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Despite losses to Jonesboro and Starr’s Mill to the start the season, Mount Zion has managed to play their opponents close. However, that's not what they need to do this season after they struggled to win games in 2018.

This week, the region slate opens with a game against Stephenson. Both programs are coming off bye-weeks but the Jaguars have momentum from wins over Columbia and Southwest DeKalb.

Last year, Mount Zion was left with a 41-0 shutout at the hands of Stephenson. The Bulldogs are trying to return to the playoff scene after years of being at the back of the field but it's been close to 10 years since Mount Zion's last winning season.

A win against a top team like Stephenson could go a long way to settle the Bulldogs down and build another strong foundation.

STEPHENSON JAGUARS

Head Coach: Ron Gartrell

Region: 4-AAAAAA

Record: 2-0 (0-0)

Last Week: Bye

MOUNT ZION BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Kevin Jones

Region: 4-AAAAAA

Record: 0-2 (0-0)

Last Week: Bye

When: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Where: Tara Stadium

Last Meeting: Stephenson 41, Mount Zion 0 (2018)

Sports Editor

Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor. SPJ member.

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