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Chamblee vs. Washington headlines region play-in games
by Bobby Tedder
November 07, 2012 10:16 AM | 2722 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chamblee senior wide receiver Desmond Noird, left, and senior cornerback Caleb Desamours.
Chamblee senior wide receiver Desmond Noird, left, and senior cornerback Caleb Desamours.
Chamblee doesn’t have long to get the bitter taste of last week’s loss out of its mouth. A win this week and the Bulldogs will be tasting the playoffs.

Chamblee [8-1] hosts Washington [7-2] at North DeKalb Stadium Saturday night in a marquee Region 6-AAAA matchup headlining this week’s slate of play-in games. These contests will determine playoff berths for the first round of the state playoffs, set to begin next week.

The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Marist, their first of the season.

Now is the time to get their remarkable 2012 campaign back on track.

First-year coach Allen Johnson has managed to turn around a Chamblee program that produced a mere eight wins the previous two seasons.

The 2012 Bulldogs have as many wins through their first nine games.

“Our seniors haven’t had a winning season at the varsity level their entire high school careers,” Johnson said. “To be honest, it wasn’t about trying to go undefeated … my goal this year was to change the environment and the attitudes, get some school spirit going on around here.

“I wanted to lay the foundation for a championship program.”

Washington will have to deal with the Bulldogs’’ attack-oriented defense, featuring multiple 8-man fronts led by blue chip lineman Davin Bellamy.

“We’ve got some guys that fly around to the ball … when we do that, good things tend to happen,” said Johnson.

Game time: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Several other teams will look to secure playoff berths and positioning this week via play-in games:

Stephenson vs. North Atlanta

Stephenson [6-2] gets the Region 6-AAAAA No. 2 seed and a guaranteed home playoff game

with a win over North Atlanta [1-8] at Hallford Stadium.

Game time: Friday at 8 p.m.

 Mays at Tucker

Tucker [7-2] can clinch the No. 3 seed in Region 6-AAAAA with a win over Mays [5-4] at Adams Stadium.

Game time: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 Druid Hills at Rockdale County

It’s been 56 years since Druid Hills made a state playoff appearance.

The Red Devils [4-5] can secure the No. 3 seed out of Region 2-AAAAAA with a win over Rockdale County [2-7].

Game time: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 Dunwoody vs. Southwest DeKalb

Dunwoody [1-8] has an opportunity to play spoiler in this Region 6-AAAAA matchup with the Panthers of Southwest DeKalb [6-3] at North DeKalb Stadium.

A win by the Wildcats would snap Southwest’s string of four consecutive playoff appearances.

Game time: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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