SW DeKalb under the microscope as region play begins in 6-AAAAA

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAAA:

- Region play gets under way in 6-AAAAA, and the pressure is on Southwest DeKalb more than any team in the region. The Panthers, under new coach Michael Tanks, lost 17-10 in their opener against a Pebblebrook team that was 0-10 last season. The task will be even tougher this week against fifth-ranked M.L. King. No. 3 Stephenson opens region play against Arabia Mountain, which played everybody close but went 3-6 in region play last year. Mays and Miller Grove meet in a game that could have playoff implications.

- Gainesville hosts Class AAA Buford in the only matchup this season of defending state champions. The battle is likely to come down to Gainesville’s offense (45.3 points per game last season, 58 in the opener last week) against Buford’s defense (allowed 7.2 points per game last year and seven last week). Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson, the state’s career passing leader and leading candidate for player of the year, threw four interceptions but also three touchdowns in the Red Elephants’ 19-15 victory last season.

- Allatoona and North Paulding are the new favorites in 5-AAAAA after North Paulding knocked off 2012 champ East Paulding 27-13 last week. Allatoona, which finished in second place last season, was impressive in a 50-0 victory against Woodland-Cartersville last week and likely will have little trouble with Paulding County. North Paulding, the fourth-place team in 2012, faces New Manchester, which is 2-0 for the second consecutive season but finished 2-8 last year. Eleven-team 5-AAAAA is playing a full region schedule.

- Region 7-AAAAA will be looking to bounce back from a rough start. The 11 teams combined for a 2-8 record last week, with only Sequoyah and Riverwood coming away with victories. The region is 4-9 overall after two weeks. Sixth-ranked Kell, the region favorite, opened with a 26-16 victory against Class AAAAAA Chattahoochee in the Corky Kell Classic. Region 4-AAAAA needs a boost this weekend, too, after its 11 teams went 3-6 last week.

- Thomas County Central plays host to Marist to renew one of the state’s best rivalries among teams that don’t play each other often. The Yellow Jackets have faced Marist seven times and lead the series 6-1 after winning 21-17 last year in a game that went back and forth. The teams have met four times in the state semifinals, and all but one of those (a 35-21 Marist victory in 2003) went down to the wire. Thomas County Central lost to Valdosta 28-24 last week in a game it led in the fourth quarter.

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Jag Fan 2

September 5th, 2013
9:52 am

Let’s go Jaguar! Open up that offense and use the all your weapons. We have the best defense in the region we bend and don’t break . Should be a good game on Fri. Arabia Mtn has a nice offense but the Jags defense is better.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 5th, 2013
10:11 am

@ Chip Saye…

You are unfortunately probably spot on as far as REGION 5AAAAA…Look for ALLATOONA to roll this year and should finish in the #1 spot, #2 baring some upsets belongs to NORTH PAULDING, #3 & #4 are still to be decided and could go to several of the teams…to early to tell yet. The sad thing is neither spot may go to EAST as this is the year they may end up as barely a .500 team! EAST could EASILY be 2 / 2 when they face VILLA RICA on the 27th!

“THE BONEYARD” is haunted by the GHOSTS of winning seasons PAST!!!

It was a good run but “Coach” Goddard has NO IDEA what a winning program is or how to coach at this level. I wish he would / could prove me wrong BUT don’t look for that to happen!

STILL A RAIDER FAN!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

5AReg6Fan

September 5th, 2013
11:06 am

Every week there will be playoff implications in region 6; this week is the start of a grueling 9 week schedule for ALL teams. Will old long time playoff favors SWD & Mays, fall to up and coming Miller Grove & Arabia Mountain? Both of these proud teams are introducing NEW coaches and not much opportunity to be experimental. Stay tune, because there could be surprises in store.

The BIG 3, Tucker/Stephenson/MLK, will still be the BIG 3 after this week!!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER”

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

JAB

September 5th, 2013
3:23 pm

I think this week will have an big impact on Region 6AAAAA 4th place finish. I was at the SWD/Pebblebrook game @ the problem was not that SWD is that bad, but a move improved Pebblebrook quad took the field; SWD didn’t seemed comfortable with the new coaching style, I believe with all of that tradition of winning at SWD, a week of preparation & bonding, we are going to see a different SWD this week. MLK was not challenged last week, I sat on the Florida side and according to the fans ELY has falling from the ranks of good teams in Florida while Norland is one the best ranked teams in Florida. Stephenson will crush Arabia Mtn. The Jags are better on Offense & a much proven defense against the pass from last year!

@ 5ARegFan, I’ll be at the game sitting at the very top next to where the coaches booth, holla at me (JAB), so we can have some friendly chat talk. Lol., ****

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..

JAB

September 5th, 2013
3:27 pm

@ “THE CANNON RULES”, good luck during the regular season, hopefully we will see you guys again, on our quest to the state championship…!!!

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..

dekalbfb21

September 5th, 2013
3:28 pm

@JAB – I understand the statement you mention about ELY. But as you saw last week. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day! Don’t hate just congratulate MLK!

JAB

September 5th, 2013
3:40 pm

@ dekalbfb21, I like MLK, have relatives attending there, Just stating the truth. MLK better not take SWD lightly this week or they will fall big time. I believe that we (ALL) better lookout for MAYS this year…

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..

James

September 5th, 2013
5:05 pm

Is the MLK/SWD game friday or Sat., and what time – does anyone know?

MIGHTY LION KING

September 5th, 2013
5:18 pm

@ JAB-That might have been the biggest statement of this yr!! Thats just like tellin the jags they better get ready for Arabia Mtn lol.. Yes they might play their hearts out in this wks game, but we both alreadyknow the outcome winner of both games.. If anybody should be watching anybody its STEPHENSON looking over ARAB MTN who just won fheir previous game..No they didnt play anyvody guud but a ein is a win which means they have a potiential to win, plus i hear they have a pretty decent potiental QB! But we at KING, have no worries this season.. Can u say REPEAT REGULAR SEASON!! Most diffently will be a different post season..STATE CHAMPS 2013.. Dont worry we got SWD!! Yall handle those boys from the other mountain!! Lol

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 5th, 2013
5:30 pm

@ JAB- As for fhe mays comment!! Now im not sayin that Carver aint nobody but lose to CARVER in the regular season and coming from a region far superior than CARVER says alot about how your yr might turn out..

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!

Max Sizemore

September 5th, 2013
6:47 pm

Deshaun is DeOne.

Luv football

September 5th, 2013
7:36 pm

Lion King up until last Carver was in that region. SWD and Mays has new coaches, don’t overlook neither they will get better once kids buy in the their systems.

Sportsnut

September 5th, 2013
7:47 pm

Stanley Pritchett already has them talking about Arabia Mountain. Fresh start with a talent pool.

MIGHTY LION KING

September 5th, 2013
8:04 pm

@ luv football- NO DOUBT bout that at all!! We too know more than anybody the transition of new coaches(5 head coaches in are couple of yrs of existence)!! All im sayin is MAYS was seemed alot better last yr than this yr coming which im guessing has alot to do with not only new coaching but talented senior-loss!! Like i stated i put nothing past CARVER being a guud team ESPECIALLY for “THEIR” region.They were almost undefeated last yr up until their last regular season game.. I know because i have a cousin who plays for them (HB). But like you said they in a new region with much bigger opponents, so they cant afford to lose to smaller region opponents because in this region that could make you look very weak, mind you that they share a region with A TWO TIME STATE CHAMP(TUCKER), 3 TYME CONSECUTIVE REGION CHAMPS (M.L.KING), AND A STATE SEMI FINALIST (STEPHENSON) along with OLD TYME HEROIC SWD, so alot is expected of MAYS to bring to the table as well as SWD, ARAB MTN, AND MG!!! Doing my best to overlook no one but when your pride is high for your ALMA MATER and you team looks great, every one else needs to step their game up!!! NO OFFENSE I HOPE

LION NATION / THE DOMINATION !!!!!

WE HUNGRY

JAB

September 5th, 2013
8:34 pm

@ MIGHTY LION KING, I here ya man! But your step brother (STEPHENSON) is not over looking nobody this year, one game at a time. Stephenson has more to prove to the state of Georgia. It was said that they couldn’t win a play-off game! Huh, they prove them wrong last year by winning 2 games until the QB went down in game 3. They Downing the JAGS for having the most D1 players over the last 4 or 5 years, but NO State Championship! “SO”, my brother, Stephenson is not overlooking nobody, not even Lakeside, N Atlanta or Dunwoody. We are going to take one game at a time until we get to the Georgia Dome…

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..:)

MIGHTY LION KING

September 5th, 2013
10:31 pm

Looks like im still over looking teams huh LOL ( LAKESIDE, N.ATL,and DUNWOODY)!!

OOPS!!

LION NATION / THE DOMINATION !!!!

DekalbAAAAA

September 5th, 2013
10:36 pm

Well look, SWD DID NOT have a preseason game, so you have a new team with atleast 18 new starters who’ve never played in a varsity game,with a new head coach and system and to their defense they did play much better in the second half it was just a tad bit too late if you ask me. I think they’ll play better against king. Now king on the other hand just wasn’t challenged by ely it was simply too easy, ely is not Booker t Washington from florida they are in the lower seed of the state so its not like king beat a great team but they did look very intense and fast and that #20…..oh wow. Speed speed speed but kids gotta stop dancing in the endzone. Tucker is looking to take this region in my opinion though,they look crisp.

play

September 5th, 2013
11:23 pm

They were almost undefeated last yr up until their last regular season game.. I know because i have a cousin who plays for them (HB). But like you said they in a new region with much bigger opponents, so they cant afford to lose to smaller region opponents because in this region that could make you look very weak, mind you that they share a region with A TWO TIME STATE CHAMP(TUCKER), 3 TYME CONSECUTIVE REGION CHAMPS

MIGHTY LION KING

September 5th, 2013
11:44 pm

wow talk about reiteration ^^

itsonlywrite

September 6th, 2013
3:16 am

I gotta feeling that Region 6 AAAAA is gonna get shook up by Arabia Mountain… just a theory… gotta see if they improved on that spread from last year though…

#ELEPHANTNATION

MakeTheCall

September 6th, 2013
7:40 am

Region 6 is up and going! Mays is done count them out of the playoff picture that was a very bad move by the principal to let the HC and bring in a guy that is just a playoff coach. I like the Jags this year to win the region. The Lions & Tigers look to be pretty tough as always. Miller Grove is the X factor if they beat Mays which they should they will get in. I feel for SWD it will be a sad thing if they dont get better I’m sorry no disrespect and I believe in (On any given day) but a loss to Pebblebrook is not good.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 6th, 2013
7:45 am

EAST PAULDING travels to WOODLAND / BARTOW tonight in a game that you would think would give them an opportunity to get back on track. WOODLAND / BARTOW is 0 / 2 on the year and has lost these two games to VILLA RICA & ALLATOONA by a combined score of 3 / 77!! In the past this would bode well and you could expect more of the same with EAST scoring big and early..

BUT…this is 2013 and EAST is coming off an embarrassing home loss to NORTH PAULDING where they showed NO interest at all in winning a game that had playoff implications. YES…EAST SHOULD win tonight’s game, YES…EAST needs a win to get back on track, YES…the once proud defense SHOULD have enough to keep WOOD / BARTOW off the scoreboard or at least keep the score low, BUT…BUT…BUT…the problem will be the offense and can it operate without it’s SR QB Mitchell Webb, they proved last week they COULD NOT!

EAST Coach Goddard continued having his SR QB RETURN PUNTS (!) and at the 7+ minute mark of last weeks game…GAME 1 of the season…saw him go down with a shoulder injury that will likely sideline him for 3 or 4 games! That was it…EAST was DONE and NORTH PAULDING went on to use this to their advantage (as any good team would). EAST had(s) NO back-up for Mitchell Webb and the offense could not move.

Look for WOOD / BARTOW to use this to their advantage also and if they manage to score 10 or 14 pts that could be enough to UPSET EAST!, as I don’t see the offense being able to score much more than that. MAYBE the defense can get a couple of scores somehow to keep EAST in this game…A loss tonight to an 0 / 2 team would be something EAST NEVER let happen before BUT under this coach…who knows!!!

STILL A RAIDER FAITHFUL!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

RealisticFan

September 6th, 2013
7:53 am

Welcome to the Reg6 AAAAA blog. :)

Ron

September 6th, 2013
8:11 am

When it’s all said in done, we know that the Lovejoy Wildcats will be in the Dome playing for the State Title. Sorry I can’t see the team from New York, but I know that Al Hughes and his team of coaches have the players ready. No disrespect to Stephenson and SWD, but I am calling for Coach Hughes to be the next Coach of the Year.

Go Cat’s “GATA”

HSFootballMom

September 6th, 2013
9:16 am

My husband and I have NEVER understood why Goddard has Webb return kickoffs and punts. Sadly, last Friday night the reality of what a “bone” head move that has always been, came to fruition. I fear it will not only undo the Raiders’ season, but will have a negative impact on Mitchell’s prospects.

5AReg6Fan

September 6th, 2013
10:25 am

@JAB – Plan to be in the house for the Stephenson/Arabia game. I’ll be wearing a Tucker hat and seating in a Tucker stadium seat – should be easy to recognize in the sea of Black & Blue. (LOL)

Comments on the 2013 Arabia Mtn. Rams: 1) Will last year QB be anchoring their offense attach? If so, then Arabia has a VERY good weapon to run their spread. 2) Will they introduce a more improve running attach? If so, then this will compliment their air game and make DC’s have to respect their overall offense schemes. 3) Will the defense play stronger, faster and able for 4 quarters? This will be needed when playing the BIG 3 from region 6. 4) Will the kicking game improve? This will be crucial for success, when playing talented teams, in close games. Summary: If lacking in any of the above mention comments, it will be difficult for Arabia Mountain to move into one of the 3 top spots in region 6. Pluses: A lost against the Jaguars tonight, which is predicted, will not be an unsuccessful season for the Rams; they still have a chance at a playoff spot – a lot of football left to be played.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

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

MIGHTY LION KING

September 6th, 2013
10:33 am

Well just when i thawt i was goin to the stephenson and arabia mtn game, i found out Mlk game is not saturday its TODAY.. That got that!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!!

5AReg6Fan

September 6th, 2013
10:45 am

Will there be a double header at Halliford?

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

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

JAB

September 6th, 2013
10:54 am

@ 5AReg6Fan will be looking for you man! Maybe we can have some friendly trash talk; MIGHTY LION KING, wish you could join the fun. When it’s all said and done The lions & tigers will be caged and the Jaguars will be roaming the streets alone at the top of the mountian wearing the state crown.

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..:)

JAB

September 6th, 2013
10:59 am

@ Ron you confusing man! You got the right blog? Lovejoy is AAAAAA Stephenson & SWD is AAAAA Who is coach Hughes ?????????

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..:)

MIGHTY LION KING

September 6th, 2013
12:23 pm

@ JAB- i guess M.L.KING himself wasnt the only one who had a big dream lmbo..Cage the lions we gonna put a beat down on the jags and leave a mark sayin ” MLK WAS HERE” LOL..

But yea man u would have saw me tonight had that not happen.. I should fairly warn u though im not in the old crowd like some of these older cats on here.. And like 5Reg6fan i also would have worn MLK attire.. Dont worry it will be more spectating games for all of us, so we bound to meet each other..

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

Dekalb All The Way

September 6th, 2013
1:29 pm

MLK is not overlooking anyone, we are just trying to play perfect football. With the talent and the focus of the new coaches, they will be fine. They are more focused on the road to the dome, so NO school will be taken lightly. Ely didn’t put up a challenge, but a good team can make it seem that way. They just executed and this is just the beginning. You will see that the LIONS will be the Kings of the jungle in the GA DOME with rings to go with their crowns!!!

JAB

September 6th, 2013
3:15 pm

Just a little food for thought for you Lions & Tigers before we soon meet! The lion is probably the fastest cat after the cheetah, though it’s only a little faster than a tiger, say. Jaguars are heavily-built and stocky – they are very strong, but not built for speed. They can ambush their prey from much closer than a lion can because they live in forested environments, and therefore don’t need to be as fast.

MLK (lions) maybe king of the Jungle & Tucker (tigers may rule tiger country but the Stephenson High (Jaguars) are much bigger & stronger & you too cats are going to be fighting for 2nd place in our powerful Region… Remember that you heard it from “JAB” 1st. Lol., Anyway good luck tonight to (ALL) the region 6AAAAA teams… THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS NOW!!!

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..:)

MIGHTY LION KING

September 6th, 2013
5:39 pm

@JAB- And I thought I was the only animal lover around these parts lol We have that in common my brother.. Yes a jag is built stocky, but when have you ever known a jag to be bigger than a LION or TIGER??? A jag is only subjected to weigh 200-300 lbs at most while LIONS and TIGERS weigh up in the 500- to 700 lbs range.. That alone makes the jag the 3rd largest cat in the world!! Then you gt your LEOPARDS/BLACK PANTHERS (SWD) coming in 4th!! Just thought we bring it down to the animal level you know lol.. TIGERS are the biggest cat and LIONS are the 2nd largest but TIGERS are not naturally bred fighters like LIONS who have to fight for their dominion I their pride!! So we already know what we have to do to win this STATE TITLE AND REGION TITLE! We have to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT with our naturally bred instincts and take our DOMINION in this region and class!!
NOBODY MESSES WITH THE KING!!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

JAB

September 6th, 2013
10:38 pm

@ but the strongest of (ALL) the cats are the Jaguars, and they showed it tonight by a blowout as I predicted. :)
Stephenson 46 and Arabia scored on a broken play 7…

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…..:)

JAB

September 6th, 2013
10:40 pm

@ 5AReg6Fan, It was a big crowd, I miss you somehow. was sitting at the very top!!