JONESBORO - As the season comes to a close, every game from here on out takes on a playoff-type atmosphere.
For Mount Zion (6-3, 5-2), this vibe will continue into November as they ran past Alcovy (4-4, 3-3) 32-15 Friday at Tara Stadium to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2004.
The Bulldogs' 1-2 punch in the backfield of Quartterio Morgan and Josh King turned Friday's football game into their personal track meet, as they ran for two touchdowns respectively to set the tone for the win.
With the game tied at 7-7 heading into the second quarter, Mount Zion wide out Drexel Copeland pulled down Jarrel King's pass and took it 63 yards to the end zone for a 13-7 lead.
Mount Zion scored again when Morgan broke free for a 70-yard run to the 2-yard line.
Two plays later after a false start call, King ran for a 7-yard touchdown and a 19-7 lead at the half.
Midway through the third, Morgan showed he had as much power as speed by stomping over the defense for a 60-yard score.
Alcovy put a dent in the scoreboard when quarterback Rodrick Tolen busted out for a 26-yard touchdown scramble up the middle, cutting the deficit to 25-15 after a successful 2-point conversion.
However, Morgan wasn't finished displaying his gifted skills as a runner as he added a 56-yard touchdown to the stat sheet that sealed the game for the Bulldogs.
"We just made too many mistakes. You can't make those mistakes and win," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffmann.