Key Region 3 victories by Lithonia and Miller Grove has set up a matchup with the region championship on the line in two weeks.
All the teams are off on October 7 due to the Fall Break and return for the final regular season games on Saturday, October 14.
Lithonia (4-1, 3-0) rolled to a 40-0 victory over Freedom (1-4, 0-3) to remain undefeated in region play. The Bulldogs were led by Travion Roberts with a big day receiving. Roberts had a pair of catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
The win set a showdown with the Miller Grove Wolverines (4-1, 3-0), 14-0 winners over Salem (3-2-1, 2-2), on Saturday, October 7 at Godfrey Stadium at 10:00 am.
The Wolverines did their part in setting up the region title game with a stingy defense against Salem allowing just two first downs and forcing two turnovers in the shutout victory. It was the second shutout for Miller Grove this season and along with three more on the weekend pushes the shutouts total in 2017 to 32 as defenses have dominated through the course of the year.
Bethune 30, Chapel Hill 0
The Bethune Lions remained unbeaten and sealed the top seed in Region 4 with a 30-0 victory over the Chapel Hill Panthers on Saturday at Avondale Stadium.
The Lions (5-0, 3-0) were once again led by the versatile Rashad Dubinion who scored in three different phases of the game. Dubinion finished with 50 yards rushing on 8 carries with a touchdown, two receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown to go with a 78-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Jabarhi Cleckley was 2-4 passing with the two touchdowns to Dubinion and Janiran Bonner added a rushing touchdown.
The defense posted its third shutout of the season behind the play of Caleb Pace with three tackles, including two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Bonner added five tackles on defense with Jaiden Figaro contributing four tackles and one fumble recovery. Other standouts included Demetress Broughton (interception), Santana Walton (sack), and Dubinion (forced fumble, 3 tackles).
The Lions face Columbia (2-3, 1-2) in a Region 4 game on October 14 at 10:00 am at Avondale Stadium with the opportunity to finish the season undefeated.
Cedar Grove 18, McNair 6
The Cedar Grove Saints set up a showdown with Chapel Hill for the final playoff spot in Region 4 with an 18-6 victory over the McNair Colts on Saturday at Godfrey Stadium.
Running back Mazin Murray played a big role in the victory as he rushed for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns while contributing and interception on defense. Fellow running back Christian Litman also reached the end zone for the Saints.
Terrance Williams returned an interception 30 yards to set up the Cedar Grove offense while defensive end Conrad Stewart picked up a fumble caused by Camron Hill and returned it 40 yards to set up another score.
Jeremiah Griggs returned an interception for a touchdown for McNair. Jeremiah Johnson and Woodrow Harrison also played well on defense.
Cedar Grove (2-2-1, 2-1) and Chapel Hill (2-3, 2-1) collide at Godfrey Stadium at 11:30 am with the winner going to the playoffs.
Renfroe 31, Stone Mountain 6
The Renfroe Bulldogs exploded for 31 second half points to rally past the Stone Mountain Pirates 31-6 to move a step closer to securing one of the two Region 2 playoff spots.
Stone Mountain (2-4, 1-3) shutout the Bulldogs (3-1-1, 2-1) in the first half behind a strong running game to take a 6-0 lead into the break.
Renfroe’s Chapman Smith got the Bulldogs rolling in the second half with a long touchdown run and never looked back. Marquis Hood added to the scoring barrage in the second half with a pair of rushing touchdowns and Kenric Lanier hauled in a touchdown pass to round out the offensive scoring.
Lanier scored his second touchdown via an interception return to make the final of 31-6.
Renfroe needs a win over Druid Hills (2-3, 0-3) on October 14 in the 10:00 am game at Adams Stadium to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Champion 30, Druid Hills 0
The Champion Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-0 victory over the Druid Hills Dragons last Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Christopher Barnes keyed the big win for Champion (4-1, 2-1) running for a pair of touchdowns and topping off the scoring with a pick-six. Amir Streeter added a 40-yard touchdown run and Darrius Garrett put another rushing touchdown on the board taking it in from 25 yards out.
Druid Hills got 58 yards rushing from Jamar Worthy and quarterback Darrius Benton threw for 49 yards in the game.
Champion needs a win against Region 2 leader Stephenson (4-1, 3-0) in a game set for 11:30 am at Hallford Stadium on October 14 to earn a playoff spot.
Peachtree 54, Sequoyah 8
Jameel Avery scored three touchdowns to lead the Peachtree Patriots to a 54-8 Region 1 victory over the Sequoyah Chiefs (0-6, 0-4) last Saturday at Adams Stadium.
Avery’s versatility showed as he scored via a kickoff return, a pick-six and rushing for the Patriots. Cameron Jasper scored a pair of touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, while Jalin Davis and Sam Cole added one rushing touchdown each.
The Patriots defense did their part in forcing two turnovers and several tackles for a loss.
Peachtree (2-3, 2-1) set up a showdown with rival Chamblee (2-3, 2-1), 22-14 winner over Henderson last weekend, for the Region 1 No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs. The game is set for October 14 at North DeKalb Stadium with kickoff at 10:00 am.
Chamblee 22, Henderson 14
The Chamblee Bulldogs were very opportunistic in their 22-14 win over Henderson with a pair of fumble returns for touchdowns at North DeKalb Stadium last Saturday.
Ja’cari Waller-Watkins picked up a fumble and raced 50 yards for a touchdown and teammate Zion Taylor matched him with a 50-yard return of his own.
Waller-Watkins also ran a touchdown in from five yards out to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs (2-3, 2-1). The win put the Bulldogs into the position of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and only the second time in the Trail to the Title Playoffs history.
Henderson fell to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in Region 1 on the season and face undefeated Tucker (5-0, 3-0) at 11:30 am on October 14 at Adams Stadium.
DCSD MS FOOTBALL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
Peachtree (2-3) 54, Sequoyah (0-6) 8
Bethune (5-0) 30, Chapel Hill (2-3) 0
Lithonia (4-1) 40, Freedom (1-4) 0
Cedar Grove (2-2-1) 18, McNair (1-5) 6
Miller Grove (4-1) 14, Salem (3-2-1) 0
Champion (4-1) 30, Druid Hills (2-3) 0
Renfroe (3-1-1) 31, Stone Mountain (2-4) 6
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Chamblee (2-3) 22, Henderson (1-4) 14
OPEN: Columbia (2-3), Redan (1-3-1), Stephenson (4-1), Tucker (5-0)
DCSD MS FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE
NO GAMES, FALL BREAK
DCSD MS FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
Druid Hills (2-3) vs. Renfroe (3-1-1), 10:00 am
Henderson (1-4) vs. Tucker (5-0), 11:30 am
Columbia (2-3) vs. Bethune (5-0), 10:00 am
Lithonia (4-1) vs. Miller Grove (4-1), 10:00 am
Chapel Hill (2-3) vs. Cedar Grove (2-2-1), 11:30 am
Redan (1-3-1) vs. Freedom (1-4), 10:00 am
Stephenson (4-1) vs. Champion (4-1), 11:30 am
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Peachtree (2-3) vs. Chamblee (2-3), 10:00 am
OPEN: McNair (1-5), Salem (3-2-1), Sequoyah (0-6), Stone Mountain (2-4)