Four Atlanta Public Schools high schools will be featured in the first round of the Georgia High School Association state football playoffs, Friday. All games will begin at 7:30 p.m.
— Benjamin E. Mays (9-1), which finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AAAAA Top 10 poll, will host Creekview High School (Cherokee County) at Lakewood Stadium (70 Claire Drive). Last season, Mays advanced to the Class AAAAA finals in the Georgia Dome.
— George Washington Carver (7-3) will travel north to Dalton to face the Dalton Catamounts (Dalton City), the Region 7AAAAA champions.
— Henry Grady (6-4) will travel north to Tunnel Hill to face the Northwest Whitfield Bruins (Whitfield County), the No. 2 seed from Region 7AAAA.
— Maynard Jackson (6-4) will travel south to Eastman, Ga., to take on the undefeated Dodge County Indians (Dodge County), the Region 1AAA champions.
Meanwhile in Columbus, three APS high schools will compete for a state championship in cheerleading this weekend.
— Mays won the Region 6AAAAA championship last week, thus earning a birth in the Georgia High Schools Association State Championship competition, Saturday, Nov.14.
— Frederick Douglass and Jackson placed third and fourth, respectively, in the Region 4AAA competition last week, good enough to earn spots in the GHSA State Sectional competition, Friday, Nov. 13. If the Astros and Jaguars place in the top eight (out of 24 teams) in the sectional, they will advance to the state competition on Saturday.