Class AAAA blog: M.L. King more than measuring stick for Stockbridge

Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley has wanted to play this game since he arrived at the school in north Henry County three years ago. M.L. King’s is a program Whitley feels the Tigers are measured against. It’s a game that will help prepare Whitley’s club for the better teams in Region 4-AAAA.

Still, there was more to it than that. Stockbridge has never played M.L. King, but in a sense the Tigers have been competing against the Lions since the DeKalb County school opened in 2002.

“My first year here we went to a passing league and played M.L. King and there were three or four kids that should have been at Stockbridge,” Whitley said. “When I got here probably the best program in the county was Union Grove, and M.L. King is in a different county but they’re close to us. We had kids that should have been at Stockbridge that were transferring to those other schools.”

Whitley said he wanted to show the parents in Stockbridge they don’t have to transfer somewhere else to get their sons into good football programs.

“When the opportunity came to play ML King, we needed to at least see where we were,” Whitley said.

TROJAN TRIALS: The saying about football teams that are playoff regulars is that they don’t rebuilt, they reload.

Carrollton has been good enough long enough that the outside thoughts about the Trojan program probably fall along those lines.

That may be how their 2012 season develops, but there may be some bumps along the road.

“It’s definitely going to be one of the most challenging years we’ve had, and we have probably the least experienced team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague said. “And we’re playing probably the toughest schedule we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Teague said the Trojans lost nine starters on offense and nine on defense, and preseason injuries have hampered the team’s development.

He knows none of the team’s opponents, beginning with Oxford (Ala.) Friday night, are going to feel sorry for them.

“We’re going to get everybody’s A game no doubt.”

Teague enters the season looking for a milestone win. He needs one win to officially reach 200, though a handful of forfeits during his tenure at Swainsboro mean the on-field total has already gone over 200.

“I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of good kids, good programs, with a lot of support from communities,” said Teague, who is 106-18 in 10 seasons at Carrollton. “It’s a milestone you look at when you get into coaching. I thought if I could win 200 games I’d prove myself as a really solid coach, but I was thinking in terms of averaging seven a year for 30 years. We’ve been able to do it in 22.”

MOUNTAIN RUNNERS – Stephens County RB Chaz Thornton (2,179 rushing yards as a junior) headlines a season opener at Franklin County in a Northeast Georgia cross-class showdown. Franklin counters with RB Andrew Heaton.

NO MORE O-FER: In winning its season opener 19-13 over West Hall, Johnson-Gainesville snapped a 12-game losing streak that dates back to the 2010 season. The Knights, who lost to West Hall 35-21 in 2011, gave new head coach Jason Roquemore a nice welcome-to-Hall County win behind the running of Cedric Harris, who had 178 yard on 39 carries according to The Gainesville Times.

11 comments Add your comment


August 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Stockbridge will win the game and begin to get the recognition it deserves!


August 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

Look out for #15 for the MLK lions….. Great player..


August 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

@ DekalbCo I’m going to see the second game Washington vs. Tri-Cites but will also be there early enough to see the first game will keep a eye out for #15. I wish these games were at Lakewood or Halford. Tri-cities stadium is to small for this type of event. At any rate can’t wait til Saturday let’s go BTW Bulldogs


August 28th, 2012
2:41 pm

Hold on everybody our carrollton trojans will be just fine the coaching staff will see to it. Lots of good young talant who needs game exprience. Amazing to here some carrollton fans acting like we’re going to lose 3 to 4 games this year based off a scrimmage really? everybody in the trojan nation needs to relax give these young kids a chance to prove themselves. They do needs some improvement in the special teams and they need to work on fundementals on defense. But overall not as bad as i was hearing at the scrimmage.
I do agree being ranked #2 in the state is too high, lots of work need to be done before we earn that ranking.but rankings this time of year means nothing anyway.


August 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

@TigerFan let me guess you are a Tucker fan? Don’t wish that someone beat MLK; Tucker will have an opportunity just like Stockbridge…..

Carrollton Booster

August 28th, 2012
8:39 pm

I agree @Trojan94..This team will be fine..Has anyone considered that Douglas, with a Division 1 QB, is improved? We need a little work and some positive reinforcement and we will be back.. I believe Coach Teague is one of the best coaches in the state and he has to manage this Psyche (sp) of this team or he will lose it. Most of our new starters are seniors who never lost a freshman or JV game. they know how to win. We have made a lot of changes on defense since spring ball and we have to get the chemistry going again..I went to the spring scrimmage and thought we played well defensively.


August 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Union Grove, best program in the county? Man that’s old news. Maybe they used to be, but not any more.The best football program in Henry County belongs to the Dutchtown Bulldogs!


August 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

@DawgVoice-From what I saw in that scrimmage against ELCA, I would not make that claim. You will have to beat Stockbridge this year and I do not think that is likely.

just a fan of the game

August 30th, 2012
9:01 am

Best team in Henry County????? Hmmm….. I would have to say Stockbridge would win the game, but Dutchtown is probably the better team. Not the best coached team but as far as ability they are the better. From the games that I watched last year Dutchtown did not get beat by Stockbridge or many other teams they lost to. Dutchtown simply beat themselves. Mostly bad coaching decisions. There were some plays were they went for it on like 4th and 15 on their on 20 (CRAZY) and onside kicks that were unneccesary. Defensively, Dutchtown has to realize you don’t have to blitz every play. Offensively, Dutchtown really needs to open up a playbook and stop running the same plays.


August 30th, 2012
9:04 am

@Me – I’ll make the claim and stand by it. I don’t think we’ll base what our season will be like on a scrimmage game. Plus, the last time I checked ELCA is a pretty good team.

You tigger guys have been reading your press clippings too much. We owe you one from last year and plan on spoiling homecoming on October 19th. You will have had two weeks to get ready for the game, so no excuses when we knock you off that night.


August 30th, 2012
1:08 pm

@DawgVoice – It should be a good game. I hope you have an answer for the triple option and that nasty defense of Stockbridge. Any way good luck on Friday and take to Griffin. We need to end Griffin’s win streak against Henry County Schools.