Marist 24, Chamblee 0

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

For a few moments early in its battle with Chamblee for the 6AAAA-Division A championship, Marist had trouble tasting its own medicine as the Bulldogs’ version of the triple option gave the War Eagles fits on the first drive of the game.

But the drive stalled. Marist blocked a field goal attempt and then did what they do best: play sound, fundamental defense, run the ball when they want to and throw when they have to. The formula that has worked for 27 years under head coach Alan Chadwick worked again Friday night, as Marist (8-1, 5-0), ranked No. 2, smothered Chamblee (8-1, 4-1) 24-0 at North DeKalb Stadium.

“We thought Chamblee was good enough to put a couple of scores on the board,” Chadwick said. “We had a little trouble with our assignments on the option at first, and they came out in some formations we hadn’t seen before. But our coaches did a terrific job of making the adjustments.”

After blocking the Bulldog’s 30-yard field goal attempt, Marist senior quarterback Myles Willis led the War Eagles on a methodical march of their own. After running the ball for most of the drive, Marist capped it with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Willis to Patrick Anhut to take a lead it would never relinquish.

The blocked field goal and subsequent score by Marist was the recurring theme of the night. Anytime Chamblee managed to build some offensive momentum, the War Eagles came up with a big play and then capitalized on the other end. Marist’s stout and deep defensive line – led by junior Kendall Baker (6-6, 270) and seniors Steven Wallace (6-3, 260) and Greg Taboada (6-5, 240) – as well as linebackers Jason Morris, a senior, and junior Michael Toner made the Bulldogs fight and scrap for nearly every yard.

Toner grabbed two interceptions to thwart Chamblee drives that had moved deep into War Eagle territory. The first one late in the third quarter, led to the final points of the night. Toner dropped into coverage and stepped in front of a quick timing route in the far flat at the Marist 23-yard line.

The War Eagles then drove 77 yards in nine plays, with Wallace – positioned at fullback – rambling in from 2 yards out to make the score 24-0.

Toner’s second interception turned out the light for good on Chamblee when he stepped in front of an errant option pitch by Bulldog senior quarterback Jordan Branch at the Marist 15-yard line, early in the fourth quarter.

Marist will now face the winner of Grady-Carver, Atlanta next week to decide the Region 6 champion.

As for Chamblee, the first loss of the year was a bitter one for the Bulldogs, who have seen a remarkable turnaround of their football program under first-year head coach Allen Johnson, a 1997 graduate of Chamblee who learned the option at the same place as Chadwick – East Tennessee State. He said he has no plans to allow the loss to linger in the minds.

“I told them, Monday morning at 6:30, it’s time to get back to work,” said Johnson, who noted that he hopes to build the Chamblee program in the mold of Marist. “We were able to celebrate eight victories and I let them celebrate those for 48 hours, then it was time to get back to work. Nothing has changed here. We lost, but 48 hours from now, it’s time to get back to work.”

Marist 7 3 7 7 24

Chamblee 0 0 0 0 0

M – Patrick Anhut 18 pass from Myles Willis (Thomas Andrews kick)

M – Andrews 30 fg

M – Griffin King 19 run (Andrews kick)

M – Steven Wallace 2 run (Andrews kick)

48 comments Add your comment

WarEagle

November 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Good win for the War Eagles. Marist actually scored on its opening drive and then blocked field goal attempt of Chamblee on next drive. After that, Mariat really dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Chamblee has a good team with some quick players, particularly No. 17 and hard running No. 34. Good QB too. Chamblee players were worn out in 2d half. Marist played a solid, fundamental game on offense, and played great again on defense. Now on to Carver!

Classy

November 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

Where did all the Chamblee posters go?

Hoopscoop

November 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

The difference maker on the defensive line was Sophomore Kenneth Brinson, he hits like a grown man., and had a number of tackles for loss. He will be Marist’s next big star.

Marist

November 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

Thats because Kenneth is a grown man. He has a 4.0 gpa, has two medals in the junior olympics for throwing, and he is the best wrestler for his age in the nation!

Marist

November 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

Come on now

November 3rd, 2012
12:33 pm

Brinson was very good but the real problem was that he was often the read key and consistently fooled the quarterback by coming inside while keeping his shoulders squared so as soon as the quarterback pulled the ball brinson was all over him. I was actually pretty impressed by how chamblee’s offensive line played Taboada wallace and baker were really non factors.

Wally

November 3rd, 2012
12:41 pm

Last time Wally weighed 260 he was 12 years old!

Non-Factors!

November 3rd, 2012
12:47 pm

@Come on now — those “non-factors” regularly blew up Chamblee’s running game. Watch the film. After the opening drive, Chamblee could not run the ball, and ultimately went to the pass out of desperation.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
1:14 pm

and I know football. Marist is a very good football team. Very good. But to say they dominated the line on both sides says your either don’t know football or your vision is slanted toward the WarEagles. Chamblee’s O-line was never dominated. Your two big tackles are overrated. Wally hardly made a tackle. If he made one I can’t recall it. Their D-ends are fantastic. Big and athletic. #87 is the real deal!!

Two penalties on Chamblees’ first drive hurt. Both of them seemed to be caused by miscommunication due to the Marist band playing when they are not allowed to. The ball was directly in front of the Marist band – inside the 15. A third play was a bust when only the center heard the QB call set. When the ball was snapped only a couple of the Chamblee players were ready. I could see the center and QB complaining to the refs, but they were told to “play football.” Now, obviously these couple of plays do not make the game. I just think a score there and it is an entirely different game with no reason to go to the pass in the second half.

I have to agree the Marist O-line had there way all night. It was second and five most of the night. Marist played well and will continue to play well. Just don’t say that d-line is all this and all that. They are not. Chamblee took big wally out of the game. Other than the TD run he was a complete Non-Factor!

Me

November 3rd, 2012
1:21 pm

S. Thomas Coleman – this is the worst piece of writing I have ever seen on ajc.com. I’m not sure you were at the game….. Chamblee kicked-off the start the game. Marist marched right down and scored. Marist up 7-0. Then, Chamblee took the ball on the 2 yard line and marched down until a couple of penalties stalled the drive. Marist blocked the field goal…. The score at half time was 10-0…… AJC should be ashamed of this “reporting.”

S. Thomas Coleman

November 3rd, 2012
1:33 pm

@Me: Flattery will get you nowhere. Nothing you have said changes the tone of the story. Sorry, try again. But thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

WarEagle

November 3rd, 2012
1:41 pm

@I was there — yeh, not sure how much you know, but the Marist defensive line dominated. Played on Chamblee side of the line most of the night. Marist defensive tackles made plenty of plays, and more importantly, by design, they prevented Chamblee’s offensive linemen from getting to the next level, keeping Marist linebackers free to make tackles. Our DEs did play great too. As for the band comment, sorry not buying that excuse at all.

Come on now

November 3rd, 2012
2:07 pm

@WarEagle you can easily be described by one word biased. your d tackles did not prevent the lineman from releasing and definetely did not not make plenty of plays i honestly can not remember either one making any tackles. plus to say marist played on chamblee’s side of the ball is crap. I would assume that when no one is blocking you because you are the read key you would tend to be on the other side of the ball most of the night and your d-line had very little pressure on the quarterback. As a whole marists d-line was quite simply overrated.

WAKE UP

November 3rd, 2012
3:18 pm

How can you say our defense is overrated? Chamblee didn’t score any points! Duh – enough said.

WarEagle

November 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

@Come on now — we can agree to disagree. Given that Chamblee did not score, either Marist’s defense played great or Chamblee can’t play offense. Given that your team ran up an average of 30pts per game against the sisters of the poor you played previously, our boys must have done something right. Oh, I forgot, it was the band. Thanks for your unbiased view.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

@WAKE UP, u must be the one sleeping. I didn’t say the defense is overrated. Duh -I said “Your two big tackles are overrated” and clearly they are. Chamblee has played 10 D-lineman this year better than Wallace. At least 10. Why all the talk about him? Oh yea, his Dad won a super bowl. Nuff said!

Coach Johnson is just beginning to build this program. Just Watch!

Me

November 3rd, 2012
3:56 pm

S. Thomas Coleman, Don’t let the facts of the story get in the way of the tone you are trying to portray. If you are going to write it would usually begin with accurate reporting and a fair analysis of these facts. Sorry, try again!

Sore Loser

November 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

@I was there — man, no need to talk down any kid by name on this board. Show some damn class. And his dad won 3 Super Bowls — but we know, you know football. Anonymous punk.

Come on now

November 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

@WarEagle don’t get me wrong the defense played good but i think if Chamblee had not shot themselves in the foot after long drives they would have scored two touchdowns. I’m not saying they would have won they clearly wouldn’t have and marist was clearly the better team. I still don’t think you can credit the supposed all everything d tackles with the shutout. That stemmed from a surprisingly good secondary and linebackers, as well as self inflicted mistakes by Chamblee. Marist should make it very deep in the playoffs this year they are a very good very well coached team.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
5:06 pm

@Sore Loser, I didn’t play last night. Did you? How could I have lost? Did you win? His dad played for Chamblee too. I can’t find the rules of these blogs. Where does it say you can’t tell the truth about a kid all of you War Eagles keep talking up. Marist fans are supposed to have class. Punk? Real classy – ya fool. I guess your mom named you Sore loser too – fits ya. Anonymous? you too. tough guy….

Sore Loser

November 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

I’m not a Marist fan, but I know and like the kid you are running down. Makes me sick.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

@SoreLoser, I’m not above admitting my mistake either. I just get tired of hearing all the hype from the Marist folks on these blogs. The Wallace kid is a very good football player too. I am sure his Dad has done a great job of preparing him for folks like me! I apologize if my words dug deeper than I intended.

haha

November 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

This is pathetic. Marist dominated an overhyped team. It wasn’t even close. Chamblee talked smack all week and was absolutely crushed. The reason for the loss doesn’t matter – be it coaching errors or just a bad game. They were shut out and there’s a reason they weren’t ranked despite their undefeated record: they haven’t played anyone and when they do, they lose. They can beat bad teams but can’t hang with the big ones. They have certainly improved and will continue to do so, but until then, they should probably stop talking such big game. As for Wallace, he is a hard working and tough player, and if he is so overrated, I would love to know why Chamblee couldn’t run the ball up the middle all game.

Sore Loser

November 3rd, 2012
5:49 pm

Appreciate it.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
8:47 pm

@haha, It was Marist who did most of the smack talking and all of the diss videoing. If Chamblee was overhyped it wasn’t by the players and coaches of the Chamblee team. Marist was favored to win for a reason. Marist hasn’t beaten anybody yet. Chamblee was ranked in a couple of the polls. Don’t you have time to check your facts before typing such trash?

If you were at the game and can count, please tell me how many tackles your D-tackles made. I didn’t think so. Chamblee had plenty of success running the ball. They went 80 yards on the opening drive. Did you get there late trying to park your buggy? Chamblee was beat by a superior team with great coaching, great special teams and an underrated group of D-backs. Marist won the game on offense. Their O-line works hard and smart! The QB is the best I have seen this year. The D-ends are first class. The D-tackles are average.

Y’all better quit talking all this stupid smack and get ready for next week. After all – your still 8-1. Not exactly going into the Marist Hall of Fame now are you…

I doubt you know much about Marist @haha. Those War Eagles have a lot more class than your dum bass.

Magnet Dad

November 3rd, 2012
8:48 pm

kudos to Marist you played well, good luck on the rest of the season.

Magnet Dad

November 3rd, 2012
8:50 pm

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

@haha – you are the first person to say scoring three touchdowns in a game means they were “absolutely crushed.” Three whole TD’s. WOW – y’all are gunna be State Champs with that kind of firepower!! No need to even play this season out. Dum Bass….. Get back to playing in your marching band. You haven’t played football since you sucked at Murphy Candler Rec. Dum bass!

Way to support your team?

November 3rd, 2012
9:55 pm

“Marist hasn’t beaten anybody yet.” — I wouldn’t call Chamblee nobody, but that is up to you.

WarEagle

November 3rd, 2012
10:06 pm

@Come on now — thanks. Chamblee impressed me, quick team with good execution. Couldn’t finish a couple of drives and then the team got a little desperate — going for it on 4th down in third quarter from your own 20 was a strange call I thought. Your squad looked smaller in number of players than I expected, which might explain so many guys going both ways and getting worn out in second half. Good luck next week and hopefully in the playoffs.

Dinner time

November 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Where’s 6A-AAAA? Time to eat your crow. A few of your thoughts leading up to the game:

“Chamblee 28 Marist 7!!!!! This year!!!”

“Chamblee will play their best game of the year and they will win this one. The Marist kids will not know how to act when big 215 hits them straight in the mouth. If Chamblee’s kicker can get healthy – as I think he will – Marist will start each drive after a Chamblee score at the 20 — Not the 40 like they are used to.”

haha

November 3rd, 2012
10:34 pm

@I was there – I’m actually a Marist alumnus and played football there. Beat up on Chamblee three times myself. I realize that Chamblee took the ball 80 yards on the opening drive. Now go back and look at how many of those yards were gained up the middle. Almost none. That was my point. Everyone was hating on Wallace and he virtually shut out the inside run game. I’m not sure if you have either a Facebook or a Twitter but get on there and look at some of the Chamblee players and what they said last week. I was at the game and watched every second of it. And stop trying to criticize my football knowledge. Shutting a team out is definitely a domination, and if they did that every game then yes, they would win the state championship. Finally, I’m not sure why you’re criticizing the 8-1 record. You say we haven’t beat anyone? Lovett? Clarke Central? I guess Chamblee isn’t anyone either. You’re just an angry little man that can’t handle the fact that his team got beat…for the 31st time in a row.

I was there

November 3rd, 2012
11:50 pm

@haha, there are a lot of Marist players who sucked at Murphy Candler. I have coached some of them. Maybe even you. I am certainly not an angry man and I wish I was a lot smaller than I am – not the other way around. I am usually the biggest guy in the room.

I don’t have a team. so I can’t get beat. Marist is supposed to win. Why are you so disrespectful when you do? Maybe you never got a chance to play. Or maybe you think you still can>?? Didn’t your parents instill some sense of social awareness and humility. Why would this game be so important to you? Maybe because you haven’t accomplished much since you left.

Your definition of domination is clearly unusual. Let’s just say I played a long way past 4A HS ball and I have never known anyone who thinks every shut out means you dominated. I’m too old to do FB or twitter, but I don’t doubt what you say. Marist called the kids out with that classless ghetto video so, I would assume some kind of response. I would expect a little more elegance from the parents and students of Marist. BTW, A video y’all paid an Alpharetta kid to film and produce for you. You could have at least found a kid from Marist to demonstrate their skills. Maybe Marist doesn’t have one. It’s a small world – I know Nick May’s mother.

I watch a football game from the ball out. Not like you -looking all over the place for the ball. I watched your d-line get worked over most of the game. Your tackles didn’t do a thing. Your D-ends and D-backs won the game for you. And the QB. Simply great. I won’t have access to the video until later so I can’t be certain, but the only play I can recall a d-tackle making a stop was the busted play on the first drive of the game – when Chamblee’s line didn’t hear the snap count. Wallace was blocked by a little white kid the entire game. He didn’t do a thing. Nothing. He got his legs cut the entire game. One-on-one, Didn’t even need to double team. Go watch the film.

Lovett – a 2A powerhouse!! Really Lovett! Lovett blew out a weak Westminster team (10-7). Clarke Central – 4-5 after beating a struggling Winder-barrow team. WOW that’s impressive. Chamblee has a ways to go to be a good football team. Maybe this year shows potential, but I am confident when I say – y’all haven’t beat anybody yet. This is not my first trip around the sun!

If frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their asses when they hopped. What ya think the chances are for your beloved Marist boys to go to the dome and win it all? About the same as the poor frog growing those wings. Don’t get me wrong – Marist proved what we already knew. they are still much better than Chamblee. Why all the fuss from people like you? Why the gloating? Because you simply have no other accomplishments in your life to celebrate. Sad for you, really.

@War Eagle – (not kidding here) your posts on these AJC blogs show the kind of thought and pride the Marist families always have. I am sure your parents and your school are proud to have a son like you. You should take Mr. @haha out behind the shed and teach him how to act like a War Eagle. He’s embarrassing your fine institution. Good luck in the upcoming playoffs. may sound crazy – but I would LOVE to see y’all win it all. I know many of y’alls kids and even more of y’alls parents. Had fun watching last night. Maybe next year!!!

AAAA

November 4th, 2012
1:21 am

@I was there, your lack of football knowledge blows my mind. Apparently, 3 touchdowns isn’t enough “firepower” for you. Considering Chamblee finished with a whopping goose egg on the board, I would say 3 touchdowns is a little more than enough “firepower” to win the game. With plenty of breathing room. We’re not playing Big 12 football here, Marist doesn’t need to put up 55 points because they don’t even let up a damn touchdown. Simple enough. And as someone who graduated from Marist, I can guarantee that “haha” is doing just fine after graduation. Don’t make a stupid assumption that someone “hasn’t accomplished much” because he’s not on your side. And quite frankly, seeing Marist won 24-0, I don’t think anyone wants to be on your side for this one. Or ever. It sounds like you’re just jealous that he was able to be a part of one of the most tradition-rich football programs and some of the best education offered in the state. Also as a Marist alumni, I know how Chadwick’s system works. D Tackles don’t need to make every tackle to be a factor. Causing chaos at the line and bottling up the holes is just as important as making the tackle, which I saw Wally do all night.

As for the video, apparently that’s now the team’s fault? Considering not a single person who made the video is a part of the team, trying to say that the Marist team was “talking smack” is just stupid. Following this logic, why don’t we just go ahead and assume the coaches told them to do it? Shut up.

If you’re going to place blame on the band and video as contributing factors to the loss, you’ve clearly got your head in the sand. First off, bands in this area are technically allowed to play while the other team has the ball. Have you ever heard of Southwest Dekalb? Trying to find excuses to why Chamblee couldn’t put the ball in the end zone is a lost cause.

Let me put this as simply as possible: Chamblee lost because Marist was more disciplined, more physical, better coached, could actually score (Chamblee put up 0 points in case you forgot)…I’ll let that sink in again…and quite simply, Marist was superior. As they will always be and have always been…for 31 straight times (combined score of the past 3 years: Marist 79 Chamblee 3)…you can try to win an argument again later…maybe next year…when Chamblee loses for the 32nd straight time. Thank you and goodbye.

I was there

November 4th, 2012
3:33 am

AAAA – you make very good points here. Nice job. I have never lost a game to Marist in my life. I am very familiar with your program, your coaches, your players, your parents, your school. Shut up? Not me – not ever. Y’all are like a bunch of frat boys. Tough when you get together but no bullets in your gun when you get cornered alone. Yep – had to teach a few frat boys how to act way back when. And they weren’t always alone.

Every Dekalb Co. Public school would love to have the tradition of Marist. Never said otherwise. Somehow, you missed some of my points. I don’t have a side. I don’t play football any more. I simply watch football. I have coached kids on both teams. As for being jealous of this HS football program? Sorry, but I played a lot of football after HS and the tradition is much richer. More fun too. Have a teammate who played for Marist – still talk to him all the time.

Sure, Marist is a great opportunity for an education, but so is Chamblee’s magnet program. Not really apples to apples – but the top kids at Chamblee will have no trouble getting into any schools the Marist kids are going to. Would you believe there is at least one kid on the Chamblee team who turned down Marist and Pius to stay in the Magnet program? It happens.

Read back through these posts AAAA. There are kids from Chamblee making valid points about the game. You have a Marist Alum talking smack. You got these distinguished alumni wasting their time talking crap to teenagers. You have a couple of others, like yourself, making some sense of it all and representing your school with distinction. I don’t even believe haha ever walked on the campus of your fine institution. At least, this is what I read here.

How can you guarantee haha is doing fine after graduation. I know some Marist kids who have struggled and struggled. I know their parents too. Just because our parents are successful doesn’t guarantee us anything more than extra chances. Been there myself. If every Marist grad is so successful, why the need to get on here and brag about 32 years and counting? Where do you keep your state championship rings? You’re probably still wearing your Marist letter jacket.

Where do I say I blame the team or the coaches for the video. haha calls out the Chamblee KIDS for talking smack. I blame the lowlife video. I know all about it. I know the kid who made it. I know your headmaster felt the need to call Coach Johnson and offer a humble apology for the behavior of his students and parents. Another one of the reasons I went to the game. I was simply pointing out some of the reasons there were Chamblee kids shouting out on twitter and FB. Frankly, I didn’t know they were, but I assume it happened.

There are rules in GA HS football which say the band can’t even play when the offense is in the huddle. It is a penalty after one warning. I have seen it called many times before. The band did not cause Chamblee to lose the game. Shouldn’t have caused them to lose a yard. Marist is clearly the better team. Haven’t said otherwise.

Chamblee is a good football team. Marist is better. Big Damn Deal. Get a life. Find something besides HS football which inspires you. I’m retired. I got more time than the rest of you!! If I feel up to it, I may be at Lakewood Stadium to see how y’all handle Carver. Good Luck.

Uh

November 4th, 2012
10:18 am

Marist is lifetime 22-5 vs Chamblee, so not sure where 31 straight is coming from.

Uh

November 4th, 2012
10:20 am

Oh ya, and Chamblee released a diss song too.

Uh Oh.....

November 4th, 2012
11:11 am

@Uh – Yes. thanks for the info. 31 straight comes from their inferiority complex and their “M” tattoos on their private parts.

We should expect Chamblee to act up. They’re public school kids and ALL of them are poor – right? None of them have parents at home who take time to make sure they succeed. It’s Marist fans who act as if God is Catholic and He would never allow one of their alum’s to falter. Puleaze.

WarEagle

November 4th, 2012
11:44 am

I’d say that anyone who generalizes and stereotypes an entire community is dumb. Read a lot of that from both sides. Let’s stop, and instead talk about football and all the great kids who play the games and support the teams.

Chamblee Dad

November 4th, 2012
12:01 pm

You are the Man WarEagle!!! Well said and spot on!! We are all neighbors! Let’s band together and root each other on EVERY Friday night!!! GOOOOooo War Eagles AND GOOOOooo BULLDOGS!

WarD@mnEagle!

November 4th, 2012
1:52 pm

As a father of two sons (both significant contributors) to a Marist State Championship team, two State runner-up teams, and ten playoff teams with various degrees of success. This is my thirteenth year invested in Marist football and athletics. In addition, this period thirteen year period coincides with the significant growth of anonymous Internet forums promoting comments before and after articles, prognosticating game results, smack talk and quite honestly the type of behavior a person would never say face to face to another person. The AJC promotes this to get hits on their website because the newspaper industry is on life support. In reality, the concept of an unmoderated, vacuous forum becomes a prepubescent, cesspool for anonymous cowards. Even with intelligent discussion or debate, a troll from either school or disguised from a rival will post something enflaming and pathetic designed to incite. These days on the Internet this is a certainty. (I was there, this comment is not aimed at you).

What is most disappointing, since I cannot speak for Chamblee, is the drop in the level of discourse among Marist posters. We used to post as our sons and our teams played their games; as our coaches taught our sons to perform as a unit, respecting the opponent, playing with dignity, ignoring the “noise” and concered about what they can control. Most importantly, representing their school, their team, their tradition, all those who played before them -Always remembering the Long Blue Line. Additionally, we emulated the desire our boys played for their coaches, their parents and the Marist Way.

Posting boasts, insignificant retorts, or smack falls into the trap created by the AJC, the Internet marketing industry and every troll who crosses our path. Mostly, our behavior reduces us to that of our “lesser angels” and the exact opposite of the very reasons we sent our sons to Marist and wanted them to play Marist football. Personally, I also have fallen in this trap at times. However, I decided to allow our teams to answer the posts. The kids have a great record of very good answers.

Chamblee is a good team. They have the opportunity to do real damage in the playoffs. I wish the Bulldogs only the best for the rest of the year. Unless we play again.

One other small issue, Mr. Coleman as a former fifteen veteran of Atlanta sports media, everyone makes mistakes. A small word of advice from someone who has been there and made many, many mistakes – just own up to the faux pas and move on. Then no one remembers it. I leaned this from Ernie Johnson, Sr. and Larry Munson. Ernie learned it from Red Barber and Munson from Curt Gowdy. I am positive this advice given to me has excellent wisdom backing it.

Peace…

WarD@mnEagle!

Chamblee Dad

November 4th, 2012
5:59 pm

@WarD@amnEagle – AMEN!! you said what many of us are thinking. Thanks for taking the time to post your wisdom. Hopefully, the kids are “listening.” Keep up the good work Sir!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2012
9:53 am

@WarD@amnEagle and @Me: I re-read the story and see where in the self-editing process at the game I put the Marist touchdown AFTER the blocked field goal instead of before. My apologies for the error. Thanks to both of you for pointing it out.

However, your reference to the AJC creating a “trap” for readers, simply by giving them (i.e., you) a chance to respond to stories, is akin to shooting the messenger. For example you, nor “Me,” would have had the opportunity to point out the error in my piece were it not for this feature on AJC.com. Your many comments about “trolls” and “anonymous cowards” are well-taken (posts with overly and overtly offensive words are deleted), but it is unfair to somehow blame the AJC for their commentary/posts.

Indeed, newspapers are suffering, and as is the case with any slumping business model, they must find new ways to remain relevant. Providing readers with the ability to react and interact on line and in real time, is a very small way for newspapers to compete with the various forms of electronic media. Again, fire away at those who would abuse this service provided by AJC.com and various other newspaper websites. But it is wrong to assign blame to the news organization.

Thanks for reading and posting.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

WarD@mnEagle!

November 5th, 2012
10:00 am

Chamblee Dad,

Thank you, as I mentioned in my post, I cannot speak for Chamblee’s parents or posters. That effort falls upon the “good” supporters of Chamblee High and Athletics to help/advise their over-enthusiastic to agressive posters. This is a two-way street.

There will always be those who refuse to conform to basic dignities of human conversation. The real winners in this fight against the dehumanization of Internet communications are those who remind our brethren of the true representation of their posts – our kids, players, teams, coaches, alumni, parents and school. Plus the fact, an Internet post is forever and a post is a worldwide positive/negative advertisement for your team. Perspective is the great equalizer.

All philosophy aside, the ignorance must cease on all sides. There are many inane and vacuous statements in this thread by both schools. However, one rule should stand before all and be nonnegotiable in all cases – NEVER mention ANY player on any team by name with disparagement. That is lower than low. A high school kid plays first for the love of the game. Not for a scholarship or for money but because he loves the game of football.

The vast majority of us, once played a sport for the love of the game. Thank God, there was no Internet where adults or trolls could post this kind of hatred at a 17-18 year old kid for doing something he loves. There is no justification.

Lead on Chamblee Dad.

Peace…

WarD@mnEagle

Ryan Askew

November 5th, 2012
11:19 am

Shout out to Dj Kwan, who predicted Marist would win 38 – 0 over Chamblee: Even though it was a 24 – 0 ending. DJ knows Marist football better than Marist it seems.
The truth is, Chamblee onl;y proved one thing, it’s the best of the weak teams in the new alignment of the region. If we look back to a year ago. Chamblee began the season 2 – 0, and then they had to play Marist, Tucker, S. W. Dekalb, Mays, all games they lost. If Chamblee had the same schedule from last at this point they would not have been looked at as a good team, just like last year. Hopefully in the playoffs they will get a team who barelly made it in.
If they pull Sandy Creek or another power house team, You can expect the ending of the game to be Chamblee 0 vs. Whoever 58.

Metro Fan

November 5th, 2012
12:36 pm

I knew Chamblee would lose when I saw the DJ and smoke machine on the field for pregame. Is that Coach Johnson’s idea of building a program in the mold of Marist? Smoke machines and DJs won’t beat anyone, especially not Marist… The home team and crowd seemed assured of the impending defeat after the first two possessions, and I hoped to see more fight out of the Bulldog players and supporters. Did they really think Marist was not gonna come to play four quarters of physical football? I feel bad for Chamblee because they will not have another opportunity this promising to win their first region championship in the forseeable future; too many seniors leaving and not enough behind them to reload. After next season they will probably move back up in classification once the new building opens and enrollment increases. Against the best competition in DeKalb a .500 season would be an accomplishment for the Bulldogs. Ask Dunwoody! If they sleep on Washington next Saturday they will suffer an 8-2 season more disappointing than the losing campaigns of the past two years…

some people

November 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

@Metro Fan really chamblee has too many seniors leaving haha ok. it’s not like we don’t start 2 or 3 underclassmen on the o-line have a very promising freshman d-lineman and lots of good underclassmen runningbacks. OK

WarD@mnEagle!

November 5th, 2012
9:44 pm

S. Thomas Coleman,

I owe you an apology. My post was not to blame the AJC’s blogs or forums for the decline of online behavior. My semi-rant was against behavior of alleged fans who should know better. The AJC was a victim of my inclusive wrath. Moreover, I have witnessed deletions and decent moderation of the AJC’s online services. For those efforts, the AJC should be commended. Moderating a site the size of the AJC’s is akin to nailing jello to a tree. You can only do your best.

The nationwide decline of the newspaper industry is just sad. The printed sports section of the AJC from the mid-80s to the mid-00s was second to none. The good news about the online paper and sports is more local coverage especially of high school sports. The AJC does a very good job with high school coverage.

Sometimes in the hurry to prove a point, friendly fire hits too many targets.

Peace…