Wayne County ends difficult week with loss

The Wayne County boys team on Friday played their first game without Shaquille Morgan, who was killed on Jan. 5, when he was struck by a train in Jesup.

According to the Jesup Press-Sentinel, the Yellow Jackets dedicated their season to Morgan. His death prompted the postponement of a scheduled game at Coffee on Jan. 5 and and Tuesday’s game against at Jeff Davis. Friday, a day after Morgan’s burial, they draped his jersey over a chair on the team bench for Friday’s game at Statesboro, which handed Wayne its first loss, 53-44.

Before playing Columbia Friday, the Redan girls were 11-0 and had won by an average of 27 points, but Columbia sprinted away in the second half for a 65-33 win and in the process solidified their status as the favorite in Class AAAA.

Game deferred:The LaGrange-Columbus games scheduled for Jan. 8 were rescheduled for Feb. 9 because work was being done on the floor at the Columbus gym, according to the LaGrange Daily News. The games couldn’t be played at LaGrange because the LaGrange gym was hosting a wrestling meet that night.

Still unbeaten: Wayne County’s loss Friday night left Glenn Hills as the only unbeaten boys team in Class AAAA. The Spartans are 14-0 after a 79-54 win over Burke County Friday night.

One-loss wonders: The Woodland-Henry girls beat county rival Locust Grove 68-35 Friday night, improving to 18-1 and extending the longest winning streak in AAAA to 17 games. Woodland’s only loss, to Class AAAAA McIntosh, came in the second game of the season. Meanwhile, LaGrange beat Alexander 66-45 Friday night, improving to 12-1. They’ve yet to lose to a team from Georgia.

Shut-down Creek: The Sandy Creek girls beat Shaw 63-16 Friday night, holding an opponent to 16 points for the second straight game. It was the sixth time the Lady Patriots (10-2) have held their foe to less than 20 points and eighth time under 30. Sandy Creek is unbeaten against AAAA schools.

Beware the Bears: Don’t look now, but the Griffin boys team appears to be back. The one-time perennial power has struggled in recent years – including a 20-loss season three years ago – but after their win over cross-town rival Spalding Friday night, the Bears are 11-5 and have already surpassed last year’s win total. They suffered a blowout at the hands of Eagle’s Landing, but otherwise their losses have been close, and in the past week they’ve avenged two of them, beating Dutchtown and Upson-Lee.

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January 15th, 2013
3:52 am

Our week did not end with that loss to Statesboro… We played Saturday, in our first home series since his death as well.The boys were victorious over Camden County by a score of 58-50, but I am not sure of the girls result.