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Morrow graduate McDonald has knack for coaching football

From Staff Reports

Morrow High School graduate Mike McDonald is making a name for himself on the sidelines as a head coach. In three seasons as a head coach at Union Grove (2004-2006) McDonald guided the Wolverines to two trips to the playoffs, going 9-3 in 2005 and 7-5 in 2006. McDonald left Union Grove in 2007 to become an assistant head coach at Newnan. This season he was promoted head coach of the Cougars after Robert Herring retired after 10-years at Newnan. McDonald is off to a 4-0 start this year, including a 47-0 victory over his alma mater Morrow on Friday.

Marquee match-ups?

The high school football season's fifth week didn't offer quite nearly as many compelling games in the Southern Crescent as fans might have hoped for.

Only one game featured a match-up against winning teams: Mt. Zion at Griffin. Both the Bulldogs and Bears went into Friday's game with 3-0 records.

And only two other games featured dramatic outcomes. Luella lost to Fayette County 35-34 in double overtime. Locust Grove lost 23-19 to a Mt. Paran program that's 4-0 in its second year of existence.

It's more of the same this week. Only Mt. Zion (3-1) versus North Clayton (4-0) on Friday at Southern Crescent Stadium features two teams with winning records.

Dutchtown playing well in all aspects of game: The Dutchtown High School football team is 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 4-AAAA action, they have been nominated by a local Atlanta televison as a possible team of the week, and some area fans are actually talking playoffs for the first time in school history.

It's not hard to point out why the Bulldogs are undefeated heading into their off week. Dutchtown is clicking in all asects of the game, including offense, where they are rolling up more than 200 yards per game, defense, where the team has pitched two shutouts and on special teams, where they are getting the job done in the kicking and punting game.

Making history

With its 31-0 win at Maynard Jackson on Friday, Woodland improved to 3-1 to start the season for the first time in school history. And since a season-opening loss to Lowndes, the Wolfpack have won three straight.

It's a long way off, but if Woodland were to make the playoffs, it would only be the second Southern Crescent football program since 1960 to make the playoffs in just its second season with a region schedule.

The other was Union Grove, which in 2002 went 10-3 and was a quarterfinalist.

Regardless of its future, Woodland has been impressive so far this season. Since Week 1 against Lowndes, the Wolfpack is averaging 35.6 points a game on offense and defeating opponents by an average of 29 points.

Banking on history

With its 35-21 loss to Chapel Hill on Friday, Riverdale fell to 0-4 to start the season for the first time since 1993. The Raiders finished that year 2-8.

But Riverdale can find solace in its history.

The Raiders have not won less than five games since 1994 and they've had back-to-back losing seasons only twice in the program's 30-year history.

The last time Riverdale had back-to-back losing seasons? 1993-94.

But two years later, in 1996, the Raiders were back to winning again and in the playoffs.