DeKalb County sends 18 of its 19 football programs into action in Week 9 with big Regions 5-5A and 4-6A games to watch on Friday and Saturday.
The Columbia Eagles (4-2, 1-0) are tied atop the Region 5-5A standings with Arabia Mountain (4-2, 1-0) and Southwest DeKalb (4-2, 1-0).
Arabia Mountain and Columbia lineup for a spot at the head of 5-5A with a 7:30 pm contest at Avondale Stadium on Friday.
Columbia is coming off a 26-7 victory over Lithonia (1-5, 0-1) in which quarterback Tremaine Calloway threw three touchdown passes as the Eagles scored 20 unanswered points on the way to the win.
Arabia Mountain got a big performance from quarterback Bryson Williams as he threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in a big fourth quarter comeback against the Miller Grove Wolverines (3-3, 0-1) to win 36-28.
Southwest DeKalb will be trying to keep pace with the Arabia Mountain/Columbia winner at the top of the 5-5A standings as they take on Miller Grove at Godfrey Stadium on Friday at 8:00 pm. The Panthers are coming off a 55-8 road win over the Chamblee Bulldogs at North DeKalb Stadium last weekend.
Miller Grove looks to rebound from a tough 36-28 loss to Arabia Mountain last weekend.
The No. 1 ranked Tucker Tigers (5-1, 3-0) travel to Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton to take on Lovejoy (4-3, 2-1) in an effort to remain in first place following a bye-week.
Tucker defeated Lovejoy at home in Adams Stadium last year to take the region crown. Tucker is led by All-State receiver Joshua Vann and running back Taurean Taylor.
Stephenson (4-2, 3-0) has a four-game win streak on the line as the Jaguars host Charles Drew (2-4, 1-2) in the second game of a doubleheader at Hallford Stadium on Friday. Deondre Jackson had over 100 yards rushing in the Jaguars victory over Mundy’s Mill before the bye week.
Martin Luther King Jr. Lions (2-4, 1-2) come off the bye week with a chance to move back into the playoff hunt as they host Jonesboro (2-4, 1-2) on Saturday in a 7:30 pm game at Godfrey Stadium. A win evens the Lions’ region mark at 2-2 and puts them back into playoff contention.
The No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints (6-0, 3-0) head to Pace Academy on Friday at 7:30 pm looking to extend their consecutive wins streak to 16.
Cedar Grove is coming off a 34-0 shutout of DeKalb rival Towers. The Saints are led by All-State receiver/defensive back Jadon Haselwood, quarterback Xavier Dennis and defensive end Roderic Forts.
DCSD FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 13
Clarkston (0-7) vs. Cross Keys (0-3), Adams, 5:15 pm
Lovett (3-3) vs. Redan (2-4), Godfrey, 5:15 pm
Towers (2-4) vs. Stone Mountain* (1-5), Hallford, 5:15 pm
Arabia Mountain (4-2) vs. Columbia (4-2), Avondale, 7:30 pm
Cedar Grove (6-0) at Pace Academy (2-3), 7:30 pm
Pope (2-4) at Dunwoody (2-4), North DeKalb, 7:30 pm
McNair (2-4) at Westminster (2-4), 7:30 pm
Tucker (5-1) vs. Lovejoy (4-3), Twelve Oaks, 7:30 pm
Miller Grove (3-3) vs. SW DeKalb (4-2), Godfrey, 8:00 pm
Norcross (2-4) vs. Lakeside (1-5), Adams, 8:00 pm
Charles Drew (2-4) vs. Stephenson (4-2), Hallford, 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 14
Lithonia (1-5) vs. Chamblee (1-5), North DeKalb, 7:30 pm
Jonesboro (2-4) vs. M.L. King (2-4), Godfrey, 7:30 pm
Open: Druid Hills (1-6)