Stephenson And Mays Set To Battle For Region Crown

Dekalb County Georgia meet Atlanta Public Schools. That’s the case as Dekalb’s Stephenson and APS’ Mays meet for the fifth time in history Friday. This meeting will be slightly different from the previous four as the region 6-5A championship is on the line. Stephenson leads the all-time series 3-1 however Mays won the last meeting 13-9 in 2013 in head coach Corey Jarvis’ first season at Mays. Neither team has lost to a Georgia opponent this season.

Stephenson enters the contest 8-1 with its lone loss coming to Florida 5A favorite American Heritage (ranked No.1 in FL 5A and No.19 in the National HSFB 100) 38-6 back in late August. Mays enters 9-0 has not played an out-of-state opponent this season however the Raiders have been exploring their options for future seasons.

Jarvis is no stranger to Stephenson and head coach Ron Gartrell. In five seasons at ML King from 2005-2009 Jarvis posted a 3-1 record against Gartrell and the Jaguars. Jarvis leads the all-time head-to-head series between the two coaches 4-1.

“They are a different team this season. (Gartrell) will have them ready and we’ll be ready,” Mays head coach Jarvis said.

Since coming over from Duluth after the 2012 season, Jarvis is 29-7 at Mays with a class 5A state runner-up finish last season in now his third year at the southwest Atlanta school while. This season the Raiders have been nationally ranked since Labor Day, that’s nine straight weeks in the National HS Football 100, the longest an Atlanta Public School program has been nationally ranked in any national poll. Currently the Raiders are No.95, they’ve been as high as No. 84 and as low as No.97 during the nine week stretch and have been the only team from Georgia class 5A to crack the rankings despite not being higher than No.2 in the state 5A poll.

Jarvis has mainly downplayed the state and national rankings most of the season.

“We lost in the state championship game last season,” Jarvis says when it comes to questions about rankings.

Yes they did and if a return trip to the finals are in their plans it starts with Friday night with a win over Stephenson for the Region title and number one seed for the 5A playoffs.

Total Sports Coverage will have all the action live beginning at 7:20 pm et.

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