The Region 6-AAAAA champion title will be on the line Oct. 26 when the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions play region rivals Stephenson Jaguars at Hallford Stadium.
The game is a must-win for the Jaguars, who hope to stay in the race for the region title. Stephenson suffered a surprising loss Oct. 20 against Miller Grove. The Jaguars were ranked No. 3 heading into the game against Miller Grove and looking to set up a battle of undefeated teams, but the Wolverines came from behind to beat Stephenson 32-29.
The No. 2 ranked M. L. King Jr. Lions (7-0) are currently atop the standings at 6-0 followed by Miller Grove (6-1, 5-1), Stephenson (5-1, 5-1) and Tucker (6-1, 5-1) tied for second.
The Jaguars are seeking revenge from Lions, who won the region last year after rallying from a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter to come back and defeat the Jaguars 50-49.
This game could be a defensive battle as both defenses are only allowing an average of seven points or less per game.
Stephenson’s defense is allowing an average of 6.2 points and 190.2 yards per game. The Jaguars will have to find a way to stop the big play connection between Lions quarterback Monquavious Johnson and wide receiver Demarquis Polite-Bray. Polite-Bray, who has 464 yards with seven touchdowns through six games, is averaging 13.9 yards a catch per game. Johnson has thrown for 1,301 yards with 12 touchdowns through six games.
M.L. King’s defense is allowing an average of 7.7 points and 111 yards per game. They will have their hands full with the rushing attack of quarterback Justin Holman and running backs Evan Jones, Tevin Austin and Jahmal Daniels. The Jaguars are averaging 239.6 rushing yards per game while scoring 35.2 points per game.