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Teams continue tune-up part of schedules

Drew coach Jarrett Laws is hoping his team can avoid a 0-2 start when the Titans travel to Conyers to take on Rockdale this Friday. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Drew coach Jarrett Laws is hoping his team can avoid a 0-2 start when the Titans travel to Conyers to take on Rockdale this Friday. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

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Lovejoy will need another big game from running back Jeremiah Kirkland when the Wildcats travel to Alpharetta for a non-region game. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Area teams continue to tune up for their upcoming region and subregion schedules this week with a host of non-region games.

Lovejoy at Alpharetta: Although they lost, the Wildcats gave a good account of themselves at Colquitt County last week.

Lovejoy lost to the Packers, but had a chance for a game-winning touchdown after facing a fourth-and-goal from the Colquitt 5, but quarterback Quintarius Neely’s pass intended for Kevin Morris was batted away.

For the game, Neely completed 15-of-30 passes for 226 yards while receiver Preston Williams had six receptions for 174 yards. Wildcats running back Jeremiah Kirkland rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries.

Up next is another road trip to Alpharetta. Lovejoy won last season’s contest 43-24 at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

The Raiders enters Friday’s contest with a 1-1 record after a season-opening overtime loss to Milton before last week’s 36-7 win at home against Harrison.

Although last year’s standout quarterback Joshua Dobbs has graduated, the Lovejoy secondary will be tested by Raiders wide receiver Daniel Clements, who had 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Neely and Williams will test an experienced Alpharetta secondary.

Griffin vs. Jonesboro: It’s already region time for these two rivals. This will be the first Region 4-AAAA, Div. B contest for both teams. Griffin enters the game with a 2-0 record after wins over Dutchtown and Northgate.

Griffin comes into the contest averaging 47 points per game while Jonesboro needs to find some offense after suffering a 7-0 shutout loss to Westover last week.

The Bears had plenty of offensive stars in their win over Northgate. Griffin running back Malik Miller rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries despite an ankle injury. Also, wide receiver Trey Willis had two touchdowns receptions and 136 yards receiving on eight catches.

Forest Park at Union Grove: The Panthers enter the game with a confidence boost after snapping a 10-game losing streak with a homecoming victory over rival Morrow last week. In the game, senior DaJuan Sims rushed for 209 yards. Union Grove has been led by freshman Trevor Gear, who has rushed for 213 yards on 39 carries and four touchdowns in his first varsity season.

Drew at Rockdale: Drew will be trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since the 2010 season when it travels to Class AAAAA Rockdale for a non-region game. Rockdale 2-0 start is its best since going 3-0 to start the 2008 season. In its 9-7 win over Heritage-Conyers, the Bulldogs got a safety with 3:46 remaining for what would be the game-winning score.