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Eight games have playoff implications this week


7:02 PM, Nov. 04, 2012 EST

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The final week of the high school football regular season has 10 DeKalb teams involved in eight games to decided playoff berths for the first round of the state playoffs to begin next week.

The Cedar Grove Saints (6-3) travel to Blessed Trinity (7-2) with the opportunity to secure a home p layoff game to open the Class AAA state playoffs. The Saints can seal that No. 2 seed in Region 6-AAA with a victory over Blessed Trinity.

It's been 56 years since the Druid Hills Red Devils made a state playoff appearance and they are one win away from reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 1956 season. Druid Hills (4-5) was 11-1-1 in that 1956 season under Elmer Morrow, but have not had a winning season since going 6-4 in 1993 under Greg McCrary.

They can break all those streaks with a victory over Rockdale County (2-7) and secure the No. 3 seed out of Region 2-AAAAAA. Druid Hills moved from Class AAA to Class AAAAAA under reclassification this year.

The Southwest DeKalb Panthers (6-3) and longtime coach and Hall of Famer Buck Godfrey can reach the state playoffs as at least the No. 4 seed with a Region 6-AAAAA victory over Dunwoody (1-8) on Friday at North DeKalb Stadium. The Panthers have reached the state playoffs four consecutive seasons.

Another Region 6-AAAAA game with playoff implications is the Miller Grove Wolverines (6-3) hosting the No. 2 ranked Martin Luther King Lions (9-0) at Panthersville Stadium on Friday. The Wolverines need a victory to have a chance for their first ever playoff berth. The Lions secured the region's No. 1 seed with the win over Tucker last weekend.

Tucker (7-2) can clinch the No. 3 seed in Region 6-AAAAA with a win over Mays (5-4) which needs a win to have an opportunity to reach the playoffs.  Tucker hosts Mays at Adams Stadium on Friday.

Stephenson (6-2) gets the Region 6-AAAAA No. 2 seed and home playoff game with a win over North Atlanta (1-8) on Friday at Hallford Stadium.

Two Region 6-AAAA play-in games have playoff implications for a pair of DeKalb teams. Columbia (5-4) can earn its second consecutive playoff berth with a win over Grady (7-2) at Grady Stadium on Friday. The other game has Chamblee (8-1) taking on Washington (7-2) at North DeKalb Stadium on Saturday has the opportunity to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season with a win.

Week 12 Schedule
Friday, Nov. 9
Redan (1-8) vs. South Atlanta (2-7), Lakewood 5:30 p.m.
Cedar Grove (6-3) at Blessed Trinity (7-2), 7:30 p.m.
North Cobb Christian (3-6) vs. Clarkston (4-5), Hallford, 5:15 Druid Hills (4-5) at Rockdale Co. (2-7), 7:30 p.m.
Southwest DeKalb (6-3) vs. Dunwoody (1-8), North DeKalb, 7:30 p.m.
M.L. King (9-0) vs. Miller Grove (6-3), Panthersville, 7:30 p.m.
McNair (3-6) vs. Towers (0-9), Avondale, 7:30 p.m.
Lithonia (2-7) at Banneker (4-5), 7:30 p.m.
Mays (5-4) vs. Tucker (7-2), Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia (5-4) vs. Grady (7-2), Grady, 8 p.m.
North Atlanta (1-8) vs. Stephenson (6-2), Hallford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Therrell (0-9) vs. Stone Mountain (2-8), Panthersville, 7:30 p.m.
Washington (7-2) vs. Chamblee (8-1), North DeKalb, 7:30 p.m.
Arabia Mountain (3-6) vs. Lakeside (1-8), Adams, 7:30 p.m.

Open: Cross Keys (0-9, season over)

 

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