What we learned in AAAAA – Collins Hill lives, and Stephenson plays D

1. Not much. There were no hard-to-believe upsets or unusual scores. Don’t expect the rankings to change much based on Friday.

2. Stephenson’s defense and playmakers are what we figured. Its offense remains a question mark. Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell wouldn’t say this was his best team yet, but he’s hinted that he’s not had a better front seven on defense. Stephenson’s offense still must prove that it can sustain drives and make the big throw at key moments. The Jags scored their TDs on long runs by RB Mike Davis and DB Demarcus Sweat, two of their SEC-committed players.

3. Collins Hill lives. Some wondered if Collins Hill would take this season off to recover from the graduation of QB Taylor Heinicke, who threw for more than 4,000 yards last year. Instead, CH overcame a couple of early fumbles and a 21-7 deficit and beat Roswell 24-21 as RB Jordan Parker ran for 210 yards on 27 carries. New QB Bradley Johnson threw a 31-yard TD as the game-winner. That’s more offense than CH produced last year with Heinicke in a 13-9 win over Roswell. CH wound up in the state semifinals, but unranked in preseason this year because of the heavy losses.

4. Region 1-AAAAA is not in midseason form, but probably no reason for alarm. Coffee, minus star QB Will Gardner (lost for the season after suffering a knee injury last week), lost to one of AAAA’s top teams, Ware County, 28-21. Valdosta beat one of AA’s top teams, Brooks County, 20-11. Colquitt County beat Madison County, one of Florida Class 4A’s top teams, 20-19.

5. We’ll learn more today when North Gwinnett and Grayson play out-of-state opponents at North Gwinnett. It’s on CSS. Those teams have already played. North Gwinnett was probably just as impressive in losing (to McEachern) as Grayson was winning (over Kell 7-0), except for the defensive part, which some say wins championships.

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CHEagle

August 27th, 2011
10:20 am

Colquitt County Underdog

August 27th, 2011
10:31 am

Colquitt County pulled one outta of there arses last night after trailing 19-10 for much of the 2nd half. Offense didn’t show up to play until a minute and a half left in the game. Ty Smith came up with some huge catches on that drive, including the TD to pull within 2. Next thing you know, CC recovered an onside kick, got a few breaks on penalties against Madison Co. and we get a long field goal to win. Stats won’t show it but defense kept us in the game. As many 3 and outs and short lived drives our offense had, defense did well to get a few timely turnovers despite giving up over 300 on the ground.

battleaxe kid

August 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

first…………… and ???? Hope that wasn’t the last

NGHS 09

August 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

Roswell was small but that Parker kid was in beast mode. He is the real deal. Speed, size, and elusiveness. Fun to watch and congrats to the eagles! I was impressed by the new kid @ QB too. Accurate arm and made good decisions in and around the pocket. That TD he threw in the finals minutes was like a carbon copy image of Heinicke a year ago. If CH’s line can block they will go far again. Liking what i’m seeing out of Gwinnett teams once again.

td1987

August 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

I was at the Coffee game. Coaching is everything, we got very little! Special teams errors cost the game for the Trojan. Since when does a coaching staff not teach kicking special teams that if you attempt a fieldgoal and the ball falls short, but in the field of play, it’s a “live ball”….. Appaently, we don’t coach/teach that at CHS!

Erk

August 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

Roswell Hornets – with the money you stiff us for to park in an overcapacity parking lot, use that money to build a section for your visiting teams. It was like sitting in a youth football stadium. If your gonna try to play with the big boys – get a big boy stadium. Class wouldn’t hurt either.

JAB

August 27th, 2011
2:05 pm

Stephenson do have a young inexperience quarterback and last night I saw some growth., he will get batter as the season progresses. That Jaguar defense will be giving everybody quaterbacks something to think about, those guys (denfense) really go hard every play. To all critics about coaching should have been at the game last night, hats off to Coach Gartrell & thr entire coaching staff you did a great job coaching those guys and adjusting after halftime. NOTE: need to work on that kicking game though…

Quinn of the Ridge

August 27th, 2011
3:47 pm

@Erk, Roswell hasn’t fixed their away stands? Wonderful…we travel to Roswell next week, and its unfortunate that nothing has improved since 2007.

bksmith14

August 27th, 2011
3:58 pm

what i learned is that stephenson needs a new coach and will not do anything again this year. collins hill looked good

Trojan fan

August 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

td 87..agree 100%. This is not new..the Head coach would have been gone last year if not for one board member BC? Its a joke with the fans. Last night fans were leaving in 4th because of coach E’s stupid play calling etc….will it ever change with the good old boy system in Douglas. Everyone wants a winning program but “politics two are three” settles for a stupid coach. I wouldn’t let my dog play with Coach E.

Sad but true for Stephenson

August 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

I saw a lot of potential last night. I am a fan of coach g. He has the talent to do some damage, but players were often out of position and “home run” touchdowns don’t win championships. They are very talented but the secondary needs a lot of work. Front seven made a lot of strong plays, but misdirection killed them a couple of times. Also, the middle 10+ yard passes is another area of weakness. Parkview is not a cake walk, but no way should they have been in the game, With all of the talent on the front 7, I would blitz 70% of the time. The team is too talented to not play man coverage, unless DBs can’t cover?

Stephenson Finest

August 27th, 2011
4:54 pm

Grayson won a game last week 7-0, but no one said grayson was terrible. Stephenson win 14-3 and the coaches are horriffic. Both teams have alot of D1 talent the difference is Stephenson has more critics. Parkview cross the 50 once and got 3 points Stephenson crossed the 50 4-5 times. Our play calling is simple but simple wins championships. Camden, lowndes brookwood all run the ball. The difference is stephenson has critics. We won and we have room to improve and that speaks volumes of where this team can go. a word to all stephenson’s critics thanks for coming to the game and come again.

Stephenson Finest

August 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

Sad but true, What game were you watching again? Parkview barely had 100 yards total offense they ran one reverse and got yards, they crossed the 50 once and got 3 points come on guys lets tell the truth. yes we need to improve on some things but at this stage of the season so does everyone.

calvin

August 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

JAB What I know is that most of the Stephenson coaches and players spell and talk like you do and thats why even with all that so called talent they never make it past the first or second round of the playoffs.

Stephenson Finest

August 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

Calvin the insults are not necessary. Our coaches and players do well enough to get scholarships and go to school at almost a perfect rate. take the silly talk somewhere else and just talk football.

bksmith14

August 27th, 2011
7:42 pm

Stephenson Finest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Our play calling is simple but simple wins championships..

remind me the last time you guys won a state title?????????? lol

bksmith14

August 27th, 2011
7:42 pm

parkview is mediocre at best

Stephenson Finest

August 27th, 2011
7:53 pm

bksmith14 the topic was that we can play defense. in the last 10 years there has only be 1 champion per classification so their are alot of non champs in georgia. if you dont like us who cares go kick rocks but with each new year comes new opportunities. talk to me in december

bksmith14

August 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Stephenson Finest, be glad to talk to you in december while you are asking santa claus to help bring a championship to stephenson in 2012 bc it aint happening in 2011 my friend

da real deal

August 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

Lets be real people. if you cant score then you cant win. I cant see Stephenson beating MLK this year. Im not dogging Stephenson but MLK has to many weapons. They can use a little help on the O-Line though. But they have two dog receivers in Blake Tibbs and # 10 and I heard that Carnell Boyd from Westlake goes to MLK. along with Jordan moore WOW

wolverine fan

August 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

Woodstock is for real. The new QB they have sort of reminds me of a young Cam Newton.

battleaxe kid

August 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

wolverine fan , lets hope not, because he might not get away with what ol Cam did.

rwdekalb

August 27th, 2011
8:45 pm

I hope MLK does well but they havent done anything yet. Their offense was awesome last year but the defense was average. Just because they got a lot of transfers to their program is no guarantee of anything. It takes chemistry, heart, coaching,athletic ablilty and a little bit of luck to win a title.

rwdekalb

August 27th, 2011
8:50 pm

Good luck to Stephensen this year but the Jags will only go as far as their quarterback can take them. The Stephensen quarterback does not need to be a star but he needs to learn quickly how to manage the game.

black n blue blood

August 27th, 2011
8:51 pm

SHS and Parkview both played well last night. I was encouraged by Coach G’s relentless efforts to put the ball in the air. Yes we have a beast of a running back and Coach G was not bashful in letting him get his carries but we had to have left 21 points on the field from the passing game. By the way the kid going to Kentucky, Demarcus Sweat, is a monster in his own right. When he and the QB get on the same page, it’ll be ‘pick your poision’ time for the opposition!

Vike85

August 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

Stephenson will never win a state championship, much less play for it. Not with the current coaching staff. They always manage to get outcoached. Can you imagine if one of the great 1AAAAA coaches led Stephenson??

68 Viking

August 27th, 2011
10:08 pm

Vike 85 Wattaya say lets not give them any new ideas, Heck man they could put the hurt on 1AAAAA

Vike85

August 27th, 2011
10:15 pm

68 Viking……hahahaha

JAB

August 27th, 2011
10:58 pm

Some of these guys who are writing evidently don’t understand football, defense win championship. Stephenson defense crushed parkview , sure they had a couple of good runs in the 3rd qtr. because cecil flowe is a good coach, he went in half time and came out jumpingh but when they got in the redzone Stephenson defense stopped them; that’s what good teams do! Stephenson is still developing it’s offense. Most of their D1 players are on defense. The Jags are alright and all of you haters focus on what the coaches is doing over there in 2011. It’s a new year, give the coaches some credit…

CoffeeC100

August 27th, 2011
11:37 pm

I have waited 24 hours before commenting on the Coffee/Ware game. I am that put off by it. Ware is big and good. Coffee is smaller but better. If, and I say if. The Coffee coaches dig out the football rules 101 book and read it, it will be a rough week of practice on fundamentals. On a 55 yard field goal attempt, Coffee had no on cover downfield. All players AND the coaches stood on the sideline and watched the squib kick get picked up on the one yard yard and ran back deep into Coffee territory. Leading to a Ware score.

On a short Ware kickoff of about 20 yards that feel fair right in front of the Coffee bench. The Coffee coaches waived everyone away from the ball. Which a ware player, after standing and staring in amazement at the Coffee organization. Fell on and recovered the kick. Leading to a Ware touchdown.

After an amazing comeback by Coffee late in the game. Coffee attempted an onside kick. Coffee lined up everyone on the right side. Ware lined up in front of them far toward the sideline leaving the entire two-thirds of the field to the kickers left uncovered, with no one deep. Instead of kicking the ball to the left and, picking it up and walking in for a TD the Coffee kicker kicked the ball straight to the right, square into the arms of eleven ware receivers.

Ware ran three plays 80%of the time. Two simple traps and a sideline pass to the same receiver on the same side on the same route. Coffee never adjusted.

Coffee’s defense was on the field 19 of 24 minutes in the first half yet trailed only 20-17 at the half.

Can anyone say COACHING????????????

Vike85

August 27th, 2011
11:39 pm

Parkview is now a doormat.Stephenson will need more than defense.

Suwanee 0wnz

August 28th, 2011
12:00 am

North Gwinnett defense looked pretty good against a very fast E St. Louis team. The Dawgs put enough Georgia 5A hits on the Flyers so that I doubt they will ever want to make a trip to Georgia again.

It is going to be another year of exciting High School football in Georgia

the truth

August 28th, 2011
1:27 am

Why is it that everyone’s hat’n on Stephenson? Smells like FEAR…or … something to that effect …or maybe … how do you say …JEALOUSY

Vike85

August 28th, 2011
8:20 am

Not based on fear…….just stating facts based on historical trends. Go look at Stephenson’s records.

One On One With The Great One

August 28th, 2011
8:25 am

With all the LOVE the JAGS are getting I’m sure the coaches & players are somewhere reading your comments.. Probably NOT!!!!

One On One With The Great One

August 28th, 2011
8:38 am

Good people the title of this article is ” What we learned in AAAAA, Cllins Hills live, Stephenson plays D”. This isn’t about how many points were scored on Offense, but how Stephensons Defense didn’t allow any touchdowns. I am sure you have to be impressed in what the defense did. For you to say that Parkview is a doormat it’s obivious you have no idea of what Parkview history is… They are a re good team.
Moving forward, it was an emotional game on both sides of the ball. I think penalities hurt PArkview on some key drives and not connecting with some open recievers when they had their opportunity, otherwise the game could have easily been the other way around. But the good news is, that it was the first game for the Jags and room for improvement. I think you will see a different mentalilty in coaching this year. I am looking forward to the game against Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove runs a spread offense 1 of several teams the Jags will face this year. It will be interesting in seeing how they handle this offense. Cedar Grove has a GOOD QB! Come out and see what this game entels. I am sure some Stephenson critics will be in attendence probably some from the community. Anyway whatever you do, continue to pay your money at the gate and come back on the blog to critize on SSunday or Monday. Thank you for your support.
Have a nice day :)

NGHS 09

August 28th, 2011
11:48 am

NG rolls and puts up a zero against a very good and VERY athletic East St. Louis team. I didnt see the second half because CSS SUCKS with broadcasting, but the first half was all i needed to see from NG’s offense. Couldn’t believe my eyes how fast we were putting it in the end zone. East St. Louis was plagued with penalties, but in the first half they were all legit ones. They played sloppy and still out gained NG in total yards for the first half. That just shows how good of a team they are (ranked #1 in the highest classification in the state of Illinois.). Defense was chasing people all over the place and giving up some yards, but held on to the goose egg. Very proud and impressed with the complete team effort. Grayson and NG came out big on top in defending this great state. GO DAWGS.

ItIsWat It Is

August 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

All the teams that win championships how many of them have college bound players??? Or if they coach even helps them play on the next level as Stephenson coach does? Coach G loves the game and its not like they dont play against good teams in the playoffs and its not like they get blown out the teams thats making it out the first round the people you play in the regular season are teams Stephenson cant play cause they are below class I would love to see Stephenson vs South G or Grayson in the regular season and when they beat them see what everybody has to say Stephenson needs to work on their O-line and quaterback under pressure but thats about it in the secondary that wont take long

Roswell Fan

August 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

ERK-How many State Championships has Collins Hill won in football? You’re a long way from the Big Boys!!! Good luck for the rest of the season.

tigonian02

August 28th, 2011
3:04 pm

I hate to say it, but Valdosta’s offense looks terrible this year. It is the beginning of the year, and they did lose like 40 seniors last year, but still….This is definitely looking to be a down year for them.

nukieie

August 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

To all of those posting about Stephenson and how many kids get sent to college, we all get it. We have heard it for YEARS. However this is a bolg about the current season and the quest for a Championship ring. Your team will not get any respect untill you have one. Then you will become a target that every one loves to hate. SO PLEASE LET IT GO ABOUT ALL THE THAT ARE SENT ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL…….PLEASE

swd alum

August 28th, 2011
4:10 pm

I personally would like to see stephenson open up their offense a bit more and get those great athletic players in space..that wing t offense does them no justification..let the likes of marist run that type of offense..but come on when you have speed and athleticism like stephenson has you have to get the playmakers out in space.

From The Hill

August 28th, 2011
4:16 pm

@Roswell Fan.. Roswell shouldn’t bragg about a State Championships with a astrik by it. From what I know of it Peachtree Ridge should have been awarded the title outright that year. So since its a sharedshared title that means the hornets are half of what the real champions are???

GA Football

August 28th, 2011
5:00 pm

For anyone that wacthed the game stephenson really should have won by 24-3 or 28-3 but they left some points off the board and that Sweat Is a real domiant playmaker who caught some nice passes Also Coach Gatrell is now passing the ball more and the New OB #10 Show alot of posie and more comfort throwing the ball this week as he probly found out that he can count on #19 Sweat being his #1 recieve and as far as O-Line they need a bit more work but they have that nasty #71 and more improvement from #77 also this game. Then they also trying to get some work in on #64 from what ive heard and let him get in the rotation as that a big boy i believe they saido n annoucment he was 6-8 315 lbs. and then also ive also heard that #59 was out for a while hurt and once he back which should be next week or tift county from sources they have a good Right Tackle back and they form a solid O-Line consiting of 64,71,77,75,59 giving thoose 2 DT #55, 53 that seem like they went both ways during the game Friday night alot more breaks n rest allowing them in the 4th quarter to still me dogs to opposing offenses

Roswell Fan

August 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

From the Hill – Look back in football history, Roswell has two other State Champions in Football other than the tie with P’tree Ridge. I still think a half is better than a never was, don’t you? This subject is close, Have a Great season.

bboy

August 28th, 2011
11:06 pm

stephenson players have a target on there backs from gwinnett county cry babies mainly parkview who team is not good. so now all the gwinnett teams will have to pay for crying. starting with grayson robert nicheghe whatever his name is he ineligbal his father move out of district he lives with the coach blind side wanna be and to the 10 players who transfer to south gwinnet who all live in dekalb. grayson should be forced to forfeit all the games and south gwinnett and all cobb if u want to hate on stephenson players

Justsayingwhati'msaying

August 29th, 2011
6:59 am

From the stats that I have read, Parviews defense only gave up 1 touchdown and their special teams 1 touchdown. Yes Stephenson did win, and yes they did put up 14, but let’s not open the trophy case. The statement was made that defense wins championships, ask Brookwood, Camden and Lowndes, I would add Parkview, the differnce is these temas had an offense as well. So they were well balanced. At this point Stephenson has not met a balanced attack, they are relying on that front 7, which may be the best in Ga. There are quite a few games remaining in this season and rest is going to be paramount. All kind of things can go wrong. Until Stephensons offense comes around, there will be doubters out there. Don’t be so quick to get riled up when they post. Facts are facts rather good or bad. Yes Stephenson does play defense. Collins Hill did live.

Stephenson Finest

August 29th, 2011
7:06 am

Stephenson High Jaguars keep NFL powerhouse record going

Written by Joshua Smith
STONE MOUNTAIN—The Stephenson High School Jaguars have one more reason to be proud. Kelvin Sheppard is the most recent Jaguar to be drafted by the NFL.

L-R: Jermaine Cunningham, Kelvin Sheppard and Perry Riley, all from Stephenson High’s class of 2005, continue to demonstrate their talents as NFL picks.

Sheppard and two other Jaguars from the Class of 2005—Jermaine Cunningham and Perry Riley—got together recently to watch the NFL draft during a barbecue at the Sheppard family’s home.

Tamra Sheppard, executive Metro Pre-School Director of the YMCA, beamed with pride over her son’s induction into the NFL.

“It was very exciting to have our family and friends come together for the celebration, and it was especially nice to have Jermaine and Perry come because they too made the NFL and were all in the same graduating class at Stephenson,” said Tamra Sheppard.

Stephenson’s head coach, Ron Gartrell, doesn’t know what to make of three teammates from the same graduating class making the NFL, but he says he is proud of Stephenson’s track record.

Stephenson has birthed eight Jaguars who have gone on to play on the professional level. Besides the NFL, the Canadian Football League has also picked up some Jags, including Canadian Football League Champion, Sean Lucas.

“I’ve been coaching here since the school’s first game in 1996. It really touches me to see our guys go to the NFL and any professional league because they are making a career off a game they love,” Gartrell said. “But it’s not all about the NFL. You have to appreciate this game and other sports that basically give you a free education into whatever field you are interested in when you get off the football field.”

Sheppard was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round as the 68th pick in this year’s draft. While a Jaguar, Sheppard recorded 102 tackles and 10 sacks.

A December graduate of Louisiana State University, Sheppard finished his college career with 311 tackles, ninth in school history and was named All-Southeastern Conference in 2010.

Fellow teammates Cunningham and Riley were drafted last year to the NFL. Riley, who played linebacker with Sheppard at LSU, was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, the 103rd pick overall. Cunningham, who attended University of Florida, was picked by the New England Patriots in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft.

The three, plus Marcus Ball, were part of a highly talented defensive squad at Stephenson.

As a Jaguar senior, Riley recorded 131 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, five tackles for loss and one defensive touchdown.

At Stephenson, Cunningham averaged 15 tackles per game, and recorded 25 sacks as a team captain in his senior year.

“They were all great guys and played with respect for our staff. We didn’t just teach them wins and loses, but skills of leadership, communication and responsibility,” Gartrell said. “We want to build the best men we possibly can on and off the field, that goes for all of our players.”

68 Viking

August 29th, 2011
10:31 am

Stephenson Finest ….with all that talent it’s a shame that the powers to be will not go out and find a proven coach, if this happened we could all be a bit more respectful of the Program. There is no telling how far that program could go, & amass some championship rings….Just a little something for u to knaw on

Justsayingwhati'msaying

August 29th, 2011
11:01 am

SteStephenson Finest

And your point? This is not about then, this is about now. Plenty of schools can post the same article. These guy’s have the same thing in common. I am sure these young men will do very well in the NFL. We all know Stephenson’s track record during the regular season, but we also know the track record in the playoffs.