Lakeside, Morrow, Cherokee break long losing streaks

The third Friday of the high school football season in Class AAAAA was a night for streaks to come to an end. For New Manchester, a second-year program playing its first full varsity season, it was a winning streak that was broken. For others, it was a night to celebrate the end of long droughts. Here are some of the streaks that ended:

*Lakeside-DeKalb: The Vikings snapped a school-record 17-game losing streak with their 28-14 victory against Dunwoody. It was the Vikings’ first victory since beating Redan 7-6 on Sept. 17, 2010, on the way to a 2-8 season. Lakeside, one of North Georgia’s top programs in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, has not had a winning season since going 6-4 in 2003. And what has been a difficult start for Dunwoody, which lost to Class AAAA Chamblee 38-6 in the opener, figures to only get worse. The Wildcats play perhaps the top five teams in Region 6-AAAAA over the next five games in Stephenson, Tucker, Miller Grove, M.L. King and Mays.

*Morrow: Courtney Heard scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 1:19 to play to break a 6-6 tie and give the Mustangs a 12-6 victory over Forest Park, breaking an 11-game losing streak. It was Morrow’s first victory since beating Forest Park 14-0 in the final game of the 2010 season. Forest Park is 1-11 since the start of the 2011 season, with the lone victory coming against Morrow in the season finale last year.

*Cherokee: The Warriors ended a 10-game slump with a 38-28 victory over county rival Sequoyah. It was Cherokee’s second victory in the past seven meetings with Sequoyah and was the Warriors’ first victory over another Cherokee County school since beating Sequoyah 35-28 on Oct. 5, 2007, a streak of 10 games.

*Gainesville: The Red Elephants had not beaten Class AAA No. 2 Buford in four previous tries and had never been closer than two touchdowns against the Wolves. That ended on Friday when Deshaun Watson’s third touchdown pass, a 21-yarder to Jay Gaudlock with 7:51 to play, gave Gainesville a 19-15 victory. It was Buford’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 3, 2010, when the Wolves fell 14-0 against Carver-Columbus.

*New Manchester: The Jaguars had played just four varsity games in the program’s young history, but they had never suffered a loss until falling 41-20 against North Paulding. The Wolfpack led 28-7 at halftime and cruised to the victory, which knocked New Manchester out of first place in Region 5-AAAAA.

Notable winners

Cedar Shoals is 2-0 for the first time since 2007 after its 35-28 victory over Elbert County, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAA. … Rome (5-AAAAA) and Mays (6-AAAAA) picked up region victories that could loom large in the playoff races later in the season. Rome beat Hiram 21-0 to keep pace with East Paulding and Allatoona. Mays had a surprisingly easy 34-7 win over Miller Grove to set up a showdown with No. 5 M.L. King next weekend. … Eighth-ranked Thomas County Central and Class AAAA No. 2 Marist played another of their typical close games. This time Thomas County Central escaped with a 21-17 victory, its sixth win against the War Eagles in seven meetings.

26 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

September 8th, 2012
11:40 am

Kudo’s to Morrow for the win. Sorry that it had to come against another Clayton County school that is also struggling.

Dekalb County Guy

September 8th, 2012
1:22 pm

Good that Lakeside and Morrow ended their losing streak as its possible they might not win another game the rest of the season.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 8th, 2012
1:50 pm

A good opening night in “THE BONEYARD” as the CANNON fired ALL NIGHT LONG!!!

The RAIDERS from EAST beat visiting Woodland / Bartow 49 / 0…with the JV guys getting lots of playing time in the 2nd half and the clock running (Mercy Rule)!! This served as a good game for EAST to get a number of issues straightened out. EAST looked a LOT better that the NP game a week ago BUT still showed several areas they HAVE to get fixed.

The starting QB is still playing WAY to much in areas it’s hard to believe there is not other players who could fill these slots. QB was again handling punt returns and special team duties as well as played some “D” again! Offense looked very sharp with many LONG runs but Coach still seems “antsy” about throwing long passes instead settling for short hits and screens.

EAST has Paulding County (Home), New Manchester (Away) , and Villa Rica (Home) for the next three games so they should be able to show how good this EAST team really is before they have an open week.

ANYWAY our RAIDERS are now 2 / 0 on the season and looking good!!!!!! So far over these two game they have put up 87 points and only allowed 17…!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

JAB

September 9th, 2012
10:18 am

Go Lakeside Vikings… But I think that you may go 1-9 this season…

Mays Fan

September 9th, 2012
3:08 pm

@Chip Saye- “Surprising easy victory over Miller Grove”??? Miller Grove hasn’t made the playoffs for some time and Mays has made the playoffs 6 of the last 7 years…what’s surprising about that victory Chip? Just like everyone else, Mays have gotten better too!!

swatguy

September 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

@Mays Fan -what’s surprising about that victory Chip?
Well, Mays barely beat Miller Grove last year in fact was behind most of the game. Mays played terribly in losing to Carver (800+fewer students) after leading 27-6. Yeah it is surprising. Mays got a long way to go. Depth is a problem on the hill and in game adjustments by coaching has been weak.

Mays Fan

September 9th, 2012
10:20 pm

@swatguy- Actually, I agree with some of your post…we were up and we didn’t play up to our potential against Carver…but again..we have made the playoffs for the last 6 years…that means we have the experience to not panic when we are behind and put together a last minute drive to win the game. Miller Grove does not have the experience to maintain their composure during adverse game situations… With new coaches and improvements on both sides of the ball, lookout for Mays swatguy

swatgue y

September 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

@Mays Fan Oh Lordy, I do bleed columbia blue but what I have seen belies your confidence. If we had a coach or staff in place these last 6 years the experience factor could be valid. Reality is the coaching has been in flux since Hellon was replaced in 2002. This coach is slow in making adjustments and challenged severely when a good coach with average talent adjust to Mays schemes.

swatguy

September 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

September 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

@Mays Fan Oh Lordy, I do bleed columbia blue but what I have seen belies your confidence. If we had a coach or staff in place these last 6 years the experience factor could be valid. Reality is the coaching has been in flux since Hellon was replaced in 2002. This coach is slow in making adjustments and challenged severely when a good coach with average talent adjust to Mays schemes.

Lakeside Fan & Parent

September 10th, 2012
2:56 pm

You people are so stupid and mindless when talking about the CHILDREN and their achievements (and disappointing losses). They are kids guys and words hurt. To say Lakeside will only win one game this season is not a really kind thing to say. Instead why not say good win, and hope your season goes well with more wins!!! You folks are just some stupid jerks that have nothing better to do but bash the kids and tear down their moral…IDIOTS you are on this posting site~!

WOW!

September 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

Really @Lakeside Fan & Parent!! You must be a MOM of the child that rides the bench! So sorry, but it is okay, not all of them always play in the game. But cheer up, your school did snap a two year losing streak…Yaaayy Lakeside!

BigDog

September 10th, 2012
6:14 pm

@ Lakeside fan and parent. Congratulations on your team’s victory. I watched your team play against Dunwoody this year and for the last two years and there is no question that Lakeside has improved significantly since last year. Lakeside has some very good football players. However, the team you beat will likely be 0-10 this season. They have lost a number of key players: including transfers to Tucker and SWD, their fastest player quitting the team to focus on track and injuries/academic issues. Congrats on your victory, but you beat a decimated team.

realist

September 10th, 2012
10:30 pm

I see lakeside having a chance against north atlanta and possibly miller grove.

Dekalb County Guy

September 10th, 2012
11:44 pm

@Lakeside Fan & Parent

Sorry you take what people say on this blog so personal. I was the first to suggest they might not win another game. It wasnt meant in a cold way. I have followed football for many years and was just making an observation about tendencies. Just being realistic, Lakeside will be overmatched against most of the teams they will face this year. As realist stated, the only games they will have a shot against is North Atlanta.

John

September 11th, 2012
8:12 am

We will see if Rome is back this week at Allatoona. Rome has decisively beaten two pretty good football teams so far, while the wins by Allatoona and East Paulding have come against the worst teams in the region. Things may get interesting.

THE "CANNON RULES"

September 11th, 2012
8:56 am

@ John…

I agree this weeks game against Allatoona is going to tell a lot about Rome, but it also will tell whether Allatoona is ready to “Step up” to play in this Region. You are correct that EAST has played against two weaker teams BUT while Woodland Bartow has issues, a fair amount of the teams North Paulding has left to play better come to play. North Paulding is greatly improved and has a new coaching staff that has infused a winning attitude on both the team and the fans. When EAST played them the stands were rockin’, the stadium was PACKED and oversold to capacity!!

North Paulding is going to surprise some folks this year, they may not make the playoffs (yet) BUT they will win some games! Allatoona on the other hand is going to be a hand-full for ROME and since that is an away game you will deal with a FULL house and a team wanting to make a statement in front of the home crowd!

EAST was 11 / 2 last year and returns many talented players as JR’s and SR’s, additionally the last three games ROME and EAST played was the regular season game in 08 won by EAST 10 / 7 and a 1st round playoff game played in 2010 won by EAST 35 / 10 along with a 2nd round playoff game also won by EAST 27 / 3.

While I understand your “concern” about again visiting “THE BONEYARD” you have a full month to worry about that trip…First get past Allatoona and North Paulding!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

Oh man.........

September 11th, 2012
9:03 am

North Paulding is NOT one of the worst teams in the region. I am going to make a bold statement. North grabs the 4th spot for play offs this year.

This weeks game between Rome and Allatoona will answer a few questions for both teams. I am sure it will be a great game.

One thing is for sure for East…..winning 49-0 is not fun. Just plain boring.

RealisticFan

September 11th, 2012
9:25 am

Not really sure what East has yet and probably won’t for at least 3-4 more weeks. Have a hunch however that the beast that is East will be in for a rude and possible early playoff elimination, possibly in the first round even as a 1 or 2 seed. They talent is there but there seems to be a real lack off discipline this year, which can go right back to the coaches.

North, yes they might have a team that can get a playoff spot but they in addition to also lacking discipline, lack the size and strength to do anything should they make the playoffs. They are a jyear or probably two of being a team to,truly be reckonened with.

I see the seeds as follows: Allatoona, East, Rome and North, with Hiram, South and Villa Rica in contention for the 4th seed until the last week or two.

THE "CANNON RULES"

September 11th, 2012
9:54 am

@ RealisticFan…

I’m with you, still not sure about EAST…last weeks game didn’t really show / prove anything as the Coach was still making many bad decisions with both play calling and with players used. He is STILL using Mitchell (QB) to return punts and kickoffs and this is 1) not keeping him fresh to run the “O” and 2) Opening the door to an unnecessary injury to a KEY player!

As things stand right now I agree with your assessment of the playoff alignment with the exception of I still think, with the schedule it will be EAST #1, Allatoona #2, Rome #3 and here ya go wolfpack North #4!!! A lot depends on this weeks Rome / Allatoona game.

EAST still has 3 weeks to get it’s act completely together before the schedule gets tougher so I am reserving judgement and giving Coach Goddard the benefit of the doubt…with the caveat that I will be on here voicing my opinion week in and week out!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!!

FridayNightLightsFan

September 11th, 2012
10:04 am

From what I saw against North Paulding in week one, they are a better team than last year and others agree. I would have to find it but I’m sure what was predicted earlier was:

1 East Paulding
2 Allatoona
3 Rome
4 Either Hiram or North Paulding

It’s still early and we will see how things work out. But IMO I think our region is going to come down to the East Paulding vs. Allatoona game on Nov. 9th. (Again my opinion only)

One thing I am absolutely a fan of is this year has no play-in game. It never made since to me that a team could go 9-0 and lose 1 play-in game and be knocked out of the playoffs.

Oh man.........

September 11th, 2012
3:54 pm

One thing I have learned over the past few years is this….we have no idea why a coach does what he does. I am SURE Goddard has his reasons. Sitting in the stands Friday I overheard a parent ask another parent.”Have you seen this team practice punt returns?” well…Maybe if we did that might answer a couple of questions. There are plenty of situations that go on behind the scenes that we have no idea about. But I am sure that is why we are on here posting instead of coaching.

RealisticEPFan

September 12th, 2012
10:57 am

I agree that there maybe plenty of reasons for the actions, however I too see it as a very strange thing. Yes I’ve seen East practice punt returns, and yes sometimes Mitchell has been catching them. If the strategy is to simply fair catch the punts then I’d still argue that there has to be someone else on the team that can catch a punt,,,,,like maybe a receiver. My biggest fear is that someone will take a 15 yard penalty and possibly even a game suspension penalty just to take a shot at the first string QB. We saw last year how much the offense changed without him.

What I’ve seen is a team that is extremely talanted, that is big, and has good team speed but that only applies to about 16 or 18 of the players. They are very very very thin, and what I suspect might be going on is that the coach knows that he’s very thin, has looked at the schedule and knows that he has the opportunity to let the younger kids get in some quality playing time in the first 4-5 games in the hopes that when the tough games start that those younger kids can in fact step in for a series here and there to spell the over worked guys like Mitchell that will be going both ways. Did you notice that the long touchdown against North was without Mitchell at safety. I don’t thing that will be the case when the games get tougher.

Again just my two cents.

RealisticFan

September 12th, 2012
10:58 am

Oops, by old name of RealisticEPFan slipped out……I’m not just RealisticFan.

Oh man.........

September 12th, 2012
11:10 am

@RealisticEPfan…..you said something that I had already thought of…and that is a coach without good sportsmanship would be willing to send in a guy that he can do without to take a shot at Mitchell. That does scare me!!!!! I actually was hoping that after the first game Coach would put someone else back there for punt return. But as it stands all we can do is hope and pray he finds another player he can TRUST to take the punt returns.

Yes, I did notice that long touchdown run Mitchell wasn’t in there. I just hope we can find a safety that can step up and play and SOON!!!

One thing for sure is playing the weaker teams such as Woodland and PC is not making us a better team. I am scared we are getting complacent and some team we take for granted will hit us right in the mouth like Sprayberry did 2 years ago.

RealisticFan

September 12th, 2012
11:23 am

@Oh Man…….you are right complacency could creep in, but they do have a pretty good nucleus of seniors that I think will prevent that from happening. I disagree that playing the weaker teams isn’t making us better though. I think it gives those young/green kids real playing time in real varsity games. My point is that we are going to have 4-5 guys going both ways when push comes to shove later and getting those young greenhorns some playing time now will pay dividends later when our first teamers get worn down. I think however in long run that is what will bring them down against a team like Allatoona. Still think 1 deep East is a bit more talented this year, but that the lack of depth will cost us in that game. I hold out hope that the game against Allatoona is at the bone yard, and that with Kyler, Aaron, Kamani, Mitchell and Lorenz, gutting it out that we’ll have just enough to win. That would flip around my seeding for the playoffs then.

RealisticFan

September 12th, 2012
11:30 am

Here’s a thought on North Paulding: Like it or not for other Paulding schools, inlcuding East, they are the future of football in the county. The sheer numbers they have out right now are incredible. 157 9-12th grades alone.

With the new coaching staff the attitude has already changed. When they get in to the weight room, and buyin to the system whole hearted they will grow into something special. Maybe not next year because the game will be at East but within 2 years North will be the the monster from this area.