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Bulldogs staring down playoff spot Saturday

By Doug Gorman

When the Mt. Zion Bulldogs entertain Houston County Saturday night in a Region 2-AAAAA contest at Tara Stadium, the two teams might think they are looking in a mirror.

With similar Wing-T offenses, the two teams are carbon copies of each other.

Anchored by the play of running back Cedric Hodges, who has rushed for 670 yards and six touchdowns, Houston County brings the region's second best rushing attack into Saturday night's important league battle.

Mt. Zion will also counter the Demons' game plan with a potent running game. Josh Chapman could join a long line of Bulldog running backs who have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.

Coming into this week's contest Chapman has tallied 775 yards and eight touchdowns.

Teammate Maurice Leggett also brings some punch to the Bulldogs' ground attack. Legget has only carried the ball 43 times, but he is averaging nearly 8 yards per carry.

Mt. Zion comes into the game starring down a playoff spot. With a 6-1 record in region play, the Bulldogs are in good shape heading into their final two games.

Houston County is 4-3 in the region and can't afford to slip.

"We've still got a shot at second if we win, so that's what we are playing for," said Green. "We will also eliminate Houston if we win."

According to the Mt. Zion coach, Saturday's game could be won in the trenches.

"They match up well up front with us, they have a big offensive line, and they are kind of scary on the defensive line, we are going to have to find away to get points on the board," Green said.

If Houston County manages to shut down the Bulldogs' running game the Green's club could go to ?plan B'.

The Bulldogs have opened their offense up more this year than in any time in school history and its paid dividends.

Quarterback Emory Clark is the third most proficient quarterback in Region 2-AAAAA throwing seven touchdowns and only getting intercepted once while throwing for 723 yards.

Maurice Leggett has caught 16 of Clark's passes including two for touchdowns.