Another road game for the Class 3A No. 2 ranked Cedar Grove Saints is on tap as they travel to Class 7A No. 10 ranked McEachern on Friday at 7:30 pm.
The Saints (3-0) have not played a football game this season against a team in their own classification. Cedar Grove has wins over South Carolina Class 5A Summerville (21-7) Alabama Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville (34-30) and Class 5A Columbia (45-0) and the 1-1 Indians from McEachern await before the Saints begin their Region 5-3A schedule that features four Class 3A Top 10 teams.
The Saints offense has been proficient thus far this season with 568 yards rushing (6.8 yards/carry) and 9 touchdowns while added 356 yards through the air with 5 touchdowns.
Robert “Pop” Jones III leads the rushing attack with 289 yards rushing (9.6/attempt) and three touchdowns with freshman Rashad Dubinion added 152 yards (8.4/attempt) and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kendall Boney is part of a two quarterback system and he has 48 yards rushing and three touchdowns and 112 yards through the air with a touchdown.
Sophomore Austin Smith leads the air attack hitting on 19 of 28 passed for 244 yards and 4 touchdowns. The main target is the country’s No. 1 rated receiver Jadon Haselwood (14 receptions, 201 yards, 2 TDs) who averages almost 5 catches a game.
The defense is led by the linebacking crew of Chris Sanford (30 tackles), William Jenkins (23 tackles) and Isaiah Ratcliff (20 tackles) and defensive end Dante Walker (18 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks).
McEachern lost 41-7 to No. 1 ranked Colquitt County in the season opener and bounced back with a win over South Cobb by a score of 58-12.
Sophomore Carlos Del Rio has passed for 334 yards on 23 of 44 passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Javon Baker has six receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Paris Brown leads the rushing attack with 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Southwest DeKalb (3-0) vs. Redan (0-3)
The No. 10 ranked Southwest DeKalb Panthers put their undefeated record on the line in the 35th meeting with the Redan Raiders at 8:00 pm on Friday at Godfrey Stadium.
Southwest DeKalb leads the all-time series 32-2 and won last year’s matchup with Redan 41-7. The Raiders are trying to stop a three-game slide to open the season by knocking off the Panthers (3-0).
Eian Scott has 153 yards rushing in two games to lead the Panthers’ ground attack and scored a pair of touchdowns in the win over Tri-Cities last weekend. Sophomore quarterback Rion White has 307 yards passing and three touchdowns while Aquil Muhammad has over 90 yards receiving and two touchdowns on the receiving end.
Corey Mickell has 131 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Ali McDaniel has thrown for 139 yards for the Raiders.
Stephenson (1-1) vs. Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (0-2)
Stephenson opens Region 4-6A play against Mt. Zion of Jonesboro on Friday night in an 8:00 pm kickoff at Hallford Stadium.
The Jaguars are coming off a bye-week following their tough 21-14 overtime loss to Southwest DeKalb two weeks ago and look to open region play with a win at home.
Junior Deandre Jackson leads the Jaguars with 377 yards rushing and five touchdowns over the first two games.
Columbia (1-2) vs. Chester Co. (SC) (3-0)
The Columbia Eagles host an out of state opponent on Friday night in a 7:30 kickoff at Avondale Stadium as the undefeated Chester County Cyclones travel from South Carolina for the interstate battle.
Columbia is coming off a tough loss to nationally ranked Cedar Grove last week and looks to even its record against a team coming in on a three-game win streak to open season in the Cyclones.
Running back Khalon Manuel leads Columbia with 245 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Octavious Griffin has pass for 667 yards and three touchdowns over the first three games.
Chester County has collected wins over South Carolina opponents Aiken (44-12), Fort Mill (28-20) and Rock Hill (36-14) to start the season.
A stable of four running backs have combined for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns in the three wins led by Pha’Leak Brown (359 yards, 4 TDs), Emmanuel Wright (284 yards, 4 TDs), Stan Mills (282 yards, 3 TDs) and Zan’Jerry Dunham (225 yards, 2 TDs).
Druid Hills (1-1) vs. Towers (0-3)
Druid Hills and Towers meet for the first time since 2009 and for just the 16th time in the history of the two programs as they line it up at 8:00 pm on Friday at Adams Stadium.
Towers won the last meeting 18-0 and leads the series 9-6 overall.
Junior Jeremiah Kemp (192 yards, 1 TD) and senior Jessie Borgeman Jr. (112 yards) lead the ground game for the Red Devils.
DCSD FOOTBALL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Friady, Sept. 7
Callaway (2-0) vs. Cross Keys (0-3), 5:15 pm
Towers (0-3) vs. Druid Hills (1-1), 8:00 pm
Chester Co. (SC) (3-0) vs. Columbia (1-2), 7:30 pm
Riverdale (2-1) vs. Miller Grove (1-1), 5:15 pm
Redan (0-3) vs. SW DeKalb (3-0), 8:00 pm
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Cambridge (0-2) vs. Dunwoody (1-1), 7:30 pm
Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (0-2) vs. Stephenson (1-1), 7:30 pm
Cedar Grove (3-0) at McEachern (1-1), 7:30 pm
Lakeside (1-1) at Duluth (1-2), 7:30 pm
Arabia Mountain (2-1) at Newton Co. (1-1), 7:30 pm
Clarkston (0-3) at Lithia Springs (1-1), 7:30 pm
Stone Mountain (0-3) at Northwest Whitfield (1-1), 7:30 pm
McNair (2-0) at Cartersville (2-0), 7:30 pm
OPEN: Chamblee (0-3), Lithonia (3-0), M.L. King (0-2), Tucker (1-2)