MLK pulled off a mini upset in beating Valdosta Friday night, and the team was rewarded with the No. 5 spot in this week's rankings. The Lions' defense stepped up in a big way, shutting down Valdosta's potent attack in the 16-3 win. Senior QB Jonquel Dawson (211 yards) accounted for both of the team's TDs in the win.
This upcoming weekend's contests could help in clearing up the muddy playoff picture. No. 4 McEachern hosts No. 10 Hillgrove in a battle of undefeated Region 4 teams, while No. 9 Lowndes plays an angry Valdosta squad that just fell out of the top 10 after its loss Friday.
Here's how the top three teams fared:
1. Grayson — defeated Shiloh, 42-14 (last week No. 1)
2. Camden County — defeated Treasure Coast, Fla., 59-14 (last week No. 2)
3. Stephenson — defeated Luella, 35-14 (last week No. 3)
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David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.