Mary Persons fans who are curious to see if an inexperienced Bulldogs squad can capture the program’s record fifth straight Region 2-AAAA title will get a sneak-peek on Friday at what the 2019 season has in store.
For the sixth straight year, MP will host the Class AA Southwest (Macon) Patriots in a pre-season contest at 7 p.m. on Friday at Dan Pitts Stadium. The cost for fans is $5 per person.
MP has won all five previous pre-season meetings, including a dominant 35-12 victory over the Patriots in 2018. MP’s Desmond Williams provided the 2018 contest’s most notable highlight with a spectacular 80-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first quarter. The other most memorable event in last year’s game was a shoulder injury suffered by MP standout Daniel Lavelle that kept the current Akron defensive end out for the first several games of the regular season.
The Patriots went 3-7 in 2018 in head coach and Southwest alum Joe Dupree’s sixth season at the helm. Southwest, which primarily utilizes a spread attack, is led by dual-threat senior quarterback Malique Frazier.
The Bulldogs have won at least 11 games in each of the past four seasons and have not lost a region contest since 2014. However, MP will be hard-pressed to repeat that same level of success in 2019 as the Bulldogs only return five of 22 starters.