Tucker 36, Cedar Grove 14

He may not be the most heavily recruited of this typically talent-laden Tucker bunch, but he knows how to open a show.
Tucker fullback Dallas Rivers had 12 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns, as the Class AAAAA No. 2 Tigers opened the season with 36-14 win over Class AAA No. 8 Cedar Grove.
At 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, he looks more like a battering ram than most of Tucker’s lean, fast backfield mates. Speed may kill, but sometimes it’s just as effective to run through a would-be tackler as it is to run around him.
“I’m a combination of both – speed and power,” Rivers said. “I love contact.”
It was far more than just Rivers, though, for the Tucker rushing game. Rivers, Yusuf Minor and Joseph Farrar all rushed for more than 100 yards, and each scored at least once as the Tigers amassed 408 yards on the ground.
That’s the gameplan that’s kept Tucker near the top of the state for several years now, and it worked perfectly out of the gate once again.
If there was any question what these Tigers would look like after two-time state champion coach Franklin Stephens left in the offseason, consider those questions answered.
“We’ve got a lot of the same guys in place,” Tucker coach Bryan Lamar said. “Coach (Todrick) Malone, our offensive coordinator, had a great gameplan going in; he’s been our offensive coordinator for the past six years. We pretty much tried to keep things the same; we’ve got a great formula put together.”
It was no different on the other side of the ball either.
Things started bad for the Saints (0-1) and didn’t get much better. They began the game’s opening drive on their own 1-yard line after a botched kickoff return. Then, on the first play, Tucker’s Joseph Farrar yanked Jamir Hannah down in the end zone for a safety.
That was just the beginning for a Tucker defense that rarely let up, particularly during a first half when Cedar Grove was held to 50 total yards and had negative yardage on nine of its 23 offensive plays.
The Saints got a little bit more going in the second half, but it was one dimensional, too little and far too late to catch up with Tucker.
For Lamar, it was the debut he wanted to see from his Tigers.
“This is what we wanted,” Lamar said. “These kids know me. I know Tucker. I’ve been there. I love the guys; I love the community. We just wanted to get back to rolling.”

C 0 0 6 8 – 14
T 9 6 21 0 – 36
T – Joseph Farrar safety
T – Dallas Rivers 13 run (Steven Duffy kick)
T – Yusef Minor 23 run (pass failed)
T – Rivers 10 run (Duffy kick)
C – Shane Ward 30 pass from Johnathan McCrary (kick missed)
T – Rivers 44 run (Duffy kick)
T – Farrar 29 run (Duffy kick)
C – Deion Sellers 51 pass from Johnathan McCrary (Chandler Ector pass from James Hartfield)

65 comments Add your comment

Tiger4ever

August 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Plenty of talent once again. Very sloppy game,but nothing that is not correctable. A repeat is possible.

Left Coast Dawg

August 24th, 2012
11:33 pm

How many yards did McCrary pass for?

Oerated

August 24th, 2012
11:42 pm

Mcrary will up great numbers in the fourth quarter this year because when they are behind by four touchdowns every game and everyone puts in the JV team he will smash em. GO SAINTS

Sportsmommy74

August 25th, 2012
12:27 am

Bad game all around by the Saints….

The Scout

August 25th, 2012
12:32 am

Cedar Grove was out manned tonight by Tucker on both sides of the ball. On offense Cedar Grove’s Deion Sellers took a short pass and turned it into a 51 yard touch down run bouncing off defenders along the way. Shane Ward also took a short pass and turned it into a 30 yard touch down run. On defense, Preseason Class AAA All-State prospect, Sr, DB – Everett Nicholas, started the season off just as he ended last season, being Cedar Grove’s shut down corner. Nicholas was tested ONCE early in the game,(while in man to man coverage),Tucker attempted a deep pass which was promptly intercepted by Nicholas. After that interception Nicholas was not thrown at again.

sportsnut

August 25th, 2012
12:34 am

Two points. == 1) No way Cedar Grove is #6 in AAA. If they are, that class is really weak.

2) Tucker will not repeat

Eagle Eye

August 25th, 2012
12:56 am

sportsnut – 2) Tucker will not repeat

They would if they played Lovejoy.

JAB

August 25th, 2012
1:36 am

What was cedar grove & MLK score in the pre-season? Who won the game…

Doc

August 25th, 2012
2:35 am

JAB
Please stop with pre-season games.

Sunshine's mom

August 25th, 2012
4:35 am

Better luck next time Saints !!!!!!!!!!

Wrecker

August 25th, 2012
7:35 am

So Cedar Grove scored 14 points against the scrubs after the game was long over? I guess there is no need to throw the football when you are rushing for 408 yards. Do you think that had something to do with not throwing at that corner again? This game does not say much about either team, since Cedar Grove is playing up a class.

Sonya Scott

August 25th, 2012
9:28 am

I know that this was only the first game, and it was not a region game, but why is it that everyone is so quick to dis Tucker? I don’t know what kind of season we are going to have this year, and neither do YOU!! But if last night was any indication, anything is possible. I wish everyone a safe and prosperous football season.

Wildgator

August 25th, 2012
9:52 am

Tucker played a decent game, but Cedar Grove should have made them pass. They are in trouble when they have to pass! Tucker QB doesn’t seem as if he can pass too good. I think he was like 2 out 7, and one of those was a pick.

True Blue

August 25th, 2012
9:55 am

Tucker just was better Coached. McCrary had a bad game looked alittle scared of Tucker Defense. Cedar Grove played conservative. I didnt understand the play calling. No.passes down the field which was open all night.Fundamentals are horrible at Cedar Grove. A lot of good Athletes but no teachng of the game of Football. They still have nine games to correct especially the offside penalties which kept the second touchdown drive alive for Tucker.

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2012
10:24 am

@The Scout

You are very delusional if that is the game you seen. They were not out “manned”, out “coached” is the word you are looking for. Cedar Grove have plenty of athletes and really good sized OL/DL, but being put in the right position to make a play was there problem last night.

@WildGator
The Tucker QB is the same QB that lead TUCKER to a 15-0 record last year. It was the first game of the season, timing is not down yet, defense is always ahead at this time a year.

@Sportsnut

Go hang out in 6A where you belong, your services are no longer need here. Worry about the “LoveToys” you cheer for.

Proudmommy

August 25th, 2012
11:13 am

Correction, the safety points were score by Davanta Reynolds not Joesph Farr

Tucker Dad

August 25th, 2012
11:18 am

Thanks for correcting everyone Tiger4Life. @ Sportsnut, we’ve been down this road before. You talk with your heart and not your head. You tried to convince us all last year that LoveJoy was playing great competition and their defense was the best in class 4A. Then you tried to convince us that your side of the playoff bracket was just as tough as ours. Then the moment of truth came in the dome and all of your convincing went for NOT! We played the toughest schedule, We had the hardest playoff schedule, we had the best defense and offense in 4A. We shut your offense out all night long and we scored on your D1 corners from 60 yards out.

Take my advice and stop trying to predict, because so far you are 0 – 1. I think you will find that 6A ball is going to be more challenging and you won’t be sporting a 14-0 record this year.

FB FAN

August 25th, 2012
11:53 am

I don’t care how many you put in the box,that was just a dominating game by Tucker on both sides of the ball. Fast,aggressive,good size,well coached and great support from the fans. That region better be ready.

rwdekalb

August 25th, 2012
12:08 pm

Tucker actually looked sharper in this first game than they did last year in the first game. Which is a testament to the coaching staff and dedication of the players

The Scout

August 25th, 2012
12:56 pm

@ Wrecker. You are absolutely correct about not having to pass the ball when you’re rushing for 408 yards. However, Tucker’s QB is supposedly being recruited by Oregon and I know they would have loved to see their 5A prospect put up some type of numbers against a 3A All-state defensive back (E. Nicholas). Sorry to say the only thing they can take from that game is Tucker can run the ball and Everett Nicholas can shut down the pass. Maybe E. Nicholas should be getting scouted by Oregon!

The Scout

August 25th, 2012
1:20 pm

@ Tiger4Life. I’m not delusional at all, and you are correct when you say Cedar Grove was out coached. But Tucker looked like they were playing against their little brothers. Tucker was blowing Cedar Grove off the ball on both sides, now, Cedar Grove is young on the offensive line, but it would not have matter who Cedar Grove put out there, and where they put them, Tucker was too big and too experience in the trenches for Cedar Grove.

Wrecker

August 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

@Scout, it is not so much that they could not throw, but rather that they simply did not pass because the run was so effective.

Wildgator

August 25th, 2012
1:38 pm

@ Tiger4Life – Just cause he was the QB of the 15-0 doesn’t make him a good QB! Running the ball is Tucker’s strength right?!?! Take it away and see what happens! They would be in serious trouble if they had to rely on the passing game more. How many games did he pass for more yards then they rushed for last year? But all and all Tucker is a pretty decent team.

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

Tucker’s defense has 9 first year starters that are all Jr.’s. #ijs ;-)

2012 Football Season is Here
1 down and 14 more to go
WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2012
2:01 pm

@Wildgator

I understand where your coming from, but no one can stop our run. We played against the two best defenses last year. Northside WR and The Lovetoy House Kittens. Ask them how difficult it is to corral our stable of RB’s. Trust me, it’s a lot easier said than done.

The Scout

August 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

@ Tiger4life. Tucker’s defense has 9 first year starters? Where did y’all get them big jokers from? Georgia Tech! LOL

Wildgator

August 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

@ Tiger4Life – Yeah Tucker does run the ball pretty good, but the 46 would give them fits.

Tiger4Life

August 25th, 2012
3:19 pm

@Wildgator

Please “Stop”giving people idea’s …LOL

@The Scout

Our best D Lineman hasn’t played football since 7th or 8th grade. #70. He’s like 6′4 290. One was a transfer and the rest played there last year.

Wildgator

August 25th, 2012
3:30 pm

@ Tiger4Life – LOL!!! :-)

BcS2010

August 25th, 2012
3:53 pm

Here we go!!! Lol Tucker played a good game last night..36-14 against the best QB in ga…Tucker’s QB juwann Williams has trimmed his. College list down to 5 schools..Oregon,Notre dame,Clemson,Florida state and Vandy..so he’s pretty good if you ask me lol and Our defense is new!! But very talented and our offense…juwann Williams,Yusuf minor,Dallas rivers all had great seasons last year!! And number 13 fit right in for Jordan Landry!! Tucker did their job and has 9 more games to go until the playoffs!!! It’s early but I’m saying we are a serious contender!!

Sportsmommy74

August 25th, 2012
4:18 pm

Tucker looked great last night, CGHS didn’t. Our line gave the run to Tucker’s backs. They are young and I get that, but if that’s how they are playing, it’s gonna be a long disappointing season for the Saints. Everett Nicholas looked good on his side, but it’s gonna take more than just Lil Nuck to hold up our defense. Where we’re our LB’s? The DL? I’m just saying.
That was the worst game I’ve seen CG play since 2010. I think they were intimidated. End of Story….

Sportsmommy74

August 25th, 2012
4:19 pm

Autocorrect sux… Sorry for the typos….

uwillbtuckedaway

August 25th, 2012
5:36 pm

Cedar Grove is a good team. They actually played the run fairly well until their spirits were broken well into the third quarter. In keeping with our Tucker tradition, we have pounded the ball for years and then we pop a long run or two! Ask Marist and SWD? And, as quiet as its been kept over the years, we’ve had quarterbacks that could really throw the football too. We’ve just not had to utilize that portion of our game until needed. Ask NSWR (’11 Playoffs), Hiram (’10 Playoffs), Chamblee (’09 Regular Season), Marist (’08 Championship). Just to go back a few years.

J. Williams will contribute in the passing game when needed. The thing that separates him from the past two quarterbacks in the years referenced above is his feet!

Great start to another great season. My prayer is for the health of all of the athletes throughout this year on our team and all of the teams in our path to a REPEAT!!

WE ARE TUCKER!!!

graphite

August 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

All you Tucker folks keep tooting your horn,N.S.Warner Robins has something for you,that is if you get that far.

Sportsmommy74

August 25th, 2012
7:20 pm

I think you guys will repeat… Good luck to Tucker……

The Scout

August 25th, 2012
7:49 pm

Good Luck Tucker with the rest of your season.

67tiger

August 25th, 2012
9:26 pm

@graphite

Where have I heard that before???

MIGHTY LION KING

August 25th, 2012
10:35 pm

i must say that was very predictable for the winner to be

MIGHTY LION KING

August 25th, 2012
10:38 pm

i must say that was very predictable for the winner to be TUCKER but by that much..WOW.. impressive win TUCKER..lookin very much forward to the our face-off (MLK)..cant wait til we get started with our schedule..

uwillbtuckedaway

August 25th, 2012
11:28 pm

@ graphite – NSWR, much like Tucker, year in and year out simply reloads. Clearly you guys make it far every year because you don’t have tough region competitors.

And thus, when the pressure is on, FUMBLE and a touchdown headed the other way on your home turf!

Boy, was that ever fun!!!

WE ARE TUCKER!!!

jag4life

August 26th, 2012
10:02 am

Tucker aint play nobody Wait till they play Stephenson their defense is crazy look out for #21 #5 #34 #50 #56 #40

TuckerFan2

August 26th, 2012
10:05 am

The reason coach Franklin Stephens left Tucker/Dekalb County football program.

TuckerFan2

August 26th, 2012
10:06 am

The reason coach Franklin Stephens left Tucker/Dekalb County football program.

http://www.macon.com/2012/08/25/2149933/back-to-his-roots-franklin-stephens.html

Tiger4Life

August 26th, 2012
10:48 am

TuckerFan2, there is nothing more to say. Smh

stephensonfinest

August 26th, 2012
2:33 pm

TUCKER YU BEAT CG NOT CAMDEN…ITS NOT IMPRESSIVE ITS WHAT YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO DO…

uwillbtuckedaway

August 26th, 2012
3:43 pm

@TuckerFan2 – thanks for sharing the link. Dekalb will continue to lose championship coaches.

I’ve personally attended a few of these meetings with so called “Dekalb County Administrators” and it is quite sad because by losing this caliber of a coach/coaches it only hurts our children!

Clearly our city schools (Dekalb and Atlanta) will fall short of the “home field” stadium experience but we can clearly create a better system so that coaches of Stephens’ caliber will want to come and work with the talent in the metropolitan area.

@stephensonfinest – win a championship or how about a couple playoff games and then you can talk!!

WE ARE TUCKER!!!!

blu eagle

August 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

NSWR has a tougher schedule than Camden ever did we get plenty competition in our class that we are #5 on 35 best dynasty’s in GA. That is plenty and plenty to compete again for the big ring!

stephensonfinest

August 26th, 2012
7:08 pm

uwillbtuckedaway please…first your name is crappy…you sound good but your not playing CG nomore so you better keep your lips on mute til its time..your day is coming

CG FAN

August 27th, 2012
7:39 am

To the SCOUT: WHO IS THE PARENTS OF E,NICKLOUS,it is so unfair to LOBBY for your son to gain an edge over kids who DONT have a father who coach his son. NO question .D McGee is the best DB on Cedar Grove team he dont have a FATHER orMOTHER lobbing for him to make ALL STATE,OR ALL COUNTY, E. Nicklous is a average little player at 5′8 170 4.9 40; by the measurements of Troy State and Alabama State! Colleges and Universities DO NT RECRUIT THREW the blogs! The all state will NOT be selected by U2, OR THE AJC blogs.Allow NICK to STAND on his own feet for a change!!

coach

August 27th, 2012
7:50 am

LEFT COAST; Mccrary threw for 148yds 15 of 21 attps, thats around 67% , not bad against POWERFUL TUCKER!