The Mt. Zion Bulldogs and the North Clayton Eagles have set the stage for an interesting Region 4-AAAA match-up when they get together on September 25 at Tara Stadium.
After three weeks of action, both teams are ranked in the Georgia High School Football Daily's on-line Class AAAA poll after posting a 3-0 records. North Clayton is ranked sixth and Mt. Zion 10th. Mt. Zion, travels to Griffin this week for week for a game against the the No. 2-ranked Bears and North Clayton plays Ola Thursday night on the road.
Henry County shut out
Henry County experienced offensive struggles Friday night it had not encountered for almost three years.
The Warhawks were shut out 31-0 at Union Grove, the first time the high-powered Henry County offense had been blanked since the 2006 season.
Henry County lost 35-0 to Jackson on Oct. 6, 2006. That's 1,071 days ago, or 2 years, 11 months and 5 days.
The Warhawks went 4-6 that season, and since then Henry County has averaged 28.9 points a game up until Friday night's shutout.
Burke quite a catch
Charles Drew High had problems catching the ball during much of its 20-13 loss to Locust Grove in a meeting between Southern Crescent first-year programs.
But that changed in the fourth quarter, much to the credit of sophomore Briant Burke.
On the Titans roster, Burke was listed as a quarterback/defensive back. But he came in at wide receiver as Drew took possession with 1:04 left in the third quarter down 20-6.
Burke had three catches for 36 yards on the drive.
His last one was for 11 yards that capped the 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
And his brief performance caught the eye of Drew's coaching staff.
"That's the good thing," Drew assistant head coach James Davis said.
"You never know when your number's going to be called. And he stepped in and stepped up. He did what he needed to do.
"Now, he opened our eyes. Now, starting Monday he's going to be the first one there, and that's what we're looking for. We're looking for someone to step up. We're looking for someone to come and compete for a spot to make the other person."
On Locust Grove's first drive in its first home game in school history, the Wildcats offense looked polished. They moved 70 yards in just eight plays. They plodded four, five yards at times in their methodical flexbone offense.
They broke open a big 35-yard touchdown run by Ray Dotson.
The Wildcats looked poised and ready for the historical home opener.
"I'm sure there were some nerves out there, some jitters," Locust Grove coach Clint Satterfield said.
"We try to make them focus so hard on what we're doing that it keeps them occupied. Every play they've got an assignment to carry out. ...Hopefully they get consumed with that and don't get caught up in the jitters. But, yea, you know there were some jitters."
Quarterrio Morgan has been the offensive spark for the Bulldogs this season, rushing for 200-plus yards in three-straight games. Friday he also returned a punt for a score against Forest Park.Mt. Zion is averaging 40 points per game after three contests.