Playoff Berths/Seedings on the Line Friday for DeKalb Football Teams

Lithonia running back Darius Sanders (8) and lineman Javier Tennell (53) hope to team up for a win against Martin Luther King Jr. for a spot in the Class 5A state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Lithonia running back Darius Sanders (8) and lineman Javier Tennell (53) hope to team up for a win against Martin Luther King Jr. for a spot in the Class 5A state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)

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 running back James Carswell (2) is ready to find some running room against Northview. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Southwest DeKalb running back James Carswell (2) is ready to find some running room against Northview. (Photo by Mark Brock)

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
Thursday, 11/4/21
HALLFORD STADIUM
Lakeside (2-7) vs. Clarkston (2-2), 7:00 pm

Friday, 11/5/21
ADAMS STADIUM
Therrell (1-8) vs. McNair (0-8), 7:30 pm

AVONDALE STADIUM
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

HALLFORD STADIUM
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

AWAY GAMES
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

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