DeKalb County School District Athletic Department and your local Chick-Fil-A restaurants are sponsoring a Georgia-Florida high school football showdown double-header at James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston on Saturday, August 31.
The Battle of Borders Showdown features two of DeKalb County’s top football programs in the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions and Stephenson Jaguars against two of Florida’s most respected programs in Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach) and Norland (Miami Gardens).
The state pride matchups begin at 5:15 p.m. as the Lions take on Blanche Ely in the opener. The Lions went 11-1 a year ago advancing to the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs following an undefeated regular season (10-0) and a Region 6-AAAAA title. The Lions debut first year head coach Cortez Allen, DeKalb County Schools alum, who comes from a stint as head coach at Newton County High School.
Blanche Ely is in its second year under head coach Charles Hafley and is looking to rebound from a tough 5-6 season in 2012 and return to the state playoffs.
The Jaguars and Norland face off in the nightcap set for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff at Hallford in a matchup of 2012 playoff teams.
Stephenson is led by long-time head coach Ron Gartrell and is coming off a 10-2 and third round playoff appearance in 2012.
Norland finished 8-3 under Coach Daryle Heidelburg in 2012 bowing out of the state playoffs in the second round. Norland and Heidelburg won the state title in 2011 with a perfect 15-0 record.
Tickets to the event are $10 per person in advance and $12 at the gate.