At press time, Griffin was ranked No. 3 in the state in this classification and Stockbridge was one spot behind the Bears.
Last season, Stockbridge became the first school from Henry County to defeat Griffin, snapping a 28-game losing streak by county teams and a six-game slide of its own.
In that contest, the Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Griffin rallied to pull even and Andrus Guillen prevented a meltdown with the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Maetron Thomas had a touchdown catch and Malik Bryan had a TD run for the Tigers.
This Friday, both teams will enter the game 4-0. The Tigers proved they weren’t looking ahead to this match-up by convincingly defeating North Clayton 40-0 last Saturday.
Griffin was just as focused last Friday with a 34-7 victory over Woodland-Stockbridge. Nic Williams and Jaquez Parks scored touchdowns for the Bears, who led 34-0 at the half.
Stockbridge has allowed just 22 points this season and Griffin has surrendered only seven in its last three games.
Even though these two teams are on different sides of Region 4-AAAA, last year as a result of edging Griffin, the Tigers won the region championship. The winner could find itself in the same situation at the end of the season.
Three other teams in the region hope to keep moving in the right direction Friday.
Eagle’s Landing (3-1) seeks its third straight win after a 36-29 triumph over Jonesboro last week. Senior Bradley Dewberry ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another. Corey Holloway (130 rushing yards) and Sedrick Palmer (99) also ran for a TD apiece.
The Golden Eagles host 2-2 Riverdale.
Following a 49-28 victory over Riverdale last Friday, Dutchtown tries to go above the .500 mark for the first time this season at home against winless Spalding. K’Lin Epps, Malik Barkley, Matthew Daniels and Brandon Robertson all scored against Riverdale.
Locust Grove improved to 2-2 last Thursday and hosts 0-4 North Clayton.