By Rory Sharrock
Tonight's contest between Morrow (1-8, 0-5) and Mundy's Mill (5-3-1, 3-2) at Twelve Oaks Stadium will have polar-opposite meanings for both schools as they suit it up for the regular season finale.
For Morrow, it's the culmination of a long and strenuous year which saw the Mustangs occupy the cellar in 4-AAAAA with only one win to show for in the standings.
However, for Mundy's Mill, it's the final tune up before the team gets set to compete in the playoffs for a shot at the state title.
The Tigers currently rank in third place in the region and are poised to play at Stephenson next week in Stone Mountain.
Stephenson is in second place in 2-AAAAA and hosts Douglass on Friday to cap off year.
Mundy's Mill comes into action versus Morrow with the upper hand on a three-game winning streak versus its cross-county and regional foe. Since their first meeting on Sept. 3, 2004 at Tara Stadium, the Tigers have outscored the Mustangs 84-21.
The Tigers' senior three-headed monster of quarterback Miguel Starks, running back Quintory Braswell and wide receiver Donte McConico will could give Morrow defenders fits all evening, just as they've done for everyone else they've faced this season.
Last week this talented trio put on a clinic in 42-0 rout over Paulding County. Starks ran for one score and threw two touchdown passes in the lopsided victory. Braswell was just as effective, recording two TDs before leaving the field for a well-deserved rest.
At the beginning of the season, things looked optimistic at Morrow High School.
Although they started out 0-2, the games were competitive with the Mustangs losing 18-0 to North Clayton and 12-6 to Jonesboro. The following week they cracked the win column with a 14-7 victory over Newton.
However, its been all downhill ever since with the team scoring a season-high 21 points last week in a loss to Tri-Cities. Coincidentally, Morrow's last regional win came against Tri-Cities on Nov. 4, 2006.
MT. ZION TO FACE DEFENDING STATE CHAMPS: Christmas has come one-month ahead of schedule at Mt. Zion High School. However, the neatly-wrapped gift for the Bulldogs is like a double-edged sword with a diamond and a lump of coal inside one box.
The Bulldogs (3-6, 3-3) and their fan base were full of cheer after opening their present to find that they clinched the final spot in the sub-region with a pair front row tickets to the regional playoffs.
However, their non-refundable gift features a date at defending state champion Northside-Warner Robins (9-0, 6-0).
The Eagles have made it their business to fly circles around any team from any area of the state. Northside-Warner Robins has won 24-straight games dating back to Dec. 2, 2005 when they lost to Stateboro in the championship game.
Mt. Zion's new spread offense will face its stiffest test of the season against one of the premiere programs in Georgia. Bulldogs' quarterback Drexel Copeland will have to be at his best as he tries to keep the Eagles honest and stacking the box to key in on stud running back Martin Ward.
Mt. Zion's last post-season appearance came under head coach Jackie Green in 2004 when they fell to Lakeview-Ft. Oglethrope 19-0.