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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander senior defensive end Chase Burton, who has 12 sacks, is two away from setting a new single-season record for the Cougars' program.

Coming into tonight’s game against second-ranked Mays, the Alexander Cougars still control their own destiny towards the playoffs.

The outcome of this Region 5-AAAAAA contest will determine if they keep control of it.

Mays enters tonight’s contest on a 24-game region winning streak and in first place at 6-0 against region opponents. Alexander is tied with Douglas County for second place in the region.

Cougars coach Matt Combs says his team goal all season has been control its own fate.

“That is how we like it,” Combs said. “We are not worried about what’s going on next week. Our main focus has been on Mays. We just take care of what we can take care of.”

Douglas County host winless Creekside today. Next week, Douglas County travels to Alexander for the regular season finale for both teams.

But up first is a Mays team that has been dominating on defense. The Raiders are giving up an average of five points per game, which one of the best averages in the state.

Mays also relies on a potent passing game with standout wide receiver Amir Abdur-Rahman, who has 547 yards and nine touchdown receptions.

“Mays is Mays,” Combs said. “They are going to be a well-coached team with some good athletes. They definitely do a good job with their scheme. We are going to have to execute. We have played a lot of attention to detail this week.”

Alexander players seem excited about today’s visitors.

“I like playing against good competition,” said senior wide receiver Michiah Randolph, who has 751 yards and eight touchdowns on 41 receptions. “I’ve been waiting on this game.”

Cougars senior quarterback Mason Wood has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,521 yards and 16 touchdowns. He only has three interceptions on the year.

Junior Quinton Brown has rushed for 564 yards and three touchdowns.

Seniors Aaron Causey (linebacker) and Chase Burton (defensive end) have been the leaders on defense. Causey, who has committed to Indiana, has five interceptions on the year.

Burton is two sacks shy of setting a new program record. He comes into the game with 12 sacks on the season.

“We have also had a lot of the younger guys stepping up and playing big roles,” Combs said. “I like the fact that we have gotten better each week.”

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