Alexander and Langston Hughes are in a ‘must-win’ situation the next few weeks to close out the season.
But it is for different reasons.
While Alexander is tied for first place with Mays for the lead in Region 5-AAAAAA, Langston Hughes is trying to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Alexander needs to continue winning to wrestle the region championship away from Mays, which has won 22 straight region games heading into tonight’s game at winless Creekside.
Mays and Alexander meet on Oct. 27 in a key region contest.
But first up tonight is a Panthers squad playing with a lot of urgency.
“We knew when we came into this region that every week was going to be a fight for a playoff spot,” Langston Hughes coach Willie Cannon said. “Alexander was region runner-up last season so we are hoping to sneak one away from them.”
Following a 30-27 loss to Douglas County at home on Sept. 22, the Panthers have responded with wins over winless Creekside (32-7) and South Paulding (40-7) in the last two weeks.
Cannon knows it will be a different story against Alexander, which has had close wins against Northgate and Tri-Cities the last two weeks.
“We are just taking each game at a time,” Cannon said. “We can’t look beyond no team in this region. This is a close team and they have fought hard. We have really focused on the little things and we are relying on each player to help.”
One of the main offensive weapons has been running back Christian Royalston. The speedy senior is 37 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark to go with his nine touchdowns. He has 1,275 all-purpose yards coming into the game.