Stephenson 32, Southwest DeKalb 0

Using a balanced rushing attack, quick-strike passing game and stifling defense, Stephenson jumped out early and cruised to a 32-0 win over Southwest DeKalb.
The No. 4 Jaguars (4-0, 4-0 Region 6-AAAAA) set the tone from the start, taking the opening kickoff and marching 70 yards in nine plays, capped off by Austin Tevin’s 8-yard touchdown run.
The drive was highlighted by Tevin’s 44-yard run on 2nd and 12 from the Stephenson 40, which set up his own scoring run four plays later.
It was the first of three runs of 28 yards or more during the first half for the Jaguars, coming from three different running backs – Tevin, Evan Jones (49 yards) and Brandon Washington (28 yards).
“Right now, nobody can tell who our running backs are,” Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell said. “We had nine guys carry the ball last week, and seven of them scored touchdowns. We’ve just got a good group; our offensive line is doing a pretty good job.”
Stephenson followed up a Southwest DeKalb three-and-out with another long drive, this one going 72 yards in eight plays and ending with a Wisdom Nzidee field goal.
In the first quarter, Stephenson held the ball for 9:05 of the 12 minutes, coming away with 10 points, and the Panthers (3-2, 3-2) never recovered.
Meanwhile, the Jaguar defense wasn’t giving up much on the other side.
The Panthers only advanced past the 50-yard line once in the first half, when an interception return set them up at the Stephenson 41-yard line, down by just 10 early in the second quarter.
They got as far as the 19 before losses on the next couple of plays pushed them back, and then a bad snap on the field goal attempt spoiled their best chance to get back into the game.
Southwest never seriously challenged to score again on the night against a Stephenson defense that refused to let the ball get past it.
“We felt like our defense would play well if they didn’t give up big plays,” Gartrell said. “We’ve just got to keep getting better. The road gets tougher. We definitely didn’t expect the score to be like this. They just caught us on a night when we had a lot of things going.”

S 10 12 3 7 – 32
SD 0 0 0 0 – 0
S – Austin Tevin 8 run (Wisdom Nzidee kick)
S – Nzidee 22 FG
S – Jahmail Daniels 4 run (kick failed)
S – Taylor Henry 45 pass from Justin Holman (kick blocked)
S – Nzidee 30 FG
S – Raylen Elzy 9 pass from Holman (Nzidee kick)

25 comments Add your comment

King Of Diamonds

September 28th, 2012
10:20 pm

NC= No Contest. Thought the game would be closer even though I said Stephenson would win but I never seen a shoutout. WOW 63-0 last and 32-0 this week. Great job coaches & players.

What?!!!

September 28th, 2012
10:23 pm

FIRE BUCK GODFREY NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE SOUTHWEST DEKALB!!!!!

THE TALENT AT YOUR SCHOOL WILL START TRANSFERING TO MLK, TUCKER AND NOW STEPHENSON!!!

C-mon, man

September 28th, 2012
10:27 pm

People on the eastside have watched SWD’s steady decline for years. HaHa. Buck sux!!! Ha

Eastside Lifer

September 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

No way you fire Buck Godfrey…are you kidding it just a game and Buck is still changing kids lives. SWD time for championships is over but that not what it’s all about!!!!

Dylan

September 28th, 2012
10:49 pm

32-0!!!???

This is Stephensons THIRD shut out game for the year and they only played 4 games…..

IDK

September 28th, 2012
10:53 pm

Just for the record. SWD dosen’t suck they just played a better team….

I am a little suprised it was 32-0. MLK was only able to put up 18 on SWD

WOW

September 28th, 2012
11:31 pm

Did Southwest Dekalb show up?

Jag Fan 2

September 28th, 2012
11:38 pm

Stephenson too big & too strong for SWD, The opening of MLK, & Arabia MTN has put a hurt on SWD talent pool. The season for the Jags will get tough in two weeks when they take on a very tough Tucker team . Go Jags!

Jags

September 29th, 2012
12:14 am

The Jags won the last 4 games, there is no denying that fact. But, they have not played any talent. Let’s be honest. They are good for the teams they are playing against. MLK, Tucker and Stephenson have the power house teams that they have had in previous years. The only good thing is that the regions have been re-aligned which will allow Stephenson especially an opportunity to go a little further in the play offs.

Dylan

September 29th, 2012
12:24 am

@Jags – Southwest Dekalb is a good program. No one expected them to get shut out.

Tony Jordan

September 29th, 2012
1:26 am

Ok SWD lost. SO WHAT I CAME FROM SWD AND MY SONS GO TO STEVENSON… SWD IS STILL THE PREMIER SCHOLL IN NORTH GA. NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS THE RECORD OR TRADITION. CATCH UP OR SHUT UP…

Recruiting Insider

September 29th, 2012
7:11 am

The running back for Stephenson is Tevin Austin. He will soon be recruited by the big boys. He was under the radar because he played for another school the past few years that gets little exposure. He starts for Stephenson as a senior transfer! Who does that? I know….TALENT! Also word is that he is a great student, well mannered and outspoken Christian. What a breathe of fresh air.

Recruiting Insider

September 29th, 2012
7:23 am

Sorry…breath of fresh air. Congrats to the Stephenson coaches and principal for GRADUATING their young men to colleges too! Most in the state last year! Also, don’t disrespect Coach Buck Godfrey who has saved more Black boys in DeKalb from low expectations, broken homes, and little vision and given them college! Praise God for coaches who’s lives create HOPE!

Tiger4Life

September 29th, 2012
9:44 am

I attended the SW Dekalb vs Stephenson game last night… How far have SWD fallen?!? They looked very un organized on offense and had no desire to win #WTF!!! If Buck is not out after this season they will not able to keep any good players. I heard fans moaning and grumbling under their breath all night long… It is now becoming a disgrace for the players #sigh

The real test for Steppenson begins next 13 days from now… Get ready becasue the fireworks will be during the game not at the half-time show !!!

Tiger4Life

September 29th, 2012
9:50 am

@Tony Jordan “SWD IS STILL THE PREMIER SCHOLL IN NORTH GA. NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS THE RECORD OR TRADITION. CATCH UP OR SHUT UP…”

Are you serious right now?!? Dude I klnow you have pride, but Are you serious right now?!? Don’t let you emotions take over Tucker has just as much tradition and for the last 10 years have been the class of Deklab Co. I love SWD which was my home school, and they represented Dekalb from the mid 80’s to early 2000’s but as of late c’mon dude 0_o

Stephenson football

September 29th, 2012
2:54 pm

@recruiter, the runningback for Stephenson. Which 1 they play six. Starter? 4 games 4 different starting backs. 3 backs transferred there as seniors, All 3 have started a game. We don’t have a single back, we have several. Tevin is an outstanding football player and an even better kid, he will definitely make some college happy.

Recruiting Insider

September 29th, 2012
8:38 pm

@Stephenson football, you are right. We love great kids! The days if of just being a football player and not a scholar are over. Continue to instill work ethic on the files and off.

King Of Diamonds

September 30th, 2012
12:15 am

Just a question? If Stephenson was playing in their rightful classification over the last 6 years AAA or AAAA do you think Stephenson would have won as many state titles as Buford? Or maybe Stephenson wold have been Back to Back champions? Just a question?

It's getting real

September 30th, 2012
2:39 am

Stephenson played in their right classification, they did not play up. Don’t start any foolishness about them being a smaller school playing up for better competition. Check the records before you blog, facts can be checked!

King Of Diamonds

September 30th, 2012
10:39 am

@ It’s getting real…Stephenson has not played in their rightful classification.. Stephenson was always an 4-AAAA school. remember they always played up in competetion. Now Stephenson is in their rightful classification. 5-AAAAA was the largest until a recent change this year. Check your records. It was just a question, because the other dekalb county schools had to move into 5-A when 6-A was added. now you have two time state champion Tucker(AAAA) moved to AAAAA, along with other 4-A schools. My question was simple.

sportsnut

September 30th, 2012
11:15 am

They had an opportunity to play in AAAAAA but “failed or did not know for sure the reporting date for filing the appropriate papers”. This is the official word on this past re-alignment. MLK and Stephenson could be playing “Big Boy Ball” this year but the unofficial word is they did not want to. Why ? On another subject, those who are not old enough to remember, SWD has much more tradition than Tucker. The comments about Coach Godfrey that were positive are right on the button. He has done more than many could imagine for so many young men that he has earned the right to go when HE is ready. On the field and off the field, he has touched so many with life lessons as to create good people and upstanding young men. Wisdom comes with time and some of you need to take into account that on the field or off, god gave you 1 mouth and 2 ears so you could listen twice as much as you talk.

SWD#13

October 1st, 2012
8:58 am

The big plays were the only thing that killed SWD on defense. They had stephenson in 3rd in long a number of times. But other than the big plays SWD was hitting stephenson in the mouth on defense

Tiger4Life

October 1st, 2012
2:22 pm

@King Of Diamonds

I had a look, and just as I stated on another blog. In 2010 Stepenson missed being in the largest classification by a 95 students… and the years before they were in thier right class. I’m not that impressed. In 11 days we will know what would have happend.

SWD#13 is correct, they were hitting them in the mouth, they just had an unsized DB that kept giving up the big play. Don’t expect Tucker to do that. Stepenson has a good sized O Line, but they can’t hold a block.

King Of Diamonds

October 4th, 2012
11:00 pm

@Tiger4Life
I see you and I will be going back and forth. Stephenson has always played Big Boy football. No matter how mant students they had. Tucker was offfered the same thing but decided to stay where they are just like some other schools. Anyway everybody was forced to play up one class when 6A was added and you still had some schools complaining about moving into 5A because they wanted to stay in 4A. Not saying any schools but you know who you are. Now you come on here and want to Blog about nothing. After Friday games we will see

King Of Diamonds

October 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Just in case you missed it Tiger4life.. Stephenson always played up even in 2010 because 5A was the largest classification