Can Lassiter be stopped? Records continue to fall

I know Camden County beat Lowndes, and I know DeKalb County laid an egg in the colors of Stephenson and SW DeKalb (not to mention ML King and Tucker and Marist).

But those need to wait until we’ve discussed what’s going on at Lassiter High in Marietta.

Is Hutson Mason ridiculous or what?

The Lassiter quarterback threw for 530 yards and eight touchdowns in Lassiter’s 70-49 victory over South Gwinnett, and Mason didn’t even play the fourth quarter. He’s got over 4,000 yards passing on the season and 54 touchdowns, both shattering state records, and he’s not finished.

Lassiter has scored at least 42 points in nine straight games. The 70 against South Gwinnett are a record in a regulation playoff game in the highest classification.

It’s not enough to ask if there’s a team that is able to stop Lassiter. The question is whether any team knows how to stop Lassiter.

Georgia is a traditionally run-oriented, hit-you-in-the-mouth football state. Chip Lindsey is from Alabama, where the no-huddle spread offense has taken hold. Rush Propst helped revolutionize Alabama football with this offense at Hoover.

Lindsey was Propst’s offensive coordinator in 2007, though he was running the spread before that. Propst is now head coach at Colquitt County, which plays Lassiter this week.

Does Propst know how to stop the monster he helped create?

The last time I’ve seen something in Georgia that changed the way we think was Brookwood’s state champion in the mid-1990s that dominated with large, powerful, weight-trained linemen. Parkview maintained that formula through the early 1990s. Recently, it’s been Wing T teams (Lowndes and Camden County) that have dominated the big class. The current No. 1 team, Grayson, is a Wing T team.

I’m convinced of this much: What Lassiter is doing not a gimmick offense. It’s a relatively novel offense in Georgia, but it’s a legitimate offense run by a quarterback who is as accurate a thrower and as well-versed in what he’s doing in this system as any player in the country.

Anybody can win Class AAAAA. There’s no sense guessing. I’d give the least chance to Colquitt County and Newnan, the two teams I’ve seen win in the playoffs, if only because they generate the kind of offense you’d expect to see in a state champion. I also question Lassiter’s defense. I’m thinking it will be one of the Gwinnett teams. North Gwinnett has the best balance of offense & defense and gets Camden at home. …

In AAAA, congratulations to Region 8-AAAAA for putting three teams in the QF. That region plays a 10-game region schedule, so there’s no way to gauge its strength until the playoffs. I still see no legitimate state contender there, but a good region.

Somebody wrote me in preseason and said that he’d email me when SW DeKalb, my No. 1 team in preseason, lost in the second round. But I think that person was a Lowndes fan, so he’ll be too humble to gloat this week.

175 comments Add your comment

Callitlikeitis

November 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm

*True Blue*, you under estimated Colquitt County. Colquitt will put an end to Lasso offense with their strong D. I saw the scrimmage between them when Colquitt beat Lassiter. Colquitt was successfully with putting lots of pressure on Hudson (sack him, rush throws, etc..)which limited his passing threat. Coach Propst has the criptonite for the Lasso offense. Basically, Lassiter’s D is not strong so they will get out scored by Colquitt like in the scrimmage back in August this year.

BulldawgBite

November 22nd, 2009
7:47 pm

Callitlikeitis, i dont really think that scrimmage counts for anything sorry to say. the lassiter offense struggled at the beginning of the season but they have heated up and havent slowed down since. i agree the best way to beat lassiter is blitzes and a strong dline but idk how good colquitt is at that. even if they are good at that lassiter should be able to score at least some points so the colquitt offense will have to play well. im not saying colquitt cant beat them but both teams have their work cut out for them

SanityRules

November 22nd, 2009
7:54 pm

Todd, I don’t understand your statement that you give the least chance of winning AAAAA to Colquitt and Newnan because they generate the kind of offense you expect to see in a state champion. I guess you meant to say we don’t generate the kind of offense of a state champion. I respectfully disagree but we will see . If Newnan gets past Grayson, I truly believe we will win it all.

packer-4-life

November 22nd, 2009
8:02 pm

packers are running on all cylinders now, watch out lassiter, we are going to install overdrive on you

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
8:15 pm

Surprise! Surprise! Todd Holcomb shamelessly with pom-poms and ranting about the next great metropolitan Atlanta football program. Can Lassiter be stopped? Are you kidding me? The question will be will Lassiter be able to keep a top tier program under 50 or 60 points.

To call Lassiter’s level of competition, thus far, questionable is an understatement. These guys have yet to load on to a bus and actually play someone. I remember a few years ago when Todd Holcomb was doing cartwheels about a guy called the White Buffalo. The White Buffalo became the Insignificant Buffalo playing on the road in a hostile environment as his team was violated by 24 points.

I remember Todd Holcomb hyping Peachtree Ridge as potential 2009 National Championships. The Lions then loaded on a bus with a national ranking as high as 8 and traveled to one of the most hostile environments in the state of Georgia. The Lions became kittens at Martin Stadium. Lowndes County beat Peachtree Ridge so badly that Todd Holcomb has yet to even speak about the manner on this board. He had plenty to say about how great Peachtree Ridge was. Then, he went into protective custody.

What he did do is begin to imply that Lowndes County was something special. Ironically, the Vikings rose to third in the nation. Of course, the Vikings had to load on a bus and travel to the state’s most challenging venue, McConnell-Talbert Stadium. Of course, Lowndes was not the team hyped to be. Now, Lowndes County High School is focusing on girls’ basketball.

Todd has a tendency to overhype unproven programs, especially if those programs are from metro Atlanta. We all understand where this comes from. He wants to increase readership and pub his high school newsletter, which I am certain will come at a cost at some point in the near future.

The bottom line is Lassiter has yet to play anyone. Now, they face a team that only finished third in their region. Colquitt County was not even competitive against programs like Lowndes County and Northside-Warner Robins. It was like a scrimmage game.

When Lassiter plays one real program (South of the Gnat line, Todd), you will see a violation that you will NEVER forget. Remember when the world was screaming about a college quarterback from Hawaii named Colt Brennan. Then, his team played their first real game against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The guy went from a late 1st Round to middle 2nd Round projection to a guy who was almost undrafted. Real competition has a tendency to expose people. Lassiter will get exposed. Soon.

We know what it means to get “Peachtree Ridged” in a football game. Lassiter has one more week before they get Peachtree Rdiged. As for the aforementioned Lions, if you guys thought playing at Martin Stadium was a challenge, wait until you see how Northside opens the Christmas holidays for Peachtree Ridge High School at McConnell-Talbert. Our young Eagles are going to rip those silver spoons out of the mouths of the Lion cubs from Peachtree Ridge.

inthatrenches

November 22nd, 2009
8:19 pm

Like that attitude Sanity Grayson will be tough at home but Newnan may squeak out a 2pt win that defense will have to keep a gooseegg on the board for Grayson I like the matchups I like our adjustments and our short passing game… we will have to shadow Pemberton with Strakose and Zander maybe a third LB he is small and can hide behind their O’line but we will see what this Newnan team can do on the road against a extremely well coached and talented team… We may have to pass to Run….?

inthatrenches

November 22nd, 2009
8:27 pm

ENR Hey that dancing band was talented the other night but the football team was only kicking FG’s I figure your Eagles by a TD… Have you considered a blog of your own the hits really creep up when you left last week??

BulldawgBite

November 22nd, 2009
8:27 pm

ENR i totally understand that Lassiter is unproven. they have played no one that has passed the 2nd round. but the way they win is convincing NOW. i do expect them to win this week but not a blowout like they are used to. but to say that the colquitt NSWR game was like a scrimmage game is very very wrong. you should know that. they are a good program and played you close. i really would watch out versus ptree ridge if i were you. you may find them soft and priveliged but that doesnt mean that they dont play well in the playoffs. nobody can deny that. inthatrenches i think if you just shut down the grayson line of scrimmage you will be fine. i think both teams know that this will not be a shootout

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
8:35 pm

Inthatrenches: Perhaps, you witnessed another Northside-Union Grove football game. The truth of the matter is Union Grove played hard and competed well. Nonetheless, UG scored twice. They kicked a field goal after Northside threw an interception inside the 10. UG actually lost yardage before settling on a field goal. UG also ran a kickoff back for 6.

UG’s offense NEVER really advanced the football. UG’s offense NEVER created points. As I told another Northside poster, UG lost their starting quarterback earlier in the season. However, it is completely dishonest for you to portray a scenario whereby that game was ever at risk for Northside. It was not. I knew it. You knew it. Union Grove’s players knew it, as well.

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
8:46 pm

BulldawgBite: You have had Peachtree Ridge pom-poms all season long. I would expect nothing short of you hyping Peachtree Ridge tirelessly. The funny thing about P-Ridge is no one ever asks an honest question about their program. Who has P-Ridge beaten this season. Every team that P-Ridge has played that is good has easily beaten P-Ridge. Guess what, Bulldawg Bite? Contrary to your incessant Northside Eagle hating, most reasonable posters know that Northside is good. Therefore, one could logically assume that Peachtree Ridge will lose to a good program.

You can throw in the state of Georgia’s most challenging venue in McConnell-Talbert Stadium. It is rare, I mean almost impossible, for a team to travel over two hours and actually win a big road game. Suwanee is an over three hour bus trip to McConnell-Talbert Stadium on South Davis Drive in Warner Robins. Unless a few silver spoons are going to get mommy and daddy to get some private jets for the team, that bus ride is going to be a monster. P-Ridge will have to leave early to prohibit getting caught in traffic on the south side of the city, especially in Henry County. Do me a favor, BulldawgBite, tell me how can you simply throw out the history of teams losing on the road and throw out Northside’s undeniable record at home playing at McConnell-Talbert?

I already know the answer. You are a Northside Eagle hater and you lose sleep with the potential of Northside playing North Gwinnett. Like Peachtree Ridge, you are afraid. Northside is 120-13 since 2000! You can create whatever fantasy world that you like. At the end of the day, Northside will be 121-13 since 2000 when the soft Lions are boarding their bus Friday night. We will return their silver spoons. Take them back to Gwinnett County. We are a true American military town. We do not need silver spoons down in Wonderful Robins.

inthatrenches

November 22nd, 2009
8:47 pm

ENR I am not a UG supporter I was referring to the Newnan/MLK game…. the band was entertaining they could dance well, they did the inspector Gadget tune, spelled out Hip Hop on the field Hey they worked hard on that…….. Football team was talented Defense better than average… but could only manage 2 FG’s on the Defense…

inthatrenches

November 22nd, 2009
8:49 pm

ENR who would you as a eagle supporter rather see Newnan or Grayson?

JJacket

November 22nd, 2009
9:08 pm

Can Lassiter be stopped? Nope. Sorry other AAAAA teams. Not gonna happen.

yo

November 22nd, 2009
9:13 pm

The better question will be can Lassiter’s defense step when it is called to do so? It will be called to do so. Think strong defensive team, a good ball control offense and Lassiter will have a recipe or their own disaster. If Lassiter can stop the run when called to do so then they have a chance, otherwise their demise it right around the corner.

You need look no futher back than the Fla/Okl national championship last year to get your answer.

yo

November 22nd, 2009
9:15 pm

inthatrenches ENR would rather see the team who is the unluckiest in a coin flip.

LHS

November 22nd, 2009
9:16 pm

Only if you can outscore us…we’ll keep our starting defense in for the fourth quarter if we need to.

BulldawgBite

November 22nd, 2009
9:23 pm

ENR, PTR is a good playoff team and none of their past games will matter once we get to friday night. i mean its a toss up and i think it will be a low scoring game it could go either way. NG bulldogs arent afraid of any teams and i think that we are playing the best team left this week. maybe newnan is better but it would be close. all games should be good so good luck to your eagles.

Stophating

November 22nd, 2009
9:30 pm

Here we go again everybody hating on lassiter! You say they don’t play anyone well last I checked Peachtree ridge barely beat Kell(14-7) who Lassiter beat easliy, they beat Roswell who was tied almost all game with grayson, they beat S. gwinnett who lost to peachtree by like 5. So what are ya’ll talking about they dont play anyone. Next you talk about the defense if you came to either playoff game lassiter put in their 9th grade and jv players for the entire 4th quarter and the other teams left their starters in to get cheap scores to make the game look closer. Next how did they lose to colquit when the game was stoped 1 series into the 3rd quarter? And Rush Propst blocked a kick for a touchdown when it was agreed before the game that they wouldn’t rush the kicks. They also ran a kickoff back for a touchdown but lassiter played all 9th grade and jv players on special teams no varsity players at all. Colquit scored 1 offensive touchdown! SO ONCE AGAIN WHAT ARE YA’LL TALKING ABOUT! Lassiter is a good football team and will prove such until then please stop hating on them. Go trojans!!!!!!

crazy train

November 22nd, 2009
9:33 pm

ENR that is the most self centered pile of bull that i have ever heard………. where i come from they play football games not talk endlessly about how wonderful you are and expect everyone to roll over…….. lassiter may not have played anyone but they are 12-0 and still playing in the state playoffs just like your bunch…oh wiat i forgot they already got beat this year .. you must be a heck of a man to be little a group of high shcool kids because they aren’t from your region or because they have a band that dances…… you may call your self a moral man but i think you hypocrisy shows loud and clear with your conceit and rants. let the kids play football and spare us your hate and discontent about south georgia versus the rest of the world.

I have no idea how this weeks games will go……… but lassiter kids will be out there hitting and playing football and your trash wont change that one bit.

Stophating

November 22nd, 2009
9:34 pm

Colquit’s qb is terrible!

LHS

November 22nd, 2009
9:44 pm

I’m proud of those who have stepped up to defend High School KIDS. Some on these blogs sound like they never played sports before and are trying to make up for it now. Kinda pathetic. I was at the “scrimmage” and “Stop Hating’s” description of the event is spot on! I guess we’ll see Friday night!

KBrab

November 22nd, 2009
9:46 pm

I’ve seen many Lassiter games. I’ve also seen many other teams during the years. I’ve never seen a HS offense this competent. They just don’t make many errors. Plus, I think others downgrading Roswell as a quality team is uninformed. They are a first class team, and Lassiter dispatched them rather easily (not as easily as N. Forsyth or S. Gwinnett, mind you).

Colquitt may be the only team that can stop them, given they run a similar offense. At least their defense will have a clue. But to think that the scrimmage at the beginning of the year will be indicitive of the outcome is nuts. Lassiter’s special teams were a complete mess that night, and the offense was still trying to figure out where all the moving parts were going to be. That is no longer a problem.

Colquitt County Underdog

November 22nd, 2009
10:02 pm

ENR- how was the Colquitt-Northside game a scrimmage? CC lost by 3 and thats after the refs cheated us out of a 3rd down…i still dont see how hard it is to count to 4..1,2,3,4…obviously the refs couldnt count.

the problem with Lassiter is that they have yet to play a team as athletic as Colquitt. talent-wise, Colquitt is no North Gwinnett or Stephenson but we certainly have the edge in team speed and overall athleticism over Lassiter from what i saw in the preseason scrimmage. i also think our offense will perform better against Lassiter…Lassiter’s defense is not the same as Lowndes, Northside, or Stephenson.

Callitlikeitis

November 22nd, 2009
10:04 pm

*BulldawgBite and LHS*, I was at the scrimmage in August 2009 and Colquitt totally dominated the line of scrimmage. Lassiter looked totally out manned up front. Lassiter could not block Colquitt’s D-line especially 6′ 6″ Cameron Erving. Also, Lassiter had trouble with the speed of players like Tevin King and # 4 (look out for this guy cause he will burn you). I know that Lassiter’s O-line hasn’t made that much improvement in the O-line. It is just the competition got weaker. Football games are usually won on the line of scrimmage. You both will see. I saw Colquitt stand up against the number 1 defense in Class AAAAA (Stephenson) and a very strong offense this past Friday. Stephenson has the most D1 talent in the state and Lassiter does not compare to Stephenson’s talent. If Colquitt can beat Stephenson, then they certainly can beat Lassiter *again.*

jcwfalcon

November 22nd, 2009
10:11 pm

Its pretty bad. I live less than 10 miles from Marietta, have for 5 years, and I had never heard of Lassiter before this year. Not meant to knock their football team as they seem to be doing very well. Not one bumper sticker, decal, auto flag, item in a local Wal-Mart, or anything! Of course, I see tons of Hiram and East Paulding stuff. They are obviously a big school if they are playing in 5A. Just seems odd. They must like staying incognito…or I am just blind.

jcwfalcon

November 22nd, 2009
10:16 pm

ENR- you have turned up the volume on the smack-o-meter havent you? I enjoy your posts, and am a fellow Northside Eagle as you know, but geez man. If nothing else I tip my hat to your confidence.

Dion

November 22nd, 2009
10:17 pm

I seem to recall a potent North Gwinnett team a few years back who were unstoppable in the Atlanta area, and then they faced a South Georgia team and got beat down. Watch out Lassiter, you are playing the Coach who created that monster that you guys run. Go Colquitt Co., from a Tift County fan!!

Colquitt County Underdog

November 22nd, 2009
10:18 pm

Callitlikeitis- Obviously Stephenson didnt get the memo about #4 Quin Roberson because he burned them for kick returns of 65 and 80 yards. he also ran a kick back for a TD in that scrimmage against Lassiter…i dont think Lassiter has a player on their roster that can run with Roberson or King. against Stephenson, CC ran a lotta screen plays and just had a conservative gameplan against that tough Jaguar defense. look for our offense to open up A LOT against Lassiter’s defense. we couldnt really take any shots down the field against Stephenson because their d-line wouldnt give our QB the time and their secondary was too fast to get burned deep. that wont be the case against Lassiter

Class of '98

November 22nd, 2009
10:23 pm

Go Trojans!!!!

LHS class of 1993

TNGADAWG

November 22nd, 2009
10:24 pm

I would like to remind Todd Holcomb that he picked Colquitt Co. as his darkhorse before the playoffs began. That was, of course, after I had done the same thing on one of my posts. However, I will be humble and let him claim it for his own. It sounds like he is wavering, but I stand by my pick. The Lassiter QB will be so rushed all night that he will throw at least 5 Int’s. Compared to CCHS’s defense, especially the DBs he has been playing against some JV teams. Huge difference when you play with “the big boys”. Also, NSWR will have no problem with P’tree Ridge. When you have a QB with a name like Briar Van Brunt you just don’t lose. Doesn’t hurt to have a RB named Shaquille O’Neill either.

Vince

November 22nd, 2009
10:28 pm

Callitlikeitis, we don’t even have a Walmart in the Lassiter district. It is only 2 by 2.5 miles in area.

Callitlikeitis

November 22nd, 2009
10:28 pm

*Colquitt Co Underdog*, I agree with your assessment of both games. I live Cobb Co about 20 minutes from Lassiter and I am tried of all the hype about Lassiter because they have not played a real good team during their season games. Thier path (bracket) has been easier than others thus far until this Friday when they face Colquitt County.

Callitlikeitis

November 22nd, 2009
10:30 pm

Vince, I think you are mistaken because *jcwfalcon* said that…sorry

cobb fan

November 22nd, 2009
10:31 pm

jcwfalcon, just ride by lassiter there field and scoreboard are probally best in state. there scoreboard looks like turner field. this doesnt make you good at football, but incomparsion to the school you mentioned. its a mansion to a trailer. they are more known for baseball.

Todd Holcomb

November 22nd, 2009
10:37 pm

I’m not going to criticize ENR because he’s one of the best things that happened to this blog. He drives the ratings and puts fannies in the seats here.

But having said that, I must set the record straight on a couple of things: I never hyped the White Buffalo, and I certainly never predicted Marist would beat Northside. That was somebody else. I never said Peachtree Ridge was the best team in the state. That was someone else. In fact, it was Bob Sphire of North Gwinnett, and he might turn out to be right. I never said Lassiter couldn’t be stopped. I just asked the question that’s on the minds of many. Nobody has stopped the team yet, and it’s getting late. But I was the one that didn’t rank Lassiter until after the 10th game of the season. So I’m a Lassiter skeptic, but I think Lassiter & Hutson Mason represent a hell of a story, whether they’re in metro Atlanta or metro Warner Robins. Two national publications agree, as MaxPreps and Rivals High both have features on Mason this weekend.

I am guilty of predicting Lowndes to win the state title. I can’t always be right. : )

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm

Inthatrenches: I honestly believe that every team remaining is very good and capable of winning a state championship. We have Peachtree Ridge. That needs to be our team’s only focus. What I believe is a great challenge for young teams to take one game at a time is what concerns me with our young Eagles this season. Our kids do not play full games with great focus. We better, should we expect to continue to advance.

Since I do not play for Northside anymore, I can make predictions. I believe that Grayson is the best team in the state of Georgia, and one of the best in America. Meanwhile, Newnan has great sports tradition and are highly talented. Both are better than our Eagles from a talent standpoint.

If we won the toss and played at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in the semifinals, I would prefer to face Grayson. Newnan is one of the few teams in the state of Georgia that has proven mentally strong enough to travel to the MAC and beat Northside. For a matter of fact, Newnan is the only team to really kick us around in the past thirteen seasons. With all due respect to Grayson, I do not want to see Newnan at the MAC.

If we lost the toss and need to travel, I would prefer to face Newnan. Grayson has proven to have one of the best home field advantages in the state. One may also conclude that Grayson is not going to lose at home. If our Eagles are on the road, I would prefer to take my chances against Newnan.

Truth be told, this thing is wide open. We need to gather with our families and every able bodies Eagle fan needs to pack McConnell-Talbert Stadium and cheer our Eagles this Friday night against a team that Todd Holcomb was wearing a skirt for earlier this season. Then, we will look ahead to Grayson or Newnan.

EagleNationHiding...Look Around

November 22nd, 2009
10:43 pm

Let’s see. Peachtree Ridge still plays football this weekend and Lowndes heads for the basketball court. The tough get going in the playoffs and the bullies crumple. The bully got smashed in the mouth again this year and crumpled. Doesn’t say much for 1AAAAA….Lowndes gets beat by a team which dominants AAA teams in their pseudo AAAAA region. Ouch!

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
10:47 pm

BulldawgBite: So now you are calling the game a toss up. Interesting. You have said repeatedly that Northside would lose to Peachtree Ridge for weeks. Now, you are crawling in a hole and calling it a toss up. You are fooling yourself, if you believe any team is going to get on a bus, travel three plus hours, and beat Northside High School at McConnell-Talbert Stadium, especially Peachtree Ridge.

You did not answer one of the questions. Name the strong team that Peachtree Ridge has played and beaten this season. That program has had three different coaches in four seasons. They do not have stability at the top of their program. Therefore, there are some problems for any program that intends to beat Northside, a model of program stability.

Todd Holcomb

November 22nd, 2009
10:52 pm

Also, I don’t know that blitzing is a smart idea vs. Lassiter. Mason dumps the ball off and throws screens pretty well. I think you’ve got to get pressure from the front four and play assignment defense. The best defenses to stop Lassiter would be those with 11 good players, not a handful of great players and a few week ones because Lassiter’s offense is to exploit the weaknesses. Rush Propst has my cell number if he wants more input. : )

I will say Colquitt was impressive on defense. I was sitting behind the Colquitt coaches in the press box, and about three times they predicted what Stephenson was about to run. One of those times was on the QB sneak on fourth-and-1 and the Colquitt 41. Maybe that’s not uncommon, but I found it interesting.

Also, let me make it clear that I like all 8 teams in the AAAAA quarterfinals. Sometimes you’ll see teams in the quarters that just found a hole in the draw. But all 8 of these are to be taken seriously. What I saw in Colquitt and Newnan were offenses that had to make a big play to score. Neither drove the ball on a good defense. Does that mean anything? I just think it will be hard for a team like that to win three straight.

TNGADAWG: Hey, thanks for the remind about tabbing Colquitt as the sleeper! I’d forgotton about that. I think Stephenson’s schedule hurt. Stephenson’s QB made four terrible mistakes under pressure. I’m not criticizing him, as he’s had a great season and was first-team all-region, but I don’t think he’d seen that kind of consistent pass rush this season until Friday night. Stephenson’s defense was nails, but it wasn’t the first time Colquitt has faced a good defense, and Colquitt kept fighting and finally sprung a big play.

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
10:55 pm

Todd Holcomb worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the fall of 2008, when the AJC rated the much anticipated game between Northside and Lowndes County at Martin Stadium as the 2nd best high school football game in the history of high school football in this state.

This fall, Todd Holcomb said that the game between Peachtree Ridge and Lowndes County was going to be better than that game (rated the 2nd best of all time) because the 2008 Northside team was very good, but the Peachtree Ridge team was “great.”

Todd, are you seriously denying that statement? Are you attempting to distance your pre-game hype of Peachtree Ridge before the Lions were absolutely violated at Martin Stadium in Valdosta, GA. I wish Lowndes County was still playing and at least one Viking poster was around to support what I was saying.

If you rate the 2008 Northside-Lowndes County game as the 2nd most anticipated game in the glorious history of Georgia football, then say that the game will not live up to the Peachtree Ridge-Lowndes County game of 2009 because Peachtree Ridge is a great team, you are hyping…I misspoke…you are OVERHYPING what is in fact a mediocre Peachtree Ridge team. An 8-2 regular season is far from “great.”

It is classic AJC journalism to distance oneself from previous Peachtree Ridge Lion hyping! Peachtree Ridge’s poor road effort has made Peachtree Ridge a verb meaning getting the score run up on your team. Todd, you in fact, proclaimed that Peachtree Ridge was great on this site. How dare you deny it. :-) I live here in Atlanta. That is classic AJC.

jcwfalcon

November 22nd, 2009
10:55 pm

Vince, as I said, I didnt mean disrespect to Lassiter. I was just stating the fact I have lived in the area and was oblivious to them. I will also mention that could be a “me problem.” I frequent the Marietta area, but dont drive around looking for high schools (or thats what I tell the police anyway).

I see Marietta High School stuff. I see McEachern stuff. I see Hiram/Paulding stuff. And, BTW, that stuff is a t two Wal-marts, so it doesnt just have to be in your “region.” If the stuff will sell, they will have it at your nearest Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart caught on early that people buy that stuff. You cant live within 30 miles of Warner Robins without seeing some Northside or Warner Robins Demons paraphernalia or at least knowing the teams exist . Car tags, flags, stickers, shirts—they are not hard to find. The pride is part of the community.

I am just saying I have lived in Cobb and Paulding for the last 5 years, and I frequent Marietta regularly, and had not seen squat. This isnt meant to knock Lassiter. Just pointing out my viewpoint. It doesnt mean anything about the football team. I would question the support and pride, but then like I said, I am not in a position to truely question that because it could just be a “me problem.”

TRUE BLUE

November 22nd, 2009
10:57 pm

CALLITLIKEITIS, STEPHENSON beat themselves with turnovers,penalties and special team. STEPHENSON had over 400 yards of total offense to COLQUITT COUNTY 156 YARDS. STEPHENSON also had 20 first down to COLQUITT COUNTY 7 first down. You can’t win in the playoff with turnovers and penalties. Our offense and special team gave up 19 points and we lost 22-21. I didn’t never underestimate COLQUITT COUNTY. I just knew if we didn’t turn the ball over that we would win the game. CALLITLIKEITIS , You can watch the game online at GHSA.TV and you will see why STEPHENSON LOST. From the game summary STEPHENSON DOMINATED, but from the scoreboard COLQUITT COUNTY won 22-21.

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
11:01 pm

Cobbfan: I know that many of you metro Atlanta guys don’t get outside the city. Yes, Lassiter has a nice scoreboard. However, Northside has a video screen on our scoreboard as well. It is not unique to Lassiter. The difference between Northside and Lassiter is on Northside’s screen one may actually see footage of the team winning…unlike Lassiter, who is enjoying one of their few runs in school history.

Once you guys beat the third best team in our region, the party will be over. Then, Lassiter can get focused upon girls’ basketball, baseball, and the sports that really matter at Lassiter.

waltonfan40

November 22nd, 2009
11:15 pm

ENR,

I think region 6 deserves a little more respect than it gets. I think Lassiter is clicking so well right now that they get by Colquitt and into the semis. Walton (region 6) made it to the semis in ‘04 and ‘07 and Roswell won (tied for) a state title in ‘06. If Lassiter wins a state title this year, that will give region 6 two state titles in 4 years! Is that not enough?

Eagle Fan

November 22nd, 2009
11:17 pm

ENR–Your description of PR as a silver-spoon school is completely unfounded; although the PR district does include Sugarloaf Country Club and some other high-dollar subdivisions, it also includes many of the poorest apartment complexes in Gwinnett County. I worked there, and it is one of the most economically diverse schools in Gwinnett. Talk trash about them all you want, but at least be accurate. With that said, I’m from Warner Robins and graduated from Northside. I can only hope that the Eagles destroy them and bring home another state title.

Whoppe Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
11:19 pm

TRUE BLUE,

You are correct. We won the ballgame. You lost the ballgame. What ifs don’t count, son. Don’t forget that. See you next year, if you can rebound.

Go HAWGS!!!!!!!

The Whopper

TNGADAWG

November 22nd, 2009
11:25 pm

I cannot believe that TrueBlue just reeled off a diatribe explaing why Stephenson lost, and did not even once mention the fact that the head coach was either completely inept, or had a brain freeze. I have a feeling inept would be more accurate. Not going for 2 points on their last TD cost them the game. Maybe they should start giving the Atlanta area coaches the Wonderlic test that they give the NFL QBs. Seems to be some highly incompetent head coaches in a very small radius.

LionBacker

November 22nd, 2009
11:34 pm

I sense a litte fear from ENR. Why else would he be so obsessed with the Peachtree Ridge Lions. When we eliminate your team Friday will you still be harping on the Lowndes game or whining that we paid off the officials with our big checkbooks?

EagleNationRising

November 22nd, 2009
11:45 pm

Todd, I am perfectly fine with anyone giving it to me, including you. We both know that you had very high admiration for Peachtree Ridge when the season started. At the end of the day, a new group of Eagles will enjoy their own experiences and create their own Friday night memories. My glory days in Eagle uniforms and representing Northside High School are long gone. It will not matter what is written on this AJC blog. My guess is only a small number of residents in Warner Robins actually log on to the AJC site and an even smaller number of Eagle players have any clue about this site.

We proud residents of Warner Robins who live here in Atlanta are going to believe in our Eagles either way. Most are much more modest than me and are going to love our Blue no matter what. We know what “Northside Pride” means and we know that “It Is Great to Be A Northside Eagle!” We have great pride in our hometown, resently named the third best place to raise children in America and the best place to raise children in Georgia (by BusinessWeek).

Since 2000, Northside is 119-13. I have every reason to believe that Northside is going to win on most Friday nights, especially playing at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. At the MAC, our Eagles are 65-2 against all visiting teams since 2000 and are an amazing 23-1 against metropolitan Atlanta schools. Although some Peachtree Ridge players have famous fathers, that is not going to mean anything on that glorious field on South Davis Drive in our hometown in Middle Georgia.

Guys, you can give it to me. I lose no sleep when our Eagles play metro Atlanta programs, especially those like Peachtree Ridge. Give it to me all week. However, you can believe this. Northside is going to give it to Peachtree Ridge all Friday night. The Lions better identify ways to give it back or they will be Peachtree Ridged on a large stage in the State quarterfinals. Silver spoons will be ripped out of mouths in the coming days.

EagleNationRising

November 23rd, 2009
12:02 am

Peachtree Ridge High School has one of the highest household incomes of the average student compared to any public high school in the state. Anyone painting P-Ridge as anything else is stretching it. Every high school has apartment communities are a part of its student body. An overwhelming number of the over 2000 students at Peachtree Ridge do not live in apartments. Get real.

You are correct Lion backer. Lowndes County 51, Peachtree Ridge 17. I am scared to death. :-) I stared down Lowndes County posters and front-running Viking posters when Lowndes County faced our Eagles and the Vikings were rated #3 in the nation. Now, because Peachtree Ridge is Peachtree Ridge, I fear the Lions. I am certain that every good program South of the Gnat line is very afraid of Peachtree Ridge High School. I do not know if I will be able to sleep tonight.

I am not afraid of Peachtree Ridge. You should not be afraid of Northside High School, once regularly taunted at sporting events as Nerdside due to our schools excellence as the state’s best One Act, Literary, and Forensics program. However, on Friday night, Peachtree Ridge players will look around McConnell-Talbert Stadium and get very afraid. I guarantee it.

It is “Take the Silver Spoon Out of Your Mouth and Join Coach Arrington Week” at Peachtree Ridge High School. Perhaps, some of the Lions may join the Lion cheerleading team with Todd Holcomb. I am certain that the MAC will be an eye-opening experience for the Peachtree Ridge program.