FRIDAY’S GAMES

Creekside at Alexander

Cartersville at Chapel Hil

Decatur at Lithia Springs

Langston Hughes at New Manchester

Chapel Hill’s magic number is two.

That is the number of games the Panthers will likely need to win in its last three to reach the Class AAAA playoffs.

“We know we will have to either go 4-2 or 3-3 in our region to make the playoffs,” Panthers coach Justin DeShon said. “We have looked at that scenario for a few weeks. We got to at least win two of our last three but to go three for three would be a big bonus.”

First up for the Panthers is top-ranked and defending state champion Cartersville, who will pay a visit on Friday. The Panthers are 3-3-1 overall and 1-2 in Region 5-AAAA.

“They are absolutely a good team,” DeShon said. “I don’t think our guys will back down. We are going to play hard and aggressive. We can’t shy away from them.”

The Purple Hurricanes come into the Region 5-AAAA contest on a 23-game winning streak after a 35-21 win over Sandy Creek on the road. The 21 points were the most scored on Cartersville this season since giving up 14 points to Allatoona in the season opener in August.

Chapel Hill’s defense will be tested by one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation in Trevor Lawrence. The junior has passed for 2,174 yards and 27 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He has spread the ball among several receivers.

Lawrence is considering signing with Georgia or Clemson to play his collegiate football.

“We have a big opportunity ahead of us this week,” Chapel Hill junior Malik LeBlanc said. “It is a great opportunity to try and compete with a team like Cartersville. It gives us an opportunity to see how we stack up.”

This is not the only big game on the slate this week as Alexander host Creekside.

Here is a look at other games in the area:

Creekside at Alexander: The Cougars continue their march towards one of the best seasons in school history. Alexander is riding a seven-game winning streak, two shy of tying the school record, into this Region 5-AAAAAA contest.

While Alexander and Mays continues to battle for the region championship, Creekside is looking to keep its playoffs hopes alive. The Seminoles lost 19-14 to Mays last week at the Georgia Dome.

Alexander got a game-winning drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from wide receiver Justin Hall to defeat Langston Hughes last week.

Langston Hughes at New Manchester: It is back to the drawing board for both these teams. Hughes couldn’t maintain a late lead against Alexander that would have strengthen its playoff chances. New Manchester remained winless after suffering a homecoming defeat by previous winless South Paulding last week.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Creekside at Alexander

Cartersville at Chapel Hil

Decatur at Lithia Springs

Langston Hughes at New Manchester

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