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Lovejoy, Mundy’s Mill set for postseason

Lovejoy defensive end Randy Anyanwu says the Wildcats are ready for the start of the postseason after compiling a 9-1 record in the regular season. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Lovejoy defensive end Randy Anyanwu says the Wildcats are ready for the start of the postseason after compiling a 9-1 record in the regular season. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

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Coming into Friday’s Class AAAAA playoff game against Houston County, Mundy’s Mill quarterback Rodricous Gates has passed for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

JONESBORO — The road to the Georgia Dome begins this week, and two area teams will be a part of the journey.

Lovejoy and Mundy’s Mill earned playoff berths and will host first round playoff games. It will be the fourth straight season that Lovejoy has been a part of the postseason.

The Wildcats will enter the postseason as the top seed from Region 2-AAAAAA after winning the championship with a victory over Alcovy last week.

The Wildcats (9-1) will host Marietta on Friday at Twelve Oaks Stadium in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. It is the second straight year that these two teams have met. Last year, Lovejoy defeated Marietta 36-15 at home en route to its second straight appearance in its classification championship game.

“I’m ready to go,” Lovejoy defensive end Randy Anyanwu said.

“We feel good about our chances,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. “We have a pretty good football team. I think our kids are ready to play, and excited about the opportunity.”

Mundy’s Mill is the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAAAA after its win over Northgate last weekend to earn its first trip to the postseason since the 2007 season. The Tigers will host Houston County at Tara Stadium on Friday. It will be the first time in school history that Mundy’s Mill has hosted a playoff game.

Mundy’s Mill lost 35-21 to Douglass of Atlanta in the school’s only playoff appearance at Lakewood Stadium in 2007.

“It’s really exciting to go to the playoffs,” Mundy’s Mill senior Rodney Smith said. “It is our senior year, and our first time. We are happy with the opportunity to host a game. It is always a big advantage to host because you play in front of your home fans. Fan support is very big in the playoffs.”

This will also be the Bears’ first playoff appearance since reaching the quarterfinals in 2006, where they lost to Roswell. Houston County is 3-1 all-time when playing at a neutral site.

This marks the fourth straight year that Lovejoy will host a playoff game. During the last two season in its run to the state finals, Lovejoy has played every playoff game at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

“To host a playoff game is a big plus for your team,” Hughes said. “It keeps you in your routine and works good on the kids psyche.”

Marietta will come into the game with an 8-2 record with its losses to ranked Hillgrove and McEachern. The Blue Devils have won six straight games. To reach the postseason, Marietta defeated Harrison last week to clinch the final playoff berth from Region 4-AAAAAA.

“They definitely have a good football team,” Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis said. “We have to come out and do our job, and play up to our ability.”