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Stockbridge enters unfamiliar territory

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro wide receiver/defensive back Cameron Sutton (7) is expected to play this week when the Cardinals host Banneker at Twelve Oaks Stadium in its regular season finale. He missed last week’s game because of a back injury.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro wide receiver/defensive back Cameron Sutton (7) is expected to play this week when the Cardinals host Banneker at Twelve Oaks Stadium in its regular season finale. He missed last week’s game because of a back injury.

Sandy Creek has been in this position before.

Friday’s matchup against visiting Stockbridge is for the Region 4-AAA title and top seed in next week’s state playoffs.

The Patriots are sporting a 38-game winning streak and have won two state titles the last two seasons.

In its 47-year history, Stockbridge has never won a region championship.

“There is always some concern when you are going up against a team that has been in this type of situation,” Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley said. “They are familiar with this because year in, and year out, they are playing championship ball. This is where we wanted to be at the beginning of the season.”

If Stockbridge pulls the shocker over the top-ranked Patriots, it would get to host a first round game.

A loss could drop the team to either the No. 2 spot or No. 3 spot depending on what Drew and Henry County do in their games.

At the beginning of the season, not many people had predicted Stockbridge would be in this situation.

“We were picked anywhere from fifth or sixth in our region,” Whitley said. “If I was on the outside looking in, I would probably have made the same prediction. Our kids have gotten better everyday.”

PRUNTY AVAILABLE

Whitley said that starting quarterback Leon Prunty would available for Friday’s game. He said the senior could have played last in a win at Jackson, but wasn’t needed.

Prunty has been out the last three games after sustaining a kidney injury in a win at Henry County.

“How much he will play will be determined this week at practice,” Whitley said.

REPLACING ONE WITH TWO

With Henry County running back Jonathan Jean-Bart gone for the season after sustaining a knee injury, the Warhawks have had to rely on a pair of sophomores to take up the slack.

Sophomores Sedrick Palmer and Derrick Powell have been shouldering most of the running load in Jean-Bart’s absence. Palmer has rushed for 216 yards while has 115 yards rushing.

“Having Jean-Bart out has hurt us some,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “The two sophomores have done an adequate job. They are both different types of runners. One is a slasher, and the other is a converted fullback that runs straight on.”

SUTTON BACK

After sitting out last Friday’s game against winless Morrow with a back injury, Jonesboro junior Cameron Sutton will return to the lineup this week.

“He is back,” Jonesboro offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw texted.

FINALLY A SHUTOUT

After registering three regular season shutouts last season, Dutchtown got its first of the season last Friday in a 41-0 win over Woodland. In addition to the three regular season shutouts, the Bulldogs had shutout wins in the first two games of the postseason last year.

MOST POINTS

Here are the top five points scored in a win this season

School Points

ELCA 72

Lovejoy 71

Stockbridge 62

North Clayton 59

Dutchtown 50