Playoff berth could be at stake when SW DeKalb faces Mays

There seems to be a big game in Region 6-AAAAA every week, and this is no exception as Southwest DeKalb travels to Lakewood Stadium to meet Mays in a game that could have major playoff implications.

If second-ranked Tucker, No. 3 M.L. King and No. 4 Stephenson perform as their rankings would indicate, they will take three of the region’s four playoff berths. That leaves Southwest DeKalb and Mays to battle for the fourth spot.

Both teams are 1-1 in region play, and both lost to M.L. King – Southwest DeKalb 18-0 on Sept. 7, and Mays 29-23 last weekend. Southwest DeKalb has missed the playoffs just twice since 1985, and Mays failed to reach the postseason twice since 2003, but the loser of Friday’s game is likely to miss out this season.

The Class AAAAA schedule is a little lighter than usual this week, particularly in Regions 2 and 3, where several teams are off as they prepare to begin region play next week. But here are some of the other big games:

*Thomas County Central at Tift County: No. 6 Thomas County Central has faced rival Thomasville and three ranked teams and emerged with a 3-1 record. Now the Yellow Jackets face a Class AAAAAA team that seems to be getting better each week under first-year coach John Reid. Thomas County Central is off next week before beginning play in Region 1-AAAAA against Bainbridge.

*Whitewater at Union Grove: These teams could meet again on Nov. 9 in the Region 4-AAAAA championship game. Union Grove (2-0) is the only unbeaten team in Division A and will play Drew on Nov. 2 in a game that could decide the subregion title. Whitewater might have a more difficult task in Division B, which has been weaker than usual but has more competitive teams from top to bottom.

*Kell at Creekview: This could be a preview of the Region 7-AAAAA championship game. Kell (2-1 after losing to Lassiter last week) is expected to win subregion B. The Longhorns’ main challengers likely will be Riverwood, which is 3-0 but untested, and Pope (1-2), which has gotten off to a slow start. Creekview probably will battle with Sequoyah for the title in subregion A.

*Cedar Shoals at Heritage-Conyers: Cedar Shoals knew that if it was going to make the playoffs, it would need to win at least once against front-runners Heritage, Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Clarke Central. The Jaguars lost to Flowery Branch 45-27 last week. Next up is Heritage, one of four unbeaten 8-AAAAA teams in region play but the only one that is also undefeated overall.

12 comments Add your comment


September 20th, 2012
9:58 am

I live in DeKalb close to SWD; but I am from the SWAT! I know whoever win or lose the game will be very exciting! Meet me on the 50…….

Dekalb County Guy

September 20th, 2012
10:46 am

@ dekalbcounty1

I live in dekalb too, but from Adamsville which is now in the Mays zone Cant forget where I come from so sort of hoping that Mays gets the victory. Though they are the home team and usually play well at Lakewood I worry about Mays tendencies to suffer let downs in big games and I am sure after playing their heart out in an emotional game against MLK last week, SWD might sneak up on them.


September 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

Don’t laugh but I think Arabia Mountain can be a spoiler in Region 6-AAAAA this year. I assumed they would be the homecoming opponent for most schools in this region but they played well against both Stephenson and Tucker. Though they lost both games, I’m sure the final score was closer than most would have thought. They have a core group of players that have been together for 3 years and as we know, chemistry can sometimes overcome talent.

Don’t be quick to overlook the Rams!


September 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

The winner of the Mays-SWD game actually has a shot at winning the region or getting 2nd or 3rd seed. Nothing is a given. We all have seen what has happened to a lot of highly ranked teams such as Grayson and Walton. The game as we all know is played on the field and a ranking wont help you once that game whistle sounds. Arabia Mtn. is also playing good football and Lakeside is improving. Region 6 definitely looking strong so far.

Mays Maniac

September 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

Mays High R-A-I-D-E-R-S !!!!!! Let go hard …. You guys play so well I am sooooo excited about this game . I’m planning on sitting through the Carver(Atl) vs Columbia game just to get my warm up. You feel me!!!!! The Hill Is Real……… Let’s handle the business of the day, finish this!!!!!


September 20th, 2012
3:27 pm

Hey Chip…

The Thomas Co. Central @ Tift County game…Call this one the upset special if you will BUT this is a HOME game for Thomas County, they are already 2 / 1 on the season and could easily be 3 / 0 having BARELY lost the first game 33/29. and while I realize it has no actual bearing on this game it has a bit of “revenge factor” for Coach Reid as he took a VERY good undefeated 12/0 EAST PAULDING team to THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL in 07 for a playoff game and got spanked (and that’s being kind) 48 / 21! This is his first chance since then to get a “W” against them!


TCC 4-eva!

September 20th, 2012
3:58 pm

We’re 3-1 on the season, having beat Thomasville, Cairo, & Marist and have one loss to Colquitt, 35-33.

We’re playing at Tift, not at home. And we’re gonna beat Tift like a dirty rug.

YellowJacket Buzz.

September 20th, 2012
3:59 pm

TCC has faced 3 ranked opponents out of 4.

Tift has faced 3 patsies.

TCC wins, 28-14.

mr. johnson

September 21st, 2012
2:34 pm

M.L. King will win the region and win their first state championship this year

Big Bad Bob

September 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Tift saw the difference of playing a better team Friday night and John Reid got another taste of TCC football. He lost to TCC by 4 td’s the first go round and 3 this time, I didn’t think he was the guy when we hired him and I still think he won’t get us to competing for the 1-AAAAAA title. We will battle Brunswick for last place.

Yellow Jacket Buzz.

September 23rd, 2012
1:20 pm

So I was off by one TD. TCC over Tift, 34-14……Adam Choice had 158 yards rushing on 12 carries and 3 TDs.


September 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

Uhm, where are the SWD posters? Big win for the Panthers.

Mays is now on the outside looking in. The Raiders will have to beat both Tucker and Stephenson to be a part of this year’s playoff.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(Dekalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……