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Special Photo/Jerry Jackson Chase Burton will help lead the Alexander Cougars against No. 2 Mays in a key Region 5-AAAAAA contest on Friday.


After this week’s action, the playoff picture could become a lot clearer for teams in Region 5-AAAAAA.

Alexander host No. 2 Mays in a key region contest that could decide the region title on Friday. A win by Mays would give the Raiders their second straight Region 5-AAAAAA title.

An Alexander win keeps the Cougars in the hunt for the top seed in next month’s playoff with a home final against Douglas County in next week.

Langston Hughes travels to Northgate in another important region showdown with the loser being eliminated from the playoff race.

Chapel Hill host LaGrange in Region 5-AAAA action as the Panthers try to keep pace in the playoff race.

Here is a look at the games involving county teams:

Mays at Alexander: The Raiders bring a 24-game region winning streak into the contest. Mays leads the series 2-1 with both wins coming at Lakewood Stadium. During the course of the season, the Raiders have used three quarterbacks that have combined for 1,535 yards and 21 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The main go-to receiver has been senior Amir Abdur-Rahman, who has 547 yards and nine touchdown receptions. Defensively, the Raiders are only giving up six points a game, which gives them one of the top defenses in the state. Antonio Grier Jr., last season’s region defensive player of the year, leads the Raiders from the linebacker spot. Alexander quarterback Mason Wood is coming off a five-touchdown performance against Creekside. Wood was 12 of 20 for 254 yards and four passing touchdowns while running for 61 yards and a score in the win.

LaGrange at Chapel Hill: The Panthers will be looking to get back in the win column in their final regular season home game of the year. Chapel Hill is currently in fourth place, a game behind Cedartown and Troup, in the region playoff race. Cedartown defeated Troup last week and takes on Sandy Creek on the road on Friday. Troup host Central before closing the season at top-ranked Cartersville. LaGrange lost, 41-0, to Sandy Creek last week. This is the regular season final for the winless Grangers. Panthers junior quarterback K.J. Burton has passed for 885 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 531 yards and 10 scores. He leads the Panthers in both categories. Junior running back Joshua Milfort has rushed for 398 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Tyre Shelton has been the Panthers main threat at receiver with 445 yards on 23 receptions with four touchdowns.

Creekside at Douglas County: It will be Senior Night as the Tigers host winless Creekside as they try to keep pace at hosting a first round playoff game. Current Tigers coach Johnny White served as defensive coordinator and then head coach at Fairburn. Two of his assistants - Van Johnson (2002) and Eric Robinson (2004) - are graduates of the Fairburn school. The Tigers are coming off a bye week after a sluggish win over Tri-Cities.

Carver-Atlanta at Lithia Springs: Carver won the only meeting between the two school last season at Lakewood Stadium. This will be the Panthers second trip to Douglas County as losing to Alexander earlier this season in a non-region contest. The Panthers are averaging 324 yards rushing and 220 yard passing per game with a lineup of several Div. I FBS prospects. The Panthers offense is triggered by senior Octavious Battle, who has passed for 1,794 yards and 10 touchdowns while sophomore Jo’quavious Marks is the workhorse in the running game with 1,345 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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