Despite a crushing loss to East Coweta last week, Douglas County still has one very plausible scenario where they can sneak into the 6A State Playoffs. To do so, the Tigers will need a little help from Westlake, the top team in Region 3-AAAAAA.
DC currently sits in a tie for fifth in the region with a 2-3 record. They are 3-5 overall. The Tigers are tied with Newnan and a game behind both East Coweta and South Cobb, who are tied for third. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs and DC currently holds the tie-breaker against both Newnan and South Cobb with wins earlier in the year.
If South Cobb suffers at least one loss, which could easily come this week when they play Westlake, then the Tigers could sneak in and take the fourth spot away if they win their final two games.
Luck of scheduling is completely on Douglas County’s side. Not only does SC have to play the top team, DC will face off with the bottom two teams in the region over the final two weeks. First up will be Campbell, who is currently 1-4 in the region and 3-5 overall. Next will be Pebblebrook, who is 0-5 in the region and 2-6 overall.
Campbell has been solid on offense this season with an average of 27 points per game. However, they have struggled defensively, allowing 30 points per game. DC is averaging 22 points per game on offense and allowing 27 on defense.
When the Tigers have been successful this season, they have been led by their quarterback, Malik Oliver. The young QB has completed 97-of-172 passes for 1,151 yards. He has nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite targets have been D’Ondre Glenn and Donovan Richardson. Richardson has 37 catches for 456 yards and Glenn has 29 yards for 427 yards. Oliver leads the rushing attack with 107 carries for 303 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers are led by Drake Battle, Joe Caldwell, DeOnta Coker, and Malik Hampton. Battle has a team high 75 tackles and five tackles for a loss.
Campbell is coming off a high scoring, 62-39 loss to South Cobb. Offensively, Campbell has a balanced attack with no one person making the Cobb County Top 10 list at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. However, Jawan Nobles is a dual threat at QB. Last week against South Cobb he threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 100 yards.
The Campbell defense is led by Monte Daniel, who leads all of Cobb County with eight sacks.
Douglas County and Campbell have not faced each other since 2001. DC won that game, 42-27. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at DCHS.