Arabia Mountain defeated a less than quality Southwest Dekalb (2-6; 2-5) 41-8 while Mays was polishing off a 40-8 win over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-7; 1-6) in Saturday Night Georgia High School Football action. Mays wasn’t concerned with Arabia Mountain, a team they fell to 32-29 in a game that featured a Mays rally falling up short. Arabia Mountain (5-3; 4-3) is still in the playoff hunt.
Mays now sits 6-2 overall and 6-1 in region 6-5A with veteran Stephenson (7-1; 6-1) and two-time state champ world beater Tucker (8-0; 7-0) left on their schedule, both are region opponents.
“We want to win region and we still have a shot,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said.
Jarvis is in his first season at Mays yet went 12-18 at Duluth the previous three seasons in a nationally respected Region 7-6A in Georgia featuring North Gwinnett, Norcross and Collins Hill. Prior to the Duluth, Jarvis was 49-11 at ML King. Mays defeated ML King 36-28 earlier this season. The Jarvis Era was Duluth’s greatest run of success in recent years as they were 14-62 in the previous eight seasons since 2002.
Lakeside-Dekalb used a more than 8 minute drive spanning the first and second quarters to knife into a 15-0 May’s lead to make it 15-8 in the middle of the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Mays bounced back on their next possession scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run, set up by a 42-yard pass play for a 21-8 lead.
“They threw some formations at us that we had not seen. We saw it and addressed it and were able to stop them as the game went on. They play in our region…,” Jarvis said.
On Homecoming the Raiders impressed tacking on a touchdown near the end of the first half for a commanding 27-8 halftime lead. A 47-yard pass highlighted an 80-yard drive to open the 3rd quarter for Mays when they took a 33-8 lead at the end of that drive. They punched in another score to make it 40-8 for the final margin before the end of the third quarter, setting up a running clock for the fourth quarter.
“We have to handle our business,” an already focused for next week Jarvis said.