Lights on! No. 3 Tucker wins 45-0 in Saturday afternoon … make-up game

Tucker coach Franklin Stephens planned on spending Saturday afternoon watching college football games in his recliner.

Instead, he was directing the No. 3-ranked Tigers to a 45-0 win over Douglass in Class AAAA.

The two teams had to play at 3 p.m. Saturday because Friday night’s game was cancelled due to a power outage in the DeKalb-Adams Stadium area.

Tucker’s Norman Hayes rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns, while passing for another score. NQuan Maggett carried three times for 64 yards and three touchdowns.

“It was a lot different playing on a Saturday afternoon,” Stephens said. “We didn’t have as many of our fans there as we do on Friday nights.

“It took a little while for our team to get used to the different conditions. But once, we got going, we were just fine. We’re glad we didn’t have injuries and ready for our break.”

Admission was free for Saturday’s game because of the “inconvenience,” according to DeKalb County officials. Tucker was missing one starter on Saturday due to family obligations.

“The biggest challenge was rescheduling the pregame meal and [transportation],” Stephens. “Our booster club helped out, and it all ended up working out.”

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16 comments Add your comment

6-AAAA Fan

September 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

Tucker keeps marching on…sets up a very interesting match-up in 2 weeks against the Mays Raiders

OnlyDaTruth

September 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

Yup, and let’s hope that Mays’ fans, who are the rudest in the state, stay on their own side of Lakewood and not come over to Tucker’s side to make trouble. It’s a shame when two great teams get together and the host team is so rude.

THE BLUE & GOLD HOUSE

September 25th, 2010
11:08 pm

May has very large following from the SWATS and only so many can fit one side, which you
should understand playing at ADAMS. Please explain how Mays fan are rude.

The Doc

September 26th, 2010
12:01 am

Tucker is good but I’m not sure how good they really are. The win against SWD was good but somewhat of a fluke. They might not beat Mays but we’ll see. I dont like Tucker. Their coach is a total loser who is all about himself. I hope they lose, he doesnt deserve to win. he treats those kids like crap all in the name of winning. He’ll use them until he can find a better job.

Mays Raider Fan

September 26th, 2010
12:46 am

@onlydatruth, tonight at Panthersville Mays played Lithonia, and one of Tuckers coach was being very rude at the game, now you tell me why do you think all people from Mays are rude? How do you know if that person is from Mays.

THEHILLISREAL

September 26th, 2010
1:01 am

THE DOC… UURRRR,OUTT! WTF! Your off base with that! You must be Tucker Fan trying to get the team fired up! He’s loser… but he hails from Camden County!!! Give some empirical datum. Why is it some coaches have to do twice as much and get paid twice less as other coaches? This guy put lot guys in college as well as have tutoring for his player. So Dekalb have a M to M program those kids don’t have to stay.

TUCKERFAN

September 26th, 2010
2:13 am

6-AAAA Fan

September 26th, 2010
7:17 am

I find it hard to believe a coach from any team going to scout an opposing team would be rude, are you sure that coach was in fact a coach? Anyway, it’s not about unruly fans and perceived rude coaches, it’s all about the kids that strap it on on friday and saturday nights under the lights…Lets talk/play football and kick the other nonsense to the curb

dboy jones

September 26th, 2010
10:07 am

Tucker is gonna give it to Mays…The SWD game was no fluke. The only fluke game I seen was how close the Marist game was. That was a fluke Tucker could have very well beat Marist like everybody else. The none believers need to just go to a game and see how special this team is..Tucker is the peoples team. Nice community, Good kids, Graduation rate is good! strong competitive sports program (Not Just Football). Why would you want to send your kids there.

The Doc

September 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

Tucker is a very good school and the football program is very good and they should win it all if the head coach doesnt let his super sized ego get in the way like he did in 07. If he was this true stud of a coach from Camden County he wouldn’t have choked in the dome. I watched them practice and he does a lot of barking so folks and see him. I wouldnt subject my child to his foolishness and my son is playing Div 1 ball right now.

THEHILLISREAL

September 26th, 2010
3:51 pm

OnlyDA truth …. We’re still waiting how are Mays fans rude?

6-AAAA Fan

September 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

Football is not a game for faint of heart…nothing wrong with getting in some of these kids faces when you need to get a point across, that’s what’s wrong with some of these teams now, too much babying them…no wonder they have no discipline and never advance deep into the playoffs

The Doc

September 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

@6-AAAA I’m all for coaching getting in kids faces and holding them accountable. BUT some coaches do it for show. Tucker’s coach is one of those LOOK AT ME types. I watched a kid from Tucker’s team two years ago basically tell Stephens to kiss his butt and he did nothing because the kid was a stud. He basically told Stephens to go play his little game with someone else.

GA FINEST

September 27th, 2010
10:13 am

This team is completely dominating everyone, and yes they should of pounded Marist too, the officials and home field helped keep the game close, if there is a re match they will beat Marist by at least 2 touchdowns,…my questions is this the best football team in the state of Georgia?? Is Vaughters the AJC def player of the year?? Gatorade Player of the year????, not only is HE dominating but he makes everyone around him better, alot of the kids are really working hard to prove they are good too even without the press and accoldaes, the result is a strong defense and solid offense punishing opponnents…… Is anyone going to score on them for the rest of the season before the playoffs???

Golden Tiger

September 27th, 2010
11:40 am

@ GA FINEST -

The Tigers have been and are a great AAAA team – playing out the season will determine if they are the best in AAAA.

If you are asking are they the best in the state overall? No. They have the speed, but not the size and depth at all positions to compete with the best AAAAA teams week in and week out. When you watch a Camden County vs Peachtree Ridge, or Grayson vs Lowndes matchup you see the difference very quickly.

MHSRAIDER09

September 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

I cant wait for the October 8th matchup between Tucker and Mays! The past two times that we have played have been close and I dnt expect this one to be any different. We played in 2006 with Mays winning and in 2007 with Tucker winning. If you all remember, Mays was the first team to score on Tucker during 2007 and ended up losing 13-7 in a very good matchup. Should be a good game