By David Purdum / For the AJC
Lakewood showdown: Grady, winner of four straight, faces undefeated Washington (Atlanta) on Friday at Lakewood Stadium. Grady coach Ronnie Millen notched his 100thwin earlier in the season and has won four of five meetings with Washington, including a 42-22 victory over the Bulldogs last season. Tonight’s game kicks off at 8 p.m. Washington has won its first five games by an average margin of 32.6 points.
Region 6-AAAA notables: Chamblee will be looking for its third consecutive shutout and fourth on the season, when the Bulldogs face Columbia on Friday at North DeKalb Stadium. … Marist has bounced back from consecutive losses with convincing wins over Therrell and Columbia. The War Eagles take on Lithonia at Hallford Stadium on Friday. Lithonia is 1-0 in region play, but has never beaten Marist in 11 tries.
Statement game: Liberty County has a chance a statement win, when the Panthers travel to No. 5 Statesboro for a battle of Region 3-AAAA