Booker T. Washington High fights for shot at winning season in Domecoming game

Earlier in the day we heard from Grady High’s paper on what to look for in tomorrow’s inaugural Domecoming Football Classic at the Georgia Dome.

And just as there’s more than one APS team in this extravaganza at the Georgia Dome, there’s also more than one school newspaper cranking out print journalism. Booker T. Washington High‘s The Washingtonian hit the streets for the first time today with its inaugural issue! So here with a look at the Bulldogs’ clash with Riverwhood High is The Washingtonian‘s sports editor, Kezmit Eason, who is in the school’s Senior Academy. Along with her journalism duties, Ms. Eason is vice president of the senior class, a cheerleader, member of the tennis team, a 21st Century Leader and a Youth Entrepreneur of Atlanta alumnae. Her report comes after the jump …

The Booker T. Washington Bulldogs will report to APS’ inaugural Domecoming Football Classic on Saturday evening when they face off against the Raiders of Riverwood. This is the 85th homecoming for the Bulldogs, and though their battle against St. Pius X suspended their hopes for a playoff appearance, the Bulldogs still have reason to fight for a victory in the Georgia Dome.

Bulldog pride ranks among the top reason for the team to push for victory. “This is the first time lots of our kids have played in the Dome, and a victory in the Dome becomes an outstanding exit for our seniors,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Stanley Pritchett.

Coach Pritchett pointed out key players to watch during this clash: wide receiver Antonio Goodwin, who has 24 catches for 570 years and four touchdowns; defensive back Sam Jones, who has 55 tackles and one interception; and quarterback Qudral Forte, who has passed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Coach Pritchett noted how a win Saturday would give the team a 5-4 record with one game left in the season, and a chance for a winning record. “That’s two winning seasons back-to-back,” Coach Pritchett said. “That’s a positive for a young team to build on.”=

Based on estimates from Washington’s athletic director, Karen Berry-Phillips, faculty, staff, student and alumni purchases of homecoming tickets have reached an unprecedented number of more than 2,000 with sales continuing until 2 p.m. Saturday. This game promises to be a homecoming to remember for current students as well as Washington’s vast alumni base, which dates back to its inception in 1924. Here’s hoping the Bulldogs will not disappoint their support fans.

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