Rough start for Tanks; another big night for Watson

Here’s a recap of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 2:

*Rough debut for Tanks: Southwest DeKalb, playing its first game since Buck Godfrey resigned after 30 seasons as the Panthers’ head coach, were upset by Pebblebrook in coach Michael Tanks’ debut. Pebblebrook was 0-10 last season and lost to Southwest DeKalb 23-0. Godfrey is DeKalb County Schools’ winningest coach with a 273-89-1 record. Tanks, who played for Godfrey’s first two Southwest DeKalb teams, has been out of coaching for the past five years to spend time with his school-age children.

*Watson Watch: Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson, who last season became the state’s career leader in passing yardage and touchdowns, got off to a hot start, leading the defending state champions to a 58-28 victory against Class AAAAAA West Forsyth. Watson passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score, according to the Gainesville Times. He needs about 278 more yards to become the first 10,000-yard passer in state history. Gainesville plays at home next week against AAA No. 1 Buford.

*5-AAAAA is upside down: Nowhere were the upsets more widespread than in 5-AAAAA, where two of the four playoff teams from last season lost their openers. East Paulding, which won the region title in 2012, had its 12-game regular-season winning streak broken in a 27-13 loss to North Paulding. Rome, the No. 3 seed last year, opened the 2013 season with a 42-35 loss to South Paulding. And Hiram, which went to the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, lost to a Paulding County team that was 4-27 since 2010.

*Missed opportunity: Thomas County Central led Class AAAAAA Valdosta 24-14 but allowed 14 points in the fourth quarter and lost 28-24. Valdosta used several big plays to escape the upset. Malcolm Joseph returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score, and Nelson Herring had two long touchdown runs – an 80-yarder in the first quarter and a 91-yarder that was the game-winner with 5:09 to play. Thomas County Central quarterback Adam Choice rushed for 187, according to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise.

*Notable: Winder-Barrow, which went 4-46 over the past four seasons, beat Jackson County 26-21 for its first opening-game victory since 2007. Chandon Sullivan ran for three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter. … Creekside, playing its first game since the death of cornerback De’Antre Turman, beat Class AAAAAA Hughes 16-14. Turman died after suffering a broken neck in the Seminoles’ scrimmage two weeks ago. The game also was the debut of Creekside coach Olten Downs, who was hired from Riverdale. … Northside-Warner Robins junior Willie Jordan, making his first start at tailback, had 147 of the fourth-ranked Eagles’ 256 yards rushing in a 28-6 victory against No. 9 Flowery Branch.

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Original ATLien

August 31st, 2013
3:00 am

Tanks better tighten up pretty quick or one of them Davenport boys will be taking over.

Dekalb Co Guy

August 31st, 2013
6:39 am

And Pebblebrook was 0-10 last season, and they beat SWD? Wow. Could be a long year for the Panthers. Am sure the alumni there not going to stand for that long. He better turn it around fast.

Real Dekalb Vet

August 31st, 2013
7:11 am

Tanks was a Head Coach in the late 90’s or early 2000’s and didn’t do well. I understand thy have a lot of young players, should be an interesting year for SWD.


August 31st, 2013
9:07 am

This is bad for SWD, players will be transferring left and right if they don’t make the playoffs this season. With Miller Grove and Arabia Mtn. improving each year I see SWD going 5-5 this season at best :-(

And who seen the East Paulding game turning out the way it did??? They must be having a down year.

Hubie Green

August 31st, 2013
12:06 pm

Buck knew when to go!


August 31st, 2013
1:50 pm

Wow Swd, Mays and Miller Grove lost opener.


August 31st, 2013
1:53 pm

I agree with Tiger4Life, if Swd don’t make playoffs, players will be transfering.


August 31st, 2013
1:56 pm

Said it before, but its true. Once gville gets its D tightened up, everyone else is playing for second. Offense is unstoppable even with second team playing most skill positions.

The defense is still finding its way. Our only real weakness is kickoff coverage and has been for years. We should be better at it as much as we do it and as many athletes as we have. Kinda a head scratcher.

Anyway, Buford U is going to be a great test for both teams. Early prediction: gville by 2 touchdowns…


August 31st, 2013
4:15 pm

OK so it’s Saturday morning…the sun came up again, the world DIDN’T END!!!…BUT in 5AAAAA it is a BIT upside down!!! LOL!

NEW MANCHESTER is 2 / 0 and PAULDING COUNTY is 1 / 1…Congratulations and ENJOY IT…FOR NOW! VILLA RICA, SOUTH PAULDING, ALLATOONA are also 1 / 0…

And of course NORTH PAULDING’S WOLFPACK IS ALSO 1 / 0 after opening the season last night visiting “THE BONEYARD” against the RAIDERS!!! This one had all the makings of a playoff game and it showed as almost an hour before game time the place was getting PACKED and by game time it was STANDING ROOM with folks sitting on the hillside and lined up down the fences…IT WAS LOUD! Congratulations to the NORTH PAULDING folks for the crowd the brought, they were standing and cheering most of the night! Other teams should take a lesson from how this team’s student’s and family travels!

NORTH came prepared and ready to win…they wanted this game BAD!! Call it whatever you want…braggin’ rights…win # 1…to say they finally beat EAST…Whatever! They came ready to win!
GOOD JOB NORTH as they came in and won 27 / 13! Win # 1 on the season…now stay healthy and have a good run to the playoffs…

Now the BAD news…EAST is in trouble…they got beat BUT worse they lost their starting senior QB barely 7 minutes into the game! He returned to the sidelines with his shoulder in a sling and word was he could be out up to 4 weeks. That is unfortunately but only the tip of the iceberg as far as problems go for this years RAIDERS team…This game PROVED what many of us knew LAST year…When EAST lost Coach Reid and the administration overruled EVERYONE else and brought in a close buddy…Chuck Goddard…as the replacement (?) the RAIDER program that had come so far in 6+ years was in trouble…

You could see it in last years team and even though they went undefeated in the regular season it was still a Coach Reid team. It remembered what HE had taught them…they still knew how to win. Goddard inherited a team loaded with talent, a strong Junior QB and two 1,000+ yard rushers. Even with this team it showed from the start that he had NO CLUE how to win, make coaching decisions, or react to game situations…Many of the EAST wins last year were much closer than the score made it appear.

Now comes this year and we saw an EAST team take the field in a game that they should have been pumped UP for, ready to win but they came out and stood around on the sidelines talking and acting like all they had to do was show up and get another win. NO fire, NO will to win, UNPREPARED! and then comes the unfortunate hit and EAST loses their SENIOR QB…the key to them winning and that was the game. From that point EAST was outplayed and OUT COACHED all night. NORTH went for it on several 4th downs, recovered an onside kick, completed pass after pass, even made a 2 Pt conversion after a TD.

It’s looking like “THE BONEYARD” is going to be FULL of ghosts this year…the ghost of winning seasons, the ghost of what HAD been built and accomplished as EAST teams had been built from losers to where they had gotten…THEY HAD A WINNING ATTITUDE! EAST teams with less talent, smaller and slower had took the field and WON…they didn’t know they couldn’t or shouldn’t in some of those games…BUT THEY WON!!

After 6+ years of posting on here and watching EAST games…I fear the worst…those days are OVER and this Coach is going to destroy what has been built and return EAST to just another average team that can and WILL lose on any given Friday night. It was a good run and fun while it lasted.

Still a RAIDER FAN….Hold your heads up boys it’s not your fault!



August 31st, 2013
11:53 pm

Stephenson 29 Norland of Florida 12. MLK 41 ELY of Florida15. Okay The real Georgia heavyweights fro region 6AAAAA took care of the Florida teams…



September 1st, 2013
1:17 am

Miller Grove won opener 20 to 8

WR Guru

September 1st, 2013
8:27 am

AJC, where is your coverage of the Battle of The Borders @ Halford Stadium. You give the Corky Kell games all of that coverage. But there is NOTHING on the games in Dekalb County. Stephenson and MLK both handily defeated the visiting teams from Florida and we have 0 coverage.


September 1st, 2013
9:09 am

@WR Guru I agree 100%, but I didn’t EXPECT anything different! We only get exposure is when we are playing them or signing day….


September 1st, 2013
12:48 pm

Surprised NS of WR is still ranked #4. They may surprise some folks and be even better than usual this year. The offensive line averages(that’s AVERAGES) 290 lbs. and the defense is rather large also.


September 2nd, 2013
7:00 am

@WR Guru i agree also we all know that the ajc and GHSA has their favorites Gwinnett County, all of Cobb county and South Georgia. As usual Dekalb county is pushed to the back of the bus.


September 2nd, 2013
10:14 am

I agree 100%!!! My first thought when pulling up the high school page was : “Why does the North (Cobb, Gwinnett & Fulton) schools get so much press. You take at least 20 pictures to our one for Dekalb team? I’m talking about our ranked teams! AJC you’re very bias!


September 3rd, 2013
9:50 pm

miller grove beat lithonia .chip saye can you correct this


September 6th, 2013
1:33 pm

don’t worry fellas just keep [playing hard your gift will make room for you