Photo by Derrick Mahone
Coach Kevin Whitley's Stockbridge team will be trying for a school record eight wins this season.
Look through the records, find it if you can — an eight-win football season at Stockbridge.
It’s not there. That means some writing must be done because tonight a not-so-crazy eight will appear in the win column for the Tigers, after they’re done stifling Jackson.
It is a season in which there’s no time to be satisfied for Kevin Whitley’s Tigers, who are making a habit of doing things the green and orange haven’t done before. Last year, just making the playoffs was enough to set things off. Whitley made it clear that wouldn’t be enough this season.
Counting this season, they’ve won seven games in a season four times — 1968, 1982 and 1993 must be added — but never eight.
Eight may be enough at a lot of places. It won’t be at Stockbridge, which is still hoping for a shot at the No. 2 spot in Region 4-AAA. Given that the Tigers have to visit Sandy Creek next week and hope for either Henry County or Locust Grove to upset Drew in the final weeks of the regular season, odds aren’t good.
Two tough games to call this week are Union Grove against Jones County and Spalding against Locust Grove. In neither case is there much difference between the teams. Some might argue that Jones County, having beaten Griffin, may have the edge on the Wolverines, who got run over by the Bears.
Neither Spalding nor Locust Grove has had the season it dreamed of, so chances are both — having found an opponent of
similar plight — will put a little more into this game. A slight edge goes to Spalding because after this one is over, the Jaguars can go ahead and turn their uniforms.
Much as I’d like both the locals to win, I’ll err on the side of probability and take Union Grove to win at home, Spalding to win on the road.
Picking Banneker to beat Mount Zion is a lot iffier than I expected. The Trojans of right now aren’t playing like the Trojans of the season’s beginning. Part of that is because the competition got tougher — Lovejoy, North Clayton and Tri-Cities weighing in — but Banneker also barely got past struggling Morrow. In short, Banneker-Mount Zion may be more a toss-up than previously envisioned, but the Trojans should pull it out.
Winner > Loser
Banneker > Mount Zion
Drew > Henry County
Dutchtown > Woodland
Eastside > Eagle’s Landing
ELCA > SW Atlanta Christian
Griffin > Ola
Jonesboro > Morrow
Landmark > Strong Rock
Lovejoy > Creekside
North Clayton > Forest Park
Spalding > Locust Grove
Stockbridge > Jackson
Union Grove > Jones County
Westlake > Luella
Riverdale > Mundy’s Mill