Two of DeKalb County’s top football program will face each other for the first time in a regular season game Oct. 12.
The No. 4-ranked Stephenson Jaguars (4-0) and No. 2-ranked Tucker Tigers (5-0) will face off in a much-anticipated region 6-AAAAA battle at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The two teams, both 4-0 in the region, are coming off a bye week and should be ready and well-rested for this matchup.
Coming off a 67-7 win against Lakeside High School on Sept. 28, the Tigers will face a tougher challenger in the Jaguars, who defeated Southwest DeKalb High School 32-0 in its last game. The defending Class AAAA state champions have played well since moving up to Class AAAAA, outscoring its opponents 217-42 this season, and are looking to make a big statement by giving Stephenson its first loss of the season.
The Tigers’ offense is averaging 357 yards rushing and 44 points per game and has five running backs with more than 150 yards each on the season. Running backs Yusef Minor and Dallas Rivers are both averaging more than 100 yards per game. The two have a combined 12 touchdowns and 856 total rushing yards.
The Jaguars’ tough defense is coming off a dominating performance against Southwest DeKalb and is looking to have a repeat performance against Tucker’s offense. Stephenson is allowing only 8.3 points per game.
Stephenson’s offense also has a number of weapons in quarterback Justin Holman and running backs Evan Jones, Tevin Austin and Jahmal Daniels. The Jaguars are averaging more than 300 yards rushing per game while scoring at more than 43 points per game.
Both teams are fighting, along with undefeated Martin Luther King High School, to claim the number one spot in the region. The winner of this game could claim that spot and possibly win the region.