Two win or stay home games are on tap in DeKalb this week involving three of the DeKalb teams playing for a playoff berth next week.
The Lithonia Bulldogs (3-6, 2-3) and Martin Luther King Lions (2-7, 2-3) lock up at “Buck” Godfrey Stadium on Friday night 7:30 with the final playoff berth from Region 5-5A up for grabs.
Lithonia has won three consecutive games to get into the position to play for a playoff berth. The Lions defeated Northview last weekend to move into the same position as the Bulldogs.
The winner will get at least one game and a trip to face perennial playoff power Cartersville in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The Dunwoody Wildcats (3-6, 2-3) knocked consecutive Region 7-7A foes Berkmar and Discovery for an opportunity against Duluth (4-5, 2-3) to earn a Class 7A state playoff berth as they host on Friday at North DeKalb Stadium with kickoff slated for 8:00 pm.
The winner gets the No. 4 seed heading into the state playoffs.
Two other games set for DeKalb Stadiums this week are key Columbia and Southwest DeKalb.
Columbia (7-2, 6-1) hosts South Atlanta (8-1, 7-0) in a key Region 6-2A clash. A win would send Columbia into the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and host role in the first round. A loss drops Columbia into a possible three-way tie for second and more than likely a No. 3 seed and a road trip in the first round of the playoffs.
Southwest DeKalb (5-4, 4-1) hosts Northview (2-7, 1-4) in Region 5-5A in a 7:30 pm game at Hallford Stadium on Friday. A win would clinch a No. 2 seed and home playoff game for the Panthers.
A couple of road games have playoff implications as well. The No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints (7-2, 6-0) can lay claim to the Region 5-3A title with a win at No. 8 ranked Sandy Creek (8-1, 5-1) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Miller Grove (6-2, 2-2) could capture a No. 2 seed and home game in the state playoffs with a win at Banneker against Hapeville Charter (4-5, 2-2) coupled with a loss by Mays to Marist.
DCSD FOOTBALL – WEEK 12 SCHEDULE
Lakeside (2-7) vs. Clarkston (2-2), 7:00 pm
Therrell (1-8) vs. McNair (0-8), 7:30 pm
South Atlanta (8-1) vs. Columbia* (7-2), 5:15 pm
Washington (4-4) vs. Towers* (3-6), 8:00 pm
“BUCK” GODFREY STADIUM
Lithonia (3-6) vs. M.L. King (2-7), 7:30 pm
Northview (2-7) vs. SW DeKalb* (5-4), 7:30 pm
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Berkmar (0-9) vs. Chamblee (8-1), 5:15 pm
Duluth (4-5) vs. Dunwoody* (3-6), 8:00 pm
Cedar Grove* (7-2) at Sandy Creek (8-1), 7:30 pm
Miller Grove* (6-2) vs. Hapeville Charter (4-5), 7:30 pm, Banneker
Redan* (2-7) at Greater Atlanta Christian (3-6), 7:30 pm
Tucker* (2-7) at Westlake (7-2), 7:30 pm
Season Over: Arabia Mountain (3-7), Cross Keys (0-6), Druid Hills (0-9), Stephenson (5-4), Stone Mountain (4-6)
Source: DCSD Athletics