The annual rivalry game between Stephenson and M.L. King -- two of the top programs in DeKalb County -- will be highlighted this week on GPB’s Football Friday’s in Georgia.

Kickoff at Hallford Stadium will be 7:30 p.m. and will be the Region 4-6A opener for both teams.

Stephenson is 3-1 and ranked No. 9 in Class 6A. The Jaguars have beaten Columbia, Southwest DeKalb and Morrow. Their loss was a 14-9 upset to Mt. Zion-Jonesboro. Stephenson is coming off a bye week. Stephenson is coached Ron Gartrell, the Dean of DeKalb County coaches, who started the program and is 197-74 in 24 seasons. 

King is 4-0 after defeating Mundy’s Mill 45-21 on Friday. The Lions have beaten Villa Rica, Arabia Mountain and Mount Zion-Jonesboro. King is coached by Deante Lamar, in his second season at the school. The Lions have recovered nicely from last year's 1-9 season. 

Stephenson is led by quarterback Joseph Jackson, running back Deondre Jackson, defensive linemen Tommy Smith and Malichi Bailey and linebacker Dorian Helm. 

King is led by quarterback Jacobi Haynes, running back Michael Fearn Jr., receiver Dequandre Moore, linebackers Jomel Robinson and Colin White and defensive end Marquel Parks. 

Stephenson leads the series 9-4 and has won the last six meetings. Stephenson won 29-6 in 2018.