It won’t quite be Florida-Georgia, but tonight’s matchup between Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King and Decatur, Ga., Southwest Dekalb has the feel of it.
Gator fans are sure to be familiar with MLK. Prize commitment Mack Brown only totes the rock there. Southwest Dekalb? Well, bruising running back Kendrun Malcome and defensive end T.J. Stripling are the headliners there. But what’s so special about those two? Well, both spurned Florida for Georgia.
I’m not too familiar with Stripling and Brown’s relationship, but Brown and Malcome have been buds since middle school and now their friendly rivalry has intensified since both committed to opposing schools.
Brown got the best of Malcome and his team last year, rushing for 175 yards and a score in MLK’s 21-12 win.
Tonight should be even juicier. Those Florida-Georgia ties will hopefully let the tensions fly. Nothing violent, of course, but some jawing back and forth always helps the atmosphere. It’s sure to have at least those three going just a bit harder each play.
The winner of tonight’s game won’t have too much affect on recruiting for either Florida or Georgia, but you never know how players will feel afterward. Maybe if Brown goes off and is victorious again, either one of those Georgia commits will reconsider his decision and try to play with Brown in the future. … Yeah, not happening, but who knows.
MLK and Dekalb will play tonight at 8 at Clarkston’s Hallford Stadium.