Lithonia football Rayshad Baldwin

Lithonia’s Rayshad Baldwin carries ball in contest against Chamblee last season. / Special – Frank Steele (Chamblee Athletics)

Game: Lithonia Bulldogs at Luella Lions

Date and time: Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Luella 20, Lithonia 14

All-time series: Luella leads 3-0

Prediction: Luella 24, Lithonia 20

Luella hosting Lithonia highlights this week’s prep football action for Henry County programs

The Lions enter the contest coming off of a 20-6 road defeat at Eastside in their season opener on Aug. 19 which also happened to be a Region 4AAAA tilt. Lithonia also dropped its season opener with a 50-18 loss at home against Carver on Aug. 18.

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) extended its winning streak to 23 games with a 21-14 home win over Eagle’s Landing High School on Aug. 18 in the season opener for both teams. ELCA scored the first 21 points of the contest and had 330 yards of total offense. Nate McCollum rushed for 82 yards while Josh Mays ran for 78 yards for the Chargers. Johnathan Youngblood had 12 tackles for ELCA while teammate Khaleb Hood notched eight tackles and four pass breakups in the victory. The Chargers host Knoxville Catholic (TN) this Friday. It’s the first meeting between the two teams.

Eagle’s Landing HS will host Houston County in its last non-region contest of the season on Thursday. The Bears have won the previous three meetings including last season’s 50-27 victory.

Ola picked up a 34-19 road win at Pike County in its season opener on Aug. 18. Senior running back Chris Rodriguez rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries in the victory. Defensively, sophomore Baylen Sanders had a team-high 12 tackles while seniors Logan Powell had 11 tackles and Brenden Sheehy had 10 tackles. Senior Limson Ow had an interception as well. The Mustangs host Heritage (Conyers) in a non-region contest on Friday. The Patriots won last season’s game 38-26.

Woodland earned a 42-0 home win over Union Grove in its season opener on Aug. 18. Senior Kareem Rogers rushed for a team-high 112 yards and three touchdowns in the victory Seniors Jalen Echols and Michael Tanks each rushed for a touchdown while junior Shariff Brown tossed a TD pass to senior Dequan Mosley. Junior Royce Mitchell, sophomore Lexington Stocker and senior Terrance Ellis each had six tackles on defense for the Wolfpack. Woodland visits Tri-Cities in a non-region contest in East Point on Saturday. The Wolfpack won last season’s game 47-9.

Union Grove visits Apalachee on Friday. Last season’s contest finished in a 22-22 tie.

Hampton dropped its season opener at home to Morrow 27-26 on Aug. 18. Senior Kelvin Highter rushed for a team-high 83 yards and two touchdowns in the loss for the Hornets. Junior Quantez Fitch had a rushing TD while junior Jaquari Smith threw a touchdown pass to Highter. Hampton hosts Whitewater on Sept. 1. The Wildcats won last season’s game 32-0.

Other action this Friday includes Locust Grove hosting Forest Park. The Wildcats hosted Warner Robins in its season opener on Aug. 25 with results unavailable at press time. Locust Grove earned six wins last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. The Wildcats won last season’s game against Forest Park 42-0.

Dutchtown visits Columbia on Saturday. The Bulldogs won last season’s contest 48-0. Dutchtown hosted Ola on Aug. 25 with results unavailable at press time. The Bulldogs won five contests in 2016.

Also on Saturday, Stockbridge faces Lovejoy on the road. The Tigers won last year’s contest 24-21. Stockbridge’s season opener this season took place on Aug. 26 at Mays with results unavailable at press time. The Tigers won 13 contests last season.

Henry County High School visits McIntosh on Friday. The Warhawks dropped last season’s contest to the Chiefs 41-26. Henry County HS visited Northside (Warner Robins) in its season opener on Aug. 25 with results unavailable at press time. The Warhawks look to improve from a winless campaign last season.

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