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Eagle’s Landing Christian running back John Tatum might see an increase in his carries this Friday against Southwest Atlanta Christian as Keyante Green might sit out the Region 5-A game with a groin injury. Tatum has rushed for 1,022 yards this season.
Stockbridge quarterback Leon Prunty was expected to return to practice Monday following a bruised kidney injury that has sidelined him the last two games.
Tigers coach Kevin Whitley said the senior would do some light workouts, but is not expected to play this Friday when the team takes on Jackson in a Region 4-AAA game. Prunty said he is hopeful of getting back in time for the regular-season finale against top-ranked Sandy Creek on Nov. 4.
Stockbridge is currently tied with Drew for second place in the region standings, with the Titans owning the tie-breaker because of its win.
Whitley said that backup Trenton Earl, a junior, has done a steady job in leading the offense in Prunty’s absence. In wins over Eastside and Locust Grove, the Tigers have outscored them 49-16.
“He has been doing a great job,” Whitley said. “He has done what a back-up is supposed to do when he replaces a guy. He has given us a chance to win.”
Green might sit
Eagle’s Landing Christian running back Keyante Green’s status for this week’s game at Southwest Atlanta Christian is still in question after he suffered a mild groin strain in the first quarter of the Chargers’ 52-7 victory over Our Lady of Mercy last Friday.
Late Friday, offensive coordinator Jason Carrera said that the team might sit him for the game as it prepares for the Nov. 4, Region 5-A championship game.
John Tatum more than picked up the slack in last week’s win, rushing for 296 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. On the season, Tatum has rushed for 1,022 yards and 16 touchdowns. Green, who has gone over the 1,000-yard mark the last two seasons, has 723 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Tough on defense
Strong Rock Christian allowed only 27 points in its loss to Whitefield Academy, but even that was a sign of progress: It was the fewest points they’d surrendered since Sept. 9, when the Patriots defeated King’s Ridge Christian 21-20.
Henry County’s season likely will come down to its Nov. 4, Region 4-AAA showdown with Eastside. The only way the Warhawks can avoid that scenario is to upset second-place Drew on Friday while Eagle’s Landing surprises Eastside. That’s the only way that the Nov. 4 game would be rendered meaningless. If the Warhawks were looking for motivation, they might find it in The Georgia High School Football Daily's playoff projections, which have Eastside as the No. 4 seed from 4-AAA and no mention of Henry County.
Ivory Bryant’s touchdown was one of the few highlights in Woodland's 34-8 loss to Alcovy that allowed the Tigers to clinch a spot in the Region 3-AAAA championship game.
Jonesboro’s win over North Clayton on Saturday came with a price.
The Cardinals, who are in second place in Region 4-AAAA, lost reserve running back Patrick Petty just before halftime when he broke his collarbone on a tackle after a pass reception.
Petty, a junior, was injured with about a minute to play in the first half after being tackled on a screen pass that netted the Cardinals 15 yards.
“It’s a big loss,” Jonesboro offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw said. “Although he doesn’t start, he comes in when we run certain packages. He did well on both sides of the ball for us.”
Wardlaw said he might be out four to six weeks with the injury. Petty is also a starter on the school’s basketball team. His likely return to action would be in early December.
Teams throughout the state could officially begin basketball practice on Monday.