Photos by Derrick Mahone and Brian Paglia / Riverdale High School resource officer Eddie McGee (far left) looks after head football coach Olten Downs and the Raiders on Fridays, while Dutchtown football coach Jason Galt (second from right) and the Bulldogs are protected by school resource officer Walter Woolfork.
As the Clayton County and Henry County Sheriff’s offices serve and protect the citizens of their jurisdictions, tonight Riverdale coach Olten Downs and his Dutchtown counterpart Jason Galt will try to protect their county pride in football.
Here are a few stats looking at the all-time series between the neighbors:
1952 — Year of the first meeting between a Clayton and Henry football team. Jonesboro defeated McDonough, 39-7, on Sept. 19, 1952.
1-0 — Henry County leads the season series against Clayton County so far thanks to Locust Grove’s 34-6 victory over Morrow last week.
4 — Shared mascots between high schools: Bulldogs (Dutchtown, Mount Zion), Mustangs (Ola, Morrow), Tigers (Mundy’s Mill, Stockbridge) and Wildcats (Locust Grove, Lovejoy).
16-1 — Clayton County has quite a lead over Henry County in the number of current or former NFL players to come through its high school football programs.
26-5 — Clayton County schools have won 26 region titles, compared to just five for Henry County, all of which have come within the past five seasons.
122-42 — Since Clayton and Henry counties have played high school football, it’s been no contest. Clayton has won 74 percent of its meetings with Henry teams.
Quotable — “They’ve already got some great coaches down [in Henry County]. Guys like [Paul] Burgdorf and [Nic] Vasilchek. And Kevin Whitley is one of the best coaches in the state of Georgia. I get scared every time I look down that way.” — Al Hughes, Lovejoy football coach