M.L. King 24, Tucker 17

In the end, the arm of Monquavious Johnson was too much.

The senior threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class AAAAA No. 2 M.L. King to a 24-17 win over No. 5 Tucker.

The victory clinches the Region 6 title for M.L. King (9-0, 8-0). It’s the Lions’ third consecutive region championship.

The Lions led by just a touchdown late in the third quarter, with Johnson scrambling behind the line and looking downfield.

Suddenly, Romello Shumake broke deep, and Johnson slung it toward the end zone, connecting with the junior for his only catch of the game, and it proved to be the difference.

It was Johnson’s third touchdown strike of the evening, and his second of 42-plus yards. The first of those went to Demarquis Polite-Bray, who finished with five catches for 77 yards and two scores.

On the next Tucker possession, it appeared the Tigers (7-2, 6-2) might go quietly after MLK took a two-touchdown lead.

Tucker was facing a second-and-22 on its own 34-yard line, with quarterback Juwaan Williams facing pressure up the middle. He stood his ground and threw the ball up for grabs to the MLK 21, where Kazim Aminu wrestled it away from a Lions defender to put the Tigers into scoring position.

It just took one play for Williams to take advantage, hitting Dallas Rivers for the touchdown, and it was suddenly back to a one-score game with 53 seconds left in the third quarter.

But Tucker got just one fourth-quarter possession, and MLK was able to run out the final 4:37 when the Tigers handed the ball back to them on downs.

The first half was dominated by the offenses, as both teams had long scoring drives early to set the tone.

M.L. King started it off with a 12-play, 58-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal. Tucker answered with its own 13-play march, capped off by a Juwaan Williams touchdown run that put the Tigers in front.

The teams traded scores for much of the first half, en route to a 10-10 tie. But they had very different ways of getting there offensively.

While the Lions made their hay through the air – 126 passing vs. 5 rushing – Tucker was just the opposite, amassing 88 of its 102 total yards on the ground.

Tucker senior lineman Ian Rigby was carted off the field with an injury in the third quarter, after lying on the turf for 15 minutes. No more was known on his condition at press time.

T          0          10       7          0 – 17

M         3          7          14       0 – 24

M – Presley Bray 32 FG

T – Juwaan Williams 14 run (Steven Duffy kick)

M – Demarquis Polite-Bray 42 pass from Monquavious Johnson (Bray kick)

T – Duffy 33 FG

M – Polite-Bray 5 pass from Johnson (Bray kick)

M – Romello Shumake 43 pass from Johnson (Bray kick)

T – Dallas Rivers 21 pass from Williams (Duffy kick)

170 comments Add your comment

Queens' Mommy

November 2nd, 2012
10:48 pm

Good job Lions. Can someone please update us on the condition of the young man that was injured.

MIGHTY LION KING

November 2nd, 2012
10:50 pm

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MIGHTY LION KING

November 2nd, 2012
11:05 pm

Oooooooh Tucker faaaaannnnnnnss!!! Come out to plaaaaaaaaayyuyyyy??? Where are uuuuuuuuuuu??? Come have a lil fun wit your region champ LIONS!!!!

LION NATION!!/THE DOMINATION!!

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:19 pm

TUCKER 0 – 2 Against new rivals from Georgia Top Classification Stephenson & MLK is what AJC Sports the headlines should read…

MLK region champs***
Stephenson
Tucker
SWD, or Mays, or Miller grove

GET USE TO YOU 3RD PLACE FINISH TUCKER KITTY CATS…

PUT YOUR EXCUSES HERE______________________________. SORRY ABOUT THE PLAYER WHO GOT HURT, I HOPE EVERYTHING TURNS ALRIGHT WITH HIM
;)

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

I was at the game sitting on Tucker side, MLK beat them up & down the field, the score could have been uglier if it wasn’t for a broken play inwhich Tucker quaterback through the ball up for grabs and (Tucker) player came up with it! MLK was driving and elected to sit on the ball to run the clock out.. Like I said put your excuses here 3rd place (Lions) Oops, I mean Kitty cats Lol.,_______________________________

Lion 4 life

November 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

MLK region champs!! Jab was u at the game because I kept calling 4 u!!

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:27 pm

I am with you MIGHTY LION KING, where are the Tucker bloggers at!!!!

Lion 4 life

November 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Where Tiger4life at? Lions got ur tougue!! Lol

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:43 pm

We right here. We don’t run from nobody.. No the score was not gonna be worse don’t start that crap. We loss true enough. The difference in the game was a fumble on our own 1 yard line. That’s it. Congrats to MlK on the region. We will see come playoffs. @jab stop taking Joy on another teams win it doesn’t benefit Stephenson at all!

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:44 pm

I was sitting on top around the 40 yard line talking& having some fun with some tucker fans telling them how good MLK & Stephenson are and what they bring to region 6AAAAA

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:45 pm

@jab ur lame I would never comment on another teams win period! Stephenson will still lose early in the playoffs while us and MLK will go deep in the playoffs

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:45 pm

Where is TuckerDad???

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

What will Stephenson will bring to 6A?? Oh nothing that’s why they stayed down to play. Lol

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:48 pm

We understand the bullseye is on our back cause we win State 2 twice in 3 years. It’s cool though until Stephenson or MLK win state winning regular season won’t matter

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:50 pm

@ jab ain’t no joy in 2nd place either homie. It’s only 1st place or nothin. That’s what we think over at Tucker..

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:51 pm

WIll be at the Mays vs Stephenson game tomorrow at 7:00pm at Lakewood; man I haven’t been to that stadium in ages!!! @ (ALL) Tucker fans will be there, sitting on Mays side pleading with them to try to beat Stephenson…”It aint gonna happen!” You Tucker Tigers better pack your bags & a sandwich cause you gonna be on the road baby for your 1st playoff game baby Lol.,
;)

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

@ Dboy Scott, I guess Tucker need to stay home and play in the kitty litter’ Yall 3rd play man!!! Lol., excuses bring them on…

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

@jab we could care less about ur game wit Mays tomorrow. And no we will not be at that game like u was at ours tonite lame

JAB

November 2nd, 2012
11:55 pm

correction “Yall 3rd place man!”

Dboy Scott

November 2nd, 2012
11:56 pm

There is no joy in 2nd place Jab! Shows were Stephenson mentality is. 2nd place or no place is good enough for y’all. Lol

JustanotherMLKfan

November 2nd, 2012
11:58 pm

Way to go M-L-K!!!!!

JAB

November 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

Dboy Scott, that’s because I show good sportsmanship for Dekalb teams; I’ve always said that I’m a Dekalb County fan, Stephenson 1st’ You guys started all of this jibberish at the beginning of the season How tucker is #! the best in the state 19 – 0 until Stephenson spanked that butt and all the jibberish last week about 14 – 1 state champs…

JAB

November 3rd, 2012
12:02 am

Dboy Scott – poor sport ;(

Queens' Mommy

November 3rd, 2012
12:02 am

@Dboy if regional champs mean nothing, I sholl can’t tell because ya’ll brought Mr. Minor out to try and save the day!!!

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:07 am

@queens mom..Let me tell u something about sports ok…If u don’t win State everything else doesn’t matter!! in college if u don’t win the NC it doesn’t mean nothing..In the NFL if u don’t win the SuperBowl it don’t mean nothin. Same for every other major sport. There is no consolation prize…Win state and then talk

Tucker tiger 4ever

November 3rd, 2012
12:08 am

JAB will not be heard from after the first round again this year as usual. MIGHTY LION KING enjoy your 15 min. of fame. You are not really winners until you can do it with class which is lacking on your side. Congrats to the rest of the MLK program on a big win tonite.

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:08 am

@jab no poor sport here..Over at Tucker our expectation is higher that’s all.

True Blue

November 3rd, 2012
12:10 am

Tucker played a good game. They just have too many key plsyerz going both ways. Stephenson and MLK wore them down. You cant be getting hit and hitting somebody every play. Today the game is more phyiscal and Tucker players were getting up slow every play. MLK coach gave Tucker a break, becsuse he started to play not lose. It was some hard hitting out there tonight. I pray and hope that Rigby is Okay, because that was aa phyiscal game. Everybody who was at the gsme need to Pray for Rigby and his family, because it could have been anyone of our kid. So pray for the Family

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:11 am

@jab 13-7 is hardly a spanking..I call that barley a win to brag about. Y’all will exit the playoffs quick then u will not be heard from again this year. MLK good win tonite we will see what what y’all have come playoff time.

WMSLion

November 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

we are all dekalb and i hope all of us go deep in the playoffs but …….. LIONS RUN THE JUNGLE!

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:15 am

@trueblue that’s why MLK and Stephenson stayed down to try and take advantage of there #’s. they have more kids on their respective teams. They didn’t move up for a reason. To me they are both pathetic knowing they should be in 6A but hey no excuses we will continue to play and we will see come playoff time! Next year I bet The GA association makes them move up

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:17 am

If Stephenson or MLK don’t win State this year it will be a failed season point blank period. I mean inst that the reason they stayed down?? Exactly

BcS2010

November 3rd, 2012
12:17 am

Lol jab Mlk beat y’all by Like 30!! Lol but good game MLK and it was a great game where yes the game was decided on a fumble at the 1. But I’m confused how is tucker 3rd if they beat miller grove by 15 and loss to Stephenson by 7 but miller grove beat Stephenson by 3 and loss to tucker by 15 but Stephenson beat tucker by 7 and loss to milled grove by 3 that makes the point spread +8 for tucker +4 for Stephenson and -12 for miller grove and not to mention Mlk beat Stephenson by 21 and tucker by only 7 and should beat miller grove easily?

JustanotherMLKfan

November 3rd, 2012
12:21 am

Dboy…just congratulate the winning team and stop sounding so bitter. If Tucker had won you wouldn’t be saying that region champs means nothing. Jeesh!

BcS2010

November 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

And tucker is still in the title contention trust me on that! Even tho they are 7-2 we showed we can play with anybody!!

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

@bcs2010 exactly…Stephenson is actually the 4th best team by the eye test. Lol…We don’t let people hang 30 or 40 points on us. Won’t happen.

Spectator

November 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

@dboy scott man come on please with all this state talk…Tucker like the oldest school in Dekalb been around since the 40’s and their first State Championship didnt come till 08 like 60 years later…give MLK a little time to wn….school only been in existance for maybe 12-13 seasons and the same for Stephenson…maybe 17 seasons..we will see where they are by year 60…just eat ya crow like every other Tucker Fan…they not the best in Dekalb this year..and now that all the big doggs or should i say big cats in the same region we wont have to make assumtions on who is Dekalbs best…all I can say is that…MLK is the best in 2012..and from what i saw they coulda did what ever they wanted on Tucker..as we as Stephenson…I saw earlier on the blogs that a Tucker fan stated all MLK quarter back do is throw the ball up for jumps…he must have been talking about his own QB because if not for a spectacular play by his receiver the scores cpuld have verg well been 31-10..MLK region champs nuff said…good luck to Region 6 in the playoffs!!!

G-dub

November 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

@Everybody…Everyone expected Tucker to lose to Stephenson and MLK. That just proved that Tucker can’t hang with the big boys, point blank. They had their chance and got beat twice. Ain’t no excuse!!!!!

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

Justanothermlkfan, I already said nice win by MLK if u read my earlier post lame.. But i still would say region means nothin unless u win State with it. That’s how I am. State is the Goal it should be every programs Goal

Go Dekalb!

November 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

@True Blue. I was at the game and I am a MLKing fan. I pray for the young man also. I thought Tucker played with class. …..I am not one for so much gloating. Either way, both are DeKalb teams and we will be well represented in the playoffs. Congrats to Lions for a hard fought win. MLK band rocked, too. The Lions played with heart tonight. Great job to both teams. See you Tucker in the playoffs.

JAB

November 3rd, 2012
12:30 am

Tucker keep putting your excuses here_____________________. True Blue stop making excuses, @
BcS2010, a win is a win, I bet you all wish you could habe beaten MLK 25 to 24, get my point’ @ Dboy Scott, stop making a pectical of yourself man, ask Stephenson players who are now playing in the NFL making mega bucks If they are sad that didn’t win a state championship but now playing college D1 ball and or in the NFL*****

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:30 am

@spectator when does it matter how long a schools been built?? Last time I check Stephenson had 15 kids sign d1 scholly’s so shut up. Ur statement made ur whole paragraph irrelevant

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:33 am

@jab I bet if u ask them they still wish they had won a state championship trust. I played college and my boys play in the league and they/we still talking about a championship we should have won in high school. U must never played sports??

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:35 am

@go dekalb it was a hard fault win. It was a good game unlike when they blew out jabs stephenson team last week. LOl

G-dub

November 3rd, 2012
12:35 am

@Dboy Scott…Man how you want that crow? Fried, boiled, baked, bbq, sauteed, grilled, raw, however you want it you can get it.

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:36 am

Spectator

November 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

I didnt know feelings are involved it is obvious Dboy is a child..Can we get an age limit to the blog…It means a lot because Tucker was in the same boat as Stephenson and MLK until 08…They were a good team without a Championship..You need to go to sleep tonight..All the rude talk not necessary..you lil bogg thug…ya team lost tonight…just take it and shut your mouth…Way to show that Tucker spirit..can handle the heat…Good Win MLK..N

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

G-dub…why didn’t MLK or Stephenson move up wit the so called Big Boys?? Don’t worry I’ll wait

JAB

November 3rd, 2012
12:38 am

@ Spectator, are you new to the blogs bruh! Very intelligent remarks; Tucker, they just don’t get it! They only had to contend with Marist & SWD which has been on the steady decline. Tucker don’t no nothing about playing with the Camden’s county, Parkview’s, Brookwood,’s Lowdnes’s, Valdosta’s etc. etc. etc…Welcome to the new and improved region 6AAAAA where MLK & Stephenson rules…

Dboy Scott

November 3rd, 2012
12:39 am

@spectator eat a childs d@$&..I’m grown..if y’all can get on here and talk so can I. Who are u to say what I can and cannot comment on or say.