M.L. King, SW DeKalb to meet in key early 6-AAAAA matchup

Region play is under way in 5-AAAAA and begins this weekend in 6-AAAAA, and there are some big games on the schedule even though it’s just the third week of the regular season. There are other good matchups involving Class AAAAA teams, as well. Here’s a look at some of the biggest:

*Hiram at Rome: If East Paulding and Allatoona are the favorites at the top of Region 5-AAAAA, then Rome and Hiram are probably the next two in line to grab playoff berths. The winner of this game definitely has a leg up in qualifying for the postseason, while the loser has no margin for error the rest of the way.

*M.L. King vs. Southwest DeKalb: Two of the top teams in Region 6-AAAAA will meet on Saturday at Hallford Stadium to kick off their region schedules. Neither team will jeopardize its playoff chances with a loss, but the winner puts itself in a good spot for the playoff race and emerges as a legitimate candidate for the region title.

*Miller Grove at Mays: OK, so Mays stubbed its toe against Carver of Atlanta last week. But all will be well for the Raiders if they can knock off Miller Grove in the Region 6-AAAAA opener. The winner of this game just might have a shot of cracking the top four and grabbing a playoff berth.

*Thomas County Central at Marist: Class AAAA Marist went on the road to beat a good AAAAA team (Clarke Central) last week, and now the War Eagles come home to face an even better one in Thomas County Central. If these teams can recapture the magic from their six memorable games of the late 1990s and early 2000s, then the fans will be in for a treat.

*Gainesville at Buford: Gainesville found itself in a 17-point hole against West Forsyth last week and ended up losing 32-30. The Red Elephants must try to regroup this week against Buford in the final tune-up before region play beings in 8-AAAAA. Buford beat Gainesville 49-0 last season and has won all four meetings in this series.

*Flowery Branch at West Forsyth: Flowery Branch was in the opposite position of Gainesville, as the Falcons were tied with Northside of Warner Robins 7-7 before being blown out in the second half. Now the Falcons face the same West Forsyth that beat Gainesville. You can’t compare scores, but it should provide a good measuring stick as to how Flowery Branch will match up with Gainesville later this season.

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footballfan1989

September 6th, 2012
11:41 am

the Hiram vs Rome game should be a good game,this is the first meeting between the two school since 05-06 season.Rome has had the upper hand in the past but this is a new hiram team with Alot of experience on the offensive side of the ball and a ok defense.Both teams run the Wing T offense but rome is very basic,hiram like to like up in there no huddle Pistol T formation and spread the ball to there playmakers.If hiram can stop the hard nose romans and there big play capability the Hornets should come out with the W. I like Hiram in the hard fought battle with a 21-17 win over Rome at Barron stadium.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

EAST can’t lose focus…Last week’s game at North Paulding was an eye opener! EAST should have dominated that game in every phase BUT a new coaching staff and VERY questionable ref’s (something you rarely see me criticizing) kept North Paulding in the game way too long!

EAST has to show much better discipline, avoid the mental mistakes they made and open up the offense more…they were VERY obvious on what they were going to do much of the night. The new coach needs to win over the players, parents and fans of EAST who pack the stands weekly by showing he is IN CONTROL of this team and knows how to WIN…

EAST plays Hiram at Hiram and Rome in “THE BONEYARD” the following week, that should tell a lot about who wants this Region the most after these games!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

rwdekalb

September 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

Mays vs Miller Grove should be a close game. I heard Mays blew a big lead in their loss to Carver. They will need a lead in this game because Miller Grove defense is tough. Will be difficult for Mays to come back if they fall behind.

rwdekalb

September 6th, 2012
3:15 pm

MLK vs SWD could possibly be decided by who makes the fewest penalties and turnovers.

Bo

September 6th, 2012
3:51 pm

Good luck to the MLK lions…. Go lions

dekalbfootball1

September 6th, 2012
10:37 pm

MLK v SWD will be a great game. Get your popcorn ready. MLK has won every game since they have played each other. This team has more talent than most people think! See ya at the 50!!!!!

Canden74

September 7th, 2012
12:02 am

DeKalb County Schools have too much talent not to be winning state titles in football! IJS… :-)

thehillisreal

September 7th, 2012
12:44 am

I can’t see Mays QB and Wideout having another piss poor game.

Old Gold Panther

September 7th, 2012
3:16 am

SWD takes care of MLK on Saturday

Decatur joe

September 7th, 2012
7:54 am

Camden…well said!!! With the exclusion of Tucker

True Blue

September 7th, 2012
9:30 am

Talent dont win football games. Discpline and Coaching win State Championship. Plus the game is won up front with the big guys. You can have all the talent in the world, but they still have to be taught discpline and fundamental

dekalbcounty1

September 7th, 2012
9:42 am

@Old Gold Panther, only Dr. King dreams came true!!!!!

Say It Aint So

September 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Having watched SWD finally ware down a Pebblebrook team with no depth, no way they beat MLK. Buck’s team isn’t the SWD of old. There is some speed at the skill positions but they lack size. Pebblebrook hung around until late 3rd qt and SWD finally broke some nice runs to score.

Oh Please

September 7th, 2012
11:04 am

@Say It Ain’t So
Hold on now sir,lets not forget,Mlk won by the exact same score Swd did,23-0. Lets not forget that it took King just as long to put away Stockbridge,who is a worst team than Pebblebrook. From the preseason and game against pebblebrook,Swd has 7 interceptions and 2 goal line stands! Mlk’s quarter back is nowhere as good as last years was. I hear rumors that he went to Redan last year. If thats true, then he threw 3 interceptions against an swd team with less talented and younger defensive backs. Now that receiver polite is a very talented athlete and so is that number 2,but they are no Blake Tibbs. As good as they are the QB isnt elite enough to hit them. Now, I’ll admit SWD’s offense did taje a while to warm up, until the 3rd quarter when coach buck open the playbook and started passing the ball. In my opinion it will be very entertaining game,a defensive struggle, but with SWD’s elite 7 interception defense and offense when opened up,I say SWD upsets MLK! I have never attented either school,and we all kno my school(Tucker) is gonna have another championship run, I’m just going off both the games I’ve seen these teams play. SWD will win.

Tiger4Life

September 7th, 2012
11:14 am

SWD will win this game. ML King O Line can’t block. They over sized Stockbrige up front and the QB was still being chased all over the place, maybe 3 or 4 times he actually had time to set his feet and throw. ML King starters lost 17-0 to Cedar Grove in the pre-season and they only lead Stockbridge 7-0 late into the 3rd qrt.

SWD 18 ML King 12

Robert James a.k.a Bobby Jimmy

September 7th, 2012
12:14 pm

King by 30 pts.!!!!!!

Old Gold Panther

September 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

@Oh Please…I agree whit everything you said. MLK did not dominate in their game at all. SWD will be ranked after this weekend. Write it down!!!. SWD pitches a shutout. 21-0.

SKM404

September 7th, 2012
1:34 pm

Old Gold Panther, Oh Please, & Tiger4Life MLK has been doing their thing against SWD ever since 2007, 2008, & 2009 so you guys can’t say that SWD is gonna destroy them when MLK still has good heart.

Old Gold Panther

September 7th, 2012
1:42 pm

They have only played 2 games. Neither of those scores were hardly dominating. 2 wins in the past means nothing this year.

Tiger4Life

September 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

@SKM404

I’m not doubting they have heart, but blocking is something totally different.
It’s going to be close, not a blow out.

uncleJunior

September 7th, 2012
5:35 pm

I could understand Stephenson . . . . . .but TUCKER!?!?!?!? You too??? Everyone always wishing for MLK’s demise . . . . .just don’t make any videos (ask Stephenson about that)!!! Good luck to you all anyways.

dekalbfootball1

September 7th, 2012
6:22 pm

MLK first 2 games they were not at full strength but they are NOW! Meet me at the 50!!!!!

DekalbFootball

September 7th, 2012
11:04 pm

SWD wins easily 21-0. Defense will be to good for a average mlk offense.

Oh Please

September 7th, 2012
11:39 pm

@DekalbFootball
And you already know!!

Tiger4Life

September 8th, 2012
9:51 am

@uncleJunior

I’m not wishing for ML King demise, that’s just the way I see the game. Good news is they can prove me wrong, bad news is I’m usually right.

WMSLion

September 9th, 2012
11:31 am

@DekalbFootball @Tiger4Life Did yall here we beat swd 18-0 … Oh Ohkay

Ace #MLKLionsDen

September 9th, 2012
11:39 am

Honestly ..Arabia Mountain has a WAY better chance to making the playoffs then SWD, Dunwoody, Mays, and Miller Grove. After seeing them play this past friday in a game they should have easily won against Stephenson (28-18).. I know now they are no joke…SPEED KILLS, but when you dropping touchdown passes about 10 Times .. its going to be hard. Look for a real intense game against Tucker this friday …

Tiger4Life

September 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

Yeah, I heard. Good job…

Mr. Johnson

September 10th, 2012
12:50 pm

all of you haters can now be quiet. MLK new QB showed he was more than capable to defeat the mighty Panthers led by Buck Godfrey on Saturday. The kid looked poised and made great decisions all night

KeithMLKfan

September 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

I was impressed with MLK Sat night, they were a little loose on offense, but will get better with each game. Defense looked real good, made big plays when needed. Shutout is a shutout……..

Mr. Johnson

September 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

Remember they are replacing the 2nd leading passer in state history and 1st in Dekalb history and that is no easy task. They are also replacing 7 other players on offense as well. Its about time their defense has raised the level of play because the offense has been averaging 36 points per game the past two years. Noone can expect the same output when you are playing teams that are just as athletic. Offense sells tickets and Defense wins championships and the way MLK’s defense is playing they are on their way to the Georgia Dome…

DHI

September 10th, 2012
4:19 pm

MLK defense did well against a very unorganized SWD offense but will be tested by Mays, should be interesting.

AFAN

September 11th, 2012
9:04 am

@DHI I agree SWD’s offense was very unorganized. They play with little emotion and no sense of clock awareness and if they continue to play like that they want win 5 games but I believe they will make the necessary adjustments to win at least 7 regular season games.

Tiger4Life

September 11th, 2012
9:30 am

@Mr. Johnson

Do you think ML King will be a ble to stop/slow down Tucker’s rushing attack?

AFAN

September 11th, 2012
11:37 am

@Tiger4Life, they can possibly slow it down but won’t be able to stop. Their QB is at times quite illusive and is accurate when rolling from the pocket.

BcS2010

September 11th, 2012
1:10 pm

MLK im glad yall are 2-0 with a 23-0 win and a 18-0 win….BUT!!!! dont get carried away to beat Tucker you have to score because yall defense looks good against to average offenses but tucker is a whole different level!!! Tucker averages 38.5 ppg right now and allow 7. MLK im proud but im not sold on your defense yet..and i do think yall are going to beat MAYS also

BcS2010

September 11th, 2012
1:15 pm

AND!! arabia mountain lost 28-18 against stephenson. Stephenson’s team this season is no where near the normal stephenson teams! this team is a major downgrade. I still think stephenson will finish no worse than 3rd in the region but they are not that good this season. Tucker will neat arabia easily and all the talk about arabia is good, got talent,speed! should never come up again! loll stephenson played horrible against a bad team and still won by 10…

@CJay_XD

September 11th, 2012
1:47 pm

BcS2010
Please Tell Me where is ALL THIS HATE FOR ARABIA COMING FROM

BcS2010

September 11th, 2012
3:01 pm

@CJay_XD… Lol I don’t hate Arabia lol I just don’t like how Stephenson fans are talking like Arabia is a good team now! Arabia is new and yes they are improving but they are not a playoff team yet or anything special lol no disrespect to Arabia im more mad at the Stephenson fans for hyping Arabia up because of the close score

Ace #MLKLionsDen

September 11th, 2012
7:59 pm

BcS2010 – No joke but Arabia is good ..Im of course a MLK fan but Arabia is nice …Dont hate on them cuz they “new” ..i guarantee they make the playoffs

BcS2010

September 11th, 2012
11:36 pm

Lol Arabia will not make the playoffs lol the playoffs will be Tucker,Mlk,Stephenson and Swd..Mays Is the 5th best team but im sorry but after tucker kills Arabia this week y’all will come back to y’all senses and realize Arabia is not good… They will go 5-5 at best!

KeithMLKfan

September 12th, 2012
11:49 am

I heard that MLKs new quarterback is a transfer from Redan.He looked pretty darn good to me…….