By Jeffery Armstrong
Two things will happen if the Mt. Zion Bulldogs football team wins a dog fight with the Washington Bulldogs tonight at Tara Stadium: Mt. Zion will clinch the Region 5-AAAA West title and head coach Jackie Green will get career coaching victory No. 100.
"We figured that if we made the playoffs, the 100th win would come," said Green last Saturday after his team defeated Cedar Grove 36-7 for career victory No. 99. "Hopefully it will come earlier."
Green's players also think about getting the milestone win for their coach, but they try to focus on playing well during the games.
"We try not to think about coach Green's 100th win a whole lot, but it's in the back of our minds," said defensive end/running back Derek Slaughter.
For the first time all season and probably for the first time in a few years, the Mt. Zion Bulldogs will face a team that's actually bigger than they are. Green noticed Washington's size on film and was truly impressed.
"Not only does Washington look to be the biggest team we'll play so far, they also have some speed," Green said. "I figure it's going to be a war."
The Bulldogs will face a Washington team that's on a longer winning streak than they are on right now. Washington has won seven consecutive games since a season-opening 21-10 loss to Douglass. Mt. Zion has won four games in a row since their loss to North Clayton.
Despite Washington's long winning streak, Green noticed a possible weak link in their armor when he looked at them on film.
"Washington has a tendency to turn the ball over on offense," he said. "We have to put pressure on them to force some turnovers and get the ball back."
Mt. Zion may have to run its offense without its leading rusher Aubrey Dorsey, who's still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered against Forest Park a few weeks ago.
"Aubrey is questionable right now, but we've got other guys who can step up," Green said. "Jamaal Clark, Derek Slaughter, Rashad Cunningham and others have played well so far. You can't key on one guy."