No. 8 M.L. King seeking respect

M.L. King coach Michael Carson says his team is looking for more statewide respect tonight when the Lions play at Valdosta in a game between unbeaten teams.

That’s odd that he’d think his team has more to prove because M.L. King is ranked, and Valdosta is not. But Valdosta has won 23 state titles. M.L. King hasn’t won any, nor has any Region 2-AAAAA team in more than 50 years.

“It’s the game everybody has been waiting for at the mid-point,” Carson said. “It’s a well-coached program that’s respected around the country, the winningest in high school football. This game could get us some respect. In fact, they came up here and beat us last year [43-28]. We’re hoping we can return the favor. It’s definitely big for us.”

Valdosta (5-0) reached the quarterfinals last season but isn’t ranked largely because of heavy graduation losses that included all-state receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tight end Jay Rome. Beating M.L. King would certainly put the Wildcats in the rankings.

Meanwhile, M.L. King is viewed as talented but unproven. The team is led by preseason all-state quarterback Jonquel Dawson and wide receiver Blake Tibbs (committed to Georgia) and defensive lineman Kenderius Whitehead, the TD Club of Atlanta player of the week who had five sacks last week.

“A lot of people don’t really respect what we’ve done even though we’re 4-0,” Carson said. “People are questioning the rankings and the caliber of opponents we’ve played and our region. I look at our region and until last week, our region hadn’t lost but five games. That’s impressive, but a lot of people look at that as a weak region.”

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81 comments Add your comment

Titletown Fan

September 30th, 2011
6:48 am

This is “must see” football down here in Titletown, I am sure there will be a lot of the Viking faithful in attendance to get a glimpse of what the Winnersville Classic is going to smell like this year. The Cat D must play like they did against Lincoln to pull this one off.

Valdosta-Lowndes County (29 State Titles)

September 30th, 2011
6:58 am

Absolutely!! I totally agree. Its gonna b a great atmosphere for sum South GA football!

yo

September 30th, 2011
9:18 am

Pulling for the Cats. Always more fun when an undefeated Cats show
up to the Concrete Palace for the big one.

Sideline Dude

September 30th, 2011
9:22 am

I would say that beginning region play this week is do or die for Tift County but they’re already dead. Lose against Coffee tonight & Walls surely must be gone.

SWD FAN

September 30th, 2011
10:02 am

ML KING WILL REPRESENT… ALL THE WAY IN LOWDNES COUNTY

K From Da Wood

September 30th, 2011
11:20 am

I have been a supported since the very 1st day of the program. I hope MLK rides down there and brings the WOOD…they will score, but will they be able to stop Valdosta. If the defense performs I see a victory…GO LIONS!

AVikingFan

September 30th, 2011
11:23 am

I personally think MLK has already achieved more respect than they deserve with their high ranking. On the other hand their competition so far has been better than Stephenson’s and look where they’re ranked. If MLK beats Valdosta tonight I will tip my hat to’em. Key word IF. Using the same KEY WORD, IF MLK gets off the bus , and IF the MLK defense pressures the Cat QB and can stop the Cat running game, and IF the MLK QB and UGA bound Receiver live up to their press clippings, it could very well be a LONG night for the Cats! Lots of “Ifs”.

AVikingFan

September 30th, 2011
12:36 pm

K From Da Wood — K, it might take more than wood. Brooks County brought a HAMMER and it wan’t enough for them. Just saying…….

eaglenationrising

September 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

K From Da Wood: In your life can you name one program in DeKalb County that has ever traveled south of the gnat line and laid anything except an egg. When you are as soft as these metro Atlanta kids and as mentally weak as these metro Atlanta coaches, it is challenging to prepare your team for this kind of challenge.

We have seen many so called “next great metro Atlanta teams.” They have come in the form of Southwest DeKalb (the biggest chokers in the history of Georgia football), Stephenson, Tucker & now Martin Luther King. I have personally attempted to articulate to the Gwinnett County fans that their programs are not much better than the highly talented, yet overhyped & underproducing DeKalb County teams.

This is an opportunity. Everyone knows that Valdosta is not very good. They are simply a shell of themselves. They have not won a region championship in years. Heck, when Region 1 welcomed Middle Georgia teams from Warner Robins, Valdosta struggled to stay in third or fourth place. The bottom line is if MLK can not beat lowly Valdosta, who can MLK beat?

MLK carries the name of a great name. We will see what happens when these DeKalb County kids leave DeKalb County. History suggests that it is going to be a long night for MLK. I personally hope that MLK finds a way to represent. I have often said that South Georgia’s Region 1 (outside of Lowndes County) is the most overhyped region in the state minus the Gwinnett County regions (that do less with more than anyone in the state). If MLK is any good, they should win easily. We will see tonight.

For the MLK fans going south, travel safely. Do not speed through Warner Robins (Houston County), Tifton (Tift County) and through downtown Valdosta. Please have your proper papers. :-) Good luck.

Casual Observer

September 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

There’s not a decent team in region 1-5A this year. Valdosta is the most over hyped team in the state at present.

If the MLK QB don’t throw the ball to guys in black jerseys too much they should head back north on 75 in a good mood!

JAB

September 30th, 2011
3:27 pm

eaglenationrising, Lol., I agree with you and don’t forget to tell them boyz to turn their music down riding to Valdosta, cause they are going to have extra cops out tonight targeting Dekalb County license plate, Lol., REAL TALK! Everybody talking about the hoopla about Lowdnes, valdosta, Camden County; sure Valdosta has won more state championship than any other school in the USA., that’s in the past, “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY BABY!!!”, Stephenson has went down to South Ga. and beaten Ware County twice and Colquit Co. twice. The state championship have been down here in metro Atlanta teams! All I can say is MLK do your thing down there in Valdosta, you will win tonight if you don’t get home cooked; and we “STEPHENSON” will handle things down here on our end. Let’s make it 9-0 when Stephenson & MLK meets for the last game of the season and the region championship!!! GO JAGS…..

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
3:39 pm

Coffee vs Tift Co tonight at 8:00 in Tifton. It should be a great game, both teams will fighting for a playoff spot in 1-AAAAA.

JAB

September 30th, 2011
5:26 pm

eaglenationrising, stop drinking that yak! @ be for real, Tucker & SWD has already been State champions SWD beat a gwinnett county team to win theirs (Parkview) Stephenson upended Parkview last so called State championship in the Ga. highest classification, This years between Stephenson & MLK they both have an undefeated record against Gwinnett teams . Stephen just whipped up on Colquit county on their home field and did it last year on their field..In the play-offs Stephenson has lost for the last serveral years on a last minute field goal; I think this year their coaoches really have it (ALL) together and will win their 1st State Championship in AAAAA, this will shut (ALL) you complainers * haters up! Can’t nobody in AAAA beat Tucker this year and you just stop hating on these boys. MLK & Valdosta is 1-1 with MLK winning where it most count in the playoffs and Valdosta won last year; SO LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS TONIGHT AND THEN I WANT YOU MAKE AN OPEN APOLOGY ON THIS WEBSITE AFTER MLK DO THEIR THING! REAL TALK…

rwdekalb

September 30th, 2011
5:30 pm

ENR you need to worry about Northside. I wish MLK or Stephensen played Nside this year because Nside would have 2 losses before playoffs. Nside in it entire existence has only 2 titles. Stephensen and MLK are relatively new schools by comparisons. Northsides time has come and gone, they are just one of a number of good teams in 4A but they are not dominant by any means. If you dont go in hiding after this game which you are known to do, I am sure you wont give MLK due credit but will blame officiating or find some way to down play MLKs victory, but it wont really matter will it because like I said before and like you already know Northsides time has come and gone. Oh yeah and remember how Northside choked against Statesboro. I do because I was actually pulling for Northside in that game with their supposed superior athletes. but they CHOKED!!!!

Valdosta-Lowndes County (29 State Titles)

September 30th, 2011
6:21 pm

Lol…. Should b a great game. If yall win, congrats!! Ill b the first to give u props. See u after the game.

CoffeeC100

September 30th, 2011
6:33 pm

The region 1-5A play starts tonight. Would ANYONE out there like to play four 15A teams four weeks in a row???? Didn’t think so.

JAB

September 30th, 2011
6:41 pm

MLK 35 Valdosta 28 this is my prediction of this high scoring game…

Valdosta-Lowndes County (29 State Titles)

September 30th, 2011
7:08 pm

My prediction is Wildcats 43 Lions 28

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
8:20 pm

Does anyone have the Valdosta score?

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

Coffee 7 Tift 0 with 2:47 left in the 1st qtr.

Valdosta-Lowndes County (29 State Titles)

September 30th, 2011
8:35 pm

VALDOSTA 3 MLK 0

8:50 LEFT 2ND QTR

valdosta wildcat man

September 30th, 2011
8:44 pm

valdosta wildcat man

September 30th, 2011
8:45 pm

valdosta 3 mlk 3

valdosta wildcat man

September 30th, 2011
8:51 pm

valdosta on mlk 15

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
8:52 pm

Coffee 7 Tift Co 7 with 4:00 min left in the 2nd qtr.

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
9:05 pm

Coffee 14 Tift Co 7 with 1:47 left in the 2nd qtr!

VALDOSTA-LOWNDES COUNTY(29 State Titles)

September 30th, 2011
9:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
9:19 pm

Coffee 21 Tift Co 7 at the half!!!

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

Coffee 21 Tift Co 7 at the half!!

Tater Tot

September 30th, 2011
9:39 pm

Hmm, this is very exciting. lmfao

EAGLES4LIFE

September 30th, 2011
9:51 pm

Northside is a great program. I just wish the school’s administration would grab a pair and play up in classification. I’m a former eagle and I loved played tough competition and taking it to the Atlanta programs. I just hope coach Kinsler agrees with me and convinces someone to play up. The program and the kids deserve to get some national recognition and have more DI schlorships sent their way. Go Eagles!

valdosta wildcat man

September 30th, 2011
9:57 pm

mlk 9 valdosta 3

valdosta wildcat man

September 30th, 2011
10:35 pm

Hats off to mlk there d fense shu our offense down

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
10:40 pm

Coffee beat Tift Co 21-18!!!!

Better Drop Back

September 30th, 2011
10:42 pm

Wildcats better go back to playing lower classification teams to pad that record…hummm, just like Camden County does.

Region 1 Play-Off Teams

September 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

Win one region game and you’re in the playoffs. Wow, how do the region 1 five teams handle the pressure?

MLK Band Mom

September 30th, 2011
10:45 pm

FINAL SCORE: MLK 16 VALDOSTA 3….GO LIONS!

DH-I

September 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

Congrats to MLK Let’s improve on the kicking game, will make the difference deep in the playoffs

nukieie

September 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

Congradulation MLK

wolfbait67

September 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

isn’t is odd that Valdosta got beat by Coach “Pop” Carson who is a Buford grad and another outstanding player in his heyday, congratulation Coach, Buford is very proud of you and your accomplishments

FridayNightLightsFan

September 30th, 2011
10:53 pm

VALDOSTA-LOWNDES COUNTY(29 State Titles) ?

MLKBandParent

September 30th, 2011
10:53 pm

GOOOOO MLK Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coffee Trojan#44

September 30th, 2011
10:55 pm

Coffee beat Tift Co 21-18!!!

Hassan

September 30th, 2011
10:56 pm

LOL what happened to the mighty valdosta and there so called good region what a joke they couldnt even score a touch down.

bksmith14

September 30th, 2011
10:57 pm

Coffee Trojan#44…………..good job for coffee. they beat the weakest team in our region. tift lost to lil ol worth county and glynn academy last 2 weeks.

bksmith14

September 30th, 2011
11:00 pm

Hassan……………your a moron. valdosta defense did their job. the offense was off tonight. i am a lonwdes fan,……..dont care if valdosta loses to be honest, but this just proves 2 things. They are not as good as advertised bc mlk is a solid team but they are not state material. Valdosta isnt either after what i saw after tonight. So mlk proved they are good, and valdosta proved as i have been saying all along….they are not as good as they think bc they havent played anyone. Lowndes is going to run roughshod over them

MLK Football MOM

September 30th, 2011
11:02 pm

@ Valdosta-Lowndes County (29 State Titles) WE THE MLK LIONS, WILL TAKE OUR PROPS!!!!
@ eaglenationrising ALL PAPERS ACCOUNTED FOR….THE ONE THAT SHOWS THE “W” FOR WIN IN THE MLK COLUMN!!!!!!!!!

wolfbait67

September 30th, 2011
11:03 pm

bksmith14: is that game home or away, y’all win by 17 at home , 10 on the road

Hassan

September 30th, 2011
11:04 pm

Now lets see if MLK gets some respect in the national polls since the had valdosta ranked over 300 spots higher than MLK which alot of people say is over rated now i guess the haters are going to say valdosta wasnt very good but lets wait and see

ptra

September 30th, 2011
11:05 pm

Alas, the ghosts of Titletown refuse to rise and the hopes and dreams of the Wildcat fans are once again dashed. The young players not understanding how 29 state titles do not help them defeat MLK on a Friday night in September. The old men seeking just one more devine intervention from the wonder that is Nick Hyder. But, it is just not to be. Much like the echos of Larry Munson yelling “Oh you Herschel Walker”, this place called Titletown is becoming but a memory to be passed on in the tales to our great grandchildren. “Tell again Grandpa how it used to be it Titletown.”