Since middle school, Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz and Walton running back Tyren Jones dreamed of playing in big high school games such as the one tonight in Walton’s Raider Valley.
They just didn’t anticipate it would be against each other.
The former middle school and pound ball teammates are star players on unbeaten teams – Walton (5-0) and Lassiter (4-0) – that will play in what Walton head coach Rocky Hidalgo has called the “Super Bowl of East Cobb.”
The winner will be the front-runner in Region 5-AAAAA.
Printz and Jones were on a team together for the first time in the fourth grade and played for Wheeler middle school teams that won county championships. Both moved into the Lassiter district as ninth-graders, and Jones moved to Walton before this, his junior season, largely because the Raiders’ I-formation offense fits his running style.
“We’re good friends,” Jones told GHSF Daily this week. “We grew up together. We’ve known each other for a while. We’ve always had that chemistry.”
The two crossed paths unexpectedly this week at a Walton-Lassiter volleyball game. There was no smack talk.
“We just told each other good luck, be careful, and we’ll see each other after the game,” Jones said.
Printz wasn’t allowed to comment, per Jep Erwin’s orders. The Lassiter coach wants no distractions for the big game.
Both teams have several difference-makers on offense and defense, but Printz and Jones are the focal points of their offenses.
In five games, Jones has rushed for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns on 121 attempts and is the leading rusher in Georgia’s highest classification.
In four games, Printz is 58-of-85 passing for 932 yards and eight touchdowns against two interceptions.
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