The Stephenson Jaguar defense was so dominant in this past Friday's game at Hallford Stadium that the Southwest DeKalb Panthers were unable to cross midfield with their nine offensive drives, excluding their interception to get the ball in Jaguar territory. Southwest averaged finishing its drives at its own 23 yard line.
Stephenson’s defense overcame an interception in the second quarter by Southwest’s Justin Mincy which he returned to the Stephenson 41. Facing a fourth and five at the Stephenson 22 the Panthers went for a 37 yard field goal attempt, but a bad snap turned into an interception by Stephenson’s Rashad Payne and the Panthers would never threaten to score the rest of the way.
The Jaguar offense meanwhile was piling up 294 yards of offense including 120 through the air and two touchdown passes by Justin Holman. Holman connected for 45 yards to Taylor Henry and eight yards to Raylen Elzy. Stephenson scored on the opening drive of the game as Austin Tevin scored from eight yards out on a fourth and two from the Panther eight yard line as Stephenson took the 7-0 lead and never looked back.
The Jaguars recorded their second consecutive shutout in the series with Southwest DeKalb, the last win a 6-0 decision in 2005. Southwest still leads the series by a narrow 5-4 margin. Wisdom Nzidee hit field goals of 23 and 30 yards for the Jaguars who also got a four yard touchdown run from Jahmal Daniels. Stephenson improved to 4-0 on the season and 4-0 in Region 6-AAAAA heading into the regions’ by week.
Tucker 67, Lakeside 7
The No. 2 ranked Tucker Tigers got three touchdowns via the pass from Juwaan Williams to Joseph Farrar on the way to a 67-7 Region 6-AAAAA victory over the Lakeside Vikings. The Tigers have won 20 consecutive games as they head into the bye week. Tucker (5-0, 4-0) also rushed for over 300 yards on the ground for the second consecutive game.
Lakeside fell to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in region play.
M.L. King Jr. 24, Arabia Mountain 6
The No. 3 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions improved to 5-0 on the season with a 24-6 win over the Arabia Mountain Rams at Panthersville on Friday. The Lions have won 15 consecutive regular season games while improving to 4-0 this season in Region 6-AAAAA. Arabia Mountain is 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the region. Both teams are off this weekend.
Cedar Grove 42, Decatur 21
The Cedar Grove Saints opened their Region 6-AAA slate with a 42-21 win over the Decatur Bulldogs on Saturday night at Panthersville Stadium. The Saints are 3-2 overall and open 1-0 in the region while the Bulldogs fell to 3-2 and 0-1.
Week 6 Recap: Friday, Sept. 28
M.L. King (5-0) 24, Arabia Mountain (1-4) 6
Clarkston (2-4) 16, Hapeville Charter (1-3) 14
North Cobb Christian (2-2) 47, Cross Keys (0-4) 7
Lovejoy (5-0) 58, Druid Hills (2-2) 3
Miller Grove (4-1) 27, Dunwoody (0-5) 7
Tucker (5-0) 67, Lakeside (1-4) 7
Stephenson (4-0) 32, SW DeKalb (3-2) 0
St. Pius X (4-1) 48, Towers (0-5) 6
Recap: Saturday, Sept. 29
Cedar Grove (3-2) 42, Decatur (3-2) 21
OPEN: Chamblee (4-0), Columbia (2-2), Lithonia (0-4), McNair (3-1), Redan (1-3), Stone Mountain (1-3)
Mark Brock is the Information Officer/Athletics Statistician/Web Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics/East DeKalb Campus.
Travis Hudgons is a freelance photographer who captured the highlights of Friday's game for Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch.