MAHONE: Locust Grove ready to take next step

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

It appears that we learned last week that Locust Grove must be taken serious.

The Wildcats put a stamp of approval on their season with a dramatic come-from-behind win against Dutchtown. It is being called the greatest win in the team’s three-year varsity history.

Week Eight Predictions

Winners Losers

Lovejoy Morrow

Luella Rockdale

Drew Mundy’s Mill

Union Grove Forest Park

Ola Mount Zion

Dutchtown Eagle’s Landing

Locust Grove Woodland

Upson-Lee North Clayton

Carver-Col. Henry County

ELCA Mt. Vernon Pres.

Landmark Strong Rock

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 5-1 overall, which doubles its win total the previous two season. More importantly, the win moved Locust Grove to 1-0 in its half of the subregion.

That’s all good, but the big test for the Wildcats comes tonight against Woodland.

Yes, I know Woodland is 1-4, but for a team coming off its biggest win of their high school career, that presents a big test.

Guarding against a let down is always a big challenge. It was easy for Locust Grove to get up for a game against Dutchtown, which many considered to be a playoff contender.

Last week, Stockbridge passed the letdown test. A week after perhaps the biggest win in Henry County history when it knocked off previously unbeaten and then-No. 2 Griffin, Stockbridge took care of business against a winless Eagle’s Landing.

In fact, Stockbridge held the Golden Eagles to a season-low seven points.

Look for Locust Grove to take care of Woodland, but it will be a much closer battle.

Luella got its first victory of the season against Druid Hills last week. The Lions will make it two in a row when they head to Conyers to take on Rockdale.

Lovejoy will continue to roll when Morrow pays a visit to Twelve Oaks Stadium. It will be the first time this season that the ninth-ranked Wildcats defense will be up to full strength all season. Lovejoy has won 21 straight region contest dating back to the 2009 season.

Look for Dutchtown to get back on the winning track after its collapse against Locust Grove last week.

Speaking of full strength, top-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian will welcome back standout defensive end Isaac Rochell, who sustained a broken arm on Aug. 31 in a win over Briarwood Christian in Alabama.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian is in its first season in the Georgia High School Association. Chances are the Mustangs have probably never seen as talented a team as ELCA during its days in the Georgia Independent School Association. It will probably be a situation where the ELCA starters will get plenty of rest.

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