By Staff Report

CLARKSTON- A Class 5A Top 10 confrontation for the Region 4-6A title is set for Hallford Stadium on Friday night at 7:30 as the No. 8 ranked Stephenson Jaguars host the No. 3 ranked Tucker Tigers.

Both the Jaguars (8-1) and the Tigers (7-2) come into the regular season finale undefeated at 7-0 in the region standings. The two perennial state playoff teams from DeKalb are meeting for just the fifth time with Tucker holding a 3-1 edge in the series having won three in a row.

The two teams met for the first time in regular season play in 2012 in a Region 6-5A contest with the No. 4 Jaguars upsetting the No. 1 ranked Tigers 13-6. The teams met in 2013 with the No. 1 ranked Tucker taking a 31-8 win over No. 2 Stephenson.

Reclassification separated the two teams in 2014-15 before they came back together in 4-6A in 2016. Tucker won 31-0 in 2016 and 38-0 a year ago.

Tucker 6 Donnie Harris (Special Photo DeKalb County School District)

Tucker enters the game at No. 3 in the rankings and has won seven consecutive games since losses to Buford and Grayson to open the season. As a team, the Tigers have rushed for 2,495 yards and 30 touchdowns including 327 yards and five touchdowns in their 57-7 win over Mt. Zion-Jonesboro last Thursday.

Tyler Hughey leads the team with 762 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns with Donnie Harris with 738 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. Freshman Latavius Johnson is coming off a 95-yard performance with a pair of touchdowns against Mt. Zion.

Quarterback Travon Ford is 45 of 74 passing for 785 yards and 7 touchdowns. Torezz Alexander had 12 receptions for 265 yards and four touchdowns while Isaiah Dunson has 15 for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The defense is led by senior linebacker Lucius Chitty with 68 tackles (3 for a loss) while senior defensive end Derrick McClendon had 40 tackles (8 sacks) and sophomore defensive end Dawson Rivers in limited action has 26 tackles (6 sacks).

Stephenson 4 Jevon Goff (Special Photo DeKalb County School System)

Stephenson enters the game ranked No. 8 and also on a seven-game win streak since losing a tough 21-14 overtime decision to Class 5A No. 9 ranked Southwest DeKalb (9-0). The Jaguars are also a strong running team having 2,525 yards on the ground with 35 touchdowns, including 356 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-35 win over third place Lovejoy last Friday.

Senior Jevon Goff is coming off a 24 carry, 174 yards and 2 touchdown performance against Lovejoy and leads the team with 668 yards rushing. Junior Ryan Ingram has 592 yards rushing and a team-leading 11 touchdowns with 9 receptions for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns. Donovan Moore has 436 yards rushing and six touchdowns in five games.

Sophomore quarterback Joseph Jackson is 38 of 65 passing for 715 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. He was 6 0f 9 for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns against Lovejoy. Deshon Stoudemire adds 10 receptions for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns to Ingram’s totals.

Defensively, the Jaguars have allowed just 958 yards rushing per game and only eight touchdowns led by sophomore linebacker Omari Terry (69 tackles, 5 for loss) and senior defensive lineman Tyler Brown (69 tackles, 4 for loss).

Senior defensive lineman Jamal Andrews had 68 tackles (4 sacks, 11 for loss) and senior linebacker Tra’ Wilkins adds 67 tackles, (4 sacks, 9 for loss).

The winner takes home the Region 4-6A crown and the No. 1 seed with a home game to open the playoffs while the loser gets to open the home playoffs at home as well.

Region 5-5A

Playoff berths and seeding are still up in the air in the all-DeKalb Region 5-5A race with only No. 9 ranked Southwest DeKalb (9-0, 4-0) assured of the No. 1 seed heading into the final week of play.

The Arabia Mountain Rams (5-4, 3-1) and Lithonia Bulldogs (6-3, 3-1) lock up at Adams Stadium on Friday at 7:30 pm in a contest to decide the No. 2 and 3 seeds with a first-round playoff home game on the line.

The Rams are coming off a tough last minute, 20-19 loss to Southwest DeKalb last weekend and are looking to bounce back against the Bulldogs who are coming off a 42-30 win over Miller Grove. It is senior night for the Bulldogs.

Miller Grove (2-7, 1-3) are hosting Chamblee (0-9, 0-4) on senior night with a 5:15 game at Hallford Stadium. Miller Grove needs a win to assure itself of the No. 4 seed coming out of the region. Columbia (2-7, 1-3) could slip into the playoffs with a Miller Grove loss and a win over undefeated Southwest DeKalb at Avondale Stadium on Friday at 7:30 as the Eagles celebrate senior night.

Region 5-3A

The No. 2 ranked Cedar Grove Saints (8-1, 5-0) come off a bye week to take on the Stone Mountain Pirates (2-7, 2-3) with the opportunity to close out a second consecutive Region 5-3A title without a region loss.

The game is set for 8:00 pm on Friday at Godfrey Stadium.

Towers (0-8, 0-5) and Redan (0-8, 05) collide at 7:30 pm on Saturday at Avondale Stadium with both teams looking for their first win on the season.


Friday, Nov. 2


Arabia Mountain (5-4) vs. Lithonia* (6-3) (SN), 7:30 pm


SW DeKalb (9-0) vs. Columbia* (2-7) (SN), 7:30 pm


Therrell (2-7) vs. McNair (2-7)* (SN), 5:15 pm

Stone Mountain (2-7) vs. Cedar Grove* (8-1) (SN), 8:00 pm


Chamblee (0-9) vs. Miller Grove* (2-7) (SN), 5:15 pm

Tucker (7-2) vs. Stephenson* (8-1) (SN), 8:00 pm


John’s Creek (8-1) vs. Dunwoody* (2-7), 7:30 pm


Clarkston (0-9) vs. Douglass (8-1), Lakewood Stadium, 5:30 pm

Druid Hills (2-7) at Henry Co. (3-6), 7:30 pm

Lakeside (1-8) at Brookwood* (7-2), 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 3


REDAN (0-9) vs. Towers* (0-8), 7:30 pm


Morrow (2-7) vs. M.L. King* (1-8), 7:30 pm

OPEN: Cross Keys (0-10)

(SN) – Senior Night

*– Region Game


Written by Marbeth Cheathem

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