Allatoona 20, MLK 19

It was bend but don’t break for M.L. King. Until they broke.

Allatoona could only get two field goals out of drives of 14 and 13 plays in the first half,  but the Buccaneers got two big touchdowns late to upset the Lions 20-19 in the Class AAAAA second round.

The final drive was the biggest one for the No. 10-ranked Bucs (11-1), who had spent most of the game moving the ball on offense but repeatedly running into a stubborn MLK Red Zone defense.

But a couple of fourth-down conversions on the previous scoring drive seemed to give Allatoona some confidence, and the Bucs trailed the No. 2-ranked Lions 19-13 when they got the ball at their own 27-yard line with 3:45 left.

When quarterback Jeremy Uzee was sacked at his own 25, though, leaving the Bucs with a third and 12, the Lions appeared to have them on the ropes.

Uzee was at his best late, however, and he hit Clarence Soleberry for 25 yards and an Allatoona first down. Four plays later, following what many of the MLK players thought was a fumble they had recovered – but the officials ruled otherwise – Soleberry broke open again.

This time, he got the behind the defense, and Uzee hit him in stride for a 38-yard touchdown with 1:37 left. The extra point put the Bucs back in front.

“We ran a comeback twice, and he made an unbelievable move on the corner,” Uzee said, of Soleberry. “He just broke away from him; it was just there.”

With the Lions’ high-powered offense, there was little doubt they had time for one more run.

MLK (11-1) started on its own 26, and it took quarterback Roland Rivers (17-of-29, 285 yards, 3 TD) just one play to get the Lions into Allatoona territory, on a 27-yard pass to Donald Clark. A late hit penalty on the Bucs moved the Lions all the way to the 32 with more than 1 minute left.

Two plays later, though, Rivers tried for it all and threw an errant pass toward the near left corner of the end zone. It fell short, and Allatoona’s Terrance Sykes intercepted it to effectively seal the win.

One point that may haunt the Lions came in the second quarter, when they had their first extra point blocked, and the second never got off the ground after a bad snap. The lost points proved valuable.

T.J. Herron had a game-high 116 yards on 24 carries for Allatoona. This is the sixth time in 10 years MLK has had a zero- or one-loss regular season and then lost in the quarterfinals or sooner.

A          3          3          7          7 – 20

M         0          12       7          0 – 19

A – Nathan Shaw 23 FG

A – Shaw 36 FG

M – Demarquis Polite-Bray 20 pass from Roland Rivers (kick blocked)

M – Rashad Oglesby 27 pass from Rivers (kick failed)

M – Donald Clark 49 pass from Rivers (Presley Bray kick)

A – Tommy Davis 14 pass from Jeremy Uzee (Shaw kick)

A – Clarence Soleberry 38 pass from Uzee (Shaw kick)

51 comments Add your comment

Mr Earl

November 23rd, 2012
10:57 pm

Another Cobb team knocks MLK out of the play offs. Wow!

FridayNightLightsFans

November 23rd, 2012
11:02 pm

Great game Allatoona. EP fan pulling for you now.

High 5

November 23rd, 2012
11:21 pm

Damn, what the hell happened to East Paulding?

HSFB Follower

November 23rd, 2012
11:38 pm

Until ALL of Dekalb County improves their kicking games these type of losses will continue to occur!

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:08 am

@ High5 they ran up against a brick wall from Stone mtn. Ga…

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
12:31 am

The kids played there butt off!! It’s was the coaches for mlk who lose the game bonehead decision making!! Example 1 not going for 2 when up by 12. Example 2 got a penalty for 2 many players of the field giving Allatoona a second life and they did score when they was going 2 punt.. Example 3 mlk is at Allatoona 20 yard line with three timeouts and didn’t use one subsequently throwing a int to end the game. GET RID OF THE COACHES PERIOD!! They cannot coach,we winning on talent period!!

uncleJunior

November 24th, 2012
12:34 am

Congratulations to Allatoona (excuse me if mis-spelled). You guys came to play and it showed. Good luck going forward!!!! Now, the rest of this post is not for you. Good luck!!!

Now, hold your heads up MLK!!!! It was a great season. Trust me when I say this, but I bet the rest of the teams are breathing a sigh of relief that you are gone. I will not point the finger publicly but I will say. . . . .you guys can play some football!!!!!!!!!!

uncleJunior

November 24th, 2012
12:37 am

Again. . . .congratulations to Allatoona!!! I don’t want to take anything away from the kids, who played a helluva game.

Now let me go. . . . .I have some crow- – -uh, I mean some turkey to eat!!!!!

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
12:47 am

The kids played there butt off!! It’s was the coaches for mlk who lose the game bonehead decision making!! Example 1 not going for 2 when up by 12. Example 2 got a penalty for 2 many players of the field giving Allatoona a second life and they did score when they was going 2 punt.. Example 3 mlk is at Allatoona 20 yard line with three timeouts and didn’t use one subsequently throwing a int to end the game. GET RID OF THE COACHES PERIOD!! They cannot coach,we winning on talent period!!

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 24th, 2012
1:10 am

With all the drama MLK been thru this year I think they did very well. I know not making the Dome is a let down but you pulled togather time after time. Take that into life and use it knowing you can stand on your own 2 feet you will go far.. Sorry you lost but I now have to back the 2 other dekalb schools left.

TOONAVILLE

November 24th, 2012
1:14 am

Great game Toona! One game at a time. You bloggers can finish up now, 99% guessed wrong!!!!!!!!!

bucnation2011

November 24th, 2012
1:23 am

WHAT AN EXCITING GAME ALLATOONA VS MLK..MLK, GREAT JOB BOYS! YOUR TEAM PLAYED WELL TONIGHT, KEEP YOUR HEADS HIGH..A TRUE POWERHOUSE PROGAM
…A BUC FAN!!!

MLK2012

November 24th, 2012
4:43 am

I am soooo disappointed. Yes, I agree Allatoona played a physical game, but I disagree that the coaching staff lost the game. Let’s make it clear, the offensive coordinator lost the game. Where was the Head coach when the offensive coordinator was slowly giving Allatoona the game? The head coach should have put a lid on that bad play calling an took over. Defense as always you held it down, but there was only so much you could do. Good Luck to all the seniors and we are looking forward to next year and hopefully a new coach and offensive coordinator.

pedro bray

November 24th, 2012
9:32 am

to all the haters of the mlk coaches shut up cause yall were down for the coaches when we beat stephenson 49 to 28 but when we lose one game the coaches suck now smh mlk cant we state cause we have a very few loyal fans

pedro bray

November 24th, 2012
9:34 am

to all the haters of the mlk coaches shut up cause yall were down for the coaches when we beat stephenson 49 to 28 but when we lose one game the coaches suck now smh mlk cant win state cause we have a very few loyal fans

Tiger4Life

November 24th, 2012
9:55 am

Congrats to MLK on a great season, 11-1 not bad at all. As I said to a lot of MLK backers at the begining of the season, just because your not in highest classification anymore doesn’t mean teams are goning to lay down. You have to come and play. It’s not easy to win a Championship on any level. I was told that this was MLK’s best overall team, and they didn’t win it all, so now do think Tucker’s achievements are legit?

And whats with all the coach bashing? These are the same coaches that you guys praised during the regular season. Now they can’t coach cause they lost a playoff game? I guess you could do better, please go apply for the job for next season.

TOONAVILLE

November 24th, 2012
10:21 am

WOW, I agree with pedro, Fan support was not there. Allatoona had more ppl @ the game. Coaching from the stands is much easier tha on the field. Both teams gave us a great game, good job guys. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
10:30 am

@pedro bray what game was u watching coachs didn’t execute under pressure period!! Needs a field goal to win the game and you passing the ball at the Allatoona 20 yard line!! Explain that Pedro bray!

dekalbcountyfootball1

November 24th, 2012
10:31 am

@Lion 4 life – I agree with the 3 examples . But now the decision of the coaches. Yes, 20/20 is always right! We missed several injured players and the coaches tried and but was unsucessful in using the same plays. Congrats to Allatoona they played a excellent game. We should cheer for Stephenson, Tucker……..

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
10:38 am

@ tucker4life!! I gave u three legit example of bonehead decision making by the coaches!!

Tiger4Life

November 24th, 2012
11:24 am

I hear you lion 4 life, but you have to understand that’s a first year coach and you have to learn from your mistakes. That doesn’t make him a bad coach. Now if he goes and do it again next year you can question his abilities.

But my point is that no one questioned the play calling during the regular season because they won. The guy is a good coach and has a good coaching staff. You don’t go 11-0 with bad coaching.

Tiger4Life

November 24th, 2012
11:26 am

And when your in the heat of the moment, thats what happends. I don’t think a coach will ever call a play they don’t think will work. They didn’t get blown out, so they were prepared for the game. Some times the players just don’t execute the play #ijs

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
11:50 am

@ Tucker4life Let’s keep it for real we been winning on talent all year alone!! Playoff is where coaches earn they legacy!!

Tiger4Life

November 24th, 2012
12:58 pm

Okay, lets keep it real. What proven winner would come to Dekalb and coach? Unless you guys plan on putting a fund together to get your own statium built and pay for their salary…

A_dblT_dblO_NA

November 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Great job MLK band. Bucs may have won the game, but Lions definitely won halftime. I hope the Allatoona band director was watching.

Deion Lak

November 24th, 2012
3:43 pm

First off the offensive coordinator blew the game ..3 time outs on the 20 & 57 seconds and counting ..No time out coach.Maybe if the had a real HEAD coach somebody could have stepped out and called. a time out

smh

November 24th, 2012
6:49 pm

@LIONFORLIFE…U SOUND JUS LIKE A PARENT WHO SoN DIDnt play cuz of parents malfunctions of raising him…who r u…what have u ever coached..what level of football have u ever played on..shuda cuda wuda..the plays are called and the players run them..in a lost or win..coaches don’t jump outsides..coaches dnt cover on 4th and whatever. ..the game was coached well..plays cud have been executed thoroughout the game..jus shut ur mouth..ur not paying the coaches nor teacher salaries… .u don’t know football. .continue to blog under a hashtag name so u can feel important…ur part of the problem cuz ur on the coaching staff nuts when things r great….but we see and u see urTRUE CHARACTER. .SMFH.UR PATHETIC..A DISGRACE. .CONTINUE to BLOG u I

Lion 4 life

November 24th, 2012
6:59 pm

@smh first of all my son starts on mlk football team! Second of all I gave three examples of coaches mistake! I played high school and college football! U need 2 shut the f$$$ up because u don’t know s$$$ about football! U probably a fat ass punk that was pick on n high school!! Get the coaches 101 manual and read it then come back at me U HEARD!!

jag pride

November 24th, 2012
9:46 pm

Ayy jaguar
We prepared for east paulding and the score board showed mlk yall can still come out and support the jags next well as we give ware county a a## whooping wish us luck on this 4 hour ride to south Georgia

jag pride

November 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

Mlk you say Stephenson suck east paulding beat allatoona 25-7 we best east paulding 35-6 get my point

Toonaville

November 24th, 2012
10:43 pm

WOW, what hasn’t been said is that Allatoona blocked two extra points earlier, why would you try to kick from thirty out? That had to be on his mind.ijs GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Old Man Football

November 25th, 2012
8:36 am

If you want answers, listen up. Name a State Champion in Georgia that runs the spread offense…….Everyone wants to be Oregon or Clemson and score 60 points every week. The reason that you can only find one or two over the past 10 years in all classifications (50 Champions) is that they are not consistent and their defenses are soft.So, keep playing basketball on the football field and “Old Man Football” will visit with the Grim Reaper every year.

Go...Dekalb!

November 25th, 2012
10:18 am

Congrats to Alatoona. You guys played a pretty good balanced game against the Lions and took advantage of our mistakes. This lost was really a heartbreaker for the Lions. They heard all the noise about not winning a State Championship…once again come up short. MLK fought hard in light of the abscene of key starters… Congrats again, Alatoona, you are a good team. I am sure your victory feel sweet. BTW….to the MLK Band…Great job! To whoever said that Alatoona had more supporters at the game….NOT. From my vantage point…the stands on the other side looked empty. Yes, JAGs and TIGERS…now you guys go and get the job done. Good luck to you next week.

TheQB

November 25th, 2012
10:46 am

You can put the blame on me

uncleJunior

November 25th, 2012
11:25 am

@Old Man Football . . . .If I am not mistaken, I believe Sandy Creek runs the spread.

Old Man Football

November 25th, 2012
11:41 am

@uncleJunior……You are mistaken. They mostly run the I formation with a bit of Wing-T. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAnGtar8Eao

Thanks for helping make my point. Not being a smart-alleck, just trying to point out the obvious. Oh, and Notre Dame vs Alabama or Georgia……..Same point. OLD MAN FOOTBALL.

mr. White

November 25th, 2012
1:15 pm

MLK Coaches suck like a baboon on it’s my nipple!! The WORST!!! The only game they get up to play is against Stephenson. B on B crime in another form!!

mr. White

November 25th, 2012
1:20 pm

And Pedro Bray you make a point about Stephenson and having no fan issues but you’re dead wrong for standing up for that coaching staff who don’t show up in the playoffs. I take it you’re related to the #10 kid who is an awesome talent but he’s been let down by his coaches. The further in the playoffs you go the more attention you get from big time colleges, hey but what do i know, I’m just a recruiter.. ;-)

Tiger4Life

November 25th, 2012
1:28 pm

The same parents that told me MLK will win it all this year since they are now playing in there right classification, when all along they were in the right class. Now the coaches can’t coach and they went 11-0 off talent alone. So no one help prepare, train or organize theses kids? They called these plays all year long with complaining from the fans, so now thy lose and they are the worst … If they are that bad then the job will be open in the spring then you can have your chance to call the plays under pressure. If you don’t complain in a victory then don’t complain in a defeat.

smh

November 25th, 2012
3:16 pm

@lion4life..ur pathetic. .get a life “blogger “..Lololol. ..like uve every won n e thing n ur life..hahaha..there has been no state champions come thru football at MLK ever..get a life..ur sons start..on what JV..looking at the MLK roster..there are no brothers that play at MLK. .so I know ur just a blogger. .hahaha..u dont know football maybe foosball. ..hahaha..Damn bloggers. .u played college football..hahaha u prolly went to cross keys high school and georgia perimeter college. .and coach a little league flag football team and wanna live ur dream thru the best program in dekalb county…ha..but n e way…big ups to the mlk coaching staffing and that young coach..live and learn from the mistakes made..use this as a learning experience..so when u do get ur own team and staff u know how to handle it..it just wasn’t ur time..work hard and try agian next year..good luck Tucker ans jaguars…

Lion at heart

November 25th, 2012
7:00 pm

Great job to the MLK High School players, you had a great season. As for the coaches keep your head high, continue to work and get better, and don’t listen to all the bs…. After all the stipinds suck in dekalb county so we know you are not doing it for the money but for the love of the kids and the game.

Dekalb all the way!!!

November 25th, 2012
9:21 pm

Even though there are some things that could have been done differently, I still think that MLK has one hell of a coaching staff and team. There were a few key players out and the team just didn’t click as much that night. I am still proud of the way they represented this year, especially with all that went on at the beginning of the year. Players and coaches, keep your head up. If you are at MLK next year, you can have another shot at the title and if not, you will be successful somewhere else.
To the bloggers who have nothing positive to say, just know that; ignorance is in abundance and is growing exponentially!!!

KING IS HERE

November 26th, 2012
8:40 am

I HATE TO SAY IT BUT YUP THE COACHES LOST THE GAME FOR MLK AND AGREE WITH THE 3 EXAMPLES LIONS 4 LIFE GAVE. ONCE AGAIN HERE WE GO AGAIN LOOSING AGAINST COBB COUNTY TEAM. HOPEFULLY NOT ALL BUT A FEW COACHES NEED TO FIND SOME WHERE ELSE TO CALL HOME!

KING IS HERE

November 26th, 2012
8:41 am

GOOD LUCK TO TUCKER!!!!

KING IS HERE

November 26th, 2012
8:41 am

@JAG PRIDE SHUT UP YOU ARE DONE THIS WEEKEND

Know What I'm Talking About

November 26th, 2012
11:59 am

@Old Man Football: Good coaches and programs run whatever is best for their personnel. If you have a big strong offensive line and a couple of good backs, you can play “Old Man Football.” But if your personnel isn’t suited for that, you spread people out or you run a version of the Wing-T, which gives you the advantage of angle blocking or cut blocking.

To say you play “Old Man Football” just because you’re able to say it, and it somehow makes you feel good about yourself is ignorant. Do what is best for your personnel at the time.

Or, if you are lucky enough to have a feeder program where you can develope the kids that will be attending your high school, then you can devote yourself to one style. However, if you don’t have a youth feeder or middle school program that allows you to develop your players, you have to do whatever best fits your players. That’s what the best coaches do.

GURU

November 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

Over-Rated!! Front Runners!!

Da kid

November 26th, 2012
1:10 pm

first off to all the postive things said thanks but to all u 2 faced fans yall can get outta town wit dat noise we have a great coaching staff and last time i checked yall was ridding dey tip wen we beat the jags and the tigers nw yall say they suck if dat ant bout fake idk wat is an plus yall dnt kno the work we put including the coaching staff they put in more work then we did so b4 yall take shoots at them yall think about them being at mlk all week early n the morning and leaving late at night dealing wit us on thanksgiving break wen they could have been at home or doing sum better

Da kid

November 26th, 2012
1:14 pm

oh and @lion 4 life change ya name dogg cuz u cant b claming us and u doggin the team if u a real fan u would give us our props an keep it moving an bet money u goin b n the stands next year cheering 4 us CHUMP!!!! U SLEEP

Metro Fan

November 26th, 2012
3:34 pm

@Old Man Football Calhoun, Charlton County, Northside Warner Robins, Peach County, Colquitt County, Cairo, Flowery Branch, Burke County, Landmark Christian, Wesleyan, North Gwinnett, Carver-Columbus, and Gainesville have all won or played for a state championship in the last five years running offenses based primarily on “spread” concepts… STFU and go watch some more film.