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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander coach Matt Combs talks to his players following Thursday's walk-through practice.

Douglas County coach Johnny White can’t think of a better way for the regular season to end.

White’s Tigers will meet Alexander tonight in a game not only for county bragging rights but for playoff sending.

“How else would you want it to be?” White said. “I’m not complaining about it.”

The winner of tonight’s contest at Alexander will get the No. 2 seed in next week’s playoffs and get to host a game. Douglas County is assured a No. 3 seed if it loses.

But it gets a little murky for Alexander in the event of a loss. The Cougars could go anywhere from a No. 2 to fourth seed, or completely out of the playoffs.

If the Cougars lose to Douglas County and Mays defeats Northgate, they are the No. 3 seed. If the Cougars lose to Douglas County and Northgate defeats Mays, the Cougars are out of the playoff race.

“It’s an important game only because its Alexander’s next game,” Cougars coach Matt Combs said. “Yes there are a lot of implications riding on it. We had a good week of preparation. We know Douglas County is coming in here prepared. They are going to be physical. We have a football game on Friday night in Georgia.”

And a lot is riding on the outcome.

The senior class at Douglas County has never won against Alexander.

“This game definitely means a lot because you want to go into the playoffs with some momentum,” Douglas County offensive tackle Deondre Harvey said. “Going 9-1 would definitely be a good look.”

Some of the players grew up together and played middle school football togethers, while others have been rivalry since their youth playing days.

Douglas County linebacker Josh Slay played with several Alexander players at Fairplay.

He elected to go to Douglas County for its International Baccalaureate program where he sports a 4.0 grade-point average. Slay, who was recently chosen for the prestigious Rising Senior Bowl All-Star game, is looking forward to playing agains some of his neighborhood friends.

“We have gone a little back and fourth with texting each other,” Slay said. “I’m definitely looking forward to competing against them.”

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