Tucker vs. Stephenson: It’s time to get down to business

One of the best rivalries that has never been is finally upon us.

Tucker vs. Stephenson.

The two DeKalb powers, who are tied with county neighbor M.L. King for first place in 6-AAAAA, will meet for the first time in the schools’ histories at Hallford Stadium on Friday in the first of three games among the three teams that will determine the top three seeds in 6-AAAAA.

The Tigers and Jaguars have a lot in common. Both are undefeated and in the top four of the AJC rankings (Tucker is No. 2, Stephenson is No. 4); both offenses are among the top six in Class AAAAA (Tucker is No. 1 at 47.8 points per game, Stephenson is No. 6 at 40.8); and both defenses are among the top seven in AAAAA (Stephenson is No. 5 at 6.3 points per game allowed, Tucker is No. 7 at 8.2).

Tucker leads DeKalb in rushing with 368 yards per game and has the county’s two leading runners in Yusuf Minor and Dallas Rivers. Stephenson, led by Evans Jones, is second in the county with an average of 264.

So who wins? And how big will it be when the winner meets M.L. King later this season?

This should be a great one.

Here are some of the other games in Class AAAAA this week that will have playoff implications:

*Northgate at Creekside: Northgate won a region title in 2011 but is off to a 2-4 start against a difficult schedule after last week’s close loss to 4-AAAAA favorite Whitewater, but a victory against Creekside would put the Vikings back in the playoff hunt. Creekside would all but clinch a spot in the region play-in games with a victory.

*Rome at North Paulding: If East Paulding and Allatoona finish in the top two spots in 5-AAAAA, as many expect, then this game is likely to determine the third- and fourth-place teams. Rome and North Paulding are in good position for playoff berths after beating fifth-place Hiram.

*Clarke Central at Heritage-Conyers: Clarke Central will be short-handed for its 8-AAAAA game against Heritage after five players, including quarterback Cameron Johnson, were ejected from last week’s game against Salem and have to serve a one-game penalty. Heritage probably needs to win this game if it has any hopes of finishing higher than fourth place in the region.

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THE "CANNON RULES"!!

October 11th, 2012
10:36 am

FIRST!!!

Yes Chip…ROME at NORTH PAULDING (baring some VERY odd circumstance) WILL decide the # 3 & # 4 seed for the Region 5 AAAAA playoffs. Many at the start of the season had ROME at # 3 and HIRAM at # 4 in this region BUT ROME shutout HIRAM 21 / 0 and EAST plays at HIRAM tomorrow night.

I was saying from day one to watch out for NORTH PAULDING as they are the ONLY team so far this year to score ANY points on the EAST “D”. They put up 17 points and played a tough game all night before EAST finally won 38 / 17. They have 5 wins since that game and stand at 5 / 1 on the season, I look for them to beat ROME tomorrow night and then they have PAULDING COUNTY, ALLATOONA, & VILLA RICA left. NORTH could EASILY end up 8 / 2 and if ALLATOONA is looking past them at the EAST game NORTH could be 9 / 1.

Either way NORTH PAULDING has had a stellar year and is looking at a playoff game and with a bit of luck HOSTING a playoff game. CONGRATS!!!

Look out for Nov. 9th in “THE BONEYARD” as EAST and ALLATOONA meet for the first time in what will be a game to decide the REGION 5 AAAAA TITLE…It will be a playoff game before the playoffs!!!

But before then tomorrow night it’s time to “SWAT SOME HORNETS”!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

MIGHTY LION KING

October 11th, 2012
11:01 am

GIVEN A WINNER OR LOSER TO THE TUCKER VS STEPHENSON GAME, MY BET IS THAT STEPHENSON WILL PROBABLY COME OUT VICTORIOUS .ONLY FOR THE FACT THAT I STILL HAVENT SEEN TUCKER IN ACTION AND THAT IT WILL BE NICE TO SEE AN OLD RIVAL BEAT UP ON A NEW POTIENTIAL RIVAL.. THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND SORT TO SPEAK!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
11:25 am

Yes, it’s time to get down to business! And will be business as usual when the MiGHTY TUCKER TIGERS take the field against the Jags.

5 down and 10 to go
WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us (literally)

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

October 11th, 2012
11:44 am

@MLK do you know that your keyboard has a caps lock button? These games should be called the recruiting round robin. Tucker will win both games you will be playing for third.

sportsnut

October 11th, 2012
11:46 am

Is Creekview and Creekside in the same region?

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2012
12:13 pm

The quarterbacks ability to make plays will be crucial in the Tucker – Stephensen game. The quarterback for Tucker while never mentioned when discussing the best quarterbacks in Georgia, has the ability to make big plays at crucial moments. Tucker will eventually wear down Stephensen and get victory number 6.

Observer

October 11th, 2012
12:25 pm

Tucker wear down Stephenson? This is based on what theory?

Observer

October 11th, 2012
12:29 pm

I expect this to be a tough matchup for both squads. If I recall correctly, Tucker and Stephenson regularly scrimmaged in the preseason/offseason so there is some familiarity if this is true. Even though Tucker is giving 5pts, I see this game as more of a toss-up. If I’m betting though, I have to go with the points…..so Stephenson it is.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

October 11th, 2012
12:59 pm

@Observer Tucker & Stphenson did a preseason scrimage not this year, but the previous year.If that means anything!! I think we ought to enjoy the great game that it will be with all the play-off implications!!! GO TUCKER TIGERS

Camden74

October 11th, 2012
1:15 pm

Where’s JAB and the HYPE machine? :-)

Mr. Johnson

October 11th, 2012
1:21 pm

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb if you think that MLK will be playing for 3rd place you are sadly mistaken… MLK has Stephenson’s number now and Tucker won’t be far behind because they play them back to back and I can guarantee you that KING will come out victorious in both games. Stephenson lack of adjusments will beat them and Tucker hasn’t seen an offense like MLK ever. They will be clicking on all cylindars in Nov and I will bet you that Tucker will be panting from trying to slow down the no-huddle.

Decatur 4 Life

October 11th, 2012
1:21 pm

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

Will you please give the recruiting cry a rest? I could say there’s no district lines in most counties in GA, everyone does it just ask Gwinnett County and Shiloh. Just a matter of getting caught so until that happens to someone in Dekalb stop whining!

Chip Saye

October 11th, 2012
1:24 pm

Good catch, sportsnut. No, Creekside and Creekview are not in the same region. The correction has been made. Thanks.

True Blue

October 11th, 2012
1:38 pm

How can you wear a team down that don’t have kids going both ways like Tucker. Tucker only plays about 14 players on offense, defense and special team the whole game. So believe this there will be some plays where Tucker lineman take plays off. Both teams had 2 weeks to prepare and My Friends its going to be a Cat Fight. Who ever control the line of scrimmage will come out victorius

Reeze

October 11th, 2012
1:55 pm

Sunday morning the Jag nation will wish to be placed back in the highest classification….Tuckers runs wild….The Jags in no shape or form can match Tuckers speed and discipline.

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

@TrueBlue

Just so you know Tucker has countinues rotation on both the O and D Line. And also in the Backfeild, that’s way Tucker players don’t have big stat numbers as individuals but as a team. Last year as a “team” they rushed for over 4,000 yards w/o having a thousand yard rusher. So if the line of scrimmage is where the game will be won, Tucker wins easily ;-)

True Blue

October 11th, 2012
2:45 pm

Tiger4Life I have been to the games this year and a lot of your best players play both way. Only 2 guys really run the ball no. 25 Dallas River who is a STUD and 21 Yusuf Minors who’s a SPEEDSTER.. Like I said before it will be low scoring game.

BcS2010

October 11th, 2012
2:54 pm

@true blue…Yusuf minor wears number 2!!! #13 gets a lot of carries and our QB runs a lot since he is our best player!
@mr. Johnson…. Mlk is not the best offense we have faced.. Ask NORTHSIDE WARNER ROBINS. And to be honest Mlk offense is not good this year..

5AReg6Fan

October 11th, 2012
2:59 pm

@camden74 – We in 5A and mostly region 6 have been wondering the same…WHERE IS JAB? One thing is for sure, if Stephenson pulls off the UPSET, then Saturday morning JAB will be front and center on his keyboard. (LOL)

@Reeze – I agree, Saturday morning Jag Nation wakes up and ask the question…Did anyone get the number to that speeding truck that just ran pass us?

To MLK Supporters – Tucker has seen and defeated many hurry-up offensives on their way to State Championships and yearly deep playoff runs…Nothing New for the Tigers.

PS Tiger4Life – explanation about Tucker’s team offensive rushing is VERY true and it has been this way for YEARS. You can’t focus on one or two RB’s, because you will need to deal with an average of 8 and most of them will be returning for the 2013 season, so more of the same to come.

Prediction – Tucker wins by 10

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 20 Consecutive Wins, with Stephenson being victim #21

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

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2012
3:25 pm

@True Blue. After the game we will see which lineman took a play or two off. This wont be like the scrimmage games played between these teams. I guess the assumption for Stephensen posters is they are playing down in classification this year and a 4A team cant compete with you. You will scratching your head wondering what happened around 1030-11pm friday night.

Tucker DAD

October 11th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Everyone Against Tucker, There is no evidence that Stephenson can compete in a game of this magnatude. History is our most trusted source of honesty. Time and time again Stephenson has played in big games and time and time again they have failed to answer the charge. So what can you tell me is different about this year????

They have graduated at least 15 D1 players every year since 2006, still no success, they have won their region a number of times, still they found no success, they have even played in the dome for the chance to go to a championship game against Lounds County and that team was arguably the best they have ever had, still no success. Mostly the same coaches are there, same school is there and yet you are predicting a win……… where is the evidence?

Tucker on the other hand has played countless amounts of significant games since 2007, with two championships and semifinals games to show. We are proven and we are successful for a reason… We know how to compete and win in big games!!!!

Bring all that you can but our experience in these kind of games is going to be put on display Friday night. You can do whatever you think will work but the results will still be the same. Tucker by 14 or more.

However, I will caution you against one thing… please don’t try to produce another “Beef it up” video! Didn’t work out too well the last time you tried it. LMBO

5AReg6Fan

October 11th, 2012
3:42 pm

@rwdekalb – That’s my point exactly about the Stephenson posters. Because Tucker hasn’t played in the highest classification, they are rated in the TOP 5 of all GA football teams, regardless of classification, ahead of many highest classification teams, while only one in 5A is rated higher and it isn’t Stephenson.

Jaguar Fans – Oct 12th, Stephenson will be playing ONE of the best football PROGRAMS in its history and wish for the next line to be false.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – 20 Consecutive Wins, with Stephenson being victim #21

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

overmatched1

October 11th, 2012
4:28 pm

lets leave it on the field tomorrow may the best team win i love high school football and i love my tucker tigers lets get it hit squad good luck to both schools for a safe football game Go Tigers…

True Blue

October 11th, 2012
5:58 pm

Stephenson can’t win during the playoff and don’t hate on the talent there, because for years Tucker had alot of talent but couldnt win the big games.Do you remember the teams in the 90s going underfeated but losing in the first round and them team was stack with talent. UNTIL Stephens came thats when Tucker got over the hump. But Friday will be the beginning of a rivarly and like I SAID BEFORE IT WILL BE A CLOSE GAME. And don’t hate because STEPHENSON help kids get in school just have your coaches do the same thing. Tucker has alot of talent and 2 times STATE CHAMPION BUT DOESNT LEAD THE COUNTY in sending kids to COLLEGE. SO LETS GO THE EXTRA MILE OFF THE THE FIELD and I am not talking about the ones that are establish D1. I am talking about all SENIORS

Dboy Scott

October 11th, 2012
7:52 pm

UH OH its almost that time!!! What’s up tiger4life! Whats up to all my other Tucker fans.
@True Blue we send a whole hellava lot of kids to school since the middle 90’s fella. The only reason stephenson sends more is because they have a bigger school enrollment thus more kids on the team. But all that means nothing cause when we hit the field we will see who looks like D1 material and who doesn’t. Tucker wins by 14 or more!!! We are Tucker and We run this STATE. Tucker gonna make stephenson wish they move up in classification. Stephenson stayed down because they think it gravy. They couldnt compete with the other 6A schools so they stayed down. Hahah. Tucker gonna show them we can compete against anybody!!

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
8:15 pm

Is anyone watching this ML King game? These Lions look very cowardly…

DHI

October 11th, 2012
8:17 pm

MLK’s offense need to get it together.

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
8:18 pm

What up Dboy!!! Where you been?

Just in case anyone was asking The Crown of Dekalb resides on Lavista Rd. if you bad enough come and take it!!!

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run With Us (literally)

DHI

October 11th, 2012
8:24 pm

If the Tiger’s play like MLK’s first quarter tonight, they will not beat Stephenson. Don’t be surprised if the Tigers end up 0-3 in the second half of the season. LOL

KeithMLKfan

October 11th, 2012
8:37 pm

Is there another link for the MLK game, I can’t get it to come up on Wsbtv.com

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
8:37 pm

ML King is terrible!!!

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2012
8:38 pm

@keith, you don’t want to see it. They are down 14-6 in middle of second quarter

KeithMLKfan

October 11th, 2012
8:46 pm

I”ve seen them a couple of times this year, they seem to make adjustments at the half,.

DHI

October 11th, 2012
8:52 pm

If discipline doesn’t improve, I don’t see a deep playoff run for MLK this year.

JAB

October 11th, 2012
9:16 pm

@ Camden74, I’m here and ready to go, my Stephenson Jags will run the tables on AAAAA, thanks to playing up with you guys. Tucker haven’t played the Camden County, Lowdnes, Valdosta’s, Parkviews etc. etc.. etc. I believe that Stephenson will win. Even the year when Tucker last won the State they still tied with Stephenson in the preseason

JAB

October 11th, 2012
9:21 pm

@ Tiger4Life, Tucker has yet to play the MLK’s or the Stephenson’s yet until tomorrow. I want to see your comments after the game tomorrow. Tucker has beaten the rest in AAAAA but haven’t face the team with that “S” on their chest!!! STEPHENSON JAGGGGGGGUARS…..

Camden74

October 11th, 2012
9:43 pm

Alright JAB! Okay, you sound very confident, don’t go AWOL if Stephenson doesn’t win, deal? :-)

Dekalb County Guy

October 11th, 2012
10:04 pm

Just got in, saw the MLK game, cant believe Dunwoody is hanging with them. Went down the street to catch MIller Grove, They are legit. They put the beat down on Lakeside 62-10. Lakeside only score came on a fake punt. I could see Miller Grove beating any of the big 3 if they are on their game like they were tonight.

JAB

October 11th, 2012
10:44 pm

Not all Camden74, this game is a tune-up for the state crown for the Stephenson Jaguars…..

uncleJunior

October 11th, 2012
10:54 pm

Don’t be fooled by KING. They will be prepared for tougher competition. It is a thing that I know for a fact. The truth is, personally, I do not like the attitude where as you toy with lesser competition. It is against everthing I know, I believe it will come back to bite you. AND the discipline thing is huge and growing. Others will not say what I am saying but I believe in having a killer instinct and coaching and playing every game as if you would your last. If you treat every game as a prep game, you might get stuck in that mode.

I am not a great philosopher or genius. I am just stating my opinion!!!!!! For those who do not like it . . . . . .I a quite sure you have your own opinion!!!!!!

Camden74

October 11th, 2012
11:07 pm

JAB……LOL…..Be careful you don’t pass that attitude on to the team! It could mean MORE heartache! :-)

True Blue

October 11th, 2012
11:20 pm

King looked suspect for 2 quarters,but they do have a good team. They had 2 touchdown called back. You have to realize that some games that you know that you going fo win you go through the motion. Dboy Stephenson have played up the last 3 years. Its just this year they decide to play in their right classification. I can remember McNair was sending more kids to school than Tucker do your homework. And don’t bring up the kids that was already establish with offers. I know them from the park.

rwdekalb

October 12th, 2012
1:09 am

@Dekalb County Guy. Miller Grove only looks good against mediocre competition. When they played a decent Mays team Miller Grove looked like a middle school. I was there expecting a competitive game but could barely stand the beat down Mays put on them. Miller Groves only score came from a kick off return for td. Miller Grove had one of the easier first half of season schedules but now they have to face Tucker SWD Stephensen and MLK in second half of their schedule. We will see how they do against teams with winning records.

JAB

October 12th, 2012
1:52 am

@ Tucker DAD,you are speaking out from unknown land, “There is no evidence that Stephenson can compete in a game of this magnatude”. Stephenson has been playing in big games every year. They have lead the state in division I college recruits, winning their region seven times, making the playoffs every year! Tucker finally won the big one under coach Stevens other than that they haven’t done anything, Stephenson is still a relatively new school and a powerhouse. These kids get coached well and get exposure to big time football. Their coaches work hard for them. So all HATERS go sit down….

King Of Diamonds

October 12th, 2012
2:37 am

Very good points JAB. Taking nothing away from Tucker High School I expect a very good football although I also expect some mistakes made on boths sides of the ball. I believe this game will come down to a penalty resulting in a firrst down, or whoever has the ball last will win the game. Stephenson can win this game if they do to things.
1. Win field position & score when opportunity present itself
2. Defense Defense Defense getting off the field. Clock management. Staying relaxed & playing loose.
These are the keys to me for a victory for Jaguar nation.
Still got be baffled how this is not the game of the week in Metro Area

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
4:13 am

Tucker you our playing your self.. i hope your boys don’t go out the field with same attitude because it won’t be pretty if they do…you guys have a run only offense its works for sure but if stephenson stops it then what…SOL..we have a balance offense which will be the difference in this game..this ain’t marist ..this stephenson…time for the jags to get these tucker boys mind right

just saying

October 12th, 2012
5:31 am

MLK, Stephenson, Miller Grove are not as good as everyone thinks, they can not drive the ball down field when it is needed. They are a big play offenses and that will not win this region neither take them pass the first round in the state playoffs. You can say what you want but a very young Dunwoody team exposed MLK tonight. Dunwoody has played Tucker, Stenphenson and Miller Grove out of those three teams Tucker is the best from start to finish.

Dunwoody played Stephenson, Miller Grove and MLK tough for three quarters and the only reason those three schools put up 40 points was due to Dunwoody being young and playing 10 sophmores two ways and them just being worn down in the 4 quarter.

Dunwoody can not compete in this region day in and day out with 45 Varsity players, but they have exposed the so called other three best teams in region for what they are all HYPE, not well coached. So mark my word Stephenson, Miller Grove and MLK, you will only play one more game than Dunwoody.

“The truth hurts”

6AAAAA Fan

October 12th, 2012
5:57 am

Anybody know the status of Yusef Minor for the game tonight?

J

October 12th, 2012
6:55 am

Yusef Minor should be in the place! There is no other place to be at 7:30 kick off time

J

October 12th, 2012
6:55 am

Yusef Minor should be in the place! There is no other place to be at 7:30 kick off time