Coach Rosby Johnson’s M.D. Roberts team enters the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the middle school playoffs, which starts Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Clayton County Middle School Playoffs
at Tara Stadium
White Academy vs. Jonesboro, 5 p.m.
Kendrick vs. Morrow, 6:45 p.m.
at Twelve Oaks
M.D. Roberts vs. Mundy’s Mill, 5 p.m.
Rex Mill vs. Babb, 6:45 p.m.
JONESBORO — After five games, M.D. Roberts coach Rosby Johnson says his team finally played that complete game.
And it came just at the right time. To close the regular season, the Rams defeated rival Rex Mill 16-0 to finish the season with a 6-0 record.
Johnson said defeating the defending county champions was a good way to transition into the playoffs.
“That was a huge win for us,” Johnson said. “It was a big victory. I thought we finally put it all together and played well in all stages of the game. We played really physical.”
Now, the Rams turn their attention to the eight-team playoffs, which begin on Tuesday at Tara and Twelve Oaks stadiums.
Both Roberts and Eddie White Academy finished the regular season with 6-0 records. White will be the top seed in the postseason after winning a coin flip since the teams didn’t meet during the regular season.
White opens the postseason against Jonesboro, which finished the season with a 3-3 record. Jonesboro is coming off a 24-6 win over Pointe South in the regular season finale.
The teams didn’t meet during the regular season.
“We are real excited about the playoffs,” White coach Mareno Philyaw said. “We are telling the guys that we want to finish the season.”
White is coming off a bye week, which Philyaw said allowed his team to heal some nagging injuries and work out some “kinks” on both sides of the ball.
“I think the bye week came at a good time for us,” Philyaw said.
The last time White reached the championship game was four years ago when it lost to Rex Mill in the finals. Philyaw said his team doesn’t feel any added pressure with being the top seed in the three-game playoff format.
“I think our guys like being No. 1,” Philyaw said. “We are looking at it as being the next game for us. We are happy to be among the teams that are still playing football. We are not going to over look any one in the playoffs.”
Defending champion Rex Mill is hoping to rebound from its loss to Roberts. The Yellow Jackets are the No. 3 seed and open with a 6:45 p.m. game against Babb at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Rex Mill’s only two losses on the season came against White and Roberts.
“It’s a new season and everybody is zero and zero at this point,” Rex Mill coach Eric Henderson said. “Any time you reach the playoffs you are excited.”
Johnson said he doesn’t sense a letdown in his team coming off its win over Rex Mill last week.
“Going off our practices the last couple of days, the players seem ready,” Johnson said. “We have taken a business approach about the playoffs. We are not going to change anything, we are going to keep doing what has gotten us here.”