Lovejoy 21, North Gwinnett 6

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Lovejoy’s offense – powered by five bullies on the offensive line, left handed gun-slinging quarterback Alejandro Bennefield, a bevy of filthy-good receivers, and Georgia Tech-bound running back Travis Custis – usually gets the headlines.

But Friday night against North Gwinnett, the Wildcats put their defense on display. The unit stifled North Gwinnett’s potent offense, holding the Bulldogs without a touchdown en route to 21-6 win in one Class AAAAAA quarterfinal, at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Lovejoy.

In fact, Lovejoy’s defense outscored North Gwinnett’s offense, which had been averaging nearly 40 points per game. And the defensive touchdown put the game away, for all intents and purposes.

Midway thorough the third quarter with Lovejoy up 7-3, North Gwinnett’s defense, which played valiantly in its own right, forced a Lovejoy punt. The Bulldogs took over on their 26-yard line. But four plays into the drive, North Gwinnett quarterback Michael Haynes, who was hampered by a leg injury and harassed by the Lovejoy front seven all night, was sacked by defensive end Veion Robinson. Robinson stripped Haynes and Wildcat safety Tyrell Brown scooped it up and rambled 40 yards for a touchdown that put Lovejoy ahead 14-3.

North Gwinnet managed another field goal on its next possession to narrow the score to 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter. But Lovejoy’s offense broke loose on the ensuing possession, driving 78 yards in just six plays, most of it coming on a roughing-the-passer penalty and a 43-yard pass from Bennefield to Jumichael Ramos, which moved the ball to the Bulldog 1-yard line. Custis, who finished with 126 yards on 31 carries, crashed in from there for the final points of the night.

Bennefield completed 13-of-22 passes for 128 yards, while the Wildcat defense held the Bulldogs to just 129 yards of total offense.

Lovejoy scored the only points it would really need on its second possession of the game, after the defense forced a three-and-out and a short North Gwinnett punt. The Wildcats mixed the run and the pass and drove 32 yards to the Bulldog’s 8 yard line, midway through the first quarter.

But just went it appeared that the North Gwinnett defense had done its job and forced a 25-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-three, the Bulldogs lined up in the neutral zone and the resulting penalty gave the Wildcats a first-and-goal at the 4.

Custis wasted no time getting in the end zone, as he took a handoff on the next play from scrimmage, bounced outside to his left and muscled his way across the goal line to give Lovejoy a 7-0 lead after Jaime Nunez made good on the point-after kick.

North Gwinnett 0 3 0 3 6

Lovejoy 7 0 7 7 21

L – Travis Custis 4 run (Jaime Nunez kick)

NG – Michael D’Angola 32 fg

L – Tyrell Brown 40 fumble return (Nunez kick)

NG – D’Angola 37 fg

L – Custis 1 run (Nunez kick)

65 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

November 30th, 2012
11:39 pm

129 yards. Thats all, 129 yards

HSFB Follower

December 1st, 2012
12:21 am

Lovejoy sent a statement tonight and their defense should be one that strikes fear in any team the rest of the season! Solid effort by these guys and their coaching staff.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
1:17 am

I was completely disgusted by the lack of sportsmanship and class displayed by Lovejoy. The replay of the fumble recovered for a touchdown repeatedly shows #40 flipping of NGHS in the middle of the field. Lovejoy has an incredible size advantage over anyone I’ve seen, and they’ve definitely earned their way to the semis.

Before the absolutely disgusting behavior I witnessed by many on Lovejoy’s team in the second half I wanted to know who #40 was being recruited by, and who he might be leaning towards. He has as much talent as I’ve ever seen in a high school player, but I’m pretty sure he’s likely to be a non-qualifier after witnessing two weeks of his undisciplined nature.

Sporstnut I hope you have a connection to this team that enables you to relay the message that the behavior that was on display for everyone to see isn’t appreciated. They may very well be the best team in the state this year, but nobody cares to see a group of ill-mannered punks represent the state as such.

GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!

sportsnut

December 1st, 2012
1:35 am

@ Knockahoma == I know several of these kids and their parents. I will tell them to do what they do because it is the right thing to do. No one seems to have a problem with the way these kids carry themselves and they are all going to college. What is taking place is you are seeing what D1 talent looks like when it is at almost every position. How can you hold this back.? It should have been known about Lovejoy and what they have but there is a “favorite” system that is alive and well. If people had known, they would take into account what they would be facing before they had to experience it. This was the best D in the state last season in4A and returned 8. This did not come into play as the judging of team strengths were analyzed and info was put out as to who had what for this year. Lovejoy has been right here, hiding in the middle of the street and I have been telling people but I am just a nut for sports with no credibility. Enjoy the season your team had and be thankful that no one got hurt seriously on the season. Most of all, stop hating.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
1:51 am

I would never suggest holding back an athlete’s passion to play hard. I’m referring to the trash talking that was obvious even on a TV screen, THE MIDDLE FINGER and the complete lack of respect for the opponent your boys showed tonight. I watched the game solely because I was interested in seeing more of the teams left play so that I might be able to make a sound prediction for the rest of the way. However, the display I saw so enraged me that I am posting about it at nearly 2 am.

Regardless of how you defend it I just hope that you understand that what was witnessed tonight did not make people want to cheer for this team. Lovejoy’s size advantage is apparent and they should be seriously considered a favorite, but I’m quite sure anyone who watched the game and that is not affiliated with Lovejoy would rather see them lose at this point.

I for one was pulling for Lovejoy outside of any Cobb teams since they knocked out my school. I truly hope you have the clout to help these kids understand that this state wants a team that conducts their business with a little more class.

sportsnut

December 1st, 2012
1:55 am

There is nothing wrong with Lovejoy. It is you that has a problem.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
2:09 am

I know you were at the game and didn’t here the commentators, but I can assure you that I am not the only one who had a problem with Lovejoy’s display of BS tonight. Like I said, I truly hope you have the clout to help these kids understand that this state wants a team that conducts their business with a little more class.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
2:20 am

Might I add, this state not only wants, but deserves a team that conducts themselves with a little more class.

Looking forward to hopefully being able to see them line up against the Warriors. I haven’t seen NCHS play, but I have a feeling they will be able to use Lovejoy’s undisciplined character against them.

I know these are your boys and you’re going to excuse them a lot more easily than I will. Lovejoy is exceedingly talented and big, but they should have the sense to understand that respect is earned when you show respect. Although I will give it to them, they don’t start really showing their lack of class until the game is in hand.

MA

December 1st, 2012
6:08 am

Knockahoma….I saw it too. It was quite disgusting!! And, if the commentators make comments about it, then, that sportsnut is truly disgraceful. I had to keep turning the channel.

Stringer Bell

December 1st, 2012
6:32 am

Sportsnut – Lovejoy has possibly the most talented team in the state, but the behavior of #40 on the fumble return showed poor discipline and could have cost his team a TD if it was seen by the official before #1 scored. But it wasn’t just Lovejoy being chippy out there, as North Gwinnett added some extra on their tackles as there was trash talking on both sides. We all know there is a right way and a wrong way to play the game and IMO both teams straddled that fence last night.

I can say that Coach Hughes was rooster mad after the fumble recovery TD as he was giving one of his coaches an ear full, so hopefully it was being addressed because I would like to see the Joy win the ship and wouldn’t want anything stupid to derail them.

loveoutplease

December 1st, 2012
7:03 am

Lovejoy wanted the lime light last night and everyone was able to see it on GPB. They won but what a bunch of undisciplined kids (can’t call them young men). Even the announcers were talking about it. Several replays shown and the NG coach was livid. Yes you won but have lost even more respect IMO. They have become the one team I wish to lose most now.

l longhorn nation

December 1st, 2012
7:24 am

bl bl bl lovejoy bunch gangters thugs you never get no respect even if you win state and as far as D1 dont tute your horn over rated thugs this is a prime exsample Crowel from UGA seen him act the same way in high school this is a moreal problem and it starts with parents and you exspect a coach to control these kids hahahahahahhahaha 1/3 these kids be in jail in 5 years

Football Fan

December 1st, 2012
7:49 am

I don’t post often but I will say that what I saw from Lovejoy players was not passion, or SWAG, it was just poor sportsmanship and the only way to describe it is disappointing and disgusting. I had to eventually turn the game because my youngest son was watching with me and I got tired of explaining that what they were doing was NOT the way to conduct yourself and represent your school & community. Their coaching staff, players and administrators really need to take a look at the tape and address because it is not a good reflection of such a talented football team.

blowfish

December 1st, 2012
8:42 am

I gotta confess….didn’t know that they played AAAAAA ball outside of regions 1, 6, 7, and 8. Refresing to see some SoATL schools show up. I didn’t watch the entire game, so I didn’t witness some of the comments from above, but from a talent only perspective, Lovejoy was stroooooooong. I was thinking that our quarter of the bracket was a cakewalk (grayson dad here), but was I surprised! My prediction…….if Lovejoy is as undisciplined and as thuggish as everyone suggests, they won’t win State. The behavior suggests something viral with the staff, so they will get out-coached….maybe not next week against NoCobb but in the dome against Propst or Maloof.

lhsalum33

December 1st, 2012
9:10 am

@sportsnut I really appreciate your recognition of talent on the Lovejoy team, but since I wasn’t able to make the game this week so I definitely watched it on TV and they played with emotions but being a former player of coach Hughes, that’s not how we were supposed to conduct ourselves on the field as far as taunting goes. While I don’t like the others calling the kids thugs and gangsters and such, they did do things uncharacteristic to the teaching of Hughes.the problem is, they’re good and they know it but watching the game at home you see everything and the eye in the sky don’t lie. They were the better team but they can’t go around during birds at kids who worked just as hard add they did

Outside looking in

December 1st, 2012
9:25 am

For anyone who is annoyed by watching lovejoy talk trash then you have never watched football before. Football is all trash talk. Now I will say lovejoy had some points last night where they acted like a bunch of “thugs.” But rest assured that is not who they are. And it will not happen again. But who can blame them. All they have heard for the past two years is how this team is better and how this team will beat them. You can only talk about someone for so long before they defend their honor. NG had some good players out there but they were no different in the trash talk aspect and dirty play. They are the ones who almost started a fight on the goal line in the first quarter. So lets look at both sides of the coin. Emotions ran high and sometimes emotions get worn on the sleeve. But to exclude NG in all of this is insane. I know that #40 plays his butt off and am sure there was a reason he put his middle finger up at someone. Cause I’m sure something was said to him. He is a very respectful young man. So before you cast stones in one direction lets look at everyone not just the “thugs” from clayton county. And really we are talking about a middle finger. Wow you must live a sheltered life if that’s what you have to complain about.

LovejoyWildcats#1

December 1st, 2012
9:36 am

First and foremost. I just watched the replay and #40 Nathaniel Norwood DID NOT flip a middle finger to NG. The commentators where on NG’s side the whole game when it came to discipline. But this is easily the case anytime Lovejoy plays a dominately white school. People have always looked at Lovejoy and seen a bunch of black YOUNG MEN and automatically say that they are thugs and gangster. Thats the problem with our society today!!! I for one can speak for them because I played there! NG was jawwing just as much as Lovejoy just didnt have anything to show for their jawwing so it was not magnified. That personal foul penalty that they said was a ghost call, #9 for NG clearly threw the ball at the Lovejoy players at the sideline. Lovejoy was clearly dominate and they wanted to show it and enjoy it! I have never been one to enjoy celebration when it was not due but Lovejoy absolutely DOMINATED NG and deserve respect. Stop all the bashing of these young men when you know nothing about them. You guys are quick to judge a black young man. Get the wool from over your eyes, accept the fact that you lost to a superior team and show these young men some respect. Nobody is perfect and your boys at NG are not holier than thou that you guys can have the gaul to look down on young men you dont even know!!! just take the lost and if your team is not in the playoffs and you dare talk trash about a team that is still in please cease to make anymore comment from here on out!

Gwinnett Fan

December 1st, 2012
10:00 am

The better team one last night. Congratulations Lovejoy!!!!!

We were hoping for a better outcome but it did not happen. We knew we had little margin for error and the scope and score was a back breaker. We never got momentum on our side. You played well and deserve all the credit.

Good luck against North Cobb. We will be rooting for you. We would love to see you play Norcross. They will test your defense. They have way more offensive weapons then we have.

Norcross over Lovejoy 21-7

FridayNightLightsFan

December 1st, 2012
10:00 am

I didn’t see the commentators on NGs side. They seemed to be right up the middle. And there is a difference between playing with emotions and over doing it. I would not be proud of my team if they acted as Lovejoy did. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about undisciplined play from Lovejoy. I hope the Lovejoy coaches can do something about it. The coaches may have some challenges. The elected school board in Clayton County lost their accreditation at one point and Clayton County recently elected a sheriff that has 32 felony charges against him. If this is what the area is teaching these boys I hope the coaches are trying to lead them in a different direction.

Outside looking in

December 1st, 2012
10:11 am

Not real sure what the sheriff or the school board losing accreditation 2 years ago has to do with the football team, but I guess if that’s what you have to use to justify your loss then use it. And I guess that is the reason why these kids are “thugs.” Listen they play hard and leave it on the field if you call that undisciplined then use what you have to if that makes you feel better. They keep winning so I guess they ruin everyone’s plans. Sorry you can’t hang with the big boys in clayco.

clayco

December 1st, 2012
10:15 am

great job @sportnut, @ lovejoy wildcats #1 and, @ outside looking in- you took the words right out of my mouth.

We, Clayton County, expect our kids to be respectful at all times, but we also teach them not to lay down in a fight. If you can dish it out, you better make sure you can back it up and handle the return. If you truly believed that Lovejoy was full of ill-mannered gangsters and thugs, then why you weren’t you been prepared. After all the late hits, and shoving after the plays were blown dead by NGHS, and all you got was a middle finger . I guess we are not as thuggish as you thought. Look, NGHS had a great season and an awesome game against Grayson. Don’t go out like that.

LovejoyWildcats#1

December 1st, 2012
10:22 am

@FridayNightLightsFan what does anything you had to say have to do with the football team. just like i said before, what gives you the right to place judgement on these young men??? who are you that you have so much say so that these boys were not playing with passion. Im not saying that everything that I saw was ok. not by a long shot. but FOOTBALL is a rough and tough sport, meant to be played by rough and tough people!!!! if if hurts your FEELINGS that someone got passionate about making a play or jumped up in emotion to celebrate with his teammates and fans then you are watching the wrong sport! try something along the lines of GOLF! that might suit you better. Im sick of the judgement of these young men. Mainly because I used to be one of the kids that had to take this blasphemy year in and year out, knowing that people talking so bad about us knew NOTHING about us. So we would leave what we had on the field. And that is what this team is doing!!! YES it can get stupid sometimes but what you people fail to realize is that these are young men at the ages of 15-18!!! they are going to be a little immature. that doesnt make it right but at the same time there is nothing that you have done in you life that give you a right to place judgement! When I see these boys play it reminds me of the SEC football that most of you love SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! but when you see a team do it to your team you begin to hate it!!!! WOW! how is that right????!?!??!?!?

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
10:23 am

@ Outside looking in-I throw up my middle finger all of the time. In traffic, at my wife, etc… However, that’s a reflection on myself alone. When Mr. Norwood is on the field of play he is a representative of Lovejoy, and at this point a representative of Clayton County and Georgia.

@ Lovejoy Wildcats #1-I’m not a NG fan. I actually began last night’s game pulling for Lovejoy because I was impressed by their defense and their running game. In no way do I condone calling these kids thugs. We are all well aware of who uses that term and why it is used. Watch the replay honestly and you should see an obvious middle finger from Norwood, and upon further review he may not have been the only one. If you review the posts you will see that this really isn’t a racial issue.

I have to restate that Lovejoy has a chance to represent Georgia as the best team in the state. Georgia deserves a team that can display themselves with better class than Lovejoy did last night. I’m willing to bet that Norwood and co. are a group of fine young men that let their youthful excitement get the best of them.

Wasnthere

December 1st, 2012
10:27 am

I wasn’t at the game but I was rooting for NG. One thing for sure I am glad those Brookwood Broncos were not playing. That team and coach is a s much a buch of favoritism nuts as any. If you didn’t grow up in the youth program it is hard to get a shot there. That is why their dynasty, if they ever had one, is over. Teams like Grayson, NG, Millcreek are the dominant teams in Gwinnett. It is over for Brookwood.
As far as the Lovejoy crew, they won because they were a better team. Its easy to look for the black v. white angle and God knows if you are white you can’t criticize a predominantly black team. You can’t say anything about sportsmanship because it will be understood as anti-black or racist. C’mon people this is a football game with a bunch of teenagers running around trying to win at what they do. 99% of all them playing last nigh probably wont go to the NFL. I know for sure more of NG players will go to college and graduate and have careers other than selling insurance, financial planning, car sales or coaching some Pop warner team. Lovejpy will have a good deal of college bound kids as well. I hope their grades are up and their SAT Scores are acceptable. I know a few in the past several years who were great athletes but aweful students. You see at the end of the day the game will be over and life will begin for most of the players. That is when what they are made of will be called out. If Lovejoy thinks a State Championship is going to be the deciding factor about success in life they are fooling themselves. So enjoy it for the moment but remember discipline is always the measure of success, not black or white or winning a football game. And, for all those Lovejoy haters, get over it. NG lost fair and square. For the middle finger, I can’t tell you how many times I got the middle finger while taking my son to practice at the practice field near NG by all those God fearing white folks up there.. Practice what you preach.

LHSQBMOM

December 1st, 2012
10:29 am

sportsnut

December 1st, 2012
10:31 am

@ Gwinnett fan == Thanks. North came to play and I wish Haynes was at full strength. He will be fine at the next level. North had a good season and now we want to beat the team that North did that we didn’t, Colquit.
@ FNLF == You are still at it, aren’t you. There is no problem at Lovejoy. Every year, there are going to be those who come from a crystal clear, squeaky clean environment that are not used to this. You though are just a hater, always have been and always will be as long as the subject is Lovejoy. Cry all you want, Lovejoy is here. You say it is not the first time you/we have heard of this from Lovejoy, Really ? When, in Moultrie ? Two month’s ago, right? Jump on the Bash Lovejoy Band Wagon, your rallying cry. It only comes from losers who are not willing to give no credit, especially if they are beat by that team. I will be at 12 Oaks next week to watch Lovejoy try to make it back to the Dome for the second year in a row. Where will you be ? Anyway, How was the running back for Lovejoy ? Did he do well in your eyes ? He has the Flu. Yes, he pulled a Jordan and played with the flu and had as many yards as the North team did. How about that D ? Were their words stopping the run of the North players ? Did the celebration of a good play cause the Qb to fall under Lovejoy’s Defense, nine (9) times for sacks ? We are not what you or anyone else wants us to be. Lovejoy won because they were the better team and non of this stuff you and others are talking about had any impact on the play of North. Lovejoy players did.,

LHSQBMOM

December 1st, 2012
10:38 am

I am offended an disgusted by crucification of #40 and the Lovejoy Wildcats. You are talking about a really good kid who made a mistake. He was amped up (as he should be) and made a mistake! He feels horrible about it and will continue to feel bad as his coaches reprimand him. But to say he doesnt deserve his well earned scholarship offers? C’mon! Are you serious? He is one of the hardest working players on the team!
I am trying to figure out how you guys are saying that Lovejoy is so unsportsmanlike? They are constantly underranked, underestimated and unrecognized by media and football ranking services. Every team that comes to us gets all they hype of having these great players….so yeah…when we do something big against them…we are going to celebrate!
Do you have any idea what goes on the field? They call each other every derogatory name in the book! They get punched, kicked and stomped when no one is looking. This is an aggressive, no holds barred sport! The middle finger? Please! Any REAL football player knows that this was nothing compared to the truth of what really goes on during the game. The difference here, he got caught on TV!
I would venture to say that all of you “critics” trying to say that we dont deserve a championship have never really played football. At least not REAL football!!!!!

LovejoyWildcats#1

December 1st, 2012
10:41 am

@Wasnthere I completely agree with you… and no one is saying that these boys are making this out to be the best thing that is going to happen to them in their life but as of right now it is ONE OF the best things that is happening to them. No one knows their story but them.

@Knockahoma once again, did not see a middle finger. I saw some stupidity but I was also seeing alot of passion from a team wanting respect and not wanting the feeling that they got last season after losing the championship.

LovejoyWildcats#1

December 1st, 2012
10:48 am

THANK YOU @LHSQBMOM and @Sportsnut!!!! people are going to hate Lovejoy. it just comes. No real reason, its always the same crap over and over again. Our boys never get any respect and I can say this from the outside looking in on lovejoy. I been outside of the area since i left lovejoy and i am still hearing the same crap that i heard when i played there in 2005. when will it end???

Outside looking in

December 1st, 2012
11:11 am

@sportsnut…. I am not going to argue with these idiots anymore. “Thugs” they just don’t know these kids. Anyway I will talk about the game last night NG came prepared. I know Travis was sick, but they had a great game plan against them. Their d line was doing a great job containing Alejandro. He did not have a chance to make many easy passes. And numbers 46 and 27. Good god they were all over the field. I thought they played the best against lovejoy I’ve seen all year. Of course lovejoys d was great as usual. Still number 1 in the state.

Now on to north Cobb… What do you know about them what kind of offense do they run. Who are their big time play makers both offensively and defensively. I guess that question can be answered by anyone really.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
11:18 am

When will it end??? It seems to me that most Lovejoy supporters have no issue with the way their boys behaved last night. If this has been the norm at Lovejoy, then it probably won’t end. If you haven’t guessed most were not impressed with the unsportsmanlike character of the team. It wasn’t passion and it wasn’t hard play. It was a display of disrespect towards the opponent. If this is condoned because of a perceived lack of respect given, then no this probably won’t change.

I’m very impressed by the talent Lovejoy as many are, but completely disgusted by the lack of class and sportsmanship. Showing up your opponent isn’t part of the game. If it is for Lovejoy, then they will continue to hear the criticism and many are going to hope that it comes back to bite them.

With that I’m over it. Probably only going to read how none of this affected the game, and this is all sour grapes. If this is truly the accepted behavior coming out of Clayton County…well I guess I shouldn’t be that shocked.

Coach

December 1st, 2012
11:24 am

# 40 is one of the best players in the state hands down. If he was a bigger he would be going to major SEC school no doubt. Lovejoy is helluva football team. Well-coached, and athletic. It will be difficult for a team to beat them because you have to out-coach the fatman and you have to outplay his players which is tall task for any coach and team. As far as class, its funny how losing teams always wanna talk class especially those from white areas when they come to black areas. Get over yourself. They dont have any class because they handed you your own tail(rhyming word). When we lost to Lovejoy I shook #40 hands and said “son you are a beast” good luck.. He was humble and gracious to my complement, I aint got nothing but respect for Coach Hughes. Win state Wildcats!

FridayNightLightsFan

December 1st, 2012
11:39 am

My point was about the examples these young men see and I hoped that the coaches could change that. If they see parents and neighbors putting people in power that are questionable what example is that setting to them and MAYBE this is why they were acting the way they did on the field. AGAIN I said I hoped the coaches will do something about that. This was about their action on the field not about their winning or losing. I BY FAR was not the first person to say something about their actions. It was talked about on TV as well. And Sportsnut you are the one that also has something to argue with Todd or Loren about almost every week and even started calling Camden74 be a different name. Grow up and show some class and example to those men also. I will give Lovejoy credit for winning their first game against a ranked AAAAAA team but they need to work on the class they show on the field.

LovejoyWildcats#1

December 1st, 2012
11:41 am

@Knockahoma like i said go watch golf or something… because obviously you have been so sensitized and FOOTBALL is too much of a sport for you. your whining about someone celebrating!!! and your right, you should be done with your comments because we are tired of reading them and your prejudice. Sick of it to be exact. guess you didnt see NG piling on after the whistle and hitting our QB when he was already down on a fumble and the whistle had already been blown. but thats ok… because you had already placed judgement on Lovejoy it made NG look like saints. but thats ok too because we are used to this BS.

FridayNightLightsFan

December 1st, 2012
11:48 am

clayco

December 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

@knockahoma==Several people acknowledged that the act was inappropriate. When are YOU going accept and deal with the acts of your kids?

Truth

December 1st, 2012
12:46 pm

Ask the Clayton County Police about the NGHS Students and their behavior after the game towards the officials. The students or “Thugs?” screamed obscenities, raised their middle finger and displayed their true colors. Maybe the administrators or PARENTS should change their behavior. The stereotypical comments of some are expected.

I can tell you without a doubt that the LHS kids play with passion and a chip on their shoulder, they are out to prove that with their effort and dedication to each other. i wish TV had not even been there, it is not like they have been there all season, they spent all year in Gwinnett and Cobb Co.

Lovejoydad

December 1st, 2012
12:54 pm

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Lovejoydad

December 1st, 2012
1:18 pm

First of all there are sore losers and then there are sore losers. If any of you have teenaged son that have never said a curse word or flipped a bird, he may have much bigger problems than anything you saw on the field last night. NG did their share of trash talking last night, and I think that if they had ended up on the other side of the score none of this would even be an issue. My son has been cursed at, spat on, punched in the pile on, called the N word. He just lines up for the next snap. I dont see how all of you are acting so self righteous right now. You had to change the channel and foolishness like that. I don’t know how you can take what a bunch of teenaged boys say and do on a football field and soehow try to make it a microcosm of life. My son is a senior, and he has been playing with these boys since they were 6 or 7 years old. i know these boys. I know their families. They are not thugs and hoodlums, and to suggest that Norwood doesn’t have the grades to get into school (especially since you know absolutely nothing about him) is laughable. However, to say that they will probably be incarcerated within the next 5 years is just sad. It also says more about you than any of the boys. i think we take all of this way more seriously than the boys do. They spend 48 minutes trying to squash each other, and then afterwards they have the good sense to shake hands and congratulate each other on a game well played.and at the end of each Lovejoy game we come together and thank God that no one(on either team ) got seriously injured in any way. We may win, We may lose, but teenaged boys on a football field playing with passion and intensity will sometimes lose their heads. Lets not try to make it sound like its more than it is.

sportsnut

December 1st, 2012
1:22 pm

I did not wear a helmet riding my bike growing up. Now it is law. Not everyone got a trophy on my little league team. Now it is standard. Just a couple ways to show how different things can be. Sometimes, life makes a difference. I have participated in this conversation and watched it turn into an ugly debate that has brought out some bad feelings. It is time to stop. These are kid’s we are talking about. All of us know that. I have had my part to say and I hope that I have not offended anyone and I am finished with the subject of race. Our kids deserve better. The rest of you, mainly the ones giving labels to these kids need to stop it also. Both of those teams that were on that field last night were made up of young men doing what they love and should not be subjected to such archaic thought processes. It is 2012 and the words may have changed but I see the feelings are still the same. I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !.

LHS Superdad

December 1st, 2012
1:30 pm

After Sportsnut, I’d like to think of my wife (Clayco) and I as the #2 and #3 Wildcat fans(she’s #2). We’ve had children graduate from LHS and anther one who will be soon. been to almost every game over the past 8 years. Do you guys know how many Unsportsmanlike penalties have been called against the wildcats this season? EXACTLY! After NGHS beat Grayson, their coaches were praised and they were picked to win AAAAAA title. Coach Hughes is a great coach too. Did you know…….That the Wildcats have 33 wins and only 3 losses over the past three years and have won 11 straight? Did you also know that they have outscored their opponents 548 to 94 this season. During this run, how many fights have there been on the field, our even in the stands? Our children are well behaved and and don”t deserve the name calling. Give credit where credit is due!

Lovejoydad

December 1st, 2012
1:53 pm

And by the way, as someone who attends every game, NGHS students completely trashed the rear parking lot. I had to wade through trash to get back to my car. That has never happened before with any visiting school black or white or whatever. I don’t think its a color thing. I think its a matter of respect. But I guess since that wasn’t caught on camera you all can act like it never happened.

The One

December 1st, 2012
3:09 pm

Lovejoy had no respect for NGW offense they played with 8 guys in the box and man coverage on the receivers the whole game with no safety and NGW coaches could not make adjustments to exploit it. Very poor coaching on NGW side. FYI when your playing against a front seven like Lovejoy your not going to have to to throw 25 and 30 yrd routes you have to run slants and screens and misdirection to make them pay for their blitzing and aggressiveness, don’t mistake these comments as discounting how dominant LJ was and how talented their kids are. I’m rolling with Lovejoy.

The One

December 1st, 2012
3:12 pm

Also they will kill North Cobb next week because they have no defense Travis C will run for at least 200 yds and 3 td’s against them. 35-7 LJ to the Ship against Norcross.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
3:23 pm

@ Clayco-I have a two year old daughter. My only interest in the game derived from the fact that I was impressed by Lovejoy’s talent from the game I watched them play against Marietta. In fact, after their size on the line was again displayed last night, I was actually more impressed that Marietta even made a game of it against them. It was primarily still a game going into the fourth because of Lovejoy’s undisciplined play, and that type of play and a history of unsportsmanlike play is probably why most haven’t bought into this team winning state despite all of the talent.

I’m done with the sportsmanship conversation. We can agree to disagree. I have been impressed by Lovejoy until they have the game in hand. In both games I’ve watched I’ve seen a lack of class from some members of their team. The only point I’ve tried to make is that I feel the entire Lovejoy community should expect more sportsmanship from their players. I completely respect hard play. Anyone who doesn’t like hard hitting probably isn’t watching football.

The middle finger in the field of play: completely uncalled for.
Prancing around the other team after every tackle once the game was in hand: complete lack of class and cannot be considered hard play or passion.

I do owe an apology to Mr. Norwood. I earlier made an assumption that he is likely to be a non-qualifier because of the lack of character I witnessed. That was unfair of me to say. However, I doubt any college coach is going to be impressed by what some of you are calling passion.

raja

December 1st, 2012
4:31 pm

I heard the game next week is at Tara stadium. Is tha true?

LHSQBMOM

December 1st, 2012
4:31 pm

@Knockahoma……You speak of sportsmanship and you harp on the small things that you perceive as negative reactions. But let me point a couple things out to you. Lovejoy’s starters have only played past the half in 2 regular season games. Do you know why this is? I’m sure you dont. It is because we were beating the competition so badly that the coaches did not want to exhibit bad SPORTSMANSHIP. We could have easily beat many teams with 100 points on the scoreboard this season. But we did not do this. While all the northside and country teams were running up the scoreboard and humilitating their competition, we kept it CLASSY. Those schools who ran the score up also ran up the stats for their “star” players. Our quarterback would have 3,000 yards too….if he were allowed to play the whole game. Custis would have the highest rushing record….if he were allowed to play the whole game. But I’m sure you will dismiss this as something other than sportsmanship.

Also I have yet to hear anyone mention the fact that NORTH GWINNETT allows their band to play while we are on offense. They purposely start playing when we are trying to call our plays to mess with us. The quarterback complained, but the ref refused to do anything. But I am sure that this will be dismissed as strategy, rather than unsportsmanlike conduct?

To all of the Lovejoy players out there…..remember, when you are up, haters will always find someway to bring you down. Keep you heads and dont change a thing!

clayco

December 1st, 2012
4:49 pm

@knockahoma==They’re were 2 years olds on both sides of the field. It was a regrettable action and should not have been seen by anyone. But it happened with other players too, not just with Mr. Norwood. I had children at the game and NGHS’s #9 throwing the ball at player is something I didnt want them to see either or the obvious spearing well after a play was blown dead and then standing over them talking trash (yes, your kids did it too).
The point was and still is, tell the whole story. You went out of your way (@ 2 am) to embarass ONE kid and not all who were just as guilty.
Also watching 2 games is not enough time too judge someone’s character. I have been part of this program for years and as these kids grow so does their character. By the way, your apology to him was weak. If you were truly sincere about it you would not have finished with a dig. You are right, you don’t know so you have NO idea of who has already contacted them. You will see him again at the next level. By the way, you still haven’t addressed what you students did and said to our players and our parking lot. I too had to wade through the garbage.
The Lovejoy community is extremely proud of our kids and will continue to support them, more so since no one else will. Do they mistakes, yes and so does yours.
If you are going to talk football, talk football. Not one action, by one kid, as you now know its a two way street. For the record, Hughes has had an impressive sqaud for more than 2 games.

Wildcats, keep your head up, the Lovejoy community STILL has your back.

Knockahoma

December 1st, 2012
6:15 pm

I guess I wasn’t clear. I HAVE NO AFFILIATION TO NORTH GWINNETT!!! none of them are my kids. I can’t comment on trash I didn’t see. If they truly did that, shame on them but talk to them about it. I know what I saw and didn’t see. Why I’m even still talking to anyone about this. Obviously Lovejoy is ok with low-level character and would rather put their effort in excusing behavior instead of teaching their kids to be better people. You don’t have to continue to make that point.

clayco

December 1st, 2012
7:18 pm

And yet after it was brought to your attention what the other kids did, you still made a point to concentrate on one until now. As it was stated earlier the coaches are dealing with this situation, as a concerned parent, you should reach out to NGHS and talk to them as well (you don’t have to have kids at the school to get involved). The only point you have made that it is ok for some to exhibit that same behavior, but not others.
Outside of that, congratulations to NGHS for a terrific season. I know you will be back in the playoffs next year!