Alpharetta 27, West Forsyth 14

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Ladies and gentleman, another quarterback has officially entered the race as Georgia’s best. Say hello to Alpharetta’s Joshua Dobbs.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior completed 29 of 37 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 27-14 win over West Forsyth (5-1, 1-1). The win puts Alpharetta (5-1, 2-0) alone in first place in Region 6AAAAA, and avenges last season’s 20-17 loss to the Wolverines.

Dobbs managed Alpharetta’s fast-break offense with pinpoint precision all night, calling checks at the line of scrimmage signaled to him from the sideline.

“Our coaches can see the coverages and things from the sideline, so they signal the plays in,” said Dobbs, who is receiving overtures from the likes of Stanford and Princeton. “I’m comfortable doing that. It worked well for us tonight.”

Dobbs and the Raiders wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as they took the opening kickoff and marched 81 yards in 10 plays. Dobbs hit Adam Schildhammer with a 25 yard touchdown pass in the back of the endzone for a 7-0 lead.

However, West Forsyth took advantage of one of Dobb’s two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) late in the first quarter when he was stripped by Andrew Hickman, and the Wolverines’ Ben Boyd recovered the fumble at the Alpharetta 10 yard line. Three plays later, Blake Roberts bulled in from one yard out to tie the score.

Midway through the second quarter, Dobbs led Alpharetta on another long drive, 11 plays and 61 yards. He capped it with a seven-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Carlos Burse to put the Raiders back on top, 14-7. Alpharetta threatened again late in the period, when Dobbs led the offense from its own five yard line to the West Forsyth five yard line, with three key receptions by sophomore Daniel Clements.

But Dobbs’ seventh pass of the drive was picked off at the goal line with 11 seconds left in the half.

West Forsyth got its wing-T offense rolling in the third quarter, taking its opening drive 74 yards in just seven plays, all runs except for one incomplete pass. Jake Weiczorek darted in from 14 yards out to tie the score at 14.

But Dobbs answered seconds later when he hit senior Nevin Harton over the middle on third-and-seven from the Raider 24 yard line. Harton did the rest, outrunning the West Forsyth secondary for a 76 yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner.

“We knew they were a well-coached team and the wing-T is very difficult to prepare for,” said Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes. “But we made some big plays when we had to and forced some negative running plays. We had a great week of practice and our coaches did a heck of a job getting our players prepared.”

Afterward, junior center DeAndre Wise was pleased with the Raiders’ offensive display.

“If we keep clicking, we can win the region,” he said. “I definitely think we’ll win the region.”

West Forsyth 7 0 7 0 14

Alpharetta 7 7 13 0 27

27 comments Add your comment


October 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Sir Thomas,

Not sure whether your the quarterback’s press agent, or just a regular AJC blogger. But, one player does not make a TEAM. Obviously this is your opinion, not Sports News. Yes, this young man did have one of his best games last night, but he was very well complimented by one of the best offensive lines in the division that provided him time and passing lanes with which to complete passes to open receivers. Which, I might add are a core of eight highly talented receivers, who run tight crisp patterns and receive the ball with supple hands and incredible athleticism. On any one play last night, there were at least two open receivers on several progressions up the field. Not only was this young quarterback complimented by talented receivers; he was complimented by three talented running backs who ran for numerous yards and kept the linebackers and defensive line in check. Case in point – several long yard plays came as a result of play action passes to receivers across the middle. Not only was the young quarterback surrounded by great offensive players; the defense help the powerful running West Forsyth Team to several 3 and out series. The helped to pin West Forsyth down inside their own forty and better numerous times, allowing the offensive to have great field position time and time again. Tommy, it’s a a TEAM sport, dude. If your not his publicist, then report the game, not just one individual!!! If you are his publicist, provide your marketing opinions and game flavor to a real sports reporter, who can weed through the BS and report on the game, the team and the contributions of players in that particular game. Have a nice Saturday.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 1st, 2011
10:53 pm

@Knute: I probably shouldn’t dignify your comments with a response, but I will.

Joshua Dobbs was spectacular. Plain and simple. If you can’t see and respect that, I don’t know what else to tell you.

It’s obvious that you don’t know how journalism and newspapers work. You see, we have a limited amount of time and space in which to tell the story of a game. To not lead with the fact that the winning quarterback (a fine young man with recruiters after him from the likes of Stanford and Princeton) completed nearly 80 percent of his passes while throwing the ball almost 40 times, for nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, would not only be downright negligent journalism, it would suggest some sort of agenda against the young man because his performance was clearly worthy of praise.

Additionally, the story mentioned other Alpharetta players — as well as some West Forsyth players — including receivers Harton, Clements and Burse, and the center, Wise, was even quoted. I went to him because I could tell he was setting the protections, which did give Dobbs time to throw all night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t talk to all of the offensive linemen, who did indeed play well for the most part in pass pro.

As for the defense, it was a bend-don’t-break effort. Hardly dominating. The unit did, however, force some negative running plays and got West Forsyth behind the sticks. West Forsyth’s total lack of any sort of a passing game made them very one-dimensional and they still managed to rush for more than 200 yards from scrimmage. However, Alpharetta’s defensive unit made stops when it had to and did indeed contribute to the win. (I thought West Forsyth fought valiantly, played hard and didn’t give up.)

But make no mistake. Were it not for the play of Dobbs, Alpharetta probably would not have won the game. No, I’m not his publicist. The young man speaks well enough for himself — with his performance on the field as well as with his articulation afterward. Again, if that somehow bothers you, then I really don’t know what else to say.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great remainder of the weekend.

Brad Withrow

October 1st, 2011
11:12 pm

Wow! First of all, it sounds like you are personal friends with the Dobbs family since you happen to know so much about their personal lives, and have such an affinity for the young man. Dobbs is not the only player being recruited by Ivy League or other institutions. He is also not the only player on the team and could not have won the game without his outstanding offensive line and receivers. I hope you enjoy the amount of money the family is paying you to produce such a biased article. It is a disgrace to the AJC that you are allowed to print such a promotional piece and call it journalism. This team deserves a lot more credit across the board than just one player including the defense. Obviously your facts are incorrect because I know for certain that the protections are not set by the center and they are signaled from the sideline on every play.

You are a disgrace!


October 2nd, 2011
12:30 am

Despite the war you got going here I was just glad to see the press, at any level, give Alpharetta some credit. That Peck(rest left of intentionally) guy from the neighbor papers says we have a pulse….interesting. We are now 5 and 1, off to the best start in the schools 7 or 8 year history, and have the potential to take a serious run at the league championship. Who would have thunk it. Certainly not Peck’s Picks but, I digress.

I spent a great deal of time reviewing the film today and as usual, the offensive line did indeed give Josh quite a bit of time. Hard for any QB to put up those stats without it. As Josh continues to develop, the receivers do as well. They are now blocking better (hint hint coaches) and I do mean almost all of them. They are catching these fine throws and turning them into gold. heck, even Josh is starting to run the ball (hint hint coaches). In short, the whole offense was firing on all cylinders as EXPECTED. The linemen were even doing more downfield than usual (hint hint) and PLAYING to the whistle…novel. Josh and his offensive unit just came out and went to work along with the defense. It was nice to see 8 in the box against an explosive offense as found at West Forsyth. They are a fine football team and their coaches did a great job in the last few years to get their program to where it is today.

We came prepared and did not need our usual sluggish quarter warmup to get going. The coaches managed the clock brilliantly in the last 6 or 8 mins as we should always do. Josh and his line showed real poise in having the heads up ability to realize how critical that clock management can be in a game like this. Best of all, the defense kept the lid on that powerhouse offense they have playing prevent and did their level best to keep from turning over the big one to include their performance on that long kickoff return as well as some 4th down stops. Big, big credit has to go out to the defense as West Forsyth has their best players on offense and it showed in the runaway win against Centennial..

We still have to remember to NOT kick the long ball….repeat, NO long kicks (north Cobb, Marietta, West Forsyth) as that can lose a game quickly. Manage the clock always, keep the receivers blocking, run Josh more, mooooooove the running back closer to the line (everyone’s ends are catching Jaylin from the side and behind….he’s too deep….impossible to hit the holes and seams that ARE there…move him up….he’s missing it by 1 to 1.5 yes….), run both sides, teach the receivers that catching first, running second is the only way to go, and above all, PREPARE like you did for this game. Mr. Carlberg, you are to be commended along with the staff for preparing this squad so thoroughly this week. Please, please keep up this stringent prep format….it really paid off this week and EVERYONE saw it.

Josh? Yes, he did a fine job along with a very fine team. Emphasis being that they played more like last year’s squad, a team. A true testament to coaching and the players. Every single one of the.

Awesome job. Can’t wait to see how you prepare for Milton. This will be a huge game with playoff implications. No breaks, no mercy. Let’s get busy!

S. Thomas Coleman

October 2nd, 2011
1:21 am

@Beetzmee: I was glad to pay a visit to Raider Country! Everyone was very nice and hospitable. Thanks for your breakdown of the game and I look forward to my next visit.

@Brad: OK, it’s becoming obvious that folks like you must have something against the Dobbs kid or his family. I hope not, but it appears that way, and its sad.

For the record:

The first time I met him was Friday night after the game and I’ve never met his family. If I did, I’d tell them they appear to be raising a fine young man and heck of a quarterback with a bright future. And there was no mention of his or his family’s personal life in the piece. I simply noted that he was being recruited by Princeton and Stanford, which he told me during the three-minute interview after the game.

As noted, several other Alpharetta players were mentioned in the piece including the center. And yes, plays and protections were called in from the sideline for the most part, but on a number of occasions the center made another call at the line based on the way the defense shifted.

Again, I don’t know the Dobbs family. The AJC is paying me.

The article was no promotional piece at all. It simply focused, for the most part, on a player who had a great game … the same as many other game stories in many other papers across the country. It’s called journalism and reporting.

Please get over whatever it is you have against this kid and/or his family. It’s sad. Really sad. Good luck to the Raiders the rest of the season!

S. Thomas Coleman

Brad Withrow

October 2nd, 2011
11:32 am

Mr. Coleman, you are completely missing the point as expected. I have nothing against the Dobbs family, but you are portraying them like they are saints and that he is the only player on the field. That is my point. By the way, I think I know more than you do about situations. Why don’t you interview other players next time? Also, your relationship with another family is obvious as well. Did you interview the player or the dad? I heard you would print anything and it appears to be true. Get over yourself and print articles based on facts.


October 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

Hey, I know our region is not the most powerful in the state as we are all, with the exception of Roswell, Milton, Centennial are relatively new. Our region has added what? Johns creek, Northview, Alpharetta, Kings Ridge high schools in the last 8 or so years? Dilluted comes to mind. I am glad to see the Forsyth and North Fulton teams continue to improve. Sure, I would love to see our team get deep into the playoffs but, should they not make it, someone, anyone, please represent region 6 well in the playoffs. I think the programs are definitely improving and who knows? Within a decade may start to consistently pose real threats to the stalwarts of region 7.

With the exception of Roswell’s co-championship a few years ago (still scratching my head on that one…) we have not produced a state champion…..yet. No matter, I like our collective odds. The level keeps rising and it is simply a matter of time. In the meantime, I would like to see this team come closer together like last years team. Folks, you remember, don’t you? While we lost to Brookwood, we did put up points against last year’s state champion in AAAAA. No small feat when you realize exactly who is in that mix.

Friday’s game should have done more to bring them together than any pep talk ever could. You players should now see what is possible, what you really, really can do when you are PREPARED mentally and physically. The rest is up to you and it really is that simple.

To the AJC press, thanks for giving North Fulton some visibility. Region 6 is probably better balanced than most with no clear runaway winner. If you remember last year’s playoff picture (3-way tie for the final playoff spot between Milton, Centennial, and Alpharetta) until the very last game of the season. Almost one half the league’s destiny decided on one final game. That is a balanced league. Region 6, where no one really knows until the final game and the final whistle.

Has my blood up….


October 2nd, 2011
1:07 pm

Raider fan!!!! Does it really matters, who gets articles …we won and have a very good team in whole to be proud of… Again, Raiders atleast we are getting press so that the scouts will come and know we have players. Guys get over it!!!!!!!!! Let’s go back to over articles your kids and especially mine dont get all the praises that he deserve but he’s proud and happy to be apart of the Alpharetta success. And yes for the truth to be told, most parent or should I say some does have a personel issue with Dobbs and family. Remember he wasn”t the QB of choice in the beginning Mr. Coleman!!!! Raider Country lets stand behind our team as a whole unitm please.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 2nd, 2011
4:34 pm

@Brad: No, I completely got your point, just not the point you think you are portraying. It’s obvious that you do indeed have something against Joshua and the Dobbs family because the article only makes mention of the fine play of Joshua, nothing personal about him or his family. I have no idea what it is that you appear to have against them, perhaps jealousy of some sort. If that is the case, please get over it and yourself.

How you equate that to me “portraying them like they are saints” (your exact words) is utterly ridiculous, nonsensical and flat out asinine. Also, I have no idea what “situations” you’re talking about and frankly don’t care to know.

After speaking first with Coach Dukes and then with Joshua, I had a few seconds to speak with another player as I made my way back up to the booth, and spotted the center, D’Andre Wise. I did indeed interview him to get in a quote from another player, as you suggested.

As for you hearing that I “would print anything,” my work speaks for itself. This article, just like the others that I write, was and are completely based on the facts. And the fact of the matter is that Joshua Dobbs had an excellent game. Period.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 2nd, 2011
8:22 pm

These attitudes will tear the team apart. Josh is playing better each week and you idiots come here to rip him under the guise of promoting team, please! That is terrible! The team is playing great, be happy that one of ours, Dobbs, got recognized!
Great job Raiders!


October 2nd, 2011
8:43 pm

Amen to that home cooking. The team is gelin’ bettervthan doctor schools could ever hope for. Let’s just stick with our game plan, prepare and play them one at a time. We can look up at the end of the season and go from there. The whole squad stepped up Friday and that is all that matters. I hope each and every kid is holding their heads up proud of THEIR accomplishments. Keep voting on the high five poll. Who knows, we might make the televised game of the week.

Let’s get ready for Milton. That is all we need to be focused on right now. Good luck Raiders. See you Friday night!


October 3rd, 2011
4:36 pm

Sir Thomas,

I apologize for not being able to continue the discussion over the weekend. I had to travel home to Fort Wayne later Saturday and just got too darn busy Sunday. Did some research on your AJC Paper (website) out of Atlanta. The one you blog for.

First of all, I do know journalism and I do know newspapers work. I minored in communications/journalism at Notre Dame. It was a little different back in the late 60’s, early 70’s, though. There weren’t many blogs back then. Although, there were a lot of opinions – as there are now. I can’t say I agree with your reporting style, nor do I agree with your approach. Couple things I do agree on. That young quarterback, Mr. Josh Dobbs, did play a good ball game. Not sure whether Alpharetta wins or looses without him. But, my nephew tells me there are a couple of good back up quarterbacks down there, as well. Secondly, yes you did mention a couple other players – once, an one player twice. Now, I don’t know as much about who makes the line calls, but I did notice that the offense looked over to the sideline, quite often. So, I suspect the cosches made the line calls. you know, I am amazed that for in such a short period of time at Alpharetta (1st time right?), you learned such intimate knowledge regarding the offensive play calling and line checks. Good investigating around your subject matter.

Anyway, please read the following reports (via blogs) I copied from your NEWSpaper down there, the AJC. It’s quite the contrast to your reporting style. Notice the short bullet statements, just the facts reporting and team reporting on the game. Might be good to adopt this style of Football Game Reporting, Tommy.

Lakeside 34, Greenbrier 17
8:36 am October 1, 2011, by Prep Zone

By Justin Williams

Augusta Chronicle

As Lakeside gathered to celebrate Friday night’s 34-17 road win over Greenbrier, Jarrett Troxler was quick to remind his players of the recent history between the Columbia County rivals.

This group of seniors, and the rest of the Panthers, has never lost to the Wolfpack.

“It’s huge,” the Panthers coach said. “It’s big anytime you beat a rival.”

To earn this particular victory, Lakeside relied on its fast-paced, no-huddle offense that steadily picked up yardage all night.

Though Greenbrier (2-3, 0-1 Region 2-AAAA North) had all of the momentum entering halftime after Jahvon Hardrick’s late 65-yard touchdown jaunt, Lakeside (2-4, 1-1) was undeterred.

The Panthers had piled up 14 first downs in the first half, and they continued the process after halftime.

They finished the night with 25 first downs, most of them coming on the back of senior Johnathon Long.

The Panthers’ workhorse had 27 carries for 120 yards, and seemed to get stronger in the third quarter.

“Every time we face an opponent, the defense gets tired with our no-huddle,” said Long, who scored a pair of first-half touchdowns. “We keep it simple; that’s what we like to do. We like to stay fast and steady.”

Up 20-17 at the half, Lakeside scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns – a 14-yard run by quarterback Mark Weidenaar, and a 5-yard pass from Weidenaar to fellow senior Eamon Diehl.

Weidenaar shook off an early interception by Thomas Brown to finish 13 for 19 passing for 116 yards. He also ran for 75 yards.

Meanwhile, the Panthers’ defense had a dominant second half. They held Greenbrier to 18 yards and just one first down after halftime.

“We put pressure on the quarterback; we put pressure on the running back,” senior defensive end Sean Gaddy said.

As the game opened, the Wolfpack ended a bit of recent scoreless history against the Panthers.

Not having scored in the past two matchups in the series, Greenbrier got on the board less than two minutes in on Cody Turner’s 1-yard quarterback sneak.

It was set up by Hardrick’s 51-yard run to the 1-yard line.

Hardrick had 137 yards on 28 carries, but only had 2 yards after the half.

Greenbrier, which had only 165 total yards and 34 passing yards, had three turnovers – two lost fumbles and an interception.

“Lakeside’s D-line is pretty big, pretty tough, and they’re pretty good,” Hardrick said. “Our O-line did the best they could.”

Lakeside held the ball for most of the contest, running 83 offensive plays to Greenbrier’s 44.

Jones County 29, Dutchtown 18
8:41 am October 1, 2011, by Prep Zone
Macon Telegraph
GRAY — Dwight Jones has said that his team can be a decent one if it plays hard on every play.
“These guys finally figured out if they give us everything they’ve got every down we play, we can be a decent football team,” the Jones County head coach said. “One day, I may tell you they’re a darned good football team.”
That day may be coming.
The Greyhounds’ defense came up big in the second half and made a halftime lead stand in a 29-18 win over Dutchtown in a GHSA Region 3A-AAAA game.
Jones County won its third straight, all by double figures, to improve to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in sub-region play. Dutchtown fell to 3-2 and 1-1.

Macon Telegraph
WARNER ROBINS — Northside’s Curtis Martin scored three touchdowns and gained 136 yards on 19 carries, including a critical 16-yard gain late in the fourth quarter that clinched the win, as the Eagles held on for a 32-24 victory over crosstown rival Warner Robins on Friday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
Facing a third-and-7 from their own 5-yard line and protecting an eight-point lead, the Eagles handed the ball to Martin for the 19th time with just less than two minutes left in the contest. The junior raced around the left side for 16 yards, and the biggest first down of the season, as the Eagles ran out the clock and stymied a spirited Warner Robins comeback.
“We expect Curtis to be our workhorse every night,” Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler said. “Making that last first down, he was just determined, and that’s the kind of player he is.”
The Eagles (5-0, 2-0 GHSA Region 1-AAAA) forced three first-half turnovers, converting two of them into touchdowns, en route to a 23-3 halftime advantage that they extended to a 32-10 lead at the end of three quarters.


October 3rd, 2011
4:56 pm


Forgot one thing…

I do agree that the defense seems to be a bend and not break defense.

I suspect that the top teams on average have around 50 points scored against.

Based on the five games I have heard about, I think the Raiders are averaging somewhere around 160 points scored against.

Time to tighten up the bend and make a few more tackles and less points scored.


October 3rd, 2011
5:18 pm

“Not sure whether Alpharetta wins or looses without him.”

Hey Knute aka “Captain Journalist”….it’s lose…not loose.


October 3rd, 2011
5:42 pm

Fat thumbs and Arthritis, Doc.

Not sure about the Captain J stuff.


October 3rd, 2011
8:07 pm


Give it break! Seems like your going through a lot of effort to cover up the point you have an agenda against the kid. The writer highlighted a kid this week-deal with it. The kid played great, next week it could be your kid.

Imagine how you would feel if someone ripped your kid………..


October 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm

Home cookin,

I didn’t rip any player.

Mine are grown and starting families.

I said he had a good game.

The writer should just spread the credit and not focus on one or two players.


October 3rd, 2011
11:19 pm

Hey Raiders,

Tune any negative noise out. Some of us are just intense and want the best for ALL of you.

You just go out and do what you do. You are coming together more and more each week. Keep each other up no matter what happens on any one play. The Defense did a great job of that after that kickoff return to our 30. They simply went out and stopped them. True grit. Play like that and i am sure you will come out in the win column. Your team looked like they have some real poise and displayed a level of maturity. Real situational awareness.

We, the fans, are witnessing a great team coming together. Let’s just come out screaming, jumping and executing like each game is the superbowl. No matter what is happening in the stands this week just stay focused and play your game. The coaches will sweat the adjustments. Visualize your plays and then execute them to perfection.

Get prepared, do the work. We’ll keep our stands fired up from the kickoff to the last play.

See you Friday!


October 4th, 2011
11:09 am

Judging by his stats…Dobbs was the story of the game! Knute, you seem really bitter towards this Dobbs kid…are you related to the player that was replaced in game one of the season?

S. Thomas Coleman

October 4th, 2011
2:33 pm

@Knute: I appreciate your research, but I respectfully decline your offer to change up my writing style and/or approach to stories. No disrespect to the writers of the other stories you pasted, but I’ll stick to doing me and let those writers do them.

But thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman


October 4th, 2011
7:26 pm

Josh was at Wesleyan past 2 years and transferred during the Summer in order to start @ QB @ AHS. He took a big risk with eligibility and his dream to play D1 fball – which you have to respect. Current Wesleyan QB and he were competing fiercely to be starter and now both doing great at both schools – both named on AJC honor roll this week and Wesleyan QB got Gwinnett Player of the Week this past week. We miss Josh and his family, but we also have a great QB at Wesleyan. Josh is a great kid and gonna do great things someday on Saturday in college football with his size. The Wesleyan family wish Josh, his family and AHS the best for the rest of the season. Enjoy the moments because these HS football days will be over quickly and same with college — stats and wins will not carry any of us thru life – good friends and family are what counts in the end. Congrats to Josh!

S. Thomas Coleman

October 5th, 2011
10:38 am

@HSFootballfan: Very classy. Very well said. Coach P tested your team early with some tough non-region games, so I think you guys will be fine in the long run. Good luck to the Wolves the rest of the way!

S. Thomas Coleman


October 5th, 2011
10:03 pm

I see why some families forbid their children/student athletes from reading blogs.

Wow – not in a good way.


October 6th, 2011
5:04 pm

Careful Alpharetta fans, although I understand the whole issue with reporters and they are just trying to write an article that is “interesting”…The truth is a team is only as strong as its weakest link. The controversy that articles like this bring does mess up the “TEAM” spirit, and the ability to work well together. Just ask WEST…coming off some questional reporting we did not play like the team we had been. Yes, Alpharetta was good, the win legit. But that said, West did not play as well as they could or should have that night, and some of that can be contributed to the efforts of some newsreporters (unknowingly) creating discourse within the team. The other contributing factor injury to some of our starters. Good Luck Alpharetta, your team looked great, but dont let these boostful articles change what you all know. Football is a TEAM sport, without the stellar performance of the offensive line the QB would not be news worthy. Look at the mistakes that were made by both QB’s when pressured.


October 7th, 2011
2:22 pm

Good pts. Westie. It was truly a team effort and for whatever it is worth, the Alpharetta squad thought West Forsyth was an exceptionally good football team. One only has to look at your record and accomplishments to date to see that. Probably the only team that can successfully run that Wing T and run it well. There was no clear winner until the final few minutes of the game. It was a contest the whole way through.

I have to hand it to our players, I don’t think they are paying that much attention to this and other blogs. They just do what they do. Besides, they are by themselves when it comes to game day and if they are prepared, it will show. Josh had an exceptionally good game along with the Defense, Offensive Line, and Receivers really stepping up. THAT was firing on all cylinders. Hopefully we will do the same this evening against a very aggressive Defense.

Best wishes to you and your team throughout the remainder of the season. Both teams have a long way to go before this race is over.

Cynthia Coleman

October 8th, 2011
6:45 pm

As you will see, I’m not afraid to put my name on my comments, so here’s my 2 cents (coming in late because this was forwarded to me by someone who wonders what’s up with all this negativity!) Before someone mentions the last name, I’m not related to the writer of this blog.

This is the kind of BS that tears teams apart!!!! Mr. Coleman wrote a compelling article about our game and used one of our great athletes as a focal point! THAT’S JOURNALISM!! If it was a milquetoast commentary, then you’d be complaining that it wasn’t valuable or interesting! If you start spouting this nonsense to your kids and they start spreading it to their teammates and it becomes a problem. Let me mention that I’m also not a close, personal friend to the Dobbs, but I do say hello when I see them (My mom raised me right). My mom also taught me that if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything – did you all learn that lesson?

Josh Dobbs is a polarizing player, as are a lot of the athletes on the team AND the coaching staff! Dobbs had a near, if not school record-breaking performance against West Forsyth. No, he’s not perfect, but he had a GREAT GAME! Beating W. Forsyth was a big deal towards this year’s goals! We have an opportunity for something great at Alpharetta, don’t diminish it because you don’t like that an article was mainly focused on one player, I can tell you, the TEAM won’t feel that way!
The Raiders have had a hard time getting good press even from our own community paper, no matter who we beat! I remember starting 3-0 about 4 years ago and the headline wasn’t that the Raiders beat Sprayberry, but that Sprayberry loses to the Raiders! If we can’t get respect from our own newspaper, then we should at least be happy when we get it from somewhere else! You all are making a big deal because Dobbs got mentioned more than other players? SERIOUSLY???

Our players and coaches work hard to put a winning team on the field. The last thing they need is people spouting negative comments all over the place because you think an article was unfair. This isn’t kiddie ball where everyone gets a trophy to make them feel good! Put on your big boy pants and cheer on our team! I wish someone would come up to with this nonsense. We all know that a team is more than one person, that’s why it’s called a TEAM otherwise it would be called SOLO.

If you know anything about football and football reporting, then you know the QB and other skill position players get most of the press. The offensive and defensive lines prefer to just do their jobs. If they’re doing it well, then those other players will get even more press which makes the whole team more noticeable. Mark Richt and Joe Paterno don’t go to a school because they heard that the right tackle was a great player. Skill players get the publicity, the recruiters come out to see them play and in the process notice other players! That’s how it works!

So get over yourselves people, it’s not about you or how you feel, it’s all about the TEAM! I didn’t mean for this to be this long, but this is something that really ticks me off!!! Good Grief!

Mr. Coleman, feel free to give us all the positive press you like! Next time you come to a Raiders game, look for me, I’d be glad to welcome you to Raider Nation!!


October 8th, 2011
9:33 pm

It is very disheartening to read such negative commits from adults about a 17 year old child. This is why I elected to take my son’s talents to a prvate progam away from Alpharetta and Johns Creek. The parents only support certain kids and believe their money speaks louder than talent.

I do know the DObbs family. Have known them since Josh was playing in Youth football at age 7. His family is a raising a fine, respectable and very intelligent young man. In addition, both parents are lovely people. Very humble and supportive of all players onthe field. If I would have known they were going to Alpharetta sooner, we may have considered following them to Alpharetta. Why? Because I respect their family that much.

Coach Dukes, plays the best player to geive them the best opportunity to win. Yes, it is a team sport, but without a QB, it is difficult to win. Ask the Indianapolis Colts or Florida Gators. Niether can win a game or get the ball to the skill players because they don’t have their best QB in the line up.

If Alpharetta would have done horrible, the QB would have been the blame. Yet, most of you speak that this is a TEAM sport. Funny, how we all want to take credit for wins but only the QB takes the blame for a lost.

I’m proud of Josh, his family, the Alpharetta coaches, and the Raider Nation!!!!!!

p.s. wassup Daniel (the next big time WR from Raider Nation)?