LOVEJOY — Lovejoy High reached the playoffs for an eighth straight season in a row in 2018 and they’re going to be right back in the mix for the playoffs in 2019.
Lovejoy had a chance at the Region 4-AAAAAA title as well in 2018 but their schedule will tell the tale. The Wildcats open the season at home in a non-region game against Banneker. Banneker made the state playoffs in 2018 before getting eliminated in the first round.
The second game of the season will find the Wildcats on the road against Mundy’s Mill. The Tigers also made the state playoffs in 2018 but had an early exit. Following the two straight state playoff team games at the start of the season, the Wildcats have a bye week before six straight games take over the schedule.
Lovejoy travels to face Drew in Week 4 before getting a chance to host Southwest DeKalb. The Wildcats hit the road to face Morrow High before hosting Tucker at the start of October. A week later, the Wildcats travel to face M.L. King and end their road game slate.
Lovejoy’s final three games of the season are broken up with a bye week after Oct. 17 home game against Mount Zion High. The final two games of the regular season are against Stephenson on Nov. 1 and Forest Park on Nov. 8.
Goodman’s Take: Considering the fact that the Wildcats were challenging for the region title near the end of 2018, this should be another year where Lovejoy returns to the state playoffs in 2019.
The month of October should prove very challenging to Lovejoy, first of which happens to be Tucker High and right after, a tough game against M.L. King.
When November starts, the Wildcats will have to deal with Stephenson but that should prove to be a classic this year between the two programs.
2019 Lovejoy Wildcats Schedule
Aug. 23 Banneker
Aug. 30 at Mundy’s Mill
Sept. 13 at Drew
Sept. 20 Southwest DeKalb
Sept. 27 at Morrow
Oct. 4 Tucker
Oct. 11 at M.L. King
Oct. 17 Mount Zion
Nov. 1 Stephenson
Nov. 8 Forest Park