This weekend’s DCSD football schedule features five All-DeKalb matchups on Friday night as the football season moves into Week 2 across Georgia.
Stephenson (1-0) plays host to the Southwest DeKalb Panthers (0-1) at 8:00 pm at Hallford Stadium in a rivalry led by the Jaguars 10-6. Many of the 16 games featured head-to-head clashes with two retired DeKalb legends in Buck Godfrey (SWD) and Ron Gartrell (Stephenson).
Stephenson won the last meeting in 2019 by a score 25-18 in a back-and-forth game under the direction of Gartrell. This year the Jaguars are coming off a 17-6 season opening win over the Lithonia Bulldogs giving Stephenson alum and new head coach Marcus Jelks his first win at Stephenson.
Southwest DeKalb is coming off a tough 9-7 loss to Stockbridge last week.
An all-DeKalb double-header is set for Adams Stadium as Druid Hills (0-1) looks to rebound from a season opening loss as the Red Devils host the Redan Raiders (0-0) seeing their first action of the year in the 5:15 opener. Redan holds a 2-0 edge over Druid Hills in head-to-head play having won the 2020 matchup.
The nightcap starts at 8:00 pm as a pair of Week 1 winners clash with the Lakeside Vikings (1-0) host the Miller Grove Wolverines (1-0). Lakeside was led by the big plays of AJ Hollman last week who had a 57-yard rushing touchdown, a 57-yard receiving touchdown and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Berkmar. Miller Grove leads the series 7-2 and won the last matchup in 2017 18-16. The Wolverines are coming off a 24-7 road win over Walnut Grove last Friday.
Avondale Stadium features the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions (0-1) looking for the first win of the season hosting the Arabia Mountain Rams (1-0) in a neighborhood rivalry. The rivals are tied at 3-3 in the series. The Rams are coming off a 21-7 road win over Rockdale County last Friday while the Lions fell 34-0 to McDonough. Arabia Mountain’s Solomon Rayton rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries against Rockdale.
The Class 3A No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints open their season hosting the Tucker Tigers (0-1) at 7:30 pm at Godfrey Stadium. Tucker fell 32-7 on the road at Dacula last Friday night. The Tigers hold a 10-1 advantage over the Saints in one of the most played rivalries in DeKalb. Tucker won the last meeting 51-12 in 2013.
Chamblee (1-0), Clarkston (0-0), Dunwoody (0-1), Lithonia (0-1) and Stone Mountain (1-0) all go on the road this weekend. Columbia (0-1), Cross Keys (0-1), McNair (0-0) and Towers (0-1) are all set for open dates this week.
The McNair Mustangs replaced the last week’s canceled game with Forest Park with Chattahoochee County (1-0). The Mustangs (0-0) host Hallford Stadium with a 5:15 pm kickoff.
DCSD FOOTBALL SCHEDULE – WEEK 2
Friday, August 27
Redan (0-0) vs. Druid Hills (0-1), 5:15 pm
Miller Grove (1-0) vs. Lakeside (1-0), 8:00 pm
Arabia Mountain (1-0) vs. M.L. King Jr. (0-1), 7:30 pm
Tucker (0-1) vs. Cedar Grove (0-0), 7:30 pm
Chattahoochee Co. (1-0) vs. McNair (0-0), 5:15 pm
SW DeKalb (0-1) vs. Stephenson (1-0), 8:00 pm
Chamblee (1-0) at Lumpkin Co. (0-1), 7:30 pm
Dunwoody (0-1) at North Springs (0-1), 7:30 pm
Clarkston (0-0) at Berkmar (0-1), 7:30 pm
Lithonia (0-1) at South Gwinnett (0-1), 7:30 pm
Stone Mountain (1-0) at Tri-Cities (), 7:30 pm
OPEN: Columbia (0-1), Cross Keys (0-1), McNair (0-0), Towers (0-1)