With a win over the Lions (6-2, 5-2), the No. 1 ranked Tigers (8-0, 7-0) will move closer to clinching the region championship. If Tucker avenges last season’s loss to M.L. King and Stephenson defeats Mays at Hallford Stadium on Saturday, then the Tigers will wear the 2013 region crown.
The Jaguars (7-1, 6-1) will also benefit since their third straight win will guarantee a home playoff game.
Last week, Tucker inched closer to its seventh perfect regular season since 2001 with a 55-12 victory over Miller Grove. Elijah Sullivan rushed for three touchdowns, and Dominick Sanders, Joseph Farrar and Myles Donaldson each ran for a score. Joseph Proby also returned an interception for a TD.
Meanwhile, the Lions fell short to Stephenson 10-6 last Friday.
Even though they have only had success against one of the region’s top teams, the Arabia Mountain Rams (5-3, 4-3) could reach the playoffs for the first time if they win their final two games and Mays loses its last two.
This Saturday, Arabia Mountain meets Dunwoody, which it defeated 40-7 a year ago, at North DeKalb Stadium. Then next week, when Mays faces Tucker, the Rams meet 1-7 Lakeside.
In Region 6-AAA, the Cedar Grove Saints (6-2, 3-1) aim to make things tighter atop the standings when they visit Woodward Academy this Friday. While the Saints were on a bye, Terry Googer rushed for 180 yards and two scores, and threw a touchdown pass in the War Eagles’ 42-28 win against St. Pius.
Last season, Cedar Grove cruised past Woodward 47-14.
The Decatur Bulldogs (6-2, 2-2) seek their third consecutive victory when they host McNair this Friday.