Stephenson 35, East Paulding 6

Running back Evan Jones and quarterback Justin Holman provided the touchdowns, but it was the Stephenson defense that made the difference as the Jaguars pulled away in the second half for a 35-6 victory over East Paulding in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs Friday in Dallas.

Jones rushed for 171 yards on 22 carries and scored two second-half touchdowns, and Holman had a touchdown run and a TD pass for Stephenson, which advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. It was the first road playoff victory for in school history for Stephenson (9-2), the runner-up in Region 6-AAAAA.

East Paulding (11-1) was the Region 5-AAAAA champion and trying to reach the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. The Raiders fell one game short of tying the school record for victories.

East Paulding came in averaging 394 yards per game, but it was limited to 150 total yards and only 37 in the second half by Stephenson. East Paulding ran 12 plays on its first four possessions of the second half and gained yardage on just two.

East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas and Kyler Neal each rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, but they were held to a combined 82 yards on 16 carries, which included a 36-yard run by Neal in the first quarter.

East Paulding never got close to the end zone, but it didn’t need to in the first half to come away with points. Kicker Miles Hemphill gave the Raiders a big lift on the final play before halftime when he kicked a 61-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-6. It was the third-longest field goal in state history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Hemphill had kicked a 47 yarder four minutes earlier.

But Stephenson quickly reestablished control. Jones ran 56 yards for a score on the second play of the third quarter to make it 14-6, and the Jaguars got the ball back two plays later when East Paulding quarterback Mitchell Webb was intercepted by Cameron Glenn near midfield. Stephenson drove to the East Paulding 30, where Holman threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Neal on fourth-and-8.

The Jaguars’ defense took over from there.

Stephenson – 0-7-14-14 – 35

East Paulding – 0-6-0-0 – 6

S – Justin Holman 1 run (Wisdom Nzidee kick)

E – Miles Hemphill 47 field goal

E – Hemphill 61 field goal

S – Evan Jones 56 run (Nzidee kick)

S – Dexter Neal 30 pass from Holman (Nzidee kick)

S – Jones 5 run (Nzidee kick)

S – Dejuan Beck 18 run (Nzidee kick)

109 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

November 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Stuffed that cannon with cotton candy.

D-man

November 23rd, 2012
11:30 pm

Tick tick tick boo……. Dang the cannon jammed lol jaguars jaguars gone and beef it up!!!

On to next year!

November 23rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Got it handed to us, plain and simple. Maybe some of the East fans that go overboard every year on these blogs will learn to shut up now. Congrats to Stephenson for owning East. BTW, your band rocked and my wife and I were disappointed that you did not take the field at halftime!

High 5

November 23rd, 2012
11:33 pm

TICK…….. TICK……….. TICK………… POOF!!!!!

Like I said before, A FAKE CANNON HAS NO BALLS!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

Decatur joe

November 23rd, 2012
11:37 pm

Thank you Stephenson! Now we don’t have to see that tick tick bulls*** no more.

Damage Cannon

November 23rd, 2012
11:39 pm

TICK!TICK!….SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIzzzzzzzzz!

JAB

November 23rd, 2012
11:43 pm

JAB is back from TICK TICK TICK TINKER BOOM YARD BABIES… After driving down I-20 & listening to a lady on my GPS telling me to go here, turn here and thinking to myself I couldn’t be a High School down these backroads, I finally arrived at East Paulding HS. I must say that I was impressed with the Cannon, the crowd and the Bone yard party, but not until their EP put there JV on the field against the mighty Jaguars that (ALL) of this week long, I heard how good they were, the only truth to EP was their filed goal kicker… WE crushed them on their own field even after the refs. tried to help them by penalizing the Jags to def., but the mighty JAGS only got stronger & stronger. NOW! One question where are all of the EP bloggers???? hahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…
;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

JAB

November 23rd, 2012
11:44 pm

@ On to next year, thanks man!! ;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

JAB

November 23rd, 2012
11:46 pm

WOW! Can’t believe what happened to our brother, MLK, was looking forward to an (ALL Dekalb final at the Dome), that’s alright we’ll take it from here….

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

Bigdawg1989

November 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

Well that was a bad way to end a great season… but a great run by the RAIDER seniors!!! Congrats to Stephenson…came into the “Boneyard” and gave us a whooping. BTW, that does not happen very often!

Region 5 goes 1-2 tonight against Region 6 with Allatoona taking out their #1 seed! Congrats to the Buccaneers, awesome job!!!!

@JAB – I was right on my predictions…no way you score 38 and our kicker did own you guys!!!!! LOL!!! Enjoyed the back and forth on the blog. Good luck the rest of the way.

@On to next year! I doubt any EAST fans will shut up in the future but thanks for chiming in after the fact…maybe you should practice what you preach!

Bigdawg1989

November 23rd, 2012
11:50 pm

@High 5 – get some class you ass clown!!!!!

KEEP IT REAL!

November 23rd, 2012
11:50 pm

One more thing that could complete my weekend. USC beating Notre Dame.

Realist

November 23rd, 2012
11:55 pm

Great game by my Jags. Classy win for them and the coaching staff. Lets keep it together. I enjoyed the facilities and the hospitality AT THE STADIUM. The only negative of my night is when I stopped at the store on the corner, and some kids rode past us with our Stephenson shirts on and yelled out the car NI$$ERS. Another fan said he experienced the same thing tonight at a gas station around the street from the stadium. They didn’t seem representative of the fans that I encountered at the stadium, but I’m sure they were East Paulding fans. Anywho, I kept it classy and our fans kept it classy at the game, and I’m proud of us for that. Enjoyed the game, keep it up Jags!!!

Bigdawg1989

November 24th, 2012
12:06 am

@Realist – I would like to apologize on behalf of the RAIDER NATION for the comments! We are very passionate about our football but there is no place for those comments. Let me assure you…they do not represent EAST PAULDING football in any way!

Congrats on the victory and good luck next week…Waycross is a long drive!!!!

@JAB – I am confused on what calls you are referring to with the REFS…from where I was sitting, there was holding on every play by your offensive line. Enjoy your victory, it is well deserved but don’t act like you were wronged by the refs in the process…really?

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:15 am

@ Bigdawg1989, I was referring to them questionable calls after halftime and the passing TD that Stephenson scored they (the ref.) had to meet and huddle up before called the touchdown good. Congrats to EP community, I did enjoyed your hospitality although I was disappointed, that you guys didn’t play better with all of the trash talk of how good you were…

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

EPRaiders

November 24th, 2012
12:15 am

@JAB, I’m eating the crow, it actually is not to bad. Our cannon shot it down. That was the only thing that was shot tonight. Your team is very good, much better than I thought. The back #23 is a nice back, why haven`t anyone heard of him. Anyway as our bet was, I have to stop blogging for the rest of the year. Good Luck to you guys. You have a good team. I hope Ware respects you a little better then we did.

JAGNATION

November 24th, 2012
12:17 am

Congrats to Tucker on their victory………sorry MLK couldn’t complete the sweep for region 6 and the JAGS turned the Boneyard into the GRAVEYARD…………..all Raiders were buried by those MIGHTY JAGS!!!!!!!!

Realist

November 24th, 2012
12:17 am

Bigdawg1989, The fans that I encountered at the game didn’t come off as that way at all. I hope they were not with East Paulding. It’s not a perfect world, so things happen. I enjoyed my trip up there. You all have great facilities and a well coached team. Good luck in the future, GO JAGS!!!

Dylan

November 24th, 2012
12:18 am

Congrats Stephenson on making it to the 3rd round!!!

And congrats on your first road playoff win !!!

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:19 am

I don’t want to get the trash talking early before next week! I know this is the playoff and everybody is 2- 0, but Stephenson has already got Ware County number they beat them 4 years ago on their field while they were ranked… :)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

Dylan

November 24th, 2012
12:21 am

Its crazy how this LESS talented stephenson team is doing better then the past years SUPER TALENTED stephenson teams in the playoffs.

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:22 am

@ EPRaiders, like I said; I was very impressed with your hospitality… YOU GUYS HAVE A NICE STADIUM AND FOOTBALL ATMOSPHERE. I only wish that Dekalb allowed schools to have their very own stadiums…:)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:28 am

Oh! I forgot to say’ DIDN’T I TELL YOU THAT REGION 6AAAAA WAS THE BEST IN THE STATE, The SEC of HS football, we could be 4 – 0 clean sweep since SWD couldn’t hold their lead against KELL & MLK (still out of dis-belief) lost to Allantona…

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

StephensonFAN99

November 24th, 2012
12:30 am

They said e were going to loose by 17 check the scoreboard enough said!!

JAB

November 24th, 2012
12:31 am

“THIS IS MY LAST POST TONIGHT” Okay! Ware County bloggers WHERE YOU AT! JAB IS HERE, READY TO TRASH TALK! WE ALREADY BEAT YOU TWICE BACK TO BACK ON YOUR FIELD…

High 5

November 24th, 2012
12:31 am

Bigdawg1989- Dude, chill out it was just a joke!!!

Here watch this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qII68ZMrqrI

The only team with an “S” on their chest!!!!

Old Gold Panther

November 24th, 2012
12:51 am

Congrats to my region 6 brother going 2-1 tonight…. Went to the MLK game…man they had their game won. They were winning 19-6 and a costly penalty on 4 and 12 gave Allatoona just enough yards to convert on 4th down and go on to score. Got them back in the game… It was the turning point. Anyway good luck the rest of the way region 6.

FB FAN

November 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Wow no big time D-1 prospects and bunch team players and the most important and that is always neglected to mention by all the haters of the Stephenson program ” A very disciplined and well coached team”. Finally give props to the coaching staff. Go JAGS!

King Of Diamonds

November 24th, 2012
12:59 am

2 down 3 to go

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 24th, 2012
1:14 am

EPaulding you are the bug and the JAGS were the windshield. Splaaaaaaattttt !

JAGNation!

November 24th, 2012
1:18 am

Jaguars are the best team in the state of GEORGIA HANDS DOWN ! nobody can play with the cats !
The have class & great coaches !

TOONAVILLE

November 24th, 2012
1:19 am

@Old Gold Panther, say it right, penalty did not give us a first down, coach went for it on 4th and 9, you had 12 on the field, go figure.

jag pride

November 24th, 2012
1:23 am

Where those experts who said they would beat us 42-3 and 17-0 the thing is we still don’t want props from nobody hatorade is the new gatorade fills us up
Jagnation#

Dylan

November 24th, 2012
3:34 am

This Stephenson team isn’t NEARLY as talented as previous Stephenson teams yet they look much better in the playoffs then previous Stphenson teams.

I think Stephenson losing, earlier in the regular season helped them correct alot of mistakes . Previous Stephenson teams would go undefeated or lose 1 game at the VERY end of the year, so they never really had time to really correct weakness that maybe they werent fully aware of until being defeated. I believe Stephenson losing to MLK and Miller Grove really may have helped Stephenson in the long run…..MLK had alot of weakness exposed today that was never really a problem for them because they were undefeated and those weakness were never really exposed to them before so they could work on it and be a stronger team for the playoffs.

Just my Observation

only a matter of time

November 24th, 2012
6:27 am

Good win Jags but act like you like you been there before. When you played with the “big boys” this time of year was officially known as basketball season in Jag land. You guys were the masters of the “one and done.” Your blogs were filled with nothing but contempt for your coach etc. So all of a sudden Gartrell for President?? Like I said, congrats on the “W” and I know this is uncharted territory for you but please act like you’ve been here before.

FridayNightLightsFan

November 24th, 2012
6:57 am

Good Game Stephenson. Good Year EP. We are still proud of you..

jag count

November 24th, 2012
8:25 am

eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat

Kick Some Grass

November 24th, 2012
8:29 am

ok…I’ll eat it now. Hope that crow taste better with left over stuffing. Stevenson was the better team tonight. You did stuff to us we had not seen all year. You ran against us and stopped our run game. That’s what we did best. You have lots of speed all over the field and that was the difference. Nice young men and I wish you the best the rest of the way. I told our QB after the game, every team will feel like this but one. Look at what you did…lead the team to a perfect season and years from now you’ll tell people you were part of a school record and third best in the state 61 yd FG. Again Congrats to the better team tonight…the Jags of Stevenson.

Dragstrip Road

November 24th, 2012
9:59 am

Good job Stephenson fans…………acting like twits

JAB

November 24th, 2012
10:04 am

@ kick Some Grass, you’re a good sport man!!

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

G-dub

November 24th, 2012
10:05 am

Where is The Cannon Rules, normally you would be on here giving us play by play, what’s up. Congrats to JAB and the Jag Nation. Congrats to EP on a great season , keep it up.

JAB

November 24th, 2012
10:08 am

It’s time for (ALL) of the “HATERS” to leave the blog***** Stephenson has proven itself…
Brookwood High School did it 2 years ago (Won the State Championship)after a 2 loss and unranked regular season!!! ;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

JAB

November 24th, 2012
10:10 am

I knew my JAGS could do it!!!

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…

JAB

November 24th, 2012
10:17 am

@ Cannon Rules is in hiding eating his crow, don’t know how much respect I have for such a man who wont come out and face the loss; I said that I would be back on this blog win or lose ; if we’ve lost I would been on here congratulating East Paulding on a job well done.. REAL MEN talk!!!

It’s time for (ALL) of the “HATERS” to leave the blog***** Stephenson has proven itself…
Brookwood High School did it 2 years ago (Won the State Championship)after a 2 loss and unranked regular season!!!

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…

RealisticFan

November 24th, 2012
10:17 am

Congrats to Stephenson on a great win. A dominating performance in the trenches made the difference. Tip of the cap to your team, coaches and fans. Best of luck the remainder of the way and I will be extra mindful of my own words “STAY HUMBLE MY FRIENDS IR PREPARE TO BE HUMBLED”.

Tiger4Life

November 24th, 2012
10:17 am

Good win Stephenson…

RealisticFan

November 24th, 2012
10:20 am

@JAB

Cannon is not hiding and will most certainly be here to offer his congratulations and thoughts.

RAIDER FAN

November 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Congrats to the Stephenson Jaguars. They really took it to the Raiders last night. E.P. seemed a little flat all through the game but the Jags showed up to play some football. Good luck to the Jags and all the other teams that won last night, travel and play safe. That includes Allatoona who sqeaked out a victory against M.L.K. so no sweep of r5 by r6, a little good news :-) . Once again, congrats to the Jags, great game.

G-dub

November 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Cannon….Come out to playeeeeee. We would like your take on last night Boneyard Blast!

JAB

November 24th, 2012
10:38 am

@ Dylan , your observation is right! We Region 6AAAAA played each other like mean vicious cats clawing at each other during the regular season. I’ve said that the early loss to MG and the butt whipping that MLk put on Stephenson was a true learning experience,. But when you look at it, the only weakness in Stephenson all year long has been their ability to defend the pass, and after last night Stephenson defense played like true champions. TO ALL OF THE PAST ALUMNI’S & D1 PROSPECTS THAT HAVE CAME THROUGH STEPHENSON, THIS ONE WAS FOR YOU!!!

Stephenson (Jaguars)
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