeited in 1986.