SW DeKalb, North Paulding take big steps toward playoffs

Here are five things we learned from Week 5 in Class AAAAA:

*Don’t forget about Southwest DeKalb: With top-four teams Tucker, M.L. King and Stephenson looking good at the top of the region standings, Southwest DeKalb and Mays appeared to be the top challengers for the fourth playoff berth from 6-AAAAA. Southwest DeKalb took a big step toward getting that berth with its 14-7 victory over Mays on Friday. The Panthers remain tied for fourth place with Miller Grove, but the Wolverines have yet to play any of the top teams in the region and lost to Mays 34-7 two weeks ago. And Southwest DeKalb still has time to improve its position as Stephenson and Tucker are both on the schedule in the next three games.

*Playoffs in sight for North Paulding: The fifth-year program from Dallas has never been to the playoffs, but first-year coach Scott Jones has the Wolfpack in good position after a 43-27 victory over Hiram on Friday. North Paulding (3-1) is in third place in 5-AAAAA, a half-game ahead of Rome and South Paulding, and plays Rome on Oct. 12 in a game that might determine third in the region. North Paulding’s Kayden Bishop threw a touchdown pass, had three TD receptions and kicked a field goal against Hiram.

*Creekview will be a factor in 7-AAAAA: The Grizzlies suffered their first loss on Friday when Kell intercepted a pass near the end zone in the closing seconds to preserve a 33-29 victory. But the strong showing against the front-runner from the region’s Division B legitimizes Creekview as the team to beat in Division A, where the other five teams in the subregion are a combined 1-15. If Creekview takes care of business and Kell holds off Riverwood and Pope, the Grizzlies and Longhorns would meet again on Nov. 9 in the region championship game.

*Deshaun Watson for Player of the Year?: Gainesville’s junior quarterback got off to a bit of a shaky start with seven interceptions in the first two games, but he is on fire now that the Red Elephants have entered play in 8-AAAAA. He passed for 294 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 75 yards in a 69-20 victory over Apalachee on Friday in a game that was played with a running clock in the second half. In two region games, Watson is 35-for-38 passing for 644 yards and eight touchdowns, and the Red Elephants have outscored their opposition 131-20. The competition level steps up in a big way next weekend when seventh-ranked Gainesville meets No. 10 Heritage-Conyers in a game that will go a long way toward determining the region title.

*Thomas County Central should be ready for region play: The Yellow Jackets opened the season with non-region games against rival Thomasville, three ranked teams and a team from the state’s best region. They completed a 4-1 start with a 34-14 victory over Region 1-AAAAAA’s Tift County on Friday, pulling away in the fourth quarter behind three touchdowns from quarterback Adam Choice. Thomas County Central has the week off next weekend and begins play in 1-AAAAA on Oct. 5 at home against Bainbridge, perhaps its top challenger for the region title.

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ttf

September 22nd, 2012
9:34 am

TUCKER 19-0 STATE RECORD!!!!!!!!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

The RAIDERS from EAST cruised to another shutoff win, controlling the game from the start in a 47 / 0 win over NEW MANCHESTER…The Jaguars coach after a close loss to WOODLAND / BARTOW last week was quoted in the Douglas Sentinel telling his players they could “SHOCK THE STATE next week when they beat EAST PAULDING at home!” and their announcer last night kept using the phrase “it’s a LONG country mile” whenever EAST would have 3rd and long on a drive…WELL guys it’s like this NEW MANCHESTER has a LOOOOOOONG country mile to go before it’s ready to SHOCK anything when it steps on the field with EAST PAULDING!!!!

NEW MANCHESTER is a new program, it’s in the learning phase…you are 2 / 3 on the year and have ROME, ALLATOONA, SOUTH PAULDING, VILLA RICA & HIRAM left on your schedule!!! Can you even see one more win out of these 5 games?

Congratulations go out to NORTH PAULDING’s Wolfpack on their home win against HIRAM 43 / 27!! This puts NORTH at 3 / 1 and solidly in the # 3 spot in Region Play!!! NORTH has WOODLAND / BARTOW, SOUTH PAULDING, ROME, PAULDING COUNTY, ALLATOONA, & VILLA RICA left on their schedule…they could easily be 7 / 3 or with a touch of luck 8 / 2 come the playoffs!! Congratulations to Coach Jones & his staff (I bet it feels better than being at Kennesaw Mtn.Coach! LOL!)…Hey Chip I told you I had a feeling about this one!

ALLATOONA also had a good night putting up another “W” to go to 4 / 0….that game on Nov. 9th in “THE BONEYARD” is shaping up to be HUGE!!!

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

JAB

September 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Tucker haven’t yet played Stephenson or MLK yet ttk., I don’t think so. Go Stephenson Jagggggguars…..

Dylan

September 23rd, 2012
2:23 am

Don’t forget Tucker lost to stephenson almost EVERY YEAR in preseason and tied last year…..

Don’t be to sure about that 19-0. And MLK is good to

Yellow Jacket Buzz.

September 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

TCC is back………Ed Pilcher is wishing he’d never got mad at the administrators at TCC and left in a huff, because the admins. he couldn’t get along with got fired. If only he’d had the vision to stick it out for a couple of years……..This is going to be a special couple of seasons, Ed. You really should have stayed.

Dragstrip Road

September 23rd, 2012
5:39 pm

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

5AReg6Fan

September 23rd, 2012
6:00 pm

@JAB – I believe you misunderstood ttf remarks about Tucker’s 19 – 0 comment. Tucker has WON 19 consecutive football games and yes, Tucker hasn’t played Stephenson or MLK, nor has Stephenson played Tucker or MLK…so your point would be? How many have the Jags won…consecutively? Wait, I’ll answer that question…FOUR. One thing is certain, Oct 12th is fast approaching. Tucker Nation will see you @ Halliford. Oh, before the Tigers and Jags lock up, Tucker will have 20 consecutive VICTORIES.

@Dylan – Please do all of us a favor, post about games that count. Oct 12th 2012, will be the FIRST game between Tucker and Stephenson that will go down in GA HS football records.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(Dekalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

September 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

@JAB – My badd, Stephenson was won 3 consecutive games…forgot about the cancelled game with Pine Forest, of FL.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(Dekalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

FOOTBALL FAN 2

September 23rd, 2012
9:38 pm

No hate for Tucker, nor disrespect to any team, but Tucker has only played 5 teams with 4 wins between them. Their season starts with Stephenson. They have Stephenson, SW DEkalb,Miller Grove, M L King and Mays to beat before the playoffs. If Miller Grove does not choke and gets intimidated, they could be the sleeper everyone thought Arabia Mountain would be. Waiting to see the real test for Tucker. Stephenson and M L King!!!!!!

DHI

September 23rd, 2012
11:56 pm

@FOOTBALL FAN 2, you are correct, there is still a lot of ball to play against good teams. Tucker stop being over confident you have a tough schedule ahead one of these teams might seriously sneak up on you and it will not be the same result as the Arabia Mtn game.

dekalbcounty1

September 24th, 2012
10:43 am

Congrats to Tucker football program, anyone would be crazy to discount the records! But it will be very exciting this year watching you guys play Stephenson in the regular season, and MLK! I have my popcorn ready and I will meet you on the 50!!!!!!

JAB

September 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Stephenson has beat Tucker in the preseason 2 of the last three meetings and tied with them last year. Tucker has not played the strength of teams that Stephenson has played in the States highest classification. I think Stephenson and MLK has the advantage in the Tucker matchup…

JAB

September 24th, 2012
1:59 pm

@ I don’t think that Tucker has faced the type of tough challenges as Stephenson & MLk has did by playing in the State’s highest classification outside of Marist!!! Tucker you better get ready to face the reall big guns in region 6AAAAA when you play the big boys…

JAB

September 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

dekalbcounty1, I see you there., it’s gonna get heated up real soon in Dekalb County under the lights and those boys ready be ready to play some fun hard hitting football***

5AReg6Fan

September 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

@FOOTBALL FAN 2 – A couple of points around your post. 1) No team in 5A region 6 has played 5 regular season teams. 2) I can’t agree with you more, Tucker’s regular season starts Oct 12th (Stephenson) and with their last 5 game schedule it will be HS football at its BEST. This is what we fans of region 6 have been patiently waiting. Oh, Miller Grove has done what many thought, they prove that they are the #6 team in the region…don’t see that changing.

The true Tucker fans are not overly confident and knowing that the rubber meets the road starting the sixth game of the season till the last game of the regular season. Most true HS football fans know that 5A region 6, is the best in this classification…hands down. What makes the Tigers fans (bloggers) upset are the fans of other teams (mainly Stephenson) fell like Tucker is the #3 or #4 team in the region and Tucker should be overly concern about playing the Jaguars and Lions because they played in the highest classification previously. Like the article early in the year stated…”Stephenson and MLK join Tucker’s region” and not the other way around. Region 6 is for TUCKER’s to lose and the Tigers welcome the opportunity to put the Tiger paw stamp on the #1 seat.

Region 6 fans, it’s about to be a SHOWDOWN…Halliford will be off the chain every FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

September 24th, 2012
2:59 pm

@JAB – There is a team that Tucker has played that would disagree with your statement on Tucker not facing top PROGRAMS…That team resides in middle GA and goes by the name Northside Eagles or many use Northside Warner Robins, or for short, NSWR. Also, please post on regular season games and NOT scrimmages that don’t count – Tucker and Stephenson history begins Oct 12th.

Again, it’s certain posters that believe Tucker should bow down to the Stephenson’s and MLK’s. Tucker has faced quality opponents, Tucker has many region titles, Tucker has yearly DEEP playoff runs, and Tucker has STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. Lastly, Tucker does not FEAR these TWO teams that previously played in GA highest classification and came away EMPTY. The TUCKER NATION does not need to prove they are capable of WINNING, some others may need to do so.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

stephensonfinest531

September 24th, 2012
3:04 pm

Stephenson has something to prove also …we haven’t played anybody yet just as tucker or MLK so i don’t see anybody really having anything to brag about…and as a stephenson alumni and fan we have won some big games but also lost some big ones to the better teams…i think we pull it out tho if we stay focused and play stephenson football..Tucker the 19-0 thing is a little lame..i mean this is a new class and region that you our playing in…but if it makes you guys feel better about yourself go on..but it doesn’t matter you guys half to play some teams that can play with you with just as much talent…i can’t wait for these games to come up .. THE BEST FOOTBALL IS PLAYED IN REIGON 6 5A..AND YOU GOT TO NO THAT!!!!

rwdekalb

September 24th, 2012
3:36 pm

Miller Grove looked dismal at best against Mays. They have a decent team but they dont appear quite ready yet this year to make playoffs. That being said, they will probably 4-1 after the first 5 games and then they arguably have one of the toughest schedules in the entire state in the second half of the season playing Stephensen, SWD, Tucker, and MLK. Possible but highly unlikely they will make playoffs.

rwdekalb

September 24th, 2012
3:40 pm

Regardless of who wins amongst each other in region 6, 5A lets bring another championship to dekalb.

rwdekalb

September 24th, 2012
3:43 pm

I have to say this. One of the biggest differences between Tucker and most of the other good teams in dekalb is besides being well coached, they are the most disciplined team in dekalb.

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5AReg6Fan

September 24th, 2012
4:47 pm

@rwdekalb – Yep, got to agree with you on Miller Grove. Saw them play last week against Arabian Mountain and if the Wolverines think that they can wake up in the fourth qrt to play football against, Tucker, MLK, Stephenson, and SWD and score 21 pts in the final qtr, then there will be NO playoff for this 2012 MG team. (Period) If AB had a kicking game, then MG would have lost that one, and finish #7 in the region. MG was VERY fortune to get that victory, against a team that doesn’t have the resources to play 4 quarters, at least not this year. Also, if you mean Tucker is the most disciplined team off the ball, then I would stand to agree with you, but the Tigers can fall in the stupid trap than MANY of our DeKalb teams, UNNECCESSY personal foul penalties, that will keep a team from the prize. This penalty will cost you a drive or extend your opponents ability at another 4 downs, when in most cases they should be giving the ball back to you.

To my region 6 fans, as we near the break (off week), the region POWERS are shaping up as expected. They are taking care of the business with the weaker teams,. What’s left to be decided, is the order for which the other 5A classification teams will feel. (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

uncleJunior

September 24th, 2012
5:52 pm

Good post ,about Tucker being the most disciplined out of the grouping. That’s why they are Champions!!!!!

RealisticFan

September 25th, 2012
10:13 am

I plan on attending the East game this week after seeing North play the last three weeks.

Assessment- North is definitely on the right path. I’m thinking they have a good chance of beating Rome 10/12, and could give Allatoona a bit of a scare a couple weeks later. Defense is still,very suspect to the run though. Great for them to probably make the playoffs for the first time but it will likely be a quick exit.

East – I have a lot of uneasy feelings about East. The schedule is good because it allows the new coaching staff time to gel and allows the lack of depth to be plugged a little bit by getting the younger players a lot of quality playing time. Concerns-coaching…..meaning how will they have the team prepared when they play a team that can play with them. East has really really good talent but not sure how they will react when the chips are down. I think the experience of the seniors may get them through some of the rough times but they need the coaches to instill a stronger sense of discipline then what I saw in their first game. Coaches need to step up. They have the keys to one of the best teams in AAAAA, and I’m very concerned they don’t know what to do with it. I’ll post an update after watching a mid year game and see how far they have progressed.

rwdekalb

September 25th, 2012
10:15 am

Havent seen Stephensen play this year. Do they have a passing game

5AReg6Fan

September 25th, 2012
12:22 pm

@rwdekalb – A good opportunity to see Stephenson will be this Friday the 28th as they match up with SWD. A good time to gauge two of the POWERS, in the region, squaring off. I plan to attend this game, which should be a good one. The winner gets the upper hand on the other for a playoff spot.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

rwdekalb

September 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

@5ARegFan. True that. I shall be there as well.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

September 25th, 2012
2:27 pm

@ RealisticFan…

EAST is looking better each week with the “D” having 3 straight shutouts. A lot of questions can still be asked…Outside of NORTH in game 1 EAST still hasn’t really played anyone that tested them. VILLA RICA this week will be the toughest since NORTH, the good thing about this is that the J.V. guys have got a lot of valuable playing time and the new coaches have had time to make a lot of adjustments as they get used to things.

Nov. 9th with ALLATOONA in “THE BONEYARD” is still looking like a Big game!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

graphite

September 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

Interesting thing about discipline at Tucker….Isn’t that the school that had a brawl and injured the school cop??? Typical DeKalb Co.How do you people live in that jungle?

rwdekalb

September 26th, 2012
7:48 pm

This blog is supposed to be about football.

RealisticFan

September 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

Just a cautionary note to the 5AReg6 fans. Yes you will probably have one and possibly 2 teams in the semis this year, but please remember that even with Tucker winning the title last year, that the region was completely eliminated in the first round by two Cobb and a Paulding school last year. I don’t use historical references too often because the teams are always different. I only mention it as I said… A word of caution in terms of bravado.

Best of luck to all this weekend.

5AReg6Fan

September 27th, 2012
5:06 pm

@Relaistic Fan – If I’m right last year your blog handle was (RelaisticEPFan) and if so, then you and I had some GOOD post season blogging, between then 4A region 6 and region 5. (LOL) Yes, last year we went got our heads handed to us, surprise, (1-3) against region 5 in the 1st round, but it wasn’t easy night for region 5. Only one true region 5 defeat and it was expected…Mays losing to top region seat East Paulding. But it’s a new year and Region 6 has brought in a couple of POWER PLAYERS, that make us region 6 fans excited about the possibility of 3 – 4 teams in the semis…I know you seen the TOP 5 in 5A and how many region 6 teams appear. (LOL) A lot of football left to be played until post season and when the brackets are laid out; I know you and I will be at it again on our keyboards talking up our team and region. Until then, my friend, the last line of my tag line, sums up what the other regions in 5A will be looking at come November 2012. YOU JUST GOT TO LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

September 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

@graphite – And I guess there are NO discipline issues at the school you support. If that is the case, then your school has about 10 teenagers from grades 9-12 and would qualify to play in single A. Oh, there is an area made especially for the single A bloggers, check out Thomas Coleman. Man, do all of us a favor…TALK FOOTBALL!

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

RealisticFan

September 27th, 2012
5:59 pm

@5AReg6Fan

You are right my friend, I just had to relive a brief moment from last year figuring it might get a response. :) . Our Region is even weaker this year and East I fear isn’t going to be as formidable as years past. They are very very good across their starters but they have 4-5 playing both ways and they are extremely thin after that and as you know that will show against a good opponent come playoff time. Fortunately, beyond East and Allatoona our region is weak. Playoffs could be 0-4 for our region this year, and I would predict it right now if we were matched up against R6, but luckily we get Reg8 in the first round so maybe we can eek out 1 win.

Your region does indeed look loaded and the class of 5A. Best of luck.

King Of Diamonds

September 27th, 2012
9:21 pm

I think the games get real interesting starting with SWD @ Halford tomorrow. Awaiting to see if this classification Stephenson is in should be rather interesting since everyone else had to move up. Although their are some new faces on the staff & field their will be more coaching instead of athleticism at Stephenson. Although I predict a Stephenson win the tell games will be Tucker & MLK. very interested in those games

Stephenson

September 28th, 2012
12:13 am

Ok, I need to get in on this conversation. Stephenson should go all the way this year because of 1 reason. They play all scrub teams this year. Stephenson is so lucky that the regions have been re-aligned. Because if they had last years schedule with this years team…. OMG, it would be a sad case. I watched them play and I can not bare to see it. The OLine is just horrible. NO POWER at all. The DLine, not much better. I mean just look in the crowd, they no longer can pack the stadium and its so quiet in the stands. They may get some volume tomorrow because they are playing an old rival team SWD. But honestly, even SWD team sucks. Dekalb county as a whole has taken a serious fall this year with quality teams. MLK, TUCKER, STEPHENSON, SWD, they all suck.. That’s just the truth…

King Of Diamonds

September 28th, 2012
1:30 am

@Stephenson Ok Ok now. What are you really talking about? You have the right name I guess but not the supporting of the school I can assume. I wouldn’t say horrible. I would say different because some coaches has left the staff and their are no big names in the program now. I will say it can possibly be a good thing because the expections are not as great and quite frankly Stephenson is still a dam good football team that is well coached regardless of what many people may think. I wouldn’t call the schedule a scrub teams they play. It will be very competitve games. I am awaiting the playoff s to see how far advancement Stephenson will go. To be quite frank if Stephenson would have played in their respective classification all the other years you might have seen a state champion by now, but they always played up to competition, but thats neither here nor there. I wish the program much success because its well overdue for Stephenson to make some serious noise in playoffs

JAG4LIFE

September 28th, 2012
6:58 am

Thanks King of Diamonds, WELL SAID!!!!! @ Stephenson, you should change your blog name, because if you have that much negativity towards the name you bare, then it’s not for you. Stephenson, MLK, and Tucker are very good football teams their records and pass records prove that. I really wish we didn’t have to play one another and play other teams that’s not in our region to show what real talent DeKalb county has in all three schools. I’m a Stephenson Jaguar fan no doubt, but I wish all three teams the best this year and may the BEST TEAM WIN. Enough said.

5AReg6Fan

September 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

Fellow bloggers, don’t put too much thought in what our so call blogger (Stephenson) is saying. Honestly, this poster is either a student or any impostor, getting his/her rocks off. Check the use of his/her sentences and the writing style. It’s a shame there are people, who will hide behind this type of media, and exploit their own agenda, when it’s CLEARLY about HS football and the fans who support their team , region, and classification. When I read Stephenson post, it is just one level of being racially driven. (IMO) Ignorance will keep you broke!!!

On a MORE positive note – Will be attending the Stephenson/SWD game tonight @ Hallford, NO, I want be attending the Tucker/Lakeside beat down…Tucker hangs 50+ on the Vikings, probably before the 1st half. This matchup is the best in the region and possibly in 5A, this week.

PS Will be seating on the Jags side…got couple of kids who played for me (youth football), wearing the Blue & Black.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

September 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

@RealisticFan – I thought it was you, know your writing style. I see/read you have put interest in North Paulding football program this year and it appears the Wolfpack are up and coming…New School. That’s a good thing in making region 5 much stronger and prepared for post season. Plus, those Raiders of East Paulding need more competition. (LOL) I know we’ll be bragging, after the dust settles from the regular season. Good Luck to both of your teams North & East Paulding…maybe we’ll see each other down the road.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 19 Consecutive Wins, with Lakeside(DeKalb) being victim #20

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……