By Doug Gorman
Mt. Zion head coach Jackie Green didn't sound too much like a man who just watched his football team win for the fourth time in a row Saturday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Instead, he was more puzzled by his team's performance against Eagle's Landing.
The Bulldogs scored on three-of- four possessions in the second half to finally put away Region 2-AAAAA foe Eagle's Landing, who was bound and determined to spoil the Bulldogs' homecoming festivities.
With the 34-14 victory, Mt. Zion improves to 4-1 overall and stays unbeaten in region competition (4-0).
Eagle's Landing, which beat Henry County earlier this year, drops to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.
"We just didn't come to play in the first half," said head coach Jackie Green. "That's about all I can say about it. I guess if you were a fan, it was a pretty exciting game."
Those fans were treated to an offensive shootout in the first half.
Eagle's Landing scored its only touchdowns of the game sandwiched in between the Bulldogs' first score of the night.
After forcing Mt. Zion to punt on its first series of the game, Eagle's Landing's Adarius Williams sent shock waves through Twelve Oaks Stadium on the Golden Eagles' first play from scrimmage when he rambled 85 yards for the score.
On the ensuing kickoff, Mt. Zion took over in good field position after returning the ball to the its own 49.
Three plays later, the Bulldogs were in the end zone when Josh Chapman scored on a 28-yard run. A failed extra point kept Eagle's Landing in the lead at 7-6.
The Golden Eagles again kept the momentum in its favor, generating another scoring drive. This time, Eagles' Landing needed 77 yards in 8 plays.
Quarterback Marcus Williams did the honors for the Golden Eagles, capping the drive on a 13-yard rush.
Trailing 14-6, Mt. Zion averted disaster on its next series and actually turned a possible turnover into a touchdown when Jashan Powell picked up a lose fumble around the Eagle's Landing 20 and took it the distance. The 2-point conversion tied the game at 14.
Eagle's Landing generated 193 yards of total offense in the first half, but couldn't keep the momentum going.
Marcus Leggett set up the Bulldogs first score of the second half when he returned an Eagle's Landing punt to the Golden Eagles' 23.
A 22-yard run by Isaiah Bryant put the ball down inside the Bulldogs' five, and quarterback Emory Clark did the rest on a keeper with 8:53 left in the third quarter.
A sack and a blocked punt on Eagle's Landing's next series about killed the Golden Eagles' hopes for pulling off the huge upset. Mt. Zion didn't score on the series, but backed the Golden Eagles up with a punt. The Bulldogs held and got the ball back at the Golden Eagles' 16.
Bryant added another touchdown on a four-yard run to give the Bulldogs a two-touchdown lead.
Mt. Zion added the final score of the game when Chapman rounded out the score when he scored from the 1 with 5:07 remaining.
Mt. Zion, which generated 150 yards of total offense in the first half, finished with 255 for the game. Mt. Zion returns to action next Thursday on the road at Warner Robins. Eagle's Landing plays at home against Westside Macon.