Nine DeKalb football teams going on the road this week and six more are having a bye week makes for a light four-game home schedule as the high school season reaches the halfway mark.
Three of the home games are region contests including the undefeated Martin Luther King Jr. Lions (3-0, 1-0) and Tucker Tigers (2-2, 2-0) taking on Region 4-6A foes from Clayton County on Friday night.
King hosts the Mundy’s Mill Tigers (0-2, 2-2) at Godfrey Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 pm
The Lions are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind 14-13 win over Mt. Zion-Jonesboro behind the running of quarterback Jacobi Haynes (21 carries, 177 yards, 1 TD) and Dequan’dre Moore’s 87-yard punt return. Trevon Jackson’s interception in the end zone with just over a minute left preserved the win for the Lions. Keion Cush made the big play on special teams for the Lions as he blocked the potential tying extra point kick.
Mundy’s Mill is coming off a 44-20 loss to Tucker last week and are looking for their first region win. The Lions are going for their first 4-0 start since their 10-0 perfect regular season in 2012.
Tucker vs. Drew
Another Region 4-6A game on tap involves the Tucker Tigers (2-2, 2-0) hosting the Charles Drew Titans (1-3, 1-1) in a 7:30 pm kickoff at Adams Stadium.
The Tigers are vying to keep their region mark unblemished after improving to 2-0 with their 44-20 win over Mundy’s Mill last week. Tucker showed a balanced attack last week with 162 yards rushing and 167 passing. Quarius Smith had 11 carries for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the rushing attack. Myles Crawley was 9 of 12 passing with two touchdowns, both to Isaiah Dunson (4 receptions, 95 yards).
Drew is coming off a 26-20 victory over Forest Park last weekend.
Redan vs. Pace Academy
The Redan Raiders (3-1) open their Region 5-3A schedule by hosting the Pace Academy Knights (2-1) in a 7:30 pm kickoff at Avondale Stadium.
Seniors Jaquez Jones (46 carries, 460 yards, 6 TDs) and Cory Mikel (42 carries, 341 yards, 2TDs) lead the Raiders rushing attack against Pace which has been off the past two weekends.
Chamblee vs. River Ridge
The Chamblee Bulldogs (0-3) play hosts to the River Ridge Knight (1-3) in a game set for 7:30 pm at North DeKalb Stadium to wrap up the four home games this weekend.
Chamblee is coming off a tough second half against Pickens County as the Bulldogs gave up 28 points to fall 44-3 after trailing just 16-3 at the half.
Fabian Walker threw for 160 yards on 18 of 30 passes and Jeremiah Brown had 9 receptions for 134 yards against Pickens.
River Ridge is coming off a 43-0 win over Osborne last week.
DCSD FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, 9/27/19 – Week 6
Charles Drew (0-3) vs. Tucker (2-2), 7:30 pm (HC)
Pace Academy (2-1) vs. Redan (3-1), 7:30 pm
Mundy’s Mill (2-2) vs. M.L. King (3-0), 7:30 pm
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
River Ridge (1-3) vs. Chamblee (0-3), 7:30 pm (SN)
Cedar Grove (2-2) at Lovett (3-1), 7:30 pm
Clarkston (0-5) at Forsyth Central (2-1), 7:30 pm
Columbia (0-4) at Stockbridge (4-0), 7:30 pm
Cross Keys (0-5) at Bremen (1-2), 7:30 pm
Dunwoody (2-2) at Alpharetta (1-2), 7:30 pm
Lakeside (0-4) at Meadowcreek (1-2), 7:30 pm
Lithonia (1-3) at Shiloh (4-0), 8:00 pm
McNair (0-4) at Hapeville Charter (2-1), 7:30 pm
Towers (2-2) at Westminster (1-3), 7:30 pm
Open: Arabia Mountain (0-5), Druid Hills (2-2), Miller Grove (0-4), SW DeKalb (4-1), Stephenson (3-1), Stone Mountain (1-3)
Source: DCSD Athletics