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Area teams compete for playoff berths
by Bobby Tedder
November 14, 2012 04:49 PM | 1595 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stockbridge’s Corey Hall hauls in a catch while warming up at practice.
Stockbridge’s Corey Hall hauls in a catch while warming up at practice.
This week marks the end of the high school football regular season.

For a few area teams jockeying for playoffs positioning and berths, it’s just the beginning. This week’s contests, both region play-in games and other, will determine the fates of those who still have plenty to play for.

The Henry area boasts a trio of bona fide contenders — teams capable of running the table and going home with hard-fought GHSA hardware to close the 2012 season.

In high-pressure games like these and those to be played a week from now, things rarely go as scripted. Consequently, those teams — players and coaches alike — flexible and talented enough to improvise in the moment and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat are the ones who usually live to fight another down and another day.

For the Henry teams still alive at this point, what began with grueling two-a-days in the heat of the summer comes down to an us versus them tilt amid cool fall temperatures and underneath Friday night lights.

Here’s a look at this week’s matchups:

Landmark Christian at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

With both teams being undefeated in Region 5-A play, this is easily the game of the week.

The winner takes the top seed, the loser a consolation prize in the form of a slightly tougher opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

 McIntosh at Union Grove

Union Grove [8-1] would do well to get up on the upset-minded Chiefs [5-4] early in this region play-in match-up. The longer feisty McIntosh is allowed to stay in the game, the more dangerous things could become for the heavily favored Wolverines.

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

 North Clayton at Stockbridge

In an unusual twist, Stockbridge [8-1] will lock horns with the 2-7 Eagles for the second time in the regular season. The disparity in their records suggests an easy night for the home standing Tigers.

Not so fast. Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley’s club barely escaped the last time around, clawing out a 15-14 win back in September.

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

 Last week’s [Nov. 2] scores:

ELCA 55 Pace Academy 0

Stockbridge 35 Locust Grove 0

Union Grove 26 Drew 0

Dutchtown 21 Woodland 14

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