Lassiter 21, Walton 9

With its high-powered offense out of synch, Lassiter turned to its defense, shutting out Walton in the second half on the way to a 21-9 victory.

The victory avenged a loss in last year’s Class AAAAA state semifinal game. Lassiter improved to 6-0, 3-0 in Region 5-AAAAAA. Walton dropped to 4-2, 2-1.

Lassiter, which came in averaging more than 40 points a game, trailed 9-7 entering the second half, but took the lead on its first drive when quarterback Eddie Printz ran for a 10-yard score midway through the third period. The Trojans’ final points came on a 1-yard run by Hakim Shahid with 9:30 left in the game.

Printz completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and was intercepted once.

Walton’s Tyren Jones led all rushers with 189 yards on 32 carries, but the Alabama commitment was held in check in the second half, rushing for 53 yards. Lassiter lined up with eight or nine men near the line of scrimmage, and even the elusive Jones had little room to maneuver. Trenton Gantt (two sacks), Ryan Gildea, John Corey and Josh Danforth led the charge up front for the Trojans, who have held three consecutive opponents to less than 10 points. The defense is allowing12 points per game.

The Trojans forced three turnovers. Chris Murphy recorded an interception in the first quarter, and Billy Meredith’s fourth-quarter interception in the back of the end zone killed a Walton drive and effectively ended the game. Walton missed out on an earlier scoring opportunity when Jones fumbled inside the Lassiter 5-yard line, and Danforth recovered in the end zone.

Lassiter marched 80 yards in nine plays on its first drive, with Lane Jackman scoring on a 7-yard run. But the Walton defense forced two three-and-outs and an interception on the Trojans’ next three possessions. Printz and his receivers were unable to connect because of pressure from the Raiders and a few drops by Lassiter receivers. Printz finished the first half 12-of-25 for 106 yards.

Quarterback Price Wilson scored Lassiter’s only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Anthony Price kicked a 51-yard field goal later in the quarter.

Jones ran for 132 yards in the first half on 17 carries, including a 53-yarder.

LASSITER – 7 – 0 – 7 – 7 – 21

WALTON – 0 – 9 – 0 – 0 – 9

L – Lane Jackman 7 run (Luke Hardin kick)

W – Price Wilson 1 run (kick missed)

W – Anthony Price 51 FG

L – Eddie Printz 10 run (Hardin kick)

L – Hakim Shahid 1 run (Hardin kick)

34 comments Add your comment

Go Trojans

October 5th, 2012
11:19 pm

IT’S GREAT TO BE A TROJAN BABY!!!!!

HS football fan

October 5th, 2012
11:21 pm

Nice win Trojans. Imagine if the offense was clicking too…would have been ugly.

slim065

October 5th, 2012
11:42 pm

Walton’s D looked much better tonight and rattled Lassiter on a few drives. Dropped passes really hurt though, 2 of which likely would have been TDs.

I believe all of Region 5 is off this coming week, so Lassiter needs to regroup and focus on Milton and that 2 headed monster at RB. Fix a couple of things and Lassiter can almost sew up the region title on the 19th.

Heisenberg

October 5th, 2012
11:58 pm

I think that 4th quarter interception was by #40 Lavendow (sp?). Seems like he gets one every week. Dickey did not look like he was moving well, bye week should help. Gonna need to pass protect a little better or maybe do some rollouts. Nice game #25 Roelle helping out with the run support.

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
12:07 am

Good win by the Trojans. I didn’t have a good feeling going into this one. Just like the North Cobb game, it was close at halftime but Walton couldn’t finish. These teams faced each other twice last year….maybe it’ll happen again this year.

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
12:12 am

Patrick Levandosky (sp?) had the interception and that was the backbreaker. If Walton scores there it could be a completely different game.

slim065

October 6th, 2012
12:33 am

Levandowski is the one guy in the secondary teams seem to keep going after (he is the least heralded/recruited/known of any guy back there) and he just keeps making plays. I think that is 5 or 6 INTs on the year so far for him.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
12:49 am

Big UPs to the Walton Defense. Playing much better than they did in the 1st 3 games despite the loss. I’m impressed with their progress.

Also props to Tyren Jones for running like a “boss” against 9-10 men in the box without any other legit offensive threat to take some of the pressure off of him. I can only imagine what Jones could have done on a team like 2011 Stephenson or Grayson with other Div I skill position prospects to prevent teams from sending everyone at Jones.

slim065

October 6th, 2012
12:56 am

@Bama:

I would like to know what Printz and Jones could have done if they would have been on the same team the last 2 years. Or even give Jones some of the skill position guys Lassiter has…

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
12:58 am

I think that Todd Holcomb thinks that Walton is just going to lie down and give up on the rest of the season. I’m pretty sure this team will be much stronger by the end of the season.

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
1:00 am

@slim:

you mean if they had stayed over at Wheeler?

slim065

October 6th, 2012
1:08 am

Wherever they would have played together. Had they both stayed at Wheeler with a lot of the other kids who moved to other districts, if Jones would have stayed at Lassiter, etc.

If those 7th and 8th grade teams at Wheeler wouldn’t have “broken up” they would have likely had 2 or 3 region titles by the time they graduated.

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
1:14 am

I hear ya but, to me, what makes Lassiter a contender this year is their defense. They never get talked about because of Printz and the offense.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
1:26 am

IF Lassiter’s coach used Tyren Jones like the St. Louis Rams used Marshal Faulk when Kurt Warner was QB and Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were the WRs…..with Lassiter’s improved defense….I think Lassiter would average 50+ a game and likely be the #1 team in the nation. Walton got dominated against Grayson last year because Grayson stacked the box to stop Jones. Couldn’t do that if Jones were with Lassiter now.

Pick your method of loss. Tyren can go for 250+ or Printz can pass for 350+. If you try to stop both….Jones runs for 200 and Printz throws for 300….and Lassiter still wins.

Coaches need to “adapt” to the talents of their players.

East Cobb Dad

October 6th, 2012
1:39 am

I was really surprised by the number of yards Jones ended up with…it seemed like the defense was able to neutralize him and then pressure/sack the Walton quarterback in throwing situations. We were looking at a potential 16-7 deficit had Walton scored at the end of the first half, but instead Danforth recovers the Jones fumble in the end zone. Big win for the Trojans.

slim065

October 6th, 2012
1:52 am

Irwin has put in a much more balanced offense the past 2 years compared to his first year and when Lindsey was there. A lot of that has to do with developing an offensive line that can run and pass block. By doing that it has made Lassiter tougher to defend. The passing game was off tonight but they used the run in key situations to get yardage. If they get both clicking in the same game I would hate to be their opponent.

The defense has definitely been a huge reason for the success so far this year. That front is just a terror and the secondary has guys that can succeed with just single coverage. Danforth amd Gildea at LB seem to be around the ball every play and the line gets into the backfield almost every play.

Walton is getting better every game. Wouldn’t want to face them come playoff time. Hopefully Lass and Walton take care of Milton after the bye next week.

Im just glad both schools have had success and are getting closer with a couple of other schools to getting that elastics state title back in Cobb.

waltonfan

October 6th, 2012
2:58 am

Neutralizing Jones occurs when you keep him out of the end zone, not when you keep his yardage total down. And Lassiter did just that. That is a really good defense.

LTrojan Fan

October 6th, 2012
9:38 am

@Walton Fan…Printz and Jones NEVER attended Wheeler high school. They played in the Wheeler Junior program.. BIG difference.

GoRaiders

October 6th, 2012
9:48 am

BamaBornDukie. We’re waiting.

JAGNATIONSUPPORTER

October 6th, 2012
9:56 am

@bamaborndukie, don’t even mention the 2011 Jaguars! We had a back last year Mike Davis who faced nine and ten in the box every game and still lead Dekalb in rushing and was a candidate for offensive player of year!

slim065

October 6th, 2012
11:33 am

@Jagnation:

And Jones will still lead the county (and possibly state) in rushing. But it helps out your RB a ton when a team can’t just key on him the entire night.

Jones got over 180 yards last night on over 30 carries. He still “got his” much like Davis did for Stephenson. But by limiting the big plays by guys that are that talented then you give yourself a much better chance to win. Walton would have been help to just about 200 yards of offense if it wasn’t for that one 60 yard pass play.

If Walton can do more of that come playoff time, they will be a tough out.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
11:39 am

@Jagnationsupporter….

Stephenson had 14 kids from that 2011 team that signed with Div I schools. Of those…..10 signed with an SEC or ACC team. This was the #1 ranked team in the NATION in terms of “talent”. Please try to sell that “Mike Davis was a marked man just like Tyren Jones because he was a 1 man wrecking crew” to someone that doesn’t know high school football and recruiting the way I do.

Davis played on the most “talented” team in the nation in 2011 and you’re screaming about teams keying on Davis? Seriously?

Let’s see where the Walton 2013 class players actually “sign” and attend school as things change between “verbal commits” and actually having an LOI from that school to sign. Jones doesn’t have as much help as some that don’t follow the team might assume. Ask some players that have played against Walton in 2012 as to what their focal point was defensively. I can assure you teams couldn’t afford to key on Mike Davis to that degree.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
11:49 am

@Jagsnationsupporter.

Tyren Jones led the “state of Georgia” in rushing in 2011 in leading Walton to a 14-0 record before losing 24-0 to Grayson in the State Championship Game. He finished with 2,373 rushing yards, 33 rushing TDs, 400+ return yards, 2 Return TDs, 200+ receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs. Total of over 3,000 All Purpose Yards and 38 Total TDs.

He was the Georgia “statewide” Offensive Player of The Year in 2011.

Walton had a much more veteran, talented defense in 2011. The Walton team isn’t as good but Jones has to carry more of the load and he currently has more rushing yards in 2012 after 6 games than he did in 2011 after 6 games.

So I’m really not understanding the purpose of your broaching Mike Davis…..who played with better talent.

Heisenberg

October 6th, 2012
11:54 am

About 65 of that 180 Jones got was on the one time he got free. Outside of that run he was held to about a 4 YPG average. That and keeping him out of the end zone qualifies as shutting him down about as much as he could be shut down.

I believe Jones played at Lassiter through his sophmore season before transferring to Walton.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
12:14 pm

@Heisenberg

-Jones did play at Lassiter for during his freshmen and sophomore seasons
-I understand your point about the long run and his stats being less impressive if it were removed ….however that argument has very little statistical merit as every player at every level has big plays [whether runs, passes thrown, passes caught...in baseball hot streaks....basketball players get "in the zone" during hot streaks] that are a part of their statistics. Have to remove for all if you make that argument. By that token…Walton could say “We won the game except for those 2 TD drives they had in the 2nd half”… See how that works?

If he remains healthy, Jones should move into the Georgia High School All-Time Top 10 Career Rushing Yards and Career Rushing TDs list for all classifications. He should also challenge for #1 or #2 All-Time in Georgia’s Largest Class in both categories. He has a chance to break the single season rushing record if Walton can advance far enough into the playoffs [which isn't likely] to accumulate more stats [due to more games played].

East Cobb Dad

October 6th, 2012
12:33 pm

Lassiter’s balance has really helps the offense. Lane Jackman, Blake Wilson, Ryan Jenkins, Willie Police, etc.,. all made big plays…We spread the ball around and make it muck harder to defend. This was a big win, especially when you consider that region 5 opens the first round of playoffs vs. region 8.

Heisenberg

October 6th, 2012
12:43 pm

@BamaBornDukie,

What is statistically significant about it is that Jones usually will have multiple carries per game of over 25 yards. Every time I have seen him play he gets at least 5 of those. So to contain him to only one long run is significant. Taking away 2 drives of which multiple plays are made is not the same comparison to taking away one play which may or may not have been a fluke (although in Jones case it is not a fluke). Long drives of multiple plays resulting in a score suggest one team was consistently better than the other over a longer sampling of time. The what if argument Walton could make which was previously cited is had there not been a fumble recovery in the end zone we could be looking at a different outcome. The interception by Lassiter was not a fluke interception. The Lassiter safety had the receiver covered and the QB should not have tried to make that throw.

GoRaiders

October 6th, 2012
5:52 pm

BamaBornDukie, you have five posts so far and not one of them mention your other boy. Aren’t you going to give everyone your expertise on how the quarterback did? For months you have publicly criticized Parker McLeod, the Alabama bound quarterback, verbally abusing the teenager. You got what you wanted when he came down with an injury, so it’s the least you can do to let your loyal followers know how right you were to say the back up should be in there. I watched the game and wasn’t impressed with either quarterback, but then I’m not an expert like you.

sportsnut

October 7th, 2012
6:51 am

Defense is coming in the playoffs. Not much being played in Cobb and N. Fulton. Exposure will take place.

HS football fan

October 7th, 2012
9:36 am

How do you figure Lassiter is not playing Defense? They are allowing 12 or so points per game & held Walton to 9…Tyren out of the end zone.

LTrojan Fan

October 7th, 2012
1:42 pm

@GoRaiders…The backup that played for Walton just needs more confidence. He is going to be the starter next year for Walton and he will do just fine. Although, I cannot understand why you would not be impressed with Eddie Printz. He made throws Friday that very few high school QB’s can make. In addition, his receivers dropped a lot of passes that hit them right in their hands.

waltonfan

October 8th, 2012
1:30 am

I just watched the first half again. I had forgotten about Tyren’s (he never fumbles) fumble as Walton was driving inside the Lassiter 10 late in the first half. That makes 2 killer red zone turnovers for Walton with the interception in the end zone in the 2nd half. I think Walton will be very happy to get a rematch in the playoffs like last year.

HS football fan

October 8th, 2012
8:04 am

@waltonfan…I think Lassiter would like a rematch too. Their offense was WAY off Friday. If their offense was running the way it normally does, they would have hung 40 plus on Walton. They are clearly the better team this year.

HS football fan

October 8th, 2012
10:37 am

& oh yeah…the turnovers you referenced were ’caused’ turnovers. Watch it again & you’ll see that the Walton players didn’t really make mistakes; the Lassiter players just simply made plays. I think Lassiter may have one of the toughest defenses in the state.