MAHONE: Dutchtown looks to make history

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

Sometimes when history repeats itself, that can be a good thing, especially in sports.

In Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the upstart New York Giants defeated the mighty New England Patriots. Last February, the Giants experienced a repeat of history in Super Bowl XLVI when they defeated the Patriots for the franchise’s third championship title.

For the Giants, the repeat of history was good.

There are, however, those times in sports when teams don’t want a repeat of history.

Twenty-six times, teams in Henry County have been on the unfortunate end of a repeat of history.

The Griffin Bears have owned Henry County. In 26 matchups against the Bears, a Henry County team has lost every time.

When the new season kicks off tonight, Griffin has an opportunity to keep that 27th repeat of history from happening.

Dutchtown hopes to make some history instead of being another footnote in Griffin history.

With the return of 20 starters, and a talented leader in quarterback Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown should prevail as the winner.

Four new coaches in the area will have their debut today. The news doesn’t seem too promising for the new coaches as Mundy’s Mill (Greg Manior), Mount Zion (Ervin Starr), Forest Park (Don Williams) and Henry County (Joe Dupree) will not be able to start their coaches tenure with a win.

Last week, Morrow opened the Leroy Foster era by suffering a home defeat to Campbell.

All five of the area’s new coaches seem to be in position to have good seasons at their new place of employment, but unfortunately they meet some stiff competition in their debut.

Mundy’s Mill meets rival Lovejoy, a Class AAAAAA school that reached the state finals last season. Mount Zion takes on a playoff contender in Jonesboro. Forest Park travels to Alpharetta to play former state-champion Chattahoochee while Henry County makes the trek to East Coweta, a traditional playoff contender.

It would not be surprising that the new coaches are 0-5 in their debuts.

Eagle’s Landing Christian hasn’t started a season 0-2 since 2001. A trip to Birmingham against Briarwood Christian will put the No. 6 Chargers in the loss column for the second straight week.

Weekend Predictions

Winner Loser

Lovejoy Mundy’s Mill

Lowndes Luella

Jonesboro Mount Zion

Chattahoochee Forest Park

Eagle’s Landing Ola

Locust Grove Union Grove

Dutchtown Griffin

Woodland Walnut Grove

Riverdale North Clayton

East Coweta Henry County

Briarwood Christian ELCA

Social Circle Strong Rock

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor of the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerrickMahone_.