Game: North Springs Spartans (2-0, 0-0) at Decatur Bulldogs (1-2, 0-0)
Date and time: Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: North Springs 28, Decatur 13
All-time series: Decatur leads 2-1
Prediction: Decatur 20, North Springs 17
Decatur’s home contest against North Springs in a Region 6AAAAA contest highlights an active week of football action for local programs.
The Bulldogs look to rebound from a 45-13 non-region road loss at Cedar Shoals on Sept. 1. Tyrus Cheeks and Marcus Hood each had defensive touchdowns in the defeat for Decatur. North Springs has gotten off to a strong start to the season with a 2-0 record. The Spartans earned a 21-6 road win at Towers on Sept. 1.
Marist earned a 31-6 home win over Baylor (TN) on Sept. 1. The War Eagles’ offense rushed for 311 yards led by quarterback Chase Abshier who had 115 yards on the ground. John FitzPatrick had four receptions for 60 yards. Linebacker Paul Stanley had six tackles and six assists in addition to a sack in the win. Kyle Hamilton blocked a field goal on special teams.
“Our defense kept us in the game for the first half,” Marist coach Alan Chadwick said. “Numerous offensive mistakes allowed Baylor excellent field position for most of the half but our stingy defense held Baylor to two field goals.” The War Eagles will host Woodward Academy in a non-region contest on Friday. Marist leads the lifetime series over Woodward Academy 26-23-2 but lost last year’s game 32-0.
Arabia Mountain stayed undefeated through its first three games of the season with a 46-6 win over Redan on Sept. 1. Josh Campbell rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns and also threw a TD pass in the victory. Rams’ quarterback Bryson Williams threw two touchdown passes. Tyler Suber, Silas Butler and Jordan Barrow each had a receiving touchdown as well. Tristan Phillips, Christian Phillips and Demetric Barnes had five tackles each for Arabia Mountain’s defense. Barnes also recovered a fumble caused by teammate Amir Graham. The Rams are off this week.
Redan visits Westminster in a Region 5AAA contest on Friday.
Dunwoody also has a bye this week after earned a 16-0 road win at Chamblee on Sept. 1 for an undefeated start through two games. The Wildcats have already matched last season’s win total.
“I believe that the key factor for us was our conditioning,” Dunwoody coach John Nash said. “We did not play very well. However, our defense kept us in the game. The entire defense, especially up front, played very well.”
Chamblee hosts Salem in a non-region contest this Friday. The Seminoles lead the lifetime series 4-1 but the Bulldogs won last year’s game 6-0.
Lithonia earned its first win of the season with a 21-13 road win at Luella on Sept. 1. The Lions visit Meadowcreek in a non-region tilt on Friday.
Stone Mountain also picked up its first victory of its 2017 campaign on Sept. 1 when it defeated Clarkston 37-20. The win snapped the Pirates nine-game losing streak dating back to last season. Stone Mountain now opens Region 5AAA play on Friday at home against Pace Academy. The Pirates dropped the lone lifetime meeting between the two teams last season by the score of 44-20.
Tucker visits Jonesboro on Friday after falling at Colquitt County 35-21 on Sept. 1. It was only the second loss for the Tigers in the last 17 games. Travon Ford had a touchdown pass and teammate David Davis scored a rushing TD in the loss. Isaiah Dunson had a 16-yard touchdown catch as well for Tucker. The Tigers open Region 4AAAAAA play on Friday when they host Jonesboro. Tucker won last season’s game 58-0 in the first lifetime meeting between the two programs.
Stephenson also opens play in Region 4AAAAAA on Friday with a home game against Lovejoy. The Jaguars fell at home to Mill Creek 31-13 on Aug. 25. Stephenson fell to Lovejoy 28-27 last season in the first meeting between the two teams.
Miller Grove dropped its first contest in three games this season with a 19-13 loss to M.L. King on Sept. 1. The Wolverines look to pick up a non-region win against Lakeside on Friday.
Southwest DeKalb defeated Creekside 28-0 on Sept. 1 for its second win in three games to start the season. The Panthers are off this week.
Other matchups this week included Druid Hills facing Clarkston, Cedar Grove hosting Lovett in a Region 5AAA contest and St. Pius X hosting Greater Atlanta Christian.