Marist 24, Mays 0

By Jeff Haws

For the AJC

Mays could move the ball plenty between the end zones. But due to a lot of penalties and a little misfortune, it was those pesky points that eluded the Raiders.

Led by quarterback Myles Willis’s game-high 155 rushing yards, Marist put together long plays and long drives while stiffening just enough on defense to win 24-0 and lock down the No. 2 seed in Region 6-AAAA. It’s the first time Mays has been shut out since a 15-0 loss to Westlake on Oct. 18, 2002.

Down 16-0, Mays (7-2, 7-2 in Region 6-AAAA) had a chance to get back into the game, marching from its own 20 to have a first down on the Marist 15-yard line with just seconds left in the first half, thanks in large part to a dropped snap that punter John Blasingame ran 29 yards for a first down earlier in the drive.

Receiver Chad Alexander caught a pass to the 9 with 4 seconds left, but the Raiders couldn’t get off another play as time expired in the half.

When Mays came back out for the second half, the Raiders didn’t seem the same, going backward on the opening drive that eventually ended in a Marist safety.

Suddenly, in what had looked like it might be anybody’s game, Marist (8-1, 8-1) had made a statement, and Mays had fallen back.

“The was a big momentum swing for us right there, to keep them out of the end zone,” Marist coach Alan Chadwick said. “I was disappointed when we fumbled in the end zone and they got it and marched down the field, but we came up with a stop. We went down and scored after that. That was pretty much it.”

While Mays was struggling to take advantage of what opportunities it had, Marist just kept running the ball up and down the field.

The Eagles only punted once – it was blocked – and were otherwise only stopped by their own turnovers. They amassed nearly 400 rushing yards on the night, getting at least 45 yards from four players, with Jason Morris contributing 80 and two scores, William Curran posting 47 and Gray King gaining 45.

It all didn’t amount to a ton of points on a penalty- and turnover-plagued night – sparked in large part by the steady rain that fell for much of the evening – but it was plenty to win this one.

“We knew the rain was going to hurt them more than us,” said Willis, referring to his team’s penchant for the running game while Mays leans on the pass far more often. “We knew we had the strength to pound the ball all night, and they didn’t. We just stuck to the game plan.”

Mays 0 0 0 0 – 0

Marist 3 13 2 6 – 24

Marist – Austin Hardin 29 FG

Marist – Jason Morris 8 run (run failed)

Marist – Myles Willis 49 run (Hardin kick)

Marist – Steven Wallace safety

Marist – Morris 2 run (run failed)

73 comments Add your comment

BcS2010

October 28th, 2011
11:03 pm

Mays Smh……sorry like every year….

WarEagle

October 28th, 2011
11:14 pm

Great win for the War Eagles! Not sure what game the author above watched, but Marist really dominated. Ran the ball at will, and would have had at least 2 more tds but for turnovers (including a fumble at the Mays 1 yd line). Mays may have been in the Marist redzone once or twice. Marist controlled the line of scrimmage. Mays QB is excellent; unfortunately for Mays, their receivers dropped a ton of balls — the rain surely was a factor. Wet ball probably was an issue for everyone tonight. Anyway, great game.

MaysFan

October 28th, 2011
11:39 pm

No offense WarEagle, but that was the worst piece of officiating I have ever seen in my life!! I don’t know what that was right before half time.
I have to agree with you on one thing, Mays QB is excellent.

MaysFan

October 28th, 2011
11:39 pm

@WarEagle-and we had over 20 drop passes

MaysFan

October 28th, 2011
11:40 pm

WarEagle-Also, Marist has a good running game.

WarEagle

October 28th, 2011
11:46 pm

I wondered how long it would take for someone to blame the refs! Where were all the Mays fans tonight — with such a big game, thought the turnout would be better despite the rain.

WarEagle

October 28th, 2011
11:47 pm

Jeff Haws — Marist is the “War Eagles” not just the “Eagles”

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
12:00 am

@WarEagle- just from your reply, that tells me you agree that the refs played a role. However, Marits has a good team. The rain detered some fans tonight but we had good support.

WarEagle

October 29th, 2011
12:09 am

MaysFan — there were a lot of penalties on Mays. I think it is because the team lacks discipline, but I get that the losing team will think differently. You asked about the end of the first half — I can’t be sure, but I think time expired and the problem was the clock operator stopped the clock mistakenly, but the refs on the field were tracking the time. It was a bit strange, but seems like they got it right — especially because the pass interference call against Marist right before then was a horrible call, in my view! Anyway, the refs did not fail to stop Marist’s running game, the refs did not cause dropped passes, and the refs did not bring the rain.

THEHILLISREAL

October 29th, 2011
12:12 am

@BcS2010…. NO! this team isn’t like the team that precede them. The teams before should’ve made a strong run at the 3rd round. This team had quite few of defection…. The Beast of the team left for Whitefield Academy( y’all hear about him next 2yrs) and, 4 more starter from defense left for Grady…. supposedly because we can’t get past Tucker ( that from the parents mouth). Our DL is very undersize( were aren’t TRI-CITIES by no means) it is what it is.

The only bad thing about this lost…. this might be the straw… I love the direction Coach Callaway has the offense going( We’re not quite the Drew offense yet) but next year this offense may be unstoppable, with the nice offense piece coming from Young middle school. Rotate some of the offense lineman to defense and we should be ok. Go undefeated in a all ATL region. Dr. Smith admittedly confess to giving out old test for practice…. I’m saying that to say… He is probably a gone( he was beverly hall guy anyway). Callaway want be safe if Dr. Smith is gone. The parent never want Callaway anyway… he’s Clayton county guy.

In closing, I like our chance against Pope or South Paulding…. Tri-Cities or Alcovy. It time to regroup and get ready for a nice run. SEE you @ the MAC.

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
12:17 am

@WarEagle- There were a lot of “strange” calls from the refs but I won’t go there. The end of the first half was plain and simple….after the penalty for pass interference the clock is suppose to stop until the refs blow the ball into play. What actually happened was that the clock operator did not stop the clock and the ref was over the ball but did not blow the ball back into play. The time ran out and Marist ran in the locker room. The refs did not blow the ball into play but the clock continued to run… that don’t seem like they got it right to me.

Also, the fumble recovery that was given back to Marist in the 3rd quarter…the illegal procedures/false start that the refs called almost every first down, I think they should just let the kids play for a change.

WarEagle

October 29th, 2011
12:24 am

The last play of the first half was at least one play after the bad pass interference penalty — remember, Mays completed a pass short of the end zone so the clock should keep rolling. Anyway, understand your frustration, but from my perspective Marist was just the better team tonight.

RealisticEPFan

October 29th, 2011
12:26 am

@Mays Fans:

I love the enthusiasm, but you have got to be living in some sort of weird bubble. You talk about your offense being perhaps unstoppable ‘next’ year and how great your QB is ‘this’ year. In the 2 Mays losses your offense has put up 7 total points, just under a point per quarter. Your defense has given 74 points in those same too losses. Pathetic. If you think the Marist QB is good and that your QB is good you will think GOD has arrived when Pope’s Holland Frost is done with you. You as fans really and truly do need to get out a bit more and see some other teams. Early prediction. Mays gets handled by Pope 31-12

RealisticEPFan

October 29th, 2011
12:31 am

@MaysFan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Alot of false starts is just sign that they team is scared of the other. They are worried about getting beat to the punch by the other team.

No stop with the whining about the calls, and asking the refs to let me play. Please just admit you got beat soundly by 24 points by a superior football team and take it like a man.

Bleed red

October 29th, 2011
12:53 am

Let me tell you this kell got lucky Holand Frost was hurt or that would have been a different out come pope should be undefeated the kids the real deal seen him play when he was in six grade and I new he was a special player good luck to all you guys

AAAA

October 29th, 2011
1:39 am

@MaysFan:
WarEagle is right by saying that the final play of the first half was not the pass interference. Mays completed a pass short of the first down and the clock was supposed to keep rolling; however, it didn’t which is why halftime was called. Also, I understand your frustration about the calls but you can’t “let the kids play” when they’re jumping offsides/false starting. Marist is a much more disciplined team, and if Mays was more disciplined, it would have been a closer score. Mays has tons of talent and could be a sleeper in a first round upset if they can figure out the difference between “set” and “hike.” If these problems can be fixed, Pope will be in for quite a battle.

RealisticEPFan

October 29th, 2011
1:56 am

@BleedRed

Stop with the woulda shoulda. Kell beat you 33-7. Last time I looked Frost plays offense. Stop making yourself look foolish. I give him credit then you have to go and stick your foot in your mouth by over exaggerating.

Yes Pope could be in for a battle, as their D is somewhat suspect. I’ve seen both play in person, and I just flat out don’t think that Mays is a very good football team, just don’t see it.

BcS2010

October 29th, 2011
5:51 am

So I no Tucker 9-0 will be 1st in the region and Marist 8-1 whose loss was to tucker will be 2nd but who will be 3rd and 4th? Because Mays is 7-2 with losses to tucker and Marist and southwest dekalb is 6-2 but should beat miller grove tomorrow and become 7-2 with losses to tucker and Marist. Who will get the 3rd seed?

Oldtimedekalb

October 29th, 2011
7:35 am

Southwest Dekalb will be the third seed if they win tonight,
Because Marist beat Mays by more than 11 points.

Oldtimedekalb

October 29th, 2011
7:43 am

Marist’s QB played well, will he be back next year? Marist has a
great program, built on discipline, and coaching. The coaching
made the difference in the victory over Mays. Not use to seeing kids
from Marist with that much speed on offense.

Old Gold Panther

October 29th, 2011
8:39 am

Good game Marist! Oh and Thanks for the 11+ point victory. All SWD has to do is take care of business tonight and they will clinch a playoff spot. Technically if SWD wins tonight; they still have to win next win to secure the 3rd seed.

But first and foremost SWD has to win tonight. I think the Panthers are focused and are not buying into all of this pre-game hype. I get the feeling they know that this game is important b/c it secures a playoff spot and not b/c of who they are playing or the history between the coaches. I expect a packed house. I strongly believe that if they play their game; they clinch the last playoff spot tonight.

With that being said, the playoffs start next week for region 5AAAA. smh. Enjoy your victories from last night b/c it’s do or die from this point on. Good luck!

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
8:59 am

@RealisticEPFan -take it like a man huh, I’m going to look on previous blogs and see if you followed your own advice last week….as I recalled you didn’t. Marist beat us becaus we didn’t stop their run. They are a discipline team, but they are not as talented as previous Marist teams, which speak volumes for the coaching staff. They continue to get these guys ready for the game week after week. Mays was not “scared” of Marist, they just didn’t play Mays football last night. Lastly, our QB is not good, he is great. He put the ball where it was suppose to be when Marist ran their famous “delayed bliz”, we just could not catch the ball last night.

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
9:13 am

@THEHILLISREAL- Come on mann (in my Keyshawn Johnson voice), I know your not feeding into the AJC hype and report about the test. Let me tell you a secret, Every school district, use the practice questions from the DOE (department of education) website…they (meaning the state) will and has told teachers these questions that were considered to be added to the test. The DOE doesn’t bother creating “practice questions” for any test, as they do not have the time nor would they spend resources on that. I would explain more but I just don’t have the time….do some research on how these “test” are created and handled and who creates them…ask questions before you blog what the media reports… I invite you to look at the practices of these school district as a whole…the FACTS may surprise you.

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
9:16 am

@RealisticEPFan – Lastly, you guys need to get those two QB’s ready for the 1st round, if not, you will be at home during the second week of the playoffs blogging about Mays lack of discipline in the second round. :)

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
9:22 am

@Oldtimedekalb- third seed is a good look on paper but because of the EP lost to Pope..it may not look so good. If everything stays the same, Pope wins the region then EP, Kell….In my opinion, Pope has the weakest defense of these teams. Be careful what you ask for, sometimes, playoffs is all about getting the right seed to put you in a best position to win. Good luck to SWD.

Marist Dad

October 29th, 2011
9:28 am

To MaysFan: Let them play? Come on! There are rules in every sport and if you break them, you get called for penalties. This isn’t five year old rec basketball where a player dribbling is an occasional thought.
I do agree that Mays lines weren’t afraid of our guys (get real, whoever said that). What hurt Mays O and D lines were being slower than the Marist lines; that makes them jump early, trying to get an edge on someone quicker.
Good observation about the speed of Marist. Gray King is fast and knows how to run, following his blocking, varying his speed, etc. Notice the Marist RBs are always going and falling forward. And Miles (QB) is light years better than earlier in the year. And he is a junior.
Have a great weekend, all.

WarEagle

October 29th, 2011
9:31 am

@oldttmedekalb — yes, Marist QB is a junior and will be back. We like this year’s team a lot – good size, good speed, good chemistry, good coaching. We’ll see how far it takes them.

WarEagle

October 29th, 2011
9:43 am

@BcS2010 — in Region 6, the first tie breaker is head-to-head. Since SWD and Mays don’t play, next tie breaker is margin of loss/victory against higher seeded teams that the tied teams both played, with a cap of 15 points per game. SWD has a margin of loss of 26 against Tucker and Marist; Mays has a margin of loss of 30. So, if Mays and SWD end up with tied record, SWD gets the higher seed.

Oldtimedekalb

October 29th, 2011
9:45 am

Enter your comments here

Old Gold Panther

October 29th, 2011
9:49 am

@ Maysfan….SWD needs to take care of business tonight b4 we even start thinking playoff seeding. You have a point about seeding but it’s no telling what seeding is going to look like after next week; b/c of region 5 play in structure. If I were you I’ll be more worried about the results of last night game against a playoff team. Not the type of showing you want this late in the season. B/c no matter how weak a team looks in the reg season, they all come to play in the playoffs.

Where are you?!?!?

October 29th, 2011
9:56 am

I’m still lookin for the guy that told me Lithonia had the best running back in the county after the first two games of the season. We all said wait until further into the season and now he has vanished. You told me numbers dnt lie, what are they saying now?
LOLOLOLOLOLOL

oldtimedekalb

October 29th, 2011
10:00 am

MAYS FAN,
Maybe we were watching a different game, your team did not play well, and if the field was dry Marist could have won by a much larger margin. Your QB was good, but he did not help the receivers by being more forceful on Marist linebackers with his ability to run. Marist QB kept your linebackers head turn toward the backfield, which opened up the passing lanes. It would not be a contest if you guys had to play SWD to make the play-offs. Tucker, Marist and SWD are the best teams in region6, 4A, and it shows every year.

RealisticEPFan

October 29th, 2011
10:11 am

@mays fan @marist dad.

Ok, the word ’scared’ was probably the wrong word. Lets call it ‘anxious’ or ‘nervous’. Having numerous illegal procedure penalties is typically the result of O linemen having been beat a few times prior to the penalty being called, either to the inside , outside or just plain out muscled. Either way the O lineman is trying for that extra little jump at the snap so they don’t keep getting beat. Do I’ll call it anxious nerves and leave it at that.

BcS2010

October 29th, 2011
10:12 am

Thanks for the insight…of course Marist,Swd,Mays are looking to see who they will face of course pope is the team you want to play,then kell..nobody wants east paulding..whoever gets them will have 2 play a great game in the 1st round..and of course pope,kell,east paulding all want to play mays in the 1st round..even tho Mays has a 7-2 record there 2 losses are against the 2 teams ahead of them in the region..Tucker 50-7 and Marist 24-0..and not to mention they beat miller grove 24-20 who is 5-3 and has to beat swd 2nite…so yes I think 5AAAAA top 3 teams are trying to plan on how to get seeded against the 7-2 Mays raiders!

BcS2010

October 29th, 2011
10:13 am

Enter your comments herei meant 5AAAA

4AReg6Fan

October 29th, 2011
10:23 am

First, congratulation to the War Eagles on their victory…no doubt that they would take care of business. Region playoff seeding are shaping just as I’ve posted for weeks – #1 Tucker, #2 Marist, #3 SWD, #4 Mays.

To the Mays fans – Let’s move on, and get prepared for a good showing in the playoff run. AAAA comments summed up Mays challenges when the team is on the field with one of 4A’s elite PROGRAMS… (Discipline). In order to have a successful playoff run, the RAIDERS will need to solve this. Also, the RAIDERS should adopt a more balance offense attack. Relying on the pass, even with a good QB, isn’t successful at the HS level, look at the top programs in 5A/4A and noticed their success on the offensive side of the ball. Yes, it may work against weaker teams, but balance and well COACHED teams like Marist will exploit this and Mays will line up against some of 4A’s best…starting round one of the playoffs.

@THEHILLISREAL – The 4 players that left the program for Grady, may want to reconsider, not only will they meet Tucker, but with realignment next year, they will see other POWERHOUSES in Stephenson, MLK, SWD…it want get any easier. (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6 THE BEST IN GA 4A FOOTBALL…….

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
10:25 am

@BcS2010- I would not count Mays out, that would be a big mistake. Mays has a great offense and has the ability to put up points against anyone. Planning to play Mays in the playoffs may not be a good idea, just a thought….one thing for sure, I don’t think any team in 6AAAA is dogging to play East Paulding…as I said earlier, they need to get there QB’s healthy.

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
10:26 am

Sorry I meant dodging to play East Paulding

4AReg6Fan

October 29th, 2011
10:34 am

@BcS2010 – I think you might be right about region 5 top 3 teams strategy to line up against Mays in the first round…tough first round games against our region #1,2,3 (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6 THE BEST IN GA 4A FOOTBALL…….

THEHILLISREAL

October 29th, 2011
10:34 am

@MaysFan…. No! I don’t believe the Hype (in my PE voice). But the DOE has come out said that there are no practice . That is enough wiggle room maybe to oust Dr. Smith, it will be hard… because he’s a lawyer. I share this with you, the whole test debacle came about because APS were going to take (eminent domain)some land on some property for the new buckhead high.

Old Gold Panther

October 29th, 2011
10:41 am

@Where are you….. for what it worth, coming into the game last night he was the second leading rusher in the county behind Stephenson Michael Davis. Might not be the best but his is having a good season.
http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/athletics/football/stats/weekly-stats-(2011).pdf

MaysFan

October 29th, 2011
10:43 am

@4AReg6Fan – Wait a second, maybe I’m missing something. We need to adopt a more balance attack and “elite” teams of the region has a balance attact??? Lets look at your team, Tucker. Do you have a balance attack or you pass 4 times a game? Marist, do they have a balanced attack, they threw the ball less than 7 times last night. It seems like the “elite” teams in the region follow the same fomula as Mays (also an elite team of the region)…..What fomula? I’m glad you asked. You play to your strong suit. Our pass is how we move the ball, your run is how you move the ball. So you guys are doing the same think you are suggesting we don’t do… just food for thought.

4AReg6Fan

October 29th, 2011
10:44 am

To the fans of SWD – The Panthers will handle their business tonight against Miller Grove…The teacher wins this matchup. SWD is peaking at the right time…looking for a deep playoff run!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6 THE BEST IN GA 4A FOOTBALL…….

THEHILLISREAL

October 29th, 2011
10:52 am

@4AReg6Fan… talking about balance…. I think that the reason Tucker was booted by Starr Mill LY. There was no balance…. it saturday clean your on house before you clean mine.

RealisticEPFan

October 29th, 2011
11:29 am

Look, there is no strategy about who from reg5 lines up against who in reg6, it’s all very straight forward.

However reg5 has 4 win or go home playin games next week before any seeds are determined. NorthSubReg #2-East Paulding is focused on the SouthSubReg #3-Villa Rica Wildcats at the Boneyard next Friday, and that is it.

N1-Pope hosts S4-Alexander
N3-Kell hosts S2-South Paulding
N4-Sprayberry hosts S1-Chapel Hill

Nothing about the Reg5 playoff representatives has been decided. Respect them all, but fear none. !!

Mays

October 29th, 2011
11:44 am

Now I know why Marist is so enthusiastic about having home field advantage in the playoffs. It is a true home field advantage. When you have officials instructing the players on field position as not to be off side for just the one team and not the other, and when you have side line chain markers as Marist fans holing the sticks and informing the defense of whether it is a pass play or a run you have a decided advantage. Hint HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Without the poor officiating and the elements it would have been a good game. The poor african american official couldn’t get his calls to stick. He called a holding penalty and they made him pick it up. That has got to be a bad situation to be in. Integrity in officiating in sine aspects of GA high school football is lacking. Coach Chadwick should be ashamed at this game.
As for the game the run is better than the pass in the elements. What was glaringly evident was that Mays in the rain had trouble stopping the run and Marist could not come close to stopping Mays passing game. The Mays receivers were wide open on every pass by 5 yards and they had several drop( at least 12) with no defender close. They had no chance of covering those receivers. ON dry land it would have been a different story! Marist hopefully never has to come up against a passing team or they are done. Unless of course they are playing at home. They game was pretty even in stats. But coach Chadwich has one thing in his favor and that is officials in his pocket with no integrity, High School kids should not should not have to see this lack of integrity so early in life.

Mays

October 29th, 2011
11:55 am

To thehilisreal the defections have no affect on this team. No or them were contributors now and probably no in the future. There is a thing called heart. Mays has excellent coaching and talent. They have to believe more in their abilities as they are superior athletes and play at the next level far more often than Marist players for obvious reasons. Marist plays the athlete out of position for there own selfish reason when then have no chance of playing that position at the next level.
Whitefield had a great game last night in a blowout loss. What an impact!!!

Oldtimedekalb

October 29th, 2011
12:36 pm

I understand you now Mays fan, you are a excuse maker. If I remember correctly, Marist beat you guys last year at your Lakewood home.
As for players playing out of position, Marist athletes play whatever position best helps the team. Marist still manages to produce athletes that appear on college and professional rosters (check some NFL rosters). As for the QB, I was told that he started at DB last year, and received a lot of letters of interest from many D-1 schools,including UGA.

Tiger4Life

October 29th, 2011
12:38 pm

@TEHILLISREAL

We had a sure 99 yd. TD passed dropped in the Starrs Mill game. He was a soph. stepping in for a injured SR.(Now at Georgia) We would have went up by two scores at that point and put the game out of reach. Both Tucker and Marist offenses are designed that way year after year. We don’t change our system every other year, we both have won Championships using our systems. Just the unfortunate injury cost us the game. The game went down to the wire and again the same soph. was in positon to make the play at Safety to knock down the pass and misjudged the the ball.

But he is forgiven for he is our Starting QB now.

2nd in the county

October 29th, 2011
1:57 pm

Yeah he is 2nd in the county, but he has 40 more carries than anyone in the county. My grandma wld be leadning the state if she had 187 carries !!!!