AAAA blog: Five reasons to love the Tucker-Marist rivalry

Top-ranked Tucker will host No. 9 Marist at Adams Stadium on Friday in their annual DeKalb County showdown. A share of the early lead in Region 6-AAAA will be on the line, but in reality there’s a lot more at stake. Here are five things to love about the Tucker-Marist rivalry:

1. It provides a region championship game atmosphere in early September. Tucker and Marist have been in the same region every year since 1996, and only once in that time has another team (Southwest DeKalb in 2009) won the region title. Both teams have games remaining against region contender Mays, and Marist must face Southwest DeKalb, but the odds are good (14 to 1, in this case) that the winner of Friday’s game will take the No. 1 seed.

2. It’s the state’s top rivalry between a public and a private school. Savannah-Benedictine has the history, and GAC-Buford had its moments in the early part of this century. But no game between a public and a private school currently compares with the appeal of this matchup, mainly because both teams are good every year. Marist (a private Catholic school) hasn’t had a losing season since 1982, and Tucker (a part of the DeKalb County School System) last had a losing season in 1991.

3. Marist coach Alan Chadwick. Chadwick is 291-51 (.851 winning percentage) in 27 seasons as the War Eagles’ head coach. His 291 wins are 13th all-time among Georgia coaches and fifth among active coaches, behind only Larry Campbell (Lincoln County), T McFerrin (Jefferson), Dwight Hochstetler (Bowdon) and Rodney Walker (Mary Persons).

4. Tucker coach Franklin Stephens. Stephens is in just his fifth season as a head coach after serving as defensive coordinator (and helping win a state championship) at Camden County. Stephens has a record of 50-6 at Tucker, and his .893 winning percentage is better than any coach among the top 50 in the state in all-time victories.

5. It could go either way. This isn’t one of those one-sided series where you feel like you know what will happen before the game is played. Tucker holds a 12-8 edge in the 20 meetings between the schools, but they have split the past four games, including Tucker’s 31-24 two-overtime victory last season. And no team has won more than four consecutive games in the series.

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31 comments Add your comment

TUCKER_4_LIFE

August 30th, 2011
8:58 am

Don’t get me wrong, Marist always come to play and not just show up for a football game. This year Tucker has some sleeping giants in their huddle awaking on FRIDAY NITE !!! Beware Marist of the TIGERS !!!!

bigdog58

August 30th, 2011
10:54 am

Should be a good game friday night. Tucker’s offense needs to wake up and play big to help there defense which is solid. Marist will have to have there defense step up to give their offense a chance. Will be hard hitting and rough play, just don’t bring the refs from last year to this game becasue they stunk up yje place. Hopefully the refs will let the boys play the game on the field and not steal the show as they did last year trying to keep the game close. Game should be played at Halford staduim becasue it the game of the week and will be packed to the brim.

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

I could think of 100 reasons to Love this rivalry! The biggest reason for me is because I had the opportunity to play in it. It’s nothing like it; I get goose bumps just thinking about my pre-game speech. Walking the field and touching both goal posts in pre-game warm-up. And from the first kick-off you knew you were in for a battle.

reality check

August 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

bigdog58, you must be talking about calls like this one last year where a Tucker defensive back never looks back for the ball, but instead grabs the back of the Marist receiver, but inexplicably Marist got called for pass interference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwGDkMooU8

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
2:10 pm

@reality check

Do you have the clip when Marist defender wouldn’t let go of Bashir (#34 our best RB whom Marist couldn’t stop) ankle 7 seconds after the whistle was blown. He was kicked out of the game because the refs said he tried to kick the kid. It’s obvious when yanking your foot upwards the natural recoil (plus gravity) your foot goes back down. I would like to see footage of that in slow-motion.

WarEagle

August 30th, 2011
2:16 pm

Are we blaming the refs already? LOL!

TUCKER_4_LIFE

August 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

Check the facts “Tucker holds a 12-8 edge in the 20 meetings between the schools, but they have split the past four games” This Friday will be called the “Tiger Dance” to chant the War Eagles call of retreat RUN THEM OVER TIGERS. Hell to the all mighty TUCKER !!!! “WHODAT WAR EAGLE”

Old Gold Panther

August 30th, 2011
3:00 pm

It should be a good game. Not taking anything away the Tucker-Marist game b/c it is always a good one. But I feel a little slighted. Now its Tuesday and it a big write up on the game. Last week nothing could be found on the Tucker -SWD match up and that was supposed to be prime time”Thursday Night Football.” I guess SWD is an after thought now and falls into the category of “you feel like you know what will happen before the game is played.” Our coach has similar stats to coach Alan Chadwick. But hey its all good.

Good luck to both teams friday night as this game will significantly shape the region standings. Its funny b/c with such a tough region; the region is typically decided by the fourth week of the season. Usually after the Marist -SWD game. 10 game region schedule is hell.

WarEagle

August 30th, 2011
3:02 pm

Yes, the Tigers look like the better, stronger, faster team. Should be a Tucker rout. Just like the last game at Adams in 2009.:)

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

@WarEagle

I’m not blaming the refs, just saying it was bad calls both ways and you have to play with them. Refs are a part of the game.

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

@Old Gold Panther

This is the only game Tucker will get a write-up on until we win state or lose, so don’t feel bad.

WarEagle

August 30th, 2011
3:18 pm

@Old Gold Panther — I hear you, but SWD was on TV last Thursday and is going to be on TV again when play the War Eagles. Not everyone is ignoring your boys, and those who do are making a mistake!

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
3:42 pm

I would like to know, out of the 20 meetings how many times were both teams ranked in the top 10?

DA

August 30th, 2011
3:43 pm

Looks like all the Tucker fans need to learn to use spell check as well as grammmar check……….

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
3:47 pm

Oh louwd, the grammar police is here now… LOL get a life!

DA

August 30th, 2011
3:54 pm

I have one…..pretty comfortable, too. So much so I don’t have to live and die by a football game on Friday nights.

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

But yet you are on this blog, obviously reading through all the post and now responding to a comment. So how comfortable is it that you have to get your thrills on ajc.com?

reality check

August 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

Tiger4Life, Bashir Coles (#34) was kicked out of the game for an egregious foul of stomping on the head (helmet) of a Marist player. Whether or not he thought he was being held too long or not, there simply is no place for retaliation that. And it happened right in front of the official. Sorry you think a personal foul for that behavior is unfair treatment of the Tucker team.

4AReg6Fan

August 30th, 2011
5:05 pm

As a fan of this class and region football, I’ve personally have witness the last 12 meeting between these two giants in class 4. This is the matchup that you don’t leave the stadium until the fat lady has song and I can’t see Friday being any different. I do expect the venue to change, Hallford, due to magnitude of this matchup. @WarEagle, love you my friend, and this is probably the only matchup we sit and post on opposite sides, but let’s not forgot the last game at Hallford, in 2007 :-)

BcS2010

August 30th, 2011
5:06 pm

Best rivalry! In GA!! This years game will be great! I see Tucker winning!!

Tiger4Life

August 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

He did not stomp him. His foot barely hit him the kid. I wouldn’t condone it and I defiantly wouldn’t have brought it up if I thought it was intentional. Anywho, this is a new year and a new game. Let’s try and focus on that!

Old Golden Tiger

August 30th, 2011
6:11 pm

Is it the playoffs already? Nope, just Tucker-Marist. But it will feel like it.

These games are special. Buy your ticket now – Adams Stadium is not that big.

Old Gold Panther

August 30th, 2011
8:49 pm

@War Eagle… yea I feel you

@4AReg6Fan…you can cancel Dekalb County moving the game to Hallford on Fri. Night. That’s when MLK plays S. Gwinnett; usually Dekalb County gives preference to 5A teams first. Unless its SWD playing b/c we normally pack the stands and that we have so many damn band members.LOL. Unless you guys played SAT. But we play then SAT so that wouldn’t work either. Umm So yea get your tickets early b/c Adams is not that big. And get there early b/c parking is horrible too. LOL.

Marist Dad

August 30th, 2011
10:48 pm

Good exchanges, gents. As much as I love our AA team, I don’t think our new QB is going to be able to handle the Tucker defense. He missed way too many reads last week and there’s a night and day difference between the Douglas and Tucker D’s. I hope I’m wrong!

Reeder

August 31st, 2011
9:08 am

Marist Dad – The Marist website said the QB was the player of the week and the AJC said that he ran for three touchdowns.

Just sayin…

4AReg6Fan

August 31st, 2011
9:16 am

@Old Gold Panther…Thanks for the input on upcoming games @ Hallford. Yes, you are right, DeKalb County gives presence to the 5A teams, so it’s off to Adams for this BIG matchup. Love seeing your great band, but can the opposing band get at least half of the halftime show? LOL. Good luck with Carver this SAT, the panthers will get back on track; your D is off the chain, love #25 the kid is all over the field. Hopefully, the offense will mature (play calling) and match the defense intensity.

Tucker Dad

August 31st, 2011
9:32 am

I have seen the film on Marist vs. Douglas and vs. Centenial, and I would have to say that there is nothing different about this Marist team from the last ten years. They are very discipline and fundamental. They have two weaknesses that I have noticed and by the looks of the way we are practicing, our coach has noticed it as well. Your QB is very good “Marist Dad”. I didn’t notice him missing any reads. He may not be as seasoned as your QB from last year but he is faster. Your field goal kicker is a game changer and can’t be under estimated. I see this game being really close. It’s a toss up in my opinion, I just hope we win the toss. LOL!

Vernon

August 31st, 2011
11:07 am

@Marist Dad. I have not read anything about Gray King this year. Did he play in any games? I know he was seriously hurt last year and was wondering if he is playing and is healthy? If not, Marist may have a long night against Tucker

WarEagle

August 31st, 2011
11:36 am

@Vernon — King is healthy and playing, as are the other 2 returning backfield starters. Did not play much in our scrimmage and starting offense played only one half and one series vs. Douglass, simply to rest players and allows others to get opportunity.

WarEagle

August 31st, 2011
12:08 pm

@Tucker Dad — If you only saw two weaknesses, you might want to run the film again! We have a lot of work to do to get ready for the might Tigers. Of course, don’t always know about a team after just

WarEagle

August 31st, 2011
12:09 pm

@Tucker Dad — If you only saw two weaknesses, you might want to run the film again! We have a lot of work to do to get ready for the might Tigers. Of course, don’t always know about a team after just 1 game.