Tucker-Northside goes down to the wire again

Here’s a look at the Class AAAAA quarterfinals from a historical perspective:

*Another dramatic finish: Tucker and Northside met for the third time in the playoffs in six seasons, and for the third time the game was decided in the final minute. This time, Northside’s Glenn Smith threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keshun Hill with 11 seconds remaining to give the Eagles a 23-20 victory. The three games between the teams have been decided by a total of seven points, with Northside winning two of the three. And the winner of the two previous games went on to win the state championship.

*Region 6 is out: The toughest and deepest region in Class AAAAA this year was Region 6, which had three teams ranked in the top 10 almost all season and was the only one to put two teams in the quarterfinals. But the DeKalb County-dominated region is finished for the year after quarterfinal losses by Tucker and Stephenson on Friday. Stephenson was held to 63 yards of total offense in its 14-0 loss to Ware County. The Jaguars were trying to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2005.

*Red-hot Watson: There seems to be no slowing Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson. In the Red Elephants’ 64-13 rout of Region 1 champion Harris County, the junior was 31-of-39 passing for 427 yards and five touchdowns and had 145 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 13 carries, according to the Gainesville Times. Those numbers bring him to 3,480 yards and 46 touchdowns passing and 1,262 yards and 21 TDs rushing for the season. With at least one game remaining, Watson ranks eighth in state history for single-season passing yardage, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

*First time in the semis: Region 4 champion Whitewater earned its first trip to the semifinals and became the third Fayette County school (out of five) to reach the semis since 2010 with a 24-3 victory over Allatoona. Fayette County’s Sandy Creek (AAAA) advanced to the semifinals for the third time in four seasons when it beat Burke County on Friday. Starr’s Mill made it all the way to the championship game in 2010 before losing to Chattahoochee. Sandy Creek is the only Fayette school to win a state championship.

*Looking ahead: Northside and Ware County will face off for the second time ever next weekend in the semifinals. In the first meeting, Northside rallied from a 14-10 fourth-quarter deficit to win 20-14 in the 2007 Class AAAA final. It gave the Eagles their second consecutive state title. … The other side of the bracket will match Whitewater against perennial power Gainesville, which has won 703 all-time games but never a state title.

33 comments Add your comment

Where is TuckerDad?

December 1st, 2012
9:59 am

Anybody seen him?

eagle1

December 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Anything on coin toss?

BigDawg1980

December 1st, 2012
10:41 am

When is the coin toss going to take place?

NHS10

December 1st, 2012
10:42 am

coin toss for NSWR vs Ware is in Forsyth Sunday morning at 10

Tommy_Football

December 1st, 2012
10:48 am

Why would Ware Co drive all the way past WR into Forsyth to flip a coin?

Tommy_Football

December 1st, 2012
11:00 am

Tucker67tiger

December 1st, 2012
11:38 am

Congrats to the NS Eagles on a great game last nite. The numbers were simply against us as we had too many guys goin both ways and in a game at this level and this intensity it just wears a player down. I said before the game, that the winner of last nites game would once again go on to win state and I still believe its true. NS has a great team and deserved the win last nite. Good luck to you this week and I hope you prove my prediction true.

WarEagle

December 1st, 2012
11:57 am

Congrats to Tucker on another great season! In other news, Coach Stephens makes another Final 4 with his new team, Lamar.

Dum-Bass

December 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

Forsyth and Thomaston are about 30 miles apart, so according to the website given it’s Thomaston. Don’t know how Forsyth got into the mix? Looks like the GHSA has stopped letting the coaches meet on their own at a chosen site. That makes it a little better with less chance of a disputed outcome. Still think it’s silly, immature, asinine, and all the above to use a coin toss to determine the playoff site. Has to be a better way. Seriously, I knew a guy in the military who could flip a coin and make it come up heads every time. No, I don’t know how he did it. He wouldn’t tell me. Offered him $20 to tell me his secret but he still wouldn’t tell. (yes, I checked, it was not a two-headed coin)

itsonlywrite

December 1st, 2012
2:21 pm

Lets go Big Red!!! One game at a time… next up… WHITEWATER!!!

Kev

December 1st, 2012
3:42 pm

Go Big Red!!

I want to see Gainesville win a football state championship before I die. They’ve basically won every other championship.

Gamer

December 1st, 2012
8:02 pm

Kev: You won’t die this year! LOL

Tucker DAD

December 1st, 2012
9:36 pm

Tucker Dad is here. I will be the first to congratulate the NSWR Eagles. We learned this year that you have to play 4 quarters and not 3. Thanks to all the NSWR fans for entertaining us. You people really know how to put on a tailgate. I enjoyed all the trash talk and great hospitality! Oh, and the collard greens were SLAMMIN!!!!!

uwillbtuckedaway

December 2nd, 2012
8:40 am

Congratulations NSWR.

Turnovers killed us last night.

Impressed with NSWR defensive front seven. Good receiver in #3. Good running back #6.

Our defensive unit played awesome. Gave up some yards but made big plays all night.

Got to tip your cap when the other team makes the BIGGEST PLAY to come from behind with less than a half minute on the clock to win the game. We had a defender in front and behind the receiver on the TOUCHDOWN play. Great throw and catch by NSWR.

Heart breaker for our Tigers, but then NSWR knows how that feels from last year. Good luck the rest of the way and since our other Reg 6 team did not advance we’ll be pulling for you because in order to beat a CHAMPION YOU MUST BE A CHAMPION!!

Surely NSWR knows WE ARE TUCKER!!!!!Enter your comments here

King Of Diamonds

December 2nd, 2012
11:33 am

Ware won the coing toss

uwillbtuckedaway

December 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Early prediction – Ware 21 NSWR 14

blu eagle

December 2nd, 2012
10:48 pm

@uwillbtucked Your pulling for us did not last very long, with your early prediction!

ALL TUCKERRED UP

December 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

Cogratulations to NSWR on another great Tucker vs NSWR game. Nothing better than 2 teriffic programs going toe to toe!!!!
Go luck going forward.

KING IS HERE

December 3rd, 2012
12:22 pm

WHAT NO STEPHENSON COMMENTS !!!!! GOOD NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THEM ANYWAYS. CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO IS MOVING FOWARD…. SEE YA NEXT YEAR MERRY CHRISTMAS

uwillbtuckedaway

December 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

@ blu eagle – LOL. I’m pulling for you guys. I had a chance to speak with a fellow Stephenson fan after making that post.

The reason I stated early prediction is that I plan to watch some tape of Ware and I’ll post a game time prediction.

I really prefer stating that the team that won state was responsible for our departure, so I am REALLY pulling for yall.

WE ARE TUCKER!

blu eagle

December 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

That’s cool uwillbtucked, that game was for the state anyway as usual, but we will see!

Gamer

December 3rd, 2012
2:08 pm

I watched the Ware Cty / Stephenson gave via the webb. I can’t believe that’s the same Stephenson team that beat Tucker. Ware is solid but Stephenson was flat, no speed, the players seems to be glad for the game to be over. They played like everyone had been sick. Can any Stephenson fan explain what went wrong. No Ware fans. lol

Gamer

December 3rd, 2012
2:09 pm

I meant “game”

2 pac

December 3rd, 2012
2:41 pm

stephenson program should have won this game. the only thing they were better at was speed;we needed more fight. when do you ever see a offensive pass inerference or a offside on kickoff the calls did not go our way. but for tucker we beat yall. and mlk yall got beat last week .

Calvin Coolidge

December 3rd, 2012
3:54 pm

I think Tucker was the better team on Friday, we just made a play at the end…just like I thought we were the better team last year, but Tucker made the play at the end. Weird. Tucker is a very well coached team.

lineman

December 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

Did anyone here really expect tucker or stephenson to win. i think not. yeah of course there were some people on here saying it would happen but deep in their hearts they new the truth. they never had a chance. r6 the sec of high school football? more like the sux of it. now n.s. will go to the swamp and start a gator luggage factory.

uwillbtuckedaway

December 3rd, 2012
4:28 pm

@lineman – your football knowledge is about as good as your vocabulary. Consensus is just because you have the better team doesn’t always equate to a WIN!! The best Tucker team the last five years was the 2010 edition, and they were beaten in the Semi-final round by Starr’s Mill. Starr’s Mill was blown away by Chattahooche in the championship game. There were 13 players on that Tucker team’s senior class that are now in college playing on Saturdays. Several in the SEC, ACC, Pac-10, and virtually all over the country.

What does this have to do with tea in China? Well, yes, I surely thought that Tucker and Stephenson would be playing this Friday in an all Dekalb County Region 6 Semi-final. Only if we didn’t have to play the game huh? NSWR and Ware had a little something else to say about that!!

WE ARE TUCKER!

Grimm

December 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

Very few people are even talking about Deshaun Watson. The kid has 46 TD passes over 3000 in yards and only 7 int’s this year. He has 21 rushing TD’s and over 1000 yards rushing. He is the ONLY QB in Georgia state history to do this in a single season. Also, he is on the verge of setting state records for career passing yards (9,002 record) and touchdown passes (103 record) He currently is sitting at 8200+ and 102. He is only a Junior.

eaglesnation

December 3rd, 2012
9:20 pm

tucker dad,we really enjoyed yall,yall have some great fans.its a shame we were on the same side of the bracket, cant wait to see yall next year… BIG BLUE NATION.

Gamer

December 3rd, 2012
10:06 pm

Tucker will have 9 defensive players coming back—WOW! All opponents have to count on the offense not being as good as they were the past two years. Juuan Williams exit does help. He is some kind of player. We will see him on Saturdays.

Tucker DAD

December 4th, 2012
9:29 am

I knew with all of the familiar teams now out that the blog boards would be quiet. Just face it, it’s not the same without Tucker nation on these blogs.
NSWR, enjoy the win and go and take state. I think we will start a new tradition. We will alternate winning it. You got it this year and we will come and take it next year.
Good luck to the “eagles nation” and take care of unfinished business.
Even though we have heated discussions on here all season long I must confess that you are some of the most hospitable people that we play. Enjoyed the tailgate and since my son is a senior next year I will be back to break bread with you guys again. Hopefully it’s at our place or the dome next year.

BTW – Don’t let me catch y’all cooking with alumnum foil at the dome! lol

itsonlywrite

December 4th, 2012
8:46 pm

@Grimm… dont worry… if we make it to the dome, Im sure the commentators will mention it… lol

JAB

December 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

Congratulations to Ware & Gainesville! Ware County; I’m now pulling for you since you beat us (Stephenson) & NSWR, to show all how powerful this side really is. Don’t let us down…

STEPHENSON JAGUARS ONE OF TEAMS IN THE SEC OF HS FOOTBALL 6AAAAA! WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR TO FINISH THE DRILL*****