DeKalb teams set for games with playoff implications

Several high school football games scheduled for week nine of the 2023 season have state playoff implications, beginning with Miller Grove and Stephenson playing Oct. 12 in one of five region games scheduled for Oct. 12 – 13.

Miller Grove (5-2, 1-1) and Stephenson (5-2, 1-1) clash for the eighth time in the series history at Hallford Stadium in a region 6-4A meeting to stay in the chase for a home playoff berth.

Stephenson leads the series 5-2 after winning 2022’s matchup 55-20 over Miller Grove. Both teams are led by 2,000-yard career running backs in Miller Grove’s Ta’Jon Corbitt (who has more than 2,500 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns) and Stephenson’s Devin Ingram (2,445 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns).

Ingram had the game winning touchdown in a 20-13 win over region 6-4A foe Westminster on Oct. 6, going 65-yards with 1:48 to play to rally the Jaguars from a 13-0 halftime deficit. Miller Grove fell 47-7 to Holy Innocent’s on Oct. 6.

The 23rd meeting for the Redan Raiders (2-5, 1-2) and McNair Mustangs (4-3, 2-1) kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Avondale Stadium as the Raiders celebrate homecoming in this region 5-2A battle.

McNair won a 44-41 thriller in 2022, but Redan holds a 15-7 lead in the series. McNair is coming off a 34-20 region win over Towers in which running back Sedarian Williams ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Quarterback Jeremy Victor threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Redan dropped a 20-7 decision on the road at Eagle’s Landing Christian on Oct. 6. Versatile Jamir Brown (nine rushing touchdowns) leads the Raiders into the matchup.

Cedar Grove (2-5, 0-0) finally gets to play within its own classification for the first time this season when it opens region 5-3A play by hosting the Douglass Astros (5-2, 0-0) in a 7:30 p.m. game at Godfrey Stadium on Oct. 13.

The Saints lost a last minute 13-9 nailbiter to Montgomery, Alabama’s Carver on Oct. 6. Douglass picked up a 17-6 win over Jackson.

The Columbia Eagles (4-3, 2-1) host Eagle’s Landing Christian (2-4, 2-0) in a Region 5-2A meeting on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Hallford Stadium.

Columbia is coming off a 64-7 region road win over Landmark Christian that included a five-touchdown performance by Jadan Baugh; Eagle’s Landing held off Redan 20-7 to pick up their second region win of the season. Eagle’s Landing won the first ever meeting between the two teams 28-25 last season.

The Dunwoody Wildcats (5-1, 0-1) host the St. Pius X Golden Lions (1-5, 0-1) in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at North DeKalb Stadium on Oct. 13.

St. Pius holds a 7-2 lead in the series between the two schools from DeKalb. Dunwoody last won in the 2008 season in a 20-14 decision. Dunwoody is coming off a bye week while St. Pius fell 31-8 to North Atlanta in its region opener.

A schedule including every team from DeKalb that plays in week nine is listed below:

Oct. 12

Avondale Stadium

Druid Hills (4-1-1) vs. Clarkston (1-5), 7 p.m.

Godfrey Stadium

Callaway (3-2) vs. Towers (0-6), 7 p.m.

Hallford Stadium

Miller Grove (5-2) vs. Stephenson (5-2), 7 p.m.

 

Oct. 13

Adams Stadium

McDonough (4-2) vs. Stone Mountain (1-5), 7:30 p.m.

Avondale Stadium

McNair (4-3) vs. Redan (2-5), 7:30 p.m.

Godfrey Stadium

Douglass (5-2) vs. Cedar Grove (2-5), 7:30 p.m.

Hallford Stadium

Eagle’s Landing Christian (2-4) vs. Columbia (4-3), 7:30 p.m.

North DeKalb Stadium

St. Pius (1-5) at Dunwoody (5-1), 7:30 p.m.

Away games

Southwest DeKalb (2-5) at Holy Innocents (6-1), 7:30 p.m.

Marist (5-1) at South Cobb (0-6), 7:30 p.m.

 

Photo by Adam Coleman 

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