Mt. Zion comes out throwing again

From Staff Reports

The Mt. Zion Bulldogs have been surprising a lot of people lately with an increased emphasis on the passing game.

Mt. Zion gained about 180 passing yards and 143 rushing yards in Friday's loss to Northside.

Mt. Zion has long been known for its bruising rushing attack. In 1999 when they made it all the way to the Class AAA state championship game, they rushed for 4,834 yards, the most ever by a Clayton County team.

Defensive standouts: Two Eagle's Landing defensive players made key contributions in the team's 45-16 loss to Warner Robins last Friday night.

Senior Rashad Smith stopped a Warner Robins drive with an interception at the Golden Eagle 13-yard line in the first quarter.

Also late in the first quarter, Mareon Williams recovered a fumble at the Golden Eagle 23.

Injury: In Friday night's game at Tara Stadium, Mt. Zion's Anthony Smith was injured and taken to the hospital after Northside's Sean Mayo kicked field goal with 11 seconds left. The field goal gave Northside a 17-14 victory.

According to Mt. Zion head coach Jackie Green, Smith suffered a fractured vertebra on the play.

"This injury really puts this in perspective Green said. "He was just trying to block a field goal. He was just trying to make something happen."

Mr. Everything: In Saturday's 21-0 victory over Henry County Saturday, Jonesboro's Darrell Robertson had a solid game on both offense and defense. He caught a 63-yard touchdown pass, recorded a quarterback sack and recovered a fumble.

He can run the ball too: Jonesboro's Rocky Lee is primarily known for his defensive play but in Saturday's game, he rushed four times for 37 yards.

"Rocky does well whether it's offensive, defense or special teams," Jonesboro head coach Larry Mortonson said. "We're glad to have him."

Heads-up play: Henry County's Jesse Waddy came up big for the Warhawks on defense Saturday.

In the second quarter, Henry County had a botched punt attempt and Jonesboro took over at the Henry 17-yard line.

On the next play, Waddy intercepted a Garrett Williams pass and ran it back to the Jonesboro 48.

Struggles continue for Stockbridge, Morrow, ELCA: Stockbridge dropped its record to 0-7 after Thursday's 55-20 loss to Westside-Macon. Stockbridge plays county and region rival Eagle's Landing this Friday.

Morrow dropped to 1-6 after Friday's 48-6 loss to Houston County. Morrow plays at Westside-Macon this Friday.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (3-5) lost to Augusta Christian 45-24. It was the Chargers' GISA Region 1-AAA opener. The Chargers play at perennial GISA state power George Walton Academy this Friday.

Moving on: The Mt. Vernon Crusaders, winners last year of the Georgia Christian Athletic Association state title, took a step closer to repeating as champions with a 48-26 victory against People's Baptist Saturday night.