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GAMES TO WATCH: WEEK SIX

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Drew offensive coordinator Jamie Aull and quarterback Jay Murray discuss a play during practice as the Titans prepared to take on Starr’s Mill this weekend.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Drew offensive coordinator Jamie Aull and quarterback Jay Murray discuss a play during practice as the Titans prepared to take on Starr’s Mill this weekend.

Lovejoy vs. Druid Hills

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at North DeKalb Stadium, Chamblee

Records, rankings: Lovejoy is 3-1 and unranked; Druid Hills is 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: This is the Region 2-AAAAAA opener for both teams. Druid Hills has wins over Clarkston and Therrell, which have a combined record of 1-8 with its opponents having been outscored 260-62 this season. In the last two games, Lovejoy running back Travis Custis has rushed for over 150 yards in each game. A win by Lovejoy coach Al Hughes will give him his 100th coaching victory. Druid Hills rushing attack is led by sophomore Hassan Enis, who is averaging 73 yards per game.

Luella at Alcovy

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Homer Sharp Stadium, Covington

Records, rankings: Luella is 0-4 and unranked; Alcovy is 1-3 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Last season, Alcovy won the subregion title and hosted a first round playoff game for the first time in school history. It has been a different story this season for the Tigers, who were hit hard by graduation on the offensive side of the ball. This is the Region 2-AAAAAA opener for both teams. Alcovy is off to its worst start since starting the 2010 season with an 0-5 mark and finishing with a 1-9 record.

Southern Crescent Top 5

Each week throughout the season, the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald ranks the top five football teams in Clayton and Henry counties.

1. Lovejoy (3-1)

It seems the Wildcats have been hitting their stride the last couple weeks by scoring at least 30 points in each of the last two games — wins over Alpharetta (43-24) and East Coweta (30-7). The Wildcats have been led by a punishing ground attack from preseason all-state selection Travis Custis, who is one of the top running back prospects in the state. In each of the last two games, Custis has rushed for at least 150 yards. Lovejoy opens its region schedule tonight against Druid Hills. The Wildcats have won a region championship the last two seasons.

2. ELCA (3-1)

The Chargers are coming off a bye week as they prepare to begin defense of their Region 5-A championship. First up for ELCA is a matchup with Holy Innocents’. For the third straight week, the Chargers are the top-ranked team in Class A in the latest Associated Press poll, which was released earlier this week. In the Georgia High School Association’s MaxPrep Power Rankings, the Chargers are No. 4 in the Class A private school division.

3. Jonesboro (3-1)

While the Cardinals’ offense has received a lot of credit for the team’s fast start, the defense has been equally impressive. In a win over Eagle’s Landing last week, the No. 7-ranked Cardinals held the high-scoring Golden Eagles to 21 points. Eagle’s Landing came into the game averaging about 30 points per contest. Junior quarterback Mario Atkinson seems to be getting comfortable in leading a talented offensive attack.

4. Drew (2-1)

The running back by committee approach seems to be working for the Titans as they rolled up 260 yards on the ground in last week’s win over previously unbeaten McIntosh. Since giving up 21 points to Riverdale in the first game of the season, Drew has only allowed three points in wins over Rockdale and McIntosh. The Titans face a major test tonight when they travel to Fayetteville to take on Starr’s Mill for its homecoming celebration.

5. Dutchtown (3-1)

Since a second-half collapse in a season-opening loss to No. 2 Griffin, the Bulldogs have been dominating in their last three games. Dutchtown has averaged 36 points per game in wins over Luella, Henry County and Riverdale while only giving up a total of 16. The offensive attack is triggered by senior quarterback Donovahn Jones, who has committed to play at SEC newcomer Missouri.

Out: Riverdale (3-1).

Morrow at Rockdale

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at Reid Stadium, Conyers

Records, rankings: Rockdale is 0-4 and unranked.

Last meeting: Morrow won 43-17 in 1979

Noteworthy: Rockdale is on a school-record 13-game losing streak with its last win coming in last season’s season-opener against Winder-Barrow (17-13) at home. The Bulldogs have only scored 14 points, but have been shutout the last two games. The series is tied 3-3, but all those games came in the 1970s.

Drew at Starr’s Mill

When, where: Today 7 p.m., at Panther Stadium, Fayetteville

Records, rankings: Drew is ; Starr’s Mill is 2-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting

Noteworthy: This is the second straight week the Panthers will play a Clayton County team. Last week, Starr’s Mill defeated Mount Zion 46-0 at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Overall, Starr’s Mill is 18-10 against Clayton County teams. It is homecoming for Starr’s Mill. In its win over Mount Zion last week, the Panthers had three running backs to gain over 50 yards apiece. The ground attack was led by freshman Dion Munnerlyn, who had 89 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Drew coach Jarrett Laws was pleased with the rushing attack of his team, which featured Jordan Metts, Marquis Terry and Lester Knauls, who combined for 260 yards in a win over previously unbeaten McIntosh.

Forest Park at Whitewater

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at Wildcat Stadium, Fayetteville

Records, rankings: Forest Park is 0-3 and unranked; Whitewater is 3-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: After starting the season with a loss to Coffee (41-3) at home, the Wildcats have won three straight games by scoring at least 30 points. In its 39-0 win over Union Grove last week, quarterback Jay Ashley and wide receiver Trevor Morgan hooked up for 139 yards. In the game, Ashley passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns by completing 5 of 6 passes. Morgan also had a 70-yard touchdown run. Forest Park is still looking for its first win in the Don Williams coaching era.

Union Grove at Northgate

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at Henry Seldon Field, Newnan

Records, rankings: Union Grove is 2-1 and unranked; Northgate is 2-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Northgate won 41-7 in 2001

Noteworthy: After starting the season with losses to ranked teams Heritage and Griffin, the Vikings have feasted on a pair of Southern Crescent teams for wins. Northgate has defeated North Clayton and Ola in consecutive weeks. In two previous meeting, Northgate has won both by defeating the Wolverines by a combined score of 97-7 in games in 2000 and ‘01. Union Grove’s 39-0 loss to Whitewater last week was the first time in 16 games that it has been shutout. The last one came in 2010 to Griffin (24-0).

Eagle’s Landing vs. Riverdale

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at Southern Crescent Stadium, Riverdale

Records, rankings: Eagle’s Landing is 0-4 and unranked; Riverdale is 3-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Riverdale won 49-7 in 2001

Noteworthy: In six previous meetings, Riverdale has won all of the games while averaging 40 points. Last week’s 38-0 loss at Dutchtown was the first time in 14 games that Riverdale had been shutout.

Locust Grove vs. North Clayton

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at Tara Stadium, Jonesboro

Records, rankings: Locust Grove is 3-1 and unranked; North Clayton is 0-4 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: North Clayton is hoping Last Friday’s 15-14 loss at Stockbridge is a sign that coach Max Wiltz’s team is on the way to a strong second half of the season. Despite the 0-4 start, running back La’Darrius Mathis has been solid. The senior rushed for 150 yards and two scores in last week’s loss to Northgate. Locust Grove sports a high-octane offense featuring junior receiver Cortez McDowell who is averaging close to 25 yards per catch, and quarterback Keenan Wise who has rolled up almost 700 yards of total yards this season.

Woodland vs. Jonesboro

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton.

Records, rankings: Woodland is 1-3 and unranked; Jonesboro is 3-1 and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: With the emergence of first-year starting quarterback Mario Atkinson and his 648 yards through the air, Jonesboro has evolved into a complete scoring team that has found the endzone consistently on offense, defense and special teams. With seniors Cameron Sutton (corner), Taurean Ferguson (corner) and Patrick Petty (safety) patrolling the backfield, it could be hard for Woodland’s Taylor Poff to get untracked. Poff had a strong showing again in the Wolfpack’s 52-20 loss to Griffin last week, finishing 18 of 24 with 214 yards and two touchdowns.

Henry County at Central-Macon

When, where: 7:30 p.m., at Henderson Stadium, Macon.

Records, rankings: Henry County is 1-3 and unranked; Central Macon is 0-4 and unranked.

Last meeting: Henry County won 36-13 in 2009.

Noteworthy: As exciting as Henry County’s 22-20 victory against Luella was last Friday —thanks to Will Thomas’ 50-yard Hail Mary pass — coach Joe Dupree is no doubt hoping for something a little more decisive this week at Central Macon. The Chargers have scored just 28 points in four games — 21 of those coming in last week’s 42-21 loss to Upson Lee.

Mundy’s Mill at McIntosh

When, where: Today 7:30 p.m., at McIntosh Stadium, Peachtree City.

Records, rankings: Mundy’s Mill is 0-4 and unranked; McIntosh is 3-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Greg Manior’s team has been able to move the ball, especially on the ground, despite its 0-4 start. Junior tailback Rodney Smith carried 14 times for 124 yards with a touchdown against Coffee last week. McIntosh got off to a surprising 3-0 start before losing 28-3 to Drew last week. Before that game, however, the Chiefs defense hadn’t given up more than six points to its three other opponents.

Stockbridge at Griffin

When, where: 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Stadium, Griffin.

Records, rankings: Stockbridge is 3-1 and unranked; Griffin is 4-0 and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Griffin won 44-0 in 2009.

Noteworthy: Stockbridge is looking to prove it belongs with the big boys while Griffin will try to make it four straight against Southern Crescent teams. Something will have to give in this matchup of offense and defense. The Tigers have surrendered just 8.3 points per game in its last three contests. Griffin is averaging 38.5 points a game. Bears’ quarterback Jaquez Parks threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Seven of his 14 completions went to sophomore receiver Christian Owens for 125 yards in last week’s 52-20 win over Woodland.