AAAAAA blog: Grayson is the team, and Tyren Jones is the man

If you didn’t hear it, Tyren Jones of Walton rushed for 333 yards in a 37-35 victory over McEachern that ended around 1 a.m. Saturday.

First, Grayson.

Grayson was already a darling of the national rankings with top-10 recognition in all eight national polls entering its game Friday night against Central Miami. Only two other teams – Manatee of Bradenton, Fla., and Santa Margarita of California – could say that.

The question on Saturday now becomes: What do you think of us now? Grayson defeated USA Today’s No. 1 team, Miami Central, 35-3.

Grayson amassed 355 total offense to Miami Central’s 22. Miami had two running backs committed to FBS (formerly called Division I-A) schools but was held to 17 yards rushing and 3-of-12 passing. It was 21-3 at halftime.

‘’It was hard for Grayson to look more dominant than it did tonight,’’ said Stephen Spiewak, who does national rankings for MaxPreps. “The defense met all expectations and the offense showed big-play potential. Beating Central 35-3 is very, very impressive. [Grayson] has a strong argument for No. 1.’’

Grayson is No. 2 in MaxPreps’ poll, No. 1 in ESPN and No. 3 in CNN/SI and Scout.com.

Here are five things we learned Friday in Class AAAAAA –

- Grayson remains the team to beat, and new quarterback David McTier is no weakness. McTier threw a 38-yard pass to Wayne Gallman to set up one touchdown. He threw another long pass to Jordan Germany that might’ve scored, but was turned over on a fumble. He threw a 54-yard TD pass to Gallman. McTier, who grew up in the Grayson program but played two seasons at Greater Atlanta Christian, replaced Nick Schuessler, one of the more underrated aspects of Grayson’s 15-0 season in 2011. It appears that Grayson has more big-play ability at receiver and running back than last season.

- Walton’s Tyren Jones is ridiculous. The running back who ran for 303 yards and five touchdowns in the opener against Brookwood topped it Friday. He rushed for 333 yards on 46 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 37-35 victory over McEachern. Anthony Price kicked a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. Jones’ two-game totals are 636 yards, 76 carries, nine touchdowns. He’s on pace to break the state record for yards in a season – in the regular season alone.

- Lassiter is better than in 2011. The Trojans made the semifinals last year, but the year was uneven. This Trojans team is going to be a force throughout. Lassiter led Hillgrove 37-0 in a 37-29 victory. Eddie Printz unofficially was 19-for-25 passing for 249 yards and two touchdowns (226 yards in the first half. Printz is going to put up huge yardage because he’s good, and he’s got some really good receivers who get open and make yards after the catch.

- Milton’s college prospects aren’t just for show. Milton had a hard time explaining how it could have five seniors committed to FBS schools, but only a 4-7 record in 2011. The Mustangs beat 2011 region champion and state-ranked Alpharetta 35-28 Friday. Three of those committed players are offensive linemen — Eason Fromayan (TCU), Josh Harris (Wake Forest) and Cory Helms (Wake Forest). RB Peyton Barber (Ole Miss) and Trayvon Paulk (offer from Georgia Tech) form one of AAAAAA’s best backfields. Barber led Milton with 225 yards Friday. Paulk added 109. Then there is Carl Lawson, an AJC Super 11 defensive lineman. He has committed to Auburn.

- Colquitt County, ranked No. 2 in preseason, still has work to do. Slow starts mean little to the Packers, who have made the semifinals or better each of the past three seasons despite erratic regular seasons. After losing to North Gwinnett 16-14 last week, they beat a ranked AAAAA team, Thomas County Central, 35-33 on Friday. It’s a good win, but not a statement. Central got within two on a 78-yard TD pass, but Colquitt ran out the clock with a couple of first downs.

75 comments Add your comment

Binky

September 1st, 2012
2:18 am

The questions that remain are how does Lassiter score 37 unanswered points then allow 29 unanswered. Better tighten that up or they won’t be on top for long. Great teams close the deal.

The one definite barring some surprise, Jones running effort is more impressive this year coming of the numbers graduated from the lines on both sides of Walton last year….Nice Job kid!

Colquitt nothing special in my opinion, good team…not great. Camden showed well again tonight but I think if someone can grind the ball and run the clock then Camden is beatable.

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
3:15 am

Camden’s defense might be a problem later on, they have not been tested yet and won’t be until they’re into the Region 1 schedule. Ocala Vangard moved the ball on them last night on the first drive, but self destructed by fumbling on Camden’s one yard line. After that, lights out!

Grayson looked strong tonight, but they were playing a Miami Central team without a QB and it definitely made a difference!

Lassiter looked great on offense and defense in the first half, but had absolutely no focus or intensity in the second half and almost blew a 37 point lead!

Walton, for now is a one man show with no defense! IMO, they’re running T. Jones too much! Almost 100 touches in two games. This kid is amazing, but someone needs to a have a serious talk with his Head Coach!

McEachern, probably should have won last night, but to much T.Jones! Best 0-2 team in the state, maybe……… :-D

Observer

September 1st, 2012
3:34 am

Agreed Jones cant kep this up thats insanity

Fletch

September 1st, 2012
8:49 am

Ok…let’s hear the haters talk about how Kamara is better than Jones…haha.

Tyren- After seeing yourself and Kublanow on the bench last night after your fist big run, I can’t help but think how great it would be to see that continue in Athens….”keep the band together, man.” Favorite scene from last night was you hurling water bottles and grinning after 40+ carries…priceless! Congrats on a great game.

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
8:58 am

IT’s plain and simple…………….GRAYSON has the best defense in the country and has for years!!!!

If a team can hold every team it has played during a season to under an average of 50 yards rushing a game, should have been noticed 5 years ago. Tjones and both the Miami backs are no match for Grayson Defense. History has shown this!!

Chalz

September 1st, 2012
9:07 am

I love reading this blog because it is amazing how much “spin” goes on here! I open up this am and read that it was not a big deal that Grayson dominated (with emphasis on DOMINATION) the Miami Central team…though last week I read that it was going to be a big test…Grayson hasn’t faced this much speed before…Grayson runs a wing-T and Central plays a college-like game…uh…well…to coin the country song phrase, How Do You Like Me Now…35-3 is only one thing. Domination on both sides of the ball! I am not a prognosticator…all games have to be played on the field and not in blogs but this team is for REAL and that’s why they have the national attention they do.

Chalz

September 1st, 2012
9:19 am

One other fact to consider…TJones is a GREAT back and will have a super year but he doesn’t meet up with a real-deal defense like Grayson has often. No blight on him, he will still do well and have a bright future. But if you want to see what happens when a great defense matches to a super back like Jones…refer to the 5AAAAA championship last December!

topper

September 1st, 2012
9:23 am

Binky- Everybody is beatable, but I will tell you what if there is a better defense in the country than Graysons I would sure like to see it. I am really happy they showed the country what high school football in Ga is all about.

Camden still has work to do on D and hopefully by September 28 when region play starts up the bugs will all be worked out.

gman57

September 1st, 2012
11:08 am

Camden better work it out before Coffee comes to call. Last night Ware’s defense was very good, but Coffee’s offense overwhelmed them in the 3rd and 4th Qtrs. Coffee’s O-Line is very-very big, and this will wearout the other teams defense thru the game. One thing that I noticed about Coffee, not common with a lot of other teams, is they are continuely moving fresh players in and out on O and D. Late in both games so far this year, that has made a “big” difference. I’m not worried about Camden…. they will fall to 1 or more of Region 1AAAAAA teams!

John Hardie

September 1st, 2012
11:12 am

Only right to give props to Milton. Just a heads up – Milton Mustangs might actually sound better but they’re the Milton Eagles. Hats off to Dobbs – it was 35-14 late in 3rd quarter. Having seen Tyren Jones last year in person and his performance on TV last week, he is outstanding. Peyton Barber’s breakout performance last night of 225 yards was no fluke – he only played in 4 games last year and 7 his soph year – granted I haven’t seen a lot of GA high school football since finishing at LaGrange back in 1986 but I don’t know if I’ve seen a more complete running back – quickness, power, great hands…and what great character

lowndes hopefull

September 1st, 2012
11:15 am

Congratulations to Grayson, they have proven they deserve to be number one in the Nation and should remain there until someone beats them. As a FAN of Georgia Highschool we should all be proud of thier accomplishment. Camden looks outstanding, hopefully Lowndes will get a chance to play both teams this year. With Camden, Valdosta, Colquitt, Coffee and Ware on the schedule it shiould be a great footbal season. Again congratulations to Grayson.

topper

September 1st, 2012
11:35 am

gman57 – Don’t worry Camden will be ready.

Observer

September 1st, 2012
1:04 pm

In all honesty i have never seen a more dominant defense than that grayson squad

Dum-Bass

September 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

Almost called it when I chastised TH about picking Colquiitt’s Packers over Thomas Central. CCHS will just be average this year, and may end up with 3 losses in the region. Thought they were highly overrated from the beginning.

Max Sizemore

September 1st, 2012
3:09 pm

Grayson is very good, no doubt, but Miami Central was horribly overrated. There are probably 20-30 other teams in Georgia that would beat them. Maybe more. It takes more than great athletes; it takes coaching and discipline. Miami Central is proof.

GoRaiders

September 1st, 2012
6:00 pm

Camden74, you may want to spend less time blogging and more time with a math tutor. Tyren had 30 carries in game one and 46 in game 2. That equals 76. In game 1, Tyren was without his pads and helmet with almost the entire 4th quarter to go. Last night we needed him the entire game. McEachern was a really good team and they obviously kept fighting until the end. Not sure if you noticed but we began the 3rd quarter with the ball and burned 10 1/2 minutes off the clock on our scoring drive. Classic Walton football. Look back at his games from last year. He only played the 4th quarter in maybe 2 regular season games and a couple of the playoff games. The coaches are not going to over use him. Can you imagine the stats and numbers he’d have if they DID keep him in the entire game? Walton is young and new players are learning their role. We didn’t have the luxury of sitting Tyren and experimenting with others. The team knew we had a bye week to rest up the team and Tyren has the heart and fire to want the ball and win for the team. 76 carries and 9 touchdowns in 2 games. More then 600 yards rushing. Walton gets to rest up for North Cobb and 3 other opponents before another week off. Hopefully the defense will gel real soon. Happy Walton is 2-0 after beginning with 2 very tough opponents.

wildhawg2012

September 1st, 2012
6:21 pm

I really don’t know why Colquitt is getting bashed so much.We have the toughest schedule in GA I mean we play 5 ranked playoff teams in a row so why does everyone thinks we are overrated!! We are just trying to get healthy and somehow survive this difficult schedule.Our first 5 games ( North Gwinnett, Thomas County Central, Lovejoy, Carver Columbus,and Lowndes) So people u guys tell me how would your team do if this were their first five games, but its cool just understand we are not going to blow these teams out but when playoff time comes and we get all our players healthy we will be ready

Roll Tide

September 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

Don’t they have blogs in Camden County where they can boast on the greatest team (in their opinion) on the face of the earth. Sick and tired on Camden this and Camden that.

bugs

September 1st, 2012
6:30 pm

The Jones kid is a superstar and I think his coach needs to think about his future,40 plus carries is a recipe for disaster if it continues.

wildcat fan

September 1st, 2012
7:15 pm

Roll Tide, personally if you’re tired then simply get off the blog.

Roll Tide

September 1st, 2012
7:34 pm

@ wildcat fan…….don’t want to.

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

September 1st, 2012
7:48 pm

Saw the Grayson game in person and Grayson looked better than the dome. Question Central being in top of anything. Came out with the idea of only stopping the run, did not look to have a plan for the pass. Easy to complete passes with no pressure and open receivers running the down the field. Not having a QB was disasterous for Central. Grayson will be a team to be reckoned with. Left feeling better than when I left the dome. Still believe a topped ranked defense will give them problems. Good win Grayson.

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
7:56 pm

GoRaiders……You might want to spend some time in a reading comprehension class. I said almost 100 touches, not carries! Touches include, pass catches, and special team returns. Also, note the word ALMOST! By the way, even 76 carries in two games is too much IMO! :-)

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

September 1st, 2012
7:57 pm

gman57,
I think that Camden has faced many large O-lines in the past and probably will in the future. PTR had one of the largest O-lines I had seen since the O-line from Ohio last year. Don’t think they put a lot of time concerned about the O-lines they face. The D-line may not be big, but they are strong and fast, plus the line backers are the real deal. Coffee may want to be concerned about the offense of Camden. Dones not matter if yourn O-line is huge, if your defense can’t stop an offense. Just saying. I am sure Camden will be better by the time they face Coffee, as will Coffee be better. By the way Ware’s defense was not that great. They are good, but not great.

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
8:02 pm

Roll Tide……If you’re that tired of hearing about Camden, just ROLL your TIDE some place else! Or, better still, get your favorite team to shut Camden down…..Oh, let me guess, you don’t have a dog in this fight, right? :-D

LTrojan Fan

September 1st, 2012
9:00 pm

I think Roll Tide is a Marietta fan

Fred

September 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

The problem with being ranked #1 in the country is that to maintain that ranking, we are going to have to do some very un-Grayson like things. We’ve never been big on style points and running up the score unless it couldn’t be helped (JV or 9th graders in and playing and still scoring) but if you don’t keep the decisive wins coming, you won’t stay on top. Face it, it is a popularity contest anyway. If MC is a top ranked team, it makes me wonder if some of the others might not be as good if they played good teams all the time like we do here in GA.

tigonian02

September 1st, 2012
9:12 pm

@ Wildhawg 2012: Coffee definitely has a harder schedule than you guys….no offense. They travel to some of the toughest places to play in Georgia, including Lowndes, Camden, and Colquitt. You guys’ away region games are Tift and freaking Brunswick, with one tough game in Valdosta (Go Cats!). You guys need to just realize that y’all came out kind of flat this season and that if that doesn’t change, this will not be y’alls year.

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
9:13 pm

Fred…….IMO, the Miami Central ranking was based on the past two years when they had very good QBs. The MC team I saw last night was not even close to the teams from the past two seasons. That’s one of the reasons I don’t believe in preseason rankings! With all of that said, Grayson did exactly what a good team should do, they went out and proved who was the better team and kicked butt! :-)

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
9:34 pm

LTrojan Fan……..If he is a Marietta Fan, he already knows what Camden brings to the table! :-D

Roll Tide

September 1st, 2012
10:10 pm

Camden Camden Camden….is their anything else over there.

GoRaiders

September 1st, 2012
10:16 pm

Camden 74, my bad. When you said: “IMO, they’re running T. Jones too much! Almost 100 touches in two games.” I jumped to the conclusion you meant rushes. He’s caught 4 passes and returned 2 kickoffs, so I guess that puts us at 82. Tyren is in such amazing shape and is a smart young man. He would certainly tell someone if he wasn’t up to the task. No one wants the ball more then him, which is one of the many admirable traits about him. Hopefully the offense can become a little more balanced and other players can help share the workload.

Camden74

September 2nd, 2012
1:46 am

GoRaiders…….No problem, you’re exited, I understand. That young man would probably try and run through a wall if his coach asked him to, because he’s a kid and dedicated to winning.That’s why the Head Coach has to be the adult in this situation and think about this young man’s future. :-)

Camden74

September 2nd, 2012
1:47 am

Correction “Excited”…….. :-)

Camden74

September 2nd, 2012
2:01 am

Roll Tide……..You’re low……….. :-)

CoffeeC100

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 am

There is no doubt that it will take Pruitt a couple of years to have Coffee at the same level of the “BIG FOUR” in region 1-6A. But get there Coffee will. It will be very difficult to get through the schedule Coffee has this year, (including pre-season, 7 of 11 teams rated in top ten in their class), without having their butts handed to them somewhere. But you can believe this Coffee team is not the Coffee of years past. And it has been a blast so far watching Pruitt’s work in progress.

CoffeeC100

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 am

Congratulations to Grayson! Great for the status of high school football in Georgia. I hate to give eaglenationrising the pleasure but Northside looks for real. Tough year McEachern. Tough.

MADDBALL

September 2nd, 2012
7:45 am

@wildhawg yes we do have a brutal schedule…5 ranked teams in a row,,,plus camden,valdosta,& coffee later on…i commend the pack 4 the win on the road over tcc. a big improvement from last week…but ppl realize half of our team is playing hurt,,,or not playing right now…getting healthy is our biggest concern right now

how 'bout

September 2nd, 2012
8:29 am

…overall GREAT showing for Georgia high school football versus out of state competition this weekend …CONGRATS…

border dweller

September 2nd, 2012
10:48 am

Granted it’s early, but comparing the two most impressive teams in AAAAAA;Grayson looks dominant on both sides of the ball, and they have played two very good teams in displaying that dominance. Camden’s looked explosive on offense, opportunistic on D, but they’ve done so against two lesser teams than Grayson. There’s one area where Camden out-and out rules, though: Grayson’s uniforms make them look like Christmas Tree elves, while the Cat’s duds exude cool.

BigDaddyC

September 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

I say look out for MCeachern come play off time…… I know that everybody will get better and I don’t see Mac beating Grayson, but everybody else better watch out. They should really be ready for their region!

Observer

September 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

The truth is Tyren is their workhorse they need him to take those carries because honestly they cant do it without him i mean lets be real but trust me Coach Hidalgo goes above and beyond to take care of his players on and off the field. and sorry to tell everyone but tyren may be the best conditioned athlete in Georgia. between practice training and workouts he could play 2 ball games and still be fresh

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

September 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

border dweller,
Good teams sre supposed to beat lesser teams. That is what separates them. Don’t see how Central was ranked so high, Grayson showed that. Still a lot of games left.

OnTheLine

September 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Great Job Grayson!

As I left the stadium following a group of Miami Central parents they appreciated the ‘corn fed’ players’ of Georgia. Apparently, Grayson outsized and out performed the USA Today number one team.

What may surprise us was their praise of the two players which hopefully will gain notoriety with recruiters. Namely Jordan Germany (#27) and “Mr. In Your Face” Marquise Motley (#36). Germany was credited with being the best athlete on the field by this group of parents. Motley, the most valuable player from the State Championship Game, may be the most under rated player of Grayson. The first two plays of the game (defensively) set the tone for what would be a very long night for the Miami Central, as Motley was there both times as the running back received the exchange of the ball.

I look forward to these two players receiving the recognition in upcoming games as they definitely deserve the attention.

Congratulations to the Rams offensive lineman. Without your execution the running game would not exist. I was worried for Grayson this year as only one starter from last years team returned. My belief is that this group of lineman may very well be the best “grouping” of talent Grayson has offered over the last four years. They executed as a unit, scored over 92% in executing the assignments, and exceeded expectations in the down field blocking. Way to go guys.

CoffeeC100

September 2nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Border dweller – Funny post. I try to imagine whomever picked out those Grayson uniforms standing back and looking at the finished product and saying. “All right! That is perfect. Those uniforms will intimidate any team.” On the other hand. It is one helluva thing when the ONLY negative thing I can say about Grayson is that I don’t like their uniforms.

Good job Grayson. You did Georgia proud!

Steve

September 2nd, 2012
5:28 pm

Milton is the Eagles, not the Mustangs. But nice to get a mention in the AJC for something other than Basketball I guess.

GHS#22

September 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

I read a post earlier about how much people hated the Wing T offense, and it has no place in College or Pro football.

College and Pro football is driven by the promise of excitement, and Wing T is not exciting. GT and Georgia Southern run it well though.

Anyway, Grayson’s Wing T was alot more exciting than MC pro style offence Friday night!

LTrojan Fan

September 2nd, 2012
8:23 pm

I can assure you that Lassiter has very good coaches and they will not allow the play in the second half to happen again. They will coach up the boys. It will be interesting to see what happens at Sprayberry next week and the home against Kell the following week.

sportsnut

September 2nd, 2012
10:36 pm

Grayson does not have the best D in the state, let alone the country. @ WILGHAWG2012 == Please do not include us as a hard team on your schedule. The concensus is that we do not belong so just count us as a scrimmage. Good luck on friday.

GwinnettDad

September 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Just a reminder to McEachern that all is not lost. Brookwood lost their first two the year they won State in their 1996 season when the won State and went 13-2.

Sometimes I think taking a high school team on a long trip simply can be a distinct disadvantage. I notice that Miami Central had most of the visitor stands filled in their visit to Grayson. They expected to win, but sometmes, the trip seems to psych out the team. They ARE, after all, but high school kids. Camden beat Glenville last year in Columbus, OH, but played badly.

Congratulations to Walton on a great start. Still, the State crown in the largest division rests in Gwinnett, and one can rest assured that the odds of it staying in Gwinnett for the third year in a row are at least as good as any other region. A fellow was telling me that Nkemdiche is still growing, and may be 290 lbs. Nevertheless, Grayson’s D played just as well when he had legs cramps and was sidelined.

And then there’s Sportsnut. We’ve had boasters here before, and the loveliest thing about boasters is that sooner or later, rather than eat their own words, they disappear.