By Doug Gorman
Mt. Zion football coach Jackie Green will have to wait at least one more week before earning his 100th-career victory.
Friday night that was the least of his worries as his team fell 25-14 to Washington High School in a Region 5-AAAA West game at Tara Stadium in a battle of Bulldogs.
"We just got spanked out there tonight," said Green. "There is not anything else you can say. Tonight, they were just a better football team."
The loss dropped Mt. Zion to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in league play. Washington improved to 8-1 overall and stayed unbeaten in the subregion with a 4-0 mark.
With the loss, Mt. Zion's chances of playing at home in the first round of the playoffs pretty much ended. The squad plays back at Tara next week against North Atlanta and will secure the No.-3 seed out of Region 5-AAAA next week with the win.
Washington led 7-6 at the end of the first half, and then turned the close game into a run-away victory with three unanswered touchdowns in the final two quarters.
The visiting Bulldogs scored on drives 64, 92 and 50 yards to pull away from their host and spoil Green's hopes of celebrating his milestone victory.
Green is trying to become just the second coach in Clayton County to win 100 games. Former Riverdale coach Bill Kennedy won 102 games in his career.
"They just ran a simple trap play tonight, and we couldn't stop them," said Green.
Jose Griffin was the catalyst for the Washington squad rolling up 199 yards on 15 carries.
Teammate Roger Williams gained 87 yards, all in the second half.
Washington quarterback Edward Mitchell put his team up 13-6 with a 1-yard keeper on his teams first drive of the third quarter.
Williams then closed out his team's scoring with TD runs of 30 and 20 yards.
Mt. Zion added one late touchdown in the final seconds of the game when back-up quarterback Braxton Garner hit Devin Montgomery on a long pass.
It was Montogmery's second TD pass of the game. He helped put Mt. Zion on the scoreboard with 3:56 remaining the in the first half when he caught Derek Slaughter's 45-yard halfback pass to cut the lead to 7-6.
Mitchell started the game's scoring with his first quarterback keeper of the night to cap a 65-yard 9-play drive on the first series of the game.