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Union Grove, Stockbridge begin playoff quests
by Bobby Tedder
November 15, 2012 09:06 AM | 1761 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Union Grove halfback Chuck Valentine looks for running run during practice.
Union Grove halfback Chuck Valentine looks for running run during practice.
The wait is finally over.

Union Grove and Stockbridge are set to face off with the rest of the state’s best for gridiron supremacy, beginning this week. Henry County’s finest have just two losses on the season between them and are poised to embark on long playoff runs — Stockbridge in Class 4-A play; Union Grove in the classification above.

The Henry Neighbor will keep up with both teams for as long as they are alive in the postseason —which may be until the very end. Both squads have the talent and coaching to play for all the marbles in the Georgia Dome.

In the playoffs, though, circumstance and opportunism more often than not can decide which team goes home and which team plays on.

The sports department at this publication salutes players, coaches and fans from all the Henry County teams that have contributed to a memorable 2012 regular season.

It’s time for Stockbridge and Union Grove to carry for the county banner forward.

Without further adieu, here’s a sneak peek of Round 1 playoff action.

 Bainbridge at Union Grove

Union Grove (9-1) will begin its quest for a state title by tangling with the 7-3 Bearcats. The Wolverines are favored, but the game — at least on paper — figures to be a close one.

The Wolverines enter the game on a roll, including last week’s 30-0 dismantling of McIntosh. Running back Derrick Craine, who scampered for an 82-yard score last week, will look to again ignite the Union Grove offense by way of the big play or wearing down the Bainbridge defense late.

Predictions: The Union Grove defense should prove stout against the Bearcats, perhaps even putting points on the board via pick-six in a low-scoring Wolverines win.

Details: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Worth County at Stockbridge

Stockbridge (9-1) doesn’t have long to rest on its laurels after claiming the Region 4–AAAA championship. The Tigers will play host to an upset-minded Worth County team.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Stockbridge appears to be peaking — the latest evidence being last week’s 29-0 win over North Clayton. Tigers coach Kevin Whitley will look to have his team again firing on all cylinders.

Prediction: The scrappy 4-6 Rams will likely put up a fight early on, but look for Stockbridge to take control by halftime and win going away.

Details: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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