Stephenson 13, Tucker 6

By Jeff Haws
For the AJC

Tucker came into Friday night averaging 48 points per game.
Stephenson was not impressed.
The Class AAAAA No. 4 Jaguars neutralized No. 2 Tucker’s vaunted speed and put together two long touchdown drives to secure a 13-6 win at Hallford Stadium. It was Tucker’s first loss since the 2010 state semifinal against Starr’s Mill.
This was a game played mostly on the ground between two teams that like to throw numerous backs at the defense, but two passing plays may have been the biggest ones of the game.
The first came on third-and-9 for Stephenson (5-0, 5-0 in Region 6-AAAAA), from its own 49-yard line. Leading by just a touchdown, the Jaguars were on the verge of giving the ball back after a Tucker punt.
But quarterback Justin Holman had spotted a vulnerability in the middle of the Tucker defense, and he was ready to make a play.
“They were going man all game,” Holman said. “So we just talked it over as an offense, and I told my coaches we could take advantage of it. And we did.”
They did so by Holman hitting Dexter Neal on a slant pattern that went for 33 yards and a first down at the Tucker 18-yard line.
Three plays later came another third down, and Holman was up to the task again.
This time from the 15, Holman rolled left against the Tucker pass rush, squared his shoulders and found Taylor Henry wide open in the end zone to put the Jaguars up 13-0.
It’s one more time the Jaguars noticed a weakness and exploited it for a big play.
“We thought we got them on the corner,” Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell said. “They got him outside, and we’d have somebody open. They only had one guy covering him. They jumped the short guy, so we had him there.”
The Tigers (5-1, 4-1) did get themselves back into the game, though, and had their shots.
They finally scored on an 81-yard fourth-quarter drive, culminating in a 21-yard touchdown shovel pass on the run from Juwaan Williams to Dallas Rivers, pulling them back to within a score.
After a Stephenson three-and-out, Tucker had the ball with less than 3 minutes left, near midfield.
On the first play, Rivers ran through some tackles and was fighting for more yardage at the Stephenson 35-yard line when he fumbled. The Jaguars recovered and didn’t surrender the ball again until there were 17 seconds left, leaving Tucker with too little time to score again.
In the end, it was the defense that carried Stephenson to this win, holding an explosive Tigers team to just 6 points and fewer than 175 rushing yards.
“To shut Tucker out for three and a half quarters is amazing,” Gartrell said. “We knew we had a good defense; our coaches were well prepared, and we did a good job. We had two weeks to get ready; I think that really helped us.”

T 0 0 0 6 – 6
S 0 7 6 0 – 13
S – Austin Tevin 5 run (Wisdom Nzidee kick)
S – Taylor Henry 15 pass from Justin Holman (run failed)
T – Dallas Rivers 21 pass from Juwaan Williams (kick blocked)

108 comments Add your comment

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
10:46 pm

Enter your comments hereBcS2010 oh now its just the regular season huh ok…lol i said if tucker came in with same mindset as the bloggers on here they would loose…they did and looked bad im really bad…@WarEagle like i said THIS AIN’T MARIST THIS IS STEPHENSON!!!… TO THE REST OF THE TUCKER BLOGGERS WELCOME TO 5A FOOTBALL….THIS IS GROWN MAN FOOTBALL WE PLAY AT STEPHENSON LOL… WE JUST GOT TUCKER MIND RIGHT TONIGHT …MLK YOUR NEXT

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
10:46 pm

BcS2010 oh now its just the regular season huh ok…lol i said if tucker came in with same mindset as the bloggers on here they would loose…they did and looked bad im really bad…@WarEagle like i said THIS AIN’T MARIST THIS IS STEPHENSON!!!… TO THE REST OF THE TUCKER BLOGGERS WELCOME TO 5A FOOTBALL….THIS IS GROWN MAN FOOTBALL WE PLAY AT STEPHENSON LOL… WE JUST GOT TUCKER MIND RIGHT TONIGHT …MLK YOUR NEXT

sportsnut

October 12th, 2012
10:48 pm

Well ! Congrats to Stephenson. Well done.

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
10:48 pm

SORRY ABOUT POSTING TWO TIMES AND YES I DID POST THIS ON ANOTHER BLOG SO DON’T ASK…I WONDER WHERE ALL THE TUCKER FANS ARE HUHUUHHHMMM LOL

Go Dekalb!

October 12th, 2012
10:56 pm

Good game Stephenson Jaguars. Congrats!! I like Tucker…but they were so sure that they would rule 5A(not…) MLK will be ready…I hope. Tucker….game on now. Get ready for some football. Lions will see you soon.

DHI

October 12th, 2012
11:01 pm

Where are the Tuckers fans? Talked so much JUNK this week, don’t hide now.

Go Dekalb!

October 12th, 2012
11:02 pm

@stephensonfinest531. I think they just need time to take it all in and recover. It takes a minute to digest crow. They will be back soon; afterall we are still all family.

MIGHTY LION KING

October 12th, 2012
11:05 pm

well like i said on my prediction, stephenson will beat tucker, and honestly i think the game cudda been much better if there was more scoring, but overrall good game to both teams..HOWEVER @STEPHENSONFINEST531 dont let one victory hype u up. Dont think you a win on the MLK LIONS gonna be so easy ..YOU ALREADY KNOW BOUT US.. IF NOT.. youtube last yr game..

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!

Dekalb Co Guy

October 12th, 2012
11:06 pm

Just got back from the game, It was a great game, Stephenson played solid and I definitely think Tucker is not used to playing a team with just as much speed as they do.

BcS2010

October 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Lol u seen I wasn’t talking junk about Stephenson I jus said respect tucker… Lol y’all won by a touchdown and Yusuf minor didn’t play lol don’t get to big headed lol trust me tucker will b fine

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

MIGHTY LION- go play in traffic if you were at the game last year you know about us ….i left at halftime …do you remember 36-12 o ok…we lost the game you beat us …bad coaching allow you back in but you so ok…if thats the type of victory you want bask in go head but that was our game..but forget that this a new season ..we gone get your(MLK) mind right next promise you that…LETS GO JAGGGGSSSS

stephensonfinest531

October 12th, 2012
11:25 pm

BcS2010 you had something to say about stephenson from the beginning of the season…now you half to eat your words …i respect tucker …but now tucker has to respect stephenson…because you just found OUT that two state titles in 4A don’t mean squat to a team WHO has played better teams then you and has just as much talent as you do welcome to GROWN MAN FOOTBALL..STEPHENSON STILL THE ENVY OF DEKALB LOL

alan carson #7 jcsu

October 12th, 2012
11:36 pm

stpehensonfinest531 that was not luck sir your whole team was d1 last year especially your defense … lol are you guys gone make another beef it up video. I never witness a d1 defense give up a 35 to 12 lead just saying mlk will always be the best team in dekalb/ the state tucker fans welcome it’s not flowery branch no more lol it’s like the sec west

Dylan

October 12th, 2012
11:40 pm

I called it! At the beginning of the season I said Stephenson would beat Tucker…Tucker is a really good team but as someone said, they have only really played mediocre-average teams. This stephenson squad is YOUNG (most of the players are underclassmen). They had like 30 guys leave with class of 2012 so the score was not as bad as it could’ve been if this was last years stephensons squad.

I am not taking anything away from tucker. They will come back and beat MLK. In the end it will be

1.Stephenson
2.Tucker
3.MLK

blu eagle

October 12th, 2012
11:40 pm

Stephenson, Tucker, MLK, after all your in fighting ur just gonna have NSWR to deal with , a shonuff grown man football team! But congrats to Stephenson glad you could shut Tucker up and shut them down.

Dylan

October 12th, 2012
11:44 pm

@Alan – Dunwoody not only kept up with but was leading MLK for the entire first half. MLK also lost to cedar grove. MLK is good but Tucker will beat them for the second spot in the region

bulldognation

October 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

um you guys do realize yosef didn’t play right. with yosef tucker wins. I just want to point out Chamblee is 6-0. #bulldog nation

On the sideline for the game

October 12th, 2012
11:55 pm

the stephenson coaches and players showed a lot of class not like snot nose little fan sitting over with the band, yes you stephensonfinest531. Did your mom abuse u as a kid??? Do you have one of those inferior complexes??? you obviously don’t know football

Serious

October 12th, 2012
11:59 pm

@Bulldog – Football is a team sport. Tucker was outplayed the entire game, I doubt ONE player would have made a diffrence. Excuses lead to failure….

“I would’ve win if…” is bogus

And also Tucker was playing with a YOUNG (mostly underclassmen) stephenson squad

Stephenson football

October 13th, 2012
12:01 am

1 guy didn’t play, that’s your excuse. Wow. First off we lost a starting line man on Monday. Not once did we wine or make an excuse. It’s called next man up. No team or player has ever been able to run all over Stephenson so why would he. Second this game should not have been close, Stephenson chose to play conservative and they played not to lose and it worked. If they would have been aggressive they could have beaten the hell out of Tucker, when they went to the spread Tucker was completely confuse, period. but i have said that all year. MLK has the same issues. See I know a little about football. So, no your on man wouldnt have changed much.

Anony

October 13th, 2012
12:07 am

did you honestly blame Tucker’s loss on Yusof Minor nor playing? Really? A runningback in a wing system? Get real man

BcS2010

October 13th, 2012
12:12 am

@stephensonsfinest531…look at my post from all year I have said nothing bad about Stephenson but ok lol I still think we will have 3 teams from our region in the final 4! But congrats Stephenson jaguars y’all are 5-0!

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
12:15 am

On the sideline for the game…yu sound like a sore looser ….lol snot nose fan i guess you haven’t seen your follow tuckers bloggers on here talking as if they were playing central dekalb jags all week well season really..but maybe you didn’t see those classy tucker fateful on here blasting us huh…you know what this is football not golf ok junk talk is apart of the game and if you played like i did you would know that but you were to busy PASSING OUT WATER “ON THE SIDELINE FOR THE GAME”LOL

Lionking2108

October 13th, 2012
12:16 am

Enter your comments here

BcS2010

October 13th, 2012
12:17 am

Stephenson should stay in the spread!! They exposed Tucker’s inexperience… Like I said earlier tucker has 9 new starters on defense this is the 1st real team they have played! And Stephenson exposed the hell out of them and that’s why they got the win 13-6 over tucker… And tucker needs to use juwann Williams more! He played QB and safety last year and they could use him on defense!!

ha ha and ha

October 13th, 2012
12:18 am

I am not affiliated with either school but I must say i’m glad tucker lost. I read the comments from tucker fans on the ajc article posted before this one and they were acting like they couldn’t be beaten. I hate when teams act like that, stephenson knocked them off their high horse.

Lionking2108

October 13th, 2012
12:21 am

Lions will be ready for The Jags believe me. Stephenson does not know how to deal with the passing attack. The wont play like they played Dunwoody!

BcS2010

October 13th, 2012
12:23 am

MLK don’t look past tucker….

TUCNATION

October 13th, 2012
12:39 am

I give Stephenson props. We lost fair and square. BUT Tucker will beat MLK, Stephenson will beat MLK 2.

We lost one but we will still win state

MLKingNation

October 13th, 2012
12:48 am

Everybody talking about our (MLK) game against dunwoody lets get one thing straight. We didn’t practice for 2 weeks and still put up 40 with 3 starting lineman and 3 defensive starters out… how many teams can do that. Stephenson isn’t even a threat anymore and haven’t been since my freshman year (the last time we lost to them) and with them beating tucker that just made out path to state easy. No team can match our pass attack and our run game is no joke (ask mays) and we will show stephenson and tucker what a real defense is!!! MLK LIONS 2013 STATE CHAMPS!

alan carson #7 jcsu

October 13th, 2012
12:50 am

lol you guys are funny Mlk alumni i love how my school is being overlook cant wait till we shut you guys up again 90 dawsgs you guys will find out what that mean

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
12:58 am

MLKingNation- i have seen you play stephenson will win thats all im going to say

Really bro?

October 13th, 2012
1:04 am

@MLK- Dude MLK lost to CEDAR GROVE!!! SWD held MLK to 18 points the entire game, Stephenson put up 32 on SWD and gave up ZERO. Yeah MLK beat Stephenson 2 years in a row(by a COMBINES total of 3 POINTS) but Stephenson beat MLK the two years before that and then Stephenson lost the next year so clearly that dosent mean anything.

MLK let DUNWOODY put up 17 points on them!!!!!!!!!! DUNWOODY was beating MLK the entire first half but you think MLK will beat tucker and stephenson???? GTFOH.

MLK beat stephenson by 1 POINT!!! And to honest MLK shouldve lost that game last year

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
1:19 am

Tucker DAD @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. SO YOU WERE SAYING SOMETHING WHAT WAS IT NOW???

5AReg6Fan 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..SO WHAT HAPPENED??

Tiger4Life We will be taking the Jags out to the woodshed tonight..GUESS YOU GOT THE WRONG DIRECTION TO THE WOODSHED HUH???

uncleJunior Congrats Stephenson!!!! Good game, good victory.
Keep your heads up Tucker!!!!! You have nothing to feel bad about. YOUR RIGHT THE TIGERS DID THERE BEST SO MUCH LOVE TO THE TUCKER PLAYERS
BUT TO THE BLOGGERS WHAT HAPPEN ..WHERE OUR YOU ..S/O TO BcS2010 FOR STANDING BY HIS TEAM

Chad31601

October 13th, 2012
1:46 am

Well if nothing else we can tell by the above postings that the educational standards in these two schools is top notch keep up the good work.

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
3:14 am

rwdekalb …@Mr Johnson. Stephensen might need you to do some research for them after tonight to help them figure out what just hit them…. SO WE DID SOME RESEARCH AND WE FOUND OUT WHAT???I WANT YOU ANSWER THAT!!

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
3:28 am

Tuckerfootball4life… TUCKER QB is more athletic, but not as accurate (but we won`t need to pass anyway) we will have over 300 rushing yards and allow maybe 120, most of that will come in the 4th when the JV takes over for tucker. It`s not personal, we are just to damn strong for you…WHEN THE JV TAKES OVER HUH?? SEEMS LIKE THEY STARTED THE GAME

stephensonfinest531

October 13th, 2012
3:40 am

Tuckerfootball4life.. I will eat buzzard if Stephenson can beat us. WILL YOU FILM IT AND POST IT SO STEPHENSONS FANS CAN SEE IT PLEASE??

Stephenson not talking because they know what they have (nothing)

Lb’s are not very fast, corners and safeties are suspect. That is why I’m confident, any further questions. YOU KNOW YOU HAD ALOT TO SAY BUT YOU NOWHERE TO FOUND NUN OF YOU OUR…I BEEN UP ALL NITE WAITING I MEAN EVERYONE WAS LOOKING FOR JAB THIS PAST WEEK BUT NOW NO ONE CAN FIND YOU GUYS LOL IM DONE FOR THE NITE MAYBE I WILL SEE YOU GUYS LATER ON :)

JAB

October 13th, 2012
4:09 am

Okat! Where is TuckerDAD, Camden74, 5AReg6Fan, Tiger4Life, etc. what now! What did I tell you (ALL)! Stephenson did it! Yes! I said it now let (ALL) doubters have a seat…

JAB

October 13th, 2012
4:14 am

@ stephensonfinest531, I was at the game, got their early tailgated , and I sat on the Tucker side and heard them as they was so over confident but after that second touchdown, a silence covered that side. I couldn’t help myself from celebrating after Stephenson won both games the football game 13-6 and the band show… Where are you guys at, even AJC went with Tucker!!

JAB

October 13th, 2012
4:16 am

I’m just now blogging because I went out with some friends after the game celebrating… @ you know Stephenson do what thwey do like the Falcons. “RISE UP” JAGNATION…:)

JAB

October 13th, 2012
4:25 am

@ Stephenson football, I like your posts man! Very intelligent right to the point…

Realist

October 13th, 2012
5:11 am

@TUCKER DAD and all you other Tucker fans, WELCOME!! This isn’t St. Pius or Marist. As a former Jaguar alum and former player, we have always had really good players and good coaches. When we lose the big games, like we did my senior yr against valdosta, its half the players fault and half the coaches. We usually beat ourselves at the end of the day. What you Tucker fans dont realize is that you guys didnt win anything until Coach Stephens came. You all still have a good team, but now hes gone. You guys werent winning anything either before he came. I dont understand where all this greatness talk comes from, though I will admit you have a respectable program. We have only had one coach and have only been open since 96. We started playing real football in 2000. Im not making any excuses cause we are well overdue, but you guys dont realize, we have played in many big games, more than you maybe, because our competition was better. Our coach hasnt always made the best decisions in big games, but we love him and he runs a respectable program. You guys thought you were gonna run over us. We dont care about that win streak or those championships, that means nothing today. You all played a real team who has played real football tonight, and to be honest with you, this is one of the weaker Jaguar teams that I have seen from my alma mater in some years. If you all played some of our past teams, it would have been 50-0. So you all really have some work to do. There’s a reason why we send so many kids to school, there not overrated, we just have to get some things together in the playoffs to pull out those big games. But we had to teach you, its not your fault, yall didnt know any better. Just wipe the crow off your face and help us to represent our region well, and hopefully one of us can represent the region in the state game. TUCKER, WE PLAY REAL FOOTBALL IN JAGUAR NATION, DON’T GET IT TWISTED. WE ENJOYED INITIATING YOU ALL INTO BIG BOY BALL.

Realist

October 13th, 2012
5:18 am

And TUCKER DAD, throw all that “if history serves us correctly” crap out the window. History started tonight. We should have beat yall worse. I really dont think you saw a Stephenson game before tonight, so you didnt know any better either. If you had seen us play before, I think you would have known that we have traditionally been better than what you were giving us. But you all have a good team and I like your team. Coach Lamar is gonna do a good job over there

Recruiting Insider

October 13th, 2012
6:16 am

I’ll say it again. Tevin Austin is a gamer! The D1 recruiters should be salivating to scoop up this young man.

BigDog

October 13th, 2012
7:39 am

There is no question that the game would have been different if Yusef Minor had played. He has far more speed that anyone else out there. Why is he not playing in many games this year?

Rock Days

October 13th, 2012
7:41 am

Jag nation please stop it!you see the tucker “FAITHFUL”has surrender!And by the way @CHAD this is a football blog not a email to our boss!Get off P.A announcer

lsju82

October 13th, 2012
8:17 am

I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I have a couple of observations. First, Stephenson, MLK, and Tucker have a combined two state championships — and Tucker has won them all. Second, Tucker has lost to a rival before and gone on to win a state championship, avenging the loss in the process. All three teams would be well advised to let their play do the talking until December since everyone will know which of these teams, if any, are the big dog.

Tuckertown

October 13th, 2012
9:00 am

I was at the game. I give MUCH props to the Jag program. You guys look really good last night and clearly out played my Tigers in a CLOSE game. This was not a blow-out. I look forward to a rivarly that will provide great games like this in the future- with hopefully different outcomes.. I want to remind Tucker, MLK & Jags fans of 2 things. 1) Titles are NOT won in September or October. Let’s see how the season plays out. 2) This is HS football. These are boys playing football. No need to put down another program to elevate your program. What happens on the field speaks for itself (whether in be in 4A, 5A,6A). Let’s show the class in these blogs that we would love to see these kids demonstrate on the field and in life. WIN with class & lose mainting dignity…………………….

MIGHTY LION KING

October 13th, 2012
9:27 am

@stephensonfinest531 yeah I remember that 36 to 12 score by stephenson last yr but I also remember a 38 point come back for MLK to win the game.. and I don’t care what you say about it,but 18 bed let a rival come back on by that much them whether is bad coaching or bad players IS NOT ready to go to state no time soon.. not to discredit STEPHENSON being they are my second favorite team, but the under estimating that MLK get from yall ..its like BOY STOOOPPP!!!.. remind you that MLK is the first ever school to rack up on y’all by 50 points…NEED I SAY MORE..I would say more..but ima leave it at this..MEET ME @THE 50!!!

LION NATION/THE DOMINATION!!!