50-in-50: Stephenson

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

At Stephenson, the question is never about the “what” so much as it is about “when.”

Everyone knows “what” the Jaguars, one of the state’s most successful programs, will do: win at least eight games (something they have done in all but five of the program’s 17 seasons), compete for a region title (Stephenson has claimed seven of them) and produce tons of college players (103 since 2010, 47 of them in FBS and FCS).

But the question always goes back to “when,” as in when will Stephenson play for and win a state championship. It’s a question that’s debated statewide, from barber shops to social media sites. Head coach Ron Gartrell hears the chatter.

“Believe me, no one wants to win a state championship as much as me,” said Gartrell, the only head coach in the program’s history. “We don’t want to just be known as the school where all the players get [college] scholarships. But it takes a whole lot to win a state championship. A lot of things have to go your way. I talked to [Burke County head coach Eric Parker], and he told me that when they won it (in 2011) every one of his starters and key players played every game. He didn’t lose one player to an injury, not one.”

Gartrell points out that in their hunt for a title, his teams have had to face some formidable programs in their heydays, including Camden, Colquitt, Lowndes, Parkview, South Gwinnett and Valdosta.

“We played them all when they were at their peak,” Gartrell said. “We had good teams but they had good teams, too. It was just bad timing, bad luck.”

Gartrell points to his 2005 team that advanced to the semi finals, where it lost to Lowndes 14-0 in the Georgia Dome. The next week Lowndes trounced Brookwood in the finals, 49-7.

“We had three NFL players on that team,” Gartrell said. “But that Lowndes team was extremely good.”

Undaunted by criticism, Gartrell said he and the Stephenson Nation will let their detractors keep talking.

“We have our critics, but that doesn’t worry us,” he said. “We’ve produced a lot of good players, kids who have gone on and won SEC championships, national championships and even Super Bowls.

“There are a lot of teams that would love to be in our shoes, “Gartrell said. “There are a lot of teams that celebrate and cry in December when they win that state championship, and that’s great. I don’t take anything away from them. We want one, too. But I’m proud of the fact that we celebrate that first week in February on National Signing Day, when we have a bunch of kids and parents and grandparents crying because their child has signed a college scholarship worth $50,000 a year, while that team that won [the state title] may have one kid sign, maybe none. We’re proud of what we’ve done and we plan to keep doing it.”

Once again the Jaguars are loaded with college-level talent. On defense, Stephenson will feature a secondary that includes Jared Tucker, who has more than a dozen offers, Cameron Glenn, who has committed to Wake Forest, Ronald Peterkin, who has committed to Georgia State, and Khalil Ladler, who made several freshman All-American lists.

On offense, earth movers Tyler Hall, Javon Barnes and Jordan Harris will pave the way for running back Dallas Rivers. All four players claim multiple scholarship offers. Outside, two more college prospects, Dexter Neal and Isaiah Zuber, are major weapons.

Two sophomores – Dewann Ford and Giovanni Weekley – will battle to take over for graduated quarterback Justin Holman, now at Central Florida. Ford and Weekley are being tutored by quarterback coach Reggie Ball, a former Jaguar who went on to be a four-year starter at Georgia Tech.

“[A state championship] is the only straw that’s missing from our hat,” Gartrell said. “And we’re going to get it. It’s going to happen. At some point that ball is going to bounce our way.”

Stephenson Jaguars

2012 record: 9-3 (7-2 in Region 6AAAAA; lost to Ware County, 14-0, in the second round of the state playoffs); first regular season game against Pine Forest of Pensacola (FL) was cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac.

Starters returning: 6 on offense, 6 on defense

Key players lost: QB Justin Holman (Central Florida), C Jordan Dunham (Howard), DE Jonathan Wynn (Vanderbilt), LB Khari Alexander (Illinois State), DB Ali Groves (South Carolina), LB Kight Dallas (Georgia State)

Key players returning: DB Jared Tucker (6-0, 180), OL Tyler Hall (6-4, 275), OL/DL Jovan Barnes (6-3, 290) , OL/DL Jordan Harris (6-5, 280), WR Dexter Neal (6-3, 195), WR Isaiah Zuber (6-0, 165), K/P Wisdom Nzidee

Spring practice dates: May 1-16

Spring game: May 16

Schedule:

Aug. 24 at North Gwinnett (Scrimmage)

Aug. 31 vs. TBD

Sept. 6 Arabia Mountain

Sept. 14 Dunwoody

Sept. 20 Lakeside, DeKalb

Sept. 27 Southwest DeKalb

Oct. 11 Tucker

Oct. 18 Miller Grove

Oct. 25 M.L. King

Nov. 1 Mays

Nov. 8 North Atlanta

Outlook: Stephenson is one of those programs that does not rebuild. It reloads. This season will be no different. The defense will be strong and the offense will get a boost from junior Dallas Rivers, who transferred in from Tucker. Look for the Jags to once again challenge for the Region 6AAAAA title and a deep run in the state playoffs.

43 comments Add your comment

Dekalb Co Guy

April 19th, 2013
10:08 am

Looks like 5A Region 6 will be another juggernaut again. Looks like Stephenson and Tucker will be considered for the favorites. Will be interesting to see what MLK and SWD are working with this year.

FootballTopFan(c)

April 19th, 2013
10:29 am

FootballTopFan(c) would like to wish the Stephenson Jaguars and Head Coach Ron Gatrell the best of luck and success !!!

The Jaguars have one of the best Class AAAAA program in the state.

The Stephenson Jaguars will play hard, fight and claw until the final whistle.

Football Top Fan loves high school football.

Lions Den

April 19th, 2013
11:34 am

MLK owns Stephenson!!!

Bizarro

April 19th, 2013
2:06 pm

Stephenson has been an interesting (Junior College) Ooops I’m sorry….. High School. Championships won’t be won there until COACHING becomes better; And the stoppage of recruiting players from schools afar and Right Down the street!! Heard Tucker lost their starting Fullback of two years to Stephenson because he hadn’t the offers he or his parents thought he should have. All of a sudden he gets there and all these offers come from everywhere Ummmm????!!! Now another Tucker starter has left Tucker to go to Stephenson WOW!!! Leaving a program that has won 2 Champioships and has gone farther again in the playoffs than Stephenson year after year. When are Coaches going to realize having LOADED TEAMS or TALENTED teams doesn’t guarantee Championships!!! It helps; but putting players in the right position to be successful; being good to great on special team and BUILDING YOUR PROGRAM WITHIN!!! Gets you there !!! True enough every school gets tranfers from each other in Dekalb but your Nucleus are those player’s who are home grown and really care about their school and who Bleed their colors within!! Not the ones who literally come to get the so called THE BIG TIME OFFERS!!! Let it be known alot College coaches are talking about what goes on over there STH!! Parent’s should take alot of the blame also because they SHOP their child around to see who can get them the most offers. It’s crazy!!! Truth be told until other schools in Dekalb start winning championships and going deep into the playoff CONSISTENTLY my son will be at the TUCK!!! Oh yea stop comparing one head coach to another honestly it’s not fair; but life isn’t fair sometimes!! People complained about one coach who they claimed wasn’t a people person; wasn’t approachable; but still one championships regardless of his personality!!! Now you have someone who personality is totally different and you still complain LMAO; SMH!!! Coach Lamar is young and is going to continue to grow as a HEAD COACH that’s for some of the complainer’s out there!!!!! Last thing Parent’s make sure your child GRADES are above average!! 3.0 ; 3.5 ; 4.0 looks so much better than 2.0 ; 2.2 and with those grades cutting up in class Ummm??? My son grades aren’t in the 2’s !!

Metro Fan

April 19th, 2013
3:06 pm

Programs don’t need to recruit players; they develop them. Year in and year out SHS fields one of the best TEAMS in the state with some of the most exciting PLAYERS (and bands) to watch. While players make plays to fill stadiums and teams win games for bragging rights, the Jags will lose in the playoffs again because REAL PROGRAMS win championships. I’m pulling for y’all, but everyone in the state knows it could have/should have/would have already happened…

dekalbFB1

April 19th, 2013
4:01 pm

@ DeKalb Co Guy.I have no fear that MLK will be in the hunt again. Since 2003 first year of varsity schedule. They had 5 different HC, and the results are very impressive. No team is our region can say THAT!

NoDistrictLineInDekalb

April 19th, 2013
5:52 pm

Dekalb needs a 1 year sit out rule in all sports.It won’t really hurt the big three.(MLK-Stephenson-Tucker)in football but it will help the rest of the schools in Dekalb play at a higher level.

True Blue

April 19th, 2013
5:53 pm

How can you complain about a high school that send or have parents to transfer their child to school that help players get schoarship according to their talent. Dallas Rivers is a BEAST, i couldn’t believe that he transfer to SHS to get better offers. What are the coaches at TUCKER doing to help kids get into COLLEGES. You know TUCKER has a lot of TALENT to. They should be sending more players to school just like SHS, MLK and COLUMBIA. And i said Columbia because they send just about as many players than TUCKER. COLLEGE TUTION continue to go up in Georgia . Do you have the money to send your child to school. So don’t hate on what they are doing at SHS for their players. Gartrell and the SHS Coaches keep up the good work. We as former Parents really appreciated what you done for our children.

True Blue

April 19th, 2013
6:09 pm

This isn’t College and plus this been going on for years. Why complain now, when you should have been complaining about why their are no lights on the football practice field and why are the weightroom are small. Complain about How Dekalb can do a better job with lights at HALFORD and The SOUND SYSTEM. Complain about thev playing surface at Avondale, Adam, North Dekalb and Pantherville Stadium. Hell The APS facilities are better than Dekalb. Fulton County HS renovated all of their HS playing surface. Banneker, Westlake , Tri-Cities and Langston Hughes Stadium are real nice. Complain about that.

Bizarro

April 19th, 2013
6:43 pm

True Blue gotta a question for ya. Explain to me how the recruiting process works? Since Stephenson gets so many player’s scholarships why aren’t they winning Championships? Let me guess it’s not about winning or championships it’s about getting boy’s in school right??!! Do you honestly and really believe coaches at Tucker don’t get players in school? Who ever you are get the Dekalb County football book and look at the number of players that have gone on to colleges from Tucker across this nation. Oh yea please don’t get caught up with the D-1 BS!! Who cares as long as kids get the opportunity to enhance their lives on somebody campus. Honestly year in and year out Tucker can’t compare to Stephenson TALENT wise. But their first championship team wasn’t all that Talented as a WHOLE. True they had two stud’s Johnathan Davis and Drayton Calhoun. There second one the same not as Talented but they played together for 3 and 4 years and believed in the system . Last I checked this is HIGH SCHOOL not JUCO /College. Understand this FILM doesn’t lie!!! PEOPLE or High School Recruiter’s do. You ask any College Recruiter or College Coach what gets players in school? FILM and Grades!!!! The same Mark Richt; Nick Saban; Charlie Strong; Will Muschamp; Alabama State ; CAU; Morehouse ; Southern; TSU FAMU are the same coaches that come to Tucker; Columbia; Steph; SWD!!! If a kid can play he can play also if he QUALIFIES!!

Bizarro

April 19th, 2013
6:45 pm

True Blue totally agree about your last statement.

True Blue

April 19th, 2013
8:13 pm

Tucker has a lot of Talent . They are fundamentally sound . Every school always have players that are already D1 talent . I am talking about the 2 and 3rd string getting full or 1/2 scholarship to go to school. You see the different between SHS and Tucker is we play everybody. We try not to have players going both ways. We let everybody play so they can make a high lite tape. Camps if you are D1 material you go to the FBS and FCS camps . D2,and D3 goes to their camps. Like I said SHS try to get every Senior a SCHOLARSHIP. We work with everybody not just the ones who are already established. That’s the Different.

Real TALK

April 19th, 2013
9:02 pm

Well first of all when yo got Cory on your staff at Stephenson charging kids parents $600 to $800 for their kid to be seen want hurt either. That should never happen at all. These parents are stupid as hell for paying that kinda money when it is easy to send film and call the coaches your damn self. I guess it’s called ignorant to fact when you don’t know the business. For all of you that are on year yapping your gumbs about Stephenson they are actually the laughing stock in high school football all over the USA because they have set National records for most kids in school but yet they have nothing to show for it. That’s call no coaching at all. There is no way to have 26 dudes on 1 team and half get Div 1 scholarship and you lose in first round. That’s amazing to me. That staff sucks! none coaching MOFO’s they need to break up that staff to maybe they will win 1 ring. By the question for you guys since they have all these guys sign scholarship 70% don’t even start in college are even productive! Please inform me if i am wrong. I have a tone friends that Coach college ball and they laugh at the Stephenson because when they get the kids they aren’t ready to play right away because of how sorry the coaching is at SHS. The kids look good so they take chances on them and that’s a fact for real. just saying at end of the day Tucker will win the region again because they have better coaches and Arabian Mountain will be the suprise. Tucker, Stephenson, Mays Arabian,MLk in that order

True Blue

April 19th, 2013
9:54 pm

Real Talk , Since you have friends in College that are coaches . They must coach the NAIA. Do your homework for yourself and quit lying about SHS kids are not ready for college. Everybody that watch SEC FOOTBALL know that you are a person who just mad about a SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. How can you get on here an Lie. DON’T HATE.

True Blue

April 19th, 2013
10:26 pm

Tucker Fans , why do you always hate on SHS. We are HAPPY and PROUD to see that you have Won 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP under Coach Stephens. You have something that we don’t have in our trophy case. Why waste your energy on a program that lose in the 1st round every year, but on NSD have more kids sign LOI than any school in Georgia. We don’t write the paper. We just give the writers something to write about. Your school can do the same thing.

NoDistrictLineInDekalb

April 19th, 2013
11:37 pm

I think some folks on here are getting confused when it comes to scholarships and letters of intent. Some coaches say we had 25 guys sign well that’s doesn’t mean football scholarship.. it means they intend to go to that school and play.
Sure most get money of some sort but grant money is not football scholarship money. So these schools say I had 25 people sign football scholarships and you didn’t win the state well the coach should be fired ! So when a school sends someone to UGA or Ga Southern yes they are getting money from football to play but when they sign to play at or D-3 you don’t get football money.Some D-2 schools give a combination of money partial institutional academic scholarships so it pays to have good grades too. I know kids in D-3 that actually work a job during the off season set up by the schools to help get players through. Now schools in state can use the HOPE for some players you know the preferred walk on. And yes those players also sign a letter of intent even tho they don’t count as scholarships.
Don’t get me wrong schools like Stephenson do a great job finding schools for kids and show them how to get money. That really helps but what I like to see how many play at the next level and finish in lets say 5 years. http://ghsfha.org/showgames.php?gTeamID=Stephenson

Ed Pilcher

April 19th, 2013
11:52 pm

Stephenson always has the players, but they never get the hardware. Ever wonder why? It’s called DISCIPLINE. Most title winners have it. Stephenson doesn’t. Until they do, they will always be second fiddle.

MLK ALL DAY

April 20th, 2013
12:12 am

I love MLK, but I think their reign over Stephenson will be over this year.

D

April 20th, 2013
7:33 am

I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYONE KEEP TALKING ABOUT SHS NOT WINNING THE BIG ONE YET, ITS COMING. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TUCKER AND SWD TO WIN THEIR FIRST ONE. AND FOR THE SCHOOLS WHO HAVE NOT WON ONE, STOP COMMENTING . EVERYONE IS HATING ON STEPHENSON BECAUSE THEY THINK SHS GO OUT AND RECRUIT KIDS. THATS NOT THE CASE. PARENTS TAKE THEIR KIDS OVER BECAUSE THE CHANCES ARE BETTER FOR THEIR KIDS TO GET INTO COLLEGE THAN ANY OTHER SCHOOL IN GA RIGHT NOW. NOT SAYING THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET IN COLLEGE ANY WERE ELSE, BUT THE CHANCES ARE BETTER. MLK THE SERIES ARE TIED 3/3 SO HOW DO YOU OWN THEM.

sportsnut

April 20th, 2013
8:53 am

Just remember the term ” Student Athlete “. I totally agree with the Coach here. Anytime you give a person, athlete or not, the opportunity to further educate themselves, it must be construed as a beneficial, productive move. Given the climate of today’s world, it is more than a blessing to have this avenue for these young men to follow, full well knowing the alternative. Many of them may never hoist the hardware of a Championship but earning and having a good name(Being Respected for Who You Are and What You Stand For) is far more valuable. Coach Gartrell has the early looks of Coach Godfrey, as far as his objectives when it comes to his players.

Stop tearing at the coat-tails of those rising above the fray and allow for any positive aspect to be a vehicle for foward growth.

Tiger4Life

April 20th, 2013
8:59 am

All of this chitter chatter doesn’t matter…
Transfers are a common thing amongst Gwinnett and Cobb not just Dekalb.
Anyone who read these blogs knows I could care less about kids leaving programs for another even when it comes to a player like Dallas Rivers. That’s what he and his parents think is the best option for him.
@True Blue
You have to understand, just like Mr. Gartrell said in this article, “while that team that won [the state title] may have one kid sign, maybe none.”
Tucker has talent that come through the doors, but not like SHS and MLK. Coaching goes a long way in high school and Tucker is just a well-coached TEAM !!! So don’t think Tucker has D-1 players just hanging from the rafters and not getting scholarships.
But I will be stealing your quote “We don’t write the paper, We just give them something to write about”

EMINEM/OLDSCHOOLGWINNETT

April 20th, 2013
9:39 am

TRUE BLUE S.H.S IS A JOKE ….HOW DO YOU SIGN 18 PLAYERS & 13 GO TO SOME NEW JUCO/ SOUNDS LIKE COACH GARTRELL DOES NOT LOOK AT GRADES IF 13 PLAYERS GO TO JUCO & WE SEE HOW YALL LOOSE EARLY….ALSO I AGREE WITH METRO FAN, DEVELOP YOUR KIDS, WE KNOW YOU WILL GET/STEAL TRANSFERS BUT DONT DO YOUR PLAYERS THAT YOU GOT FROM 9TH GRADE & GREW UP JAGUAR FANS WRONG…..BEFORE SPRING BALL THIS YEAR S..H.S HAS ROBBED TUCKER FOR 3 PLAYERS AND IF THEY DO NOT WIN THE RING IT WILL BE ALL HELL FOR COACH GARTRELL..YOU GOT US (PARKVIEW) 2 YRS AGO ( KIRBY,FLEETWOOD )……O’YEAH YALL GOT THAT NEAL KID FROM US BUT HE WAS NOT A QB SO HIS DADDY RAN TO YALL AND HE STILL DIDNT PLAY QB….TRUE BLUE WHAT IS REGGIE BALL DOING THAT COACH GARTRELL DIDNT DO ( RUN-RUN-RUN )…..YOU ARE THERE BIGGEST FAN BUT YOU HAVE TO BE REAL, IF COACH GARTRELL WAS DOWN SOUTH OR GWINNETT HE WOULD BE FIRED!!!!!

City slicker

April 20th, 2013
3:17 pm

Ummm Stephenson do devolope their own players have u heard if central dekalb or Stephenson middle who constantly win dekalb titles in middle school and cd wins the mayfl like constantly I see tucker kids on the Marta bus from glenwood or Covington hwy so lets not just pound on the jags. Plus Gwinnett been stilling boys from dekalb so they can stfu………I just a new coach will bring back the McNair mustangs back to the glory days of Salter, Gilbert and Moore ima still one from coach mo on this one peeeeeeaaaaacccccceeee!!!!!!!!!!!✌✌✌✌✌

True Blue

April 20th, 2013
5:31 pm

Gwinnetti name one kid from SHS in the past that went to JUCO. We don’t send kids to JUCO. Our kids are Student-Athletes . Just because SHS is about 98 percent black doesn’t mean that we don’t do our school work. If you ever knew about recruiting college coaches go to the COUNSELOR OFFICE and look at the players GRADES before they OFFER. So SHS PLAYERS are Student-Athletes FIRST. If you want to see a lot BCS Coaches just come to SHS SPRING GAME because they just RELOAD. Quit Hating and just Get On Board, because in Dekalb Our Coaches Help Kids To Further their EDUCATION

Bizarro

April 20th, 2013
7:01 pm

Real Talk your first sentence say’s it ALL!!!! Many of you Guys (I suppose all these comments are from are Guys) have made many valid points.

Big Dog

April 21st, 2013
4:13 pm

I have been watching a young man named Jared Tucker from Stephenson at several big DeKalb County track meets. I hope the Stephenson coaches can get the ball into his hands because he has some serious speed.

Westlake Fan

April 22nd, 2013
9:46 am

Maybe not Juco , but i can tell you some Stephenson kids that sign with colleges and don’t end up there !

G-dub

April 22nd, 2013
11:14 am

@Westlake Fan…Coach can only bring the horse to the water but he can’t make him drink.

Talk Is Cheap

April 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

HELP!!! Is there are site where I can find all the 2013 schedules?

EMINEM/OLDSCHOOLGWINNETT

April 23rd, 2013
7:55 am

TRUE BLUE..COME ON NOW…YALL HAD 13 PLAYERS GO TO WEST GEORGIA TECH JUCO THIS YEAR SO IF YOU CAN LIST ALL THE COLLEGES FOR THIS YEARS CLASS I WILL COME TO ALL THE STEPHENSON GAMES WITH A TRUE BLUE FAN SHIRT ON & LIKE WESTLAKE FAN SAID I CAN NAME SOME PLAYERS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE SCHOOL HEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO ON SIGNING DAY BUT I WILL NOT PUT THOSE KIDS ON BLAST…TRUE BLUE YALL WENT DOWN A REGION SO THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON YALL SHOULD NOT WIN EVERY YEAR BUT YOUR COACH WILL NOT PASS THE BALL ONLY RUN-RUN-RUN..I HOPE YALL TOOK NOTES FROM FROM GAINSVILLE ( WHEN THE D.B’S ARE 12YDS AWAY THROW SHORT PASSES AND LET YOUR PLAYERS MAKE PLAYS ) MY BAD ALL REGGIE BALL DID WAS THROW DEEP TO CALVIN JOHNSON

StephensonFan2014

April 23rd, 2013
1:24 pm

All of you hating Tucker fans canbe quiet its not our fault your kids wanted to come to a winning program and a place they know they can win a ring our 2014 class is stacked players like (Jared Tucker,Braxton Butler, Cameron Glenn ,and a bunch more is going to lead this team to state and run through every team they play this season!

True Blue

April 23rd, 2013
6:28 pm

We have more Kids on College Football Rosters than any school in Georgia and if you don’t believe ask AJC writers, because that’s why they write about SHS.Like i said before , WE DON’T WRITE THE PAPER .WE JUST GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT

Jacktheripper

April 23rd, 2013
9:05 pm

Tucker used to be a well coached team. Not anymore… That guy they have running the show now is ready. He is a career assistant. Didnt he leave Tucker to go coach basketball which makes you wonder, how did he get that job? Hmmmm. You just do end up at a school like Tucker when you didnt even coach football the prior season, Yeah i know that duffus Bizarro will say, he was on the staff. so what?? Franklin Stephens was running that show from top to bottom. Lamar was clueless then and is clueless now. My son graduated in 2010 and Lamar was his position coach. Nice guy but clueless.

GWINNETT

April 24th, 2013
7:34 am

TRUE BLUE YOU ARE RUNNING FROM THE ??????????..NOBODY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT A COLLEGE ROSTER……..YALL BRAGGGGGGGED ABOUT HAVING 18 PLAYERS SIGN THIS YEAR BUT 13 WENT TO A JUCO!!!!!!…TRUE BLUE STOP WHILE YOU ARE AHEAD BECAUSE YOU KNOW I AM TELLING THE TRUE BLUE STORY….LOL

Tiger4Life

April 24th, 2013
9:25 am

@Jacktheripper
Don’t get too far ahead of yourself…
Make no mistake about it Coach Lamar ran the defenses on those teams for the first 4 years while Coach Stephens was there. If you know Frank then you know he doesn’t put up with mediocrity. There wasn’t a lack of defense being played this past season; the O Line was the issue, which is what Stephens specialized in.
Losing in the 3rd round on the road to a good football team at the last minute and you think they aren’t well coached? Just the prior season they won that game on a 100 yard fumble return.
And since your son played DB you should know since he has been coaching 9 DB’s have went to D1 schools on scholarship and 3 to the NFL and two more have the possibility to be drafted in the 5th or 6th round this year. Do you think that’s just a coincident?
Just a little FYI for you, He also was the head assistant on the basketball team that Won the 2007 State Championship and multiple Final Four and Finals appearances. He wanted a head coaching job, and Frank look like he was going be at Tucker for a while.

@StephensonFan2014
We have been listing to none sense for the last 13 years, and now MLK has joined in. It was going be soooo easy for you guys since you’re playing a lower classification. What happened?

TRUE BLUE

April 24th, 2013
10:54 am

Tiger4Life , you have to excuse the haters. They are always going to find something negative to say no matter what. They can say all they want about our school and coaches , but i know one thing about DEKALB COUNTY COACHES. They are dedicated to what they do , because the DEKALB ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT don’t pay them a DAMN THING for what they do for OUR STUDENT- ATHLETES. Them Coaches spend a lot of time with our childrens and they still have to teach classes. Gwinnetti pay them Coaches a lot of money to coach , but how many do they help get into school.

Jacktheripper

April 24th, 2013
12:01 pm

Tiger4life Everybody and their mother knows that FRANKLIN STEPHENS wasn’t going to be at Tucker for a while. Stop Making excuses. He left because he was tired of being treated like the little boy that he is. Yes, if you’ve ever been around Franklin you know that he is a micro manager. Tucker plays a weak schedule and look at this year, everybody that they were supposed to beat, they beat. Yet Stephenson, MLK and NSWR tapped that butt. OUT COACHED each game. The talent was there but the young pup didnt know what to do with it. I dont like Stephenson either, they can’t coach either.

Tiger4Life

April 24th, 2013
1:11 pm

Okay you win @ Jacktheripper
Never mind the fact that more secondary players have signed scholarships from Tucker than any other position since coach Lamar has been coaching at Tucker.
But that’s just a coincident right?

And yes losing by 6,7 and 3 points is a butt tapping. No way Tucker could have won any of those games.

G-dub

April 24th, 2013
4:35 pm

@Tiger4Life…Well said. I wish everyone did their homework like you.

JAB

April 24th, 2013
10:19 pm

Never fear JAB is here. Ready for another season of Region 6AAAAA. LET’S GET IT DONE THIS YEAR JAGS…..

Jacktheripper

April 25th, 2013
11:45 am

Tiger4Life,
Listen, I don’t dislike that guy. I just dont think he is built to be a head coach. He’s too soft and spineless. My son is one of those guys who is playing college ball and I’m telling you first hand that he said Lamar was a decent coach but he didnt prepare him for college. You guys like to give credit to high school coaches if a kid goes pro… or Div 1. The coach does deserve some credit but you guys act as if he’s solely responsible. I’ll tell you what. If Tucker wins the region this year, I’ll get on this blog, give my full name and buy everyone a drink at Applebee’s in Tucker. That’s my word. As long as Lamar is the Headcoach, they won’t be successful. Losing by 1 point is the same as losing by 99. Its all a butt tap.

2000 DeKalb County Defensive Player of the Year

April 26th, 2013
8:45 am

This is always on of my favorite conversations of the year. Will the SHS Jags finally win a State Championship? Who knows there are soooo many different variables to consider. One thing I do know is there is not too many coaching staffs across the state that are preparing their team for the upcoming season better than the SHS coaches. I was lucky enough to visit ‘The Stephenson High School’ earlier this week and we (Jaguar Alum c/o 01) certainly look the part of a top tier football team.

2000 DeKalb County Defensive Player of the Year

April 26th, 2013
9:06 am

But what I don’t understand is how does someone put down program that gets kids in school regardless of the level… GWINNETT we do alot of boasting and bragging about getting kids into school (D1, D2, D3, Juco) because in the long run we know that the more young men that come back to our community with degrees the better our community will be. I have been apart of the Jag family since 96 (SHS Middle) and would love to have had a State Title by now. But when I sit down with my old teammates and there are more degrees in the room than misdemeanor charges… You’ve got to admit that is IMPRESSIVE.

And besides there is no other program in the state that can get 13 players JUCO schollies. Its easy to get a 3, 4, or 5 star recruits into school… basically they recruit themselves. The grind comes from getting an unknown player known, and SHS is THE BEST at that (bar none).