Stephenson 29, Norland 12

By Mark Brock

DeKalb County Schools Athletics

Dallas Rivers rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns to lead Stephenson to a 29-12 victory over Norland of Miami on Saturday at Hallford Stadium in theBattle of the Borders Showdown.
Most of the first half was a defensive struggle with neither team able to
advance much past midfield until the final 2:31 of the half.

Stephenson struck first as sophomore Khalil Ladler returned a punt 20
yards to the Norland 19 after Stephenson had pinned the Vikings
inside their 10.

Two plays later Rivers, who was named the game MVP, went 10 yards for the touchdown and Wisdom Nzidee hit the first of three extra points for a 7-0 Jaguar lead with 1:42 left
in the half.

Norland answered with a special teams return of its own as Cede Miller
returned the kickoff to the Stephenson 9-yard line to put the Vikings
in scoring position just before the half. Quarterback Taron James hit the
first of his two touchdown passes on the first play after the return as he
tossed it up in the corner for 6-5 receiver Kendrick Edwards, who
out-jumped a Stephenson defender and came down in the end zone for the
score.

Stephenson’s Jared Tucker and Chauncey Rivers teamed up to the block the
point after to help the Jaguars maintain a 7-6 lead heading into the half.

Ladler opened the second half by returning the kickoff to the Norland 48
to give the Jaguars a short field to work with on their opening possession
of the half.

Rivers scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run and the
Jaguars converted a two-point conversion to take a 15-6 lead with 8:20 to
play in the third quarter.

Ladler stopped a Norland scoring threat with 2:59 left in the quarter by
intercepting a pass in the end zone to keep the lead at 15-6.

Rivers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on runs of 19 and 6
yards as the Jaguars took advantage of a Norland fumble and a defensive
stop on downs. Stephenson (1-0) took a 29-6 lead going into the final 3:39
of the game.

Norland kept fighting and scored as the clock ran out in the game on a
James to Khalil Muratt one yard pass play for the final of 29-12.

Dreshown Dean was named the Norland team MVP for the game for his play at
linebacker in the game.

25 comments Add your comment

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 1st, 2013
10:44 am

Congrats JAGS on getting the season off to a good start!!! We would like to send our prayers out to #52 after his injury last night. A good player, BUT A GREAT YOUNG MAN!!!! You will be missed!!! Regroup JAGS and get ready for a game Arabia Mountain team……Good luck the rest of the season!!

High 5

September 1st, 2013
3:51 pm

You better not sleep on Arabia Mountain!

JAB

September 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

@ High 5 Stephenson is not going to go to sleep on anybody this season, I believe that the coaching staff and players are more focus this season and are hungry for their 1st state championship…!!!

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLL….

big balla

September 1st, 2013
9:25 pm

@ high 5 i wasn’t so impressed with Stephenson or mlk. i believe the region will come down to Arabia mountain and Tucker. Arabia i saw them against Clarkston and i know Clarkston wasn’t a good team at all but that offense is real Potent. They have he best offensive Coordinator in the region. Most people are talking about him plus i hear he isn’t from Georgia and first year Coaching in Dekalb. I am ready just like many others to see the game on friday against Arabia and stephenson

K From Da Wood

September 1st, 2013
10:35 pm

Arabia Mountain won’t beat either MLK or Stephenson, its a mental issue and everyone has always looked good against Clarkston for sometime now!

big balla

September 1st, 2013
10:45 pm

@k wood Remember i told you that Arabia is going to beat Stephenson Friday and Mlk in few weeks. I am tucker parent and they will give us tough time in 2 weeks . I know somebody that has seen the kinda offense the new guy at Arabia runs from the west coast. my son is being recruited heavily and one of the recruiters at a major Division 1 school told us if this is same guy that they know, his offense is potent especially for high school teams to try prepare for short notice. This recruiter was on auburn staff when they won Championship. He had nothing but great things to say bout this unknown guy. I believe what this College recruiter Coach said

itsonlywrite

September 2nd, 2013
4:48 am

@bigballa I remember seeing the Arabia Mountain vs Tucker game last year and Arabia Mt. looked pretty good in the spread offense they were running. I was thinking they might fine tune it like Gainesville this year.

MLK Alumni

September 2nd, 2013
9:09 am

can’t nobody f**K w KING

5AReg6Fan

September 2nd, 2013
9:10 am

Attended the “Battle of the Boarders” showcase and congrates go out to the Jaguars of Stephenson, for redemption of GA against FL teams – Way to rise up Jags. #25 addition will make this year’s version, feared on the offense side of the ball. October 11th matchup (Tucker/Stephenson) will be another special event for region 6 title.

To address some of the comments centered on Arabia. If their QB from last year is still anchoring the offense, the Rams will be an exciting team to watch, from that side of the ball. The key to success, against the BIG 3 in region 6, will be stopping them with a strong “D” and good special teams. I have seen the 2013 version of the BIG 3, and well, let’s just say, there is a reason why they are ranked 2, 3, & 5, in 5A. At this point, I see Arabia Mountain, fighting for the 4th place spot to represent the TOP region in 5A football. Friday, the 6th will show what the possibilities are for the Rams to compete for one of the top 3 spots in region 6. I think I will attend that game, and not the beat down Tucker will imposed on the helpless Warriors of North Atlanta. It appears this matchup will be a better game for my money. (LOL)

Again, Way to Turn it Up – Jaguar Nation. This will be the last of support from Tucker Nation, it’s time for the CATS to GROWL!!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

JAB

September 2nd, 2013
4:12 pm

HOLD ON WAIT A MINUTE, LET ME PUT SOME JAB IN IT…!!! I can’t believe that this big balla can even think that Arabian can play on the same field with Stephenson, YES! Arabian is a good team but Stephenson is a great team. Stephenson has gotten better from last year, they had strengthened their defense against the pass. I was at the scrimmage game when Stephenson played North Gwinnett NOTE: NG is clearly the best team in AAAAAA, Stephenson played them evenly throughout the game and if it wasn’t for a called back touchdown they would have beaten them. They were penalized to death! It’s going to be hard for anybody to beat Stephenson this year. My prediction for Friday’s matchup STEHENSON 28 ARABIAN 14.. @ 5AReg6Fan, All I can say is that the game is going to be hype when those two CATS get together, Stephenson is playing with a chip on it’s shoulders, they will totally ripped MLK this year (from beating them the last 3 years), the Tucker game will be a statement in region 6AAAAA and will prepare the JAGS for their 1st State Championship. “BELIEVE THAT!” :)

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLL….

MLK LIONS

September 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

Arabia is going to upset Stephenson to be honest … I said it first

big balla

September 2nd, 2013
7:05 pm

@jab bro Stephenson is over hyped and over rated just like they have been the past few years. How can you have a team full of Div 1 players but cant win the Championship. Terrible it’s call no coaches. One thing for sure is that Stephenson doesn’t have an Offense at all besides Reggie ball the Offensive coordinator sucks maybe if they gotten somebody else they would win with that talent. Yes everybody is going to that Stephenson vs Arabia because its gonna be great game to see. Like i said before they have the pieces in place plus a unknown coordinator to Dekalb County that can Coach.We all know Pritchet can’t coach. Arabia is going to shock Stephenson Friday watch what i tell you. Again I am all about them Tucker Tigers.

dekalbFB1

September 2nd, 2013
7:38 pm

The great thing right now, is both MLK, Stephenson, Tucker are undefeated and tied for 1st place.

JAB

September 2nd, 2013
9:27 pm

Make sure all of you guys are on this blog after Stephenson put a whipping on Arabian. @ big balla, Stephenson has not won a state championship yet! But you can ask any of the guys who are playing in divsion 1 football or the NFL would they have went to another school; they will tell you thanks to the coaching staff for coaching them.

Stephenson is still a young program and have had a winning season every year that they went into region play, have made the playoff every year and have only lost by either a touch down or last minute field goal. ALL of you guys are haters, instead of tipping the hat to (STEPHENSON) program, for a job well done. MLK hasn’t won a championship either, nor have they had the amount of vision 1 players. The truth is that, most people who criticize such a program or either jealous or hate the fact that they don’t get the highly public attention that Stephenson gets. They won 2 games in the state playoff last year which broke (ALL) the criticism that they can’t win a playoff game, now you want to attack the offensive coordinator which is Reggie Ball, it is his coaching with the other coaches is why they turn the tide on winning in the playoffs. At the end of this season when they are crowned state champions, make sure you guys are around then…!!!

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLL….

big balla

September 2nd, 2013
9:47 pm

@jab bro you guys have great program but lets be real your coaching staff is laughing stock of Georgia football. With all that talent you would thought you would win every game but like always get out coached big time. I will be at the Game this week to see. I cant wait

Boo

September 3rd, 2013
11:19 am

@ K from Da Wood,
you’re right. Arabia has to overcome the mental block of going up against JAG Nation! Coach Gartrell calls this one of the most talented teams he’s ever had. My son plays JV there and believe me when I say they are stacked. MLK is like Stephenson’s snot nosed little brother, Arabia is the baby brother that your mom asks you to watch while she’s at the store and Tucker is the cross town only child snobbish cousin that comes around sometimes and thinks he’s richer and better than you.

JAG’s RULE DeKalb County

john

September 3rd, 2013
11:33 am

@big Balla,

If you know so much about thi new Offensive coordinator at Arabia that college recruiters are talking about from Big D! schools in califrnia that is recruiting your son. I have one question, Why is your son enrolled at Tucker and not Arabia Mountain since you have s much confidence in Arabia Mountain? IJS…

Terry

September 3rd, 2013
2:51 pm

hey guys Its time for Stephenson ,MLK or tucker to win this thing too much talent to come up short .coaches lets go to the next level . thanks tucker for putting DeKalb on the map

TADOW!!!

September 3rd, 2013
2:52 pm

I think bigballa is the OC at Arabia and trying to make a name for himself. Think about it. He knows to much for him not to give the name of the new OC. Like its a big secret LOL

JAB

September 3rd, 2013
5:53 pm

@ Boo, I LIKE YOUR COMMENT

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLL….

JAB

September 3rd, 2013
5:55 pm

@ Terry, the JAGS of Stephenson will not disappoint you this season.

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLL….

Camden74

September 3rd, 2013
6:08 pm

big balla

September 3rd, 2013
7:45 pm

@john and who ever else. i dont give 2 craps about new guy. I was telling you what i heard from a tcu coach that’s it. we dont need transfer no where been at tucker 4 years been all good with us. i dont even know the guy at arabia dont even care. We talked bout our schedule and so forth thats how he got on this topic. Freakin idiot. Hope your son plays so my son can run through him when we play nobody will beat tucker this year.

5AReg6Fan

September 4th, 2013
8:56 am

@Boo – LOL…LOL…LOL, really like your post, remind me of growing up and dealing with the family structure. First welcome to blogging in region 6 – first time I’ve read any of your post – certainly Jaguar Nation will welcome your support. On 10/11, Uncle DeKalb, will be dropping off the cross town cuz (TUCKER), at Halliford to play with his cousin Jaguar and of course, he will have his pocket right, so cousin Tiger can show cousin Jaguar what it’s like to eat the BEST candy at the corner store – State Championship!!!

I haven’t been to a JV game in many years, but I might have to make an exception, when Tucker/Stephenson JV hook up. The pipeline at Tucker is ALWAYS, flowing with talent. That might be good to witness the future of both of these TOP HS football PROGRAMS.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

The Year of THE RAMS

September 4th, 2013
11:52 am

You can go to the game and look at Stephenson JV program but that will not do you any good because they don’t develop players they like the steal them like #25 if Stephenson didn’t have him this weekend it would have been a different out come, Then you had a never to put him down for 1 of your D1 signee this kid rush 1200 yard last year with a good program with a state championship ring now did he need Stephenson or did Stephenson need him But that’s ok if you guys can’t develop within you just wait until this weekend. We don’t steal players we develop them.