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MAHONE: Can Tigers stop the Griffin jinx?

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

Stockbridge is the latest Southern Crescent team to take its shot at longtime nemesis Griffin when the Tigers make the trek to Memorial Stadium this evening.

The second-ranked Bears have dominated the Southern Crescent, especially Henry County schools. As it stands, Henry County schools are a combined 0-28 against their neighbors to the south.

The Tigers, who started the season ranked in the Associated Press poll, are 3-1 heading into the game. Its only loss was to No. 3-ranked M.L. King of Class AAAAA. Since that loss, Stockbridge has rolled off three wins, but has yet to be tested.

Although Upson-Lee, Columbia and North Clayton were playoff teams from a year ago, they now have a combined record of 4-8 this season.

So, Griffin will present the best measuring stick as the season heads into the midway point.

Stockbridge could put up a good fight, but Griffin just has too many weapons to overcome. Look for the Bears to continue their Henry County dominance.

Round 2 of the Henry County vs. Clayton County schools will be in full effective this evening. Overall, Henry has dominated with a 4-1 record against Clayton this season. In the past, Clayton has been the dominate figure.

Has the football tide turned in the Southern Crescent?

Not so fast, my friends (OK, borrowed that line from ESPN analyst Lee Corso).

Look for Clayton to redeem itself and go 2-1 against its Henry neighbors.

Riverdale and Jonesboro should take care of Eagle’s Landing and Woodland, respectively. Locust Grove will likely keep North Clayton in the winless column.

Earlier this week Lovejoy coach Al Hughes celebrated his birthday (we are not telling his age). The school’s booster club surprised the veteran coach with a cake.

Tonight, the team will give him a win over Druid Hills, which will give Hughes his 100th coaching victory.

Already the all-time winningest coach in Clayton County history, Hughes will be the first in the county to get 100 wins while coaching at a county school.

Looks like another opportunity for the booster club to show off their baking skills, or at least make a trip to a local bakery.

It will also be a cause to celebrate at Morrow as the Mustangs will its second game of the season after a trip to winless Rockdale. Morrow hasn’t won two games in the season since 2010, and this will be only the sixth time since 2000 that the program will have multiple wins.

Henry County coach Joe Dupree will be making a homecoming of sorts when the Warhawks take on Central (Macon) at Henderson Stadium. Dupree, a Macon native, should lead the team to its second straight win of the season.

Week Six Predictions

Winner Loser

Lovejoy Druid Hills

Alcovy Luella

Morrow Rockdale

Drew Starr’s Mill

Whitewater Forest Park

Northgate Union Grove

Riverdale Eagle’s Landing

Locust Grove North Clayton

Griffin Stockbridge

Jonesboro Woodland

Henry County Central-Macon

McIntosh Mundy’s Mill

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