MLK 49, Southwest DeKalb 10

M.L. King quarterback Roland Rivers threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers and ran for another in the Class AAAAA No. 5 Lions’ 49-10 win over Southwest DeKalb on Friday.

Passing-wise, the senior was a model of efficiency, putting up the big scoring numbers with just 195 yards on 13-of-16 passing, meaning more than one third of his completions finished in the end zone.

He also posted 50 yards on the ground, most of those coming on a 41-yard touchdown run on which Rivers broke several tackles and was nearly stopped at one point before breaking free and scampering in for the score.

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, his size is a factor in the passing game, but it was very much on display during the long touchdown run, when tacklers were hanging off him, trying to bring him to the ground.

They’re not the only ones trying in vain to get Rivers to go to the ground, but he doesn’t have it in him to give up on the play.

“My coaches, they always tell me they want me to take a knee,” Rivers said. “But there’s something inside of me; I’ve got to score. I had to get one in. I had to get in the end zone.”

That run may have been the most memorable play of the night, but the backbreaking drive came on the Lions’ first possession of the third quarter.

After the defense came up with a stop in its own territory, the offense took over at its own 6-yard line, leading 21-3.

There was no quick strike this time, as M.L. King (2-0) marched 94 yards in 10 plays, including a fourth-and-1 conversion near midfield. It ended with a 28-yard strike from Rivers to Romello Shumake that effectively ended any hope the Panthers (0-2) had of staging a comeback.

“We just keep trying to work on things, trying to get better,” M.L. King coach Cortez Allen said. “Being able to drive the ball down the field like that is going to help us down the road. So we want to make sure we’re primed and ready when those times come about.”

From that point, it turned into a rout, with the Lions pulling out to a 49-3 lead before a late Panthers score provided the final margin.

The biggest reason for the lopsided win was Rivers, and Allen said he played just like they expect him to on this night.

“Roland did a great job; he’s a great leader,” Allen said. “We’re just glad to have him at the helm.”

SWD    0          3          0          7 – 10

MLK    7          14       7          21 – 49

M – D’Angelo Holt 22 pass from Roland Rivers (Dwayne Taylor kick)

M – Safety: Lynd Parrish tackle

M – Presley Bray 26 pass from Rivers (kick failed)

M – Rivers 41 run

S – Marvin Ellis 24 FG

M – Romello Shumake 28 pass from Rivers (Taylor kick)

M – Raylan Elzy 5 pass from Rivers (run failed)

M – Savion Thrash 43 pass from Cedric Lynch (Jonathan Mathis run)

S – Travis Bacon 39 run (Ellis kick)

54 comments Add your comment

Real Dekalb Vet

September 6th, 2013
10:53 pm

MLK QB is a great player and a lot of teams will have problems stopping him. It’s going to get real interesting to see how the big 3 shack out in the end. As for SWD, they had a couple missed opportunities early in the game. Also, they need some larger players, I’ve never seen SWD this small as individual players.

rwdekalb

September 6th, 2013
11:06 pm

@Real Dekalb Vet. Swd looks like a jv team size wise compared to Mlk. I heard a few of the starters for Mlk were at Swd last season. The only way Swd makes playoffs is by beating all of the region teams they beat last season.

MIGHTY LION KING

September 6th, 2013
11:15 pm

GREAT WIN TONITE KING!!! THATS HOW WE DO!!!

QB is a beast!!! Diffently going to be a problem for other teams, as will the RB# 22,26,and 33!! WRs are great this yr, but im still looking for some more turn up from them this yr!! Great job lLIONS way to represent the BIG 3 POWER!!

48-10

MAYS YOUR UP NEXT!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

Real Dekalb Vet

September 6th, 2013
11:20 pm

rwdekalb – I agree they do look like a jv squad with their size. The way it’s looking It may take SWD a couple years to get back to where they need to be. heir not a bad team but there’s work to be done.

Mr. Johnson

September 7th, 2013
1:03 am

MLK’s 3 game winning streak vs. Stephenson comes to an end this year… Sad to say it.. I honestly think they will lose to Mays next week, Stephenson, Tucker, and Miller Grove and miss the playoffs for the first time in school history… Just my opinion… The new staff doesn’t have a clue as to what to do with those players… They were left the keys to a cadillac, but they are turning it into a pinto..

Gradybaby

September 7th, 2013
3:08 am

Congrats Cortez Allen…keep doing your thing

Real Dekalb Vet

September 7th, 2013
6:40 am

Come on Mr. Johnson, MLK will at least come in 2nd. I know there are some who don’t like the new coaching style but Miller and Mays.

Mr. Johnson

September 7th, 2013
6:46 am

@Real Dekalb Vet….. Don’t believe me, just watch…

Queen's of Halftime Mom

September 7th, 2013
7:17 am

MLK will be just fine. It kills me how negative people can be to change. Get over it Mr. Johnson, there is constant change in this world and you learn to adjust or you don’t. Seems to me the LIONS are adjusting just fine. @Mighty Lion King, don’t forget #28. He is a beast as well.

MLK ALL DAY, MLK ALL DAY!!!!!

JAB

September 7th, 2013
7:38 am

I like MLK, my second best team in Region 6AAAAA, I’m not as critical as Mr. Johnson but, they will loose to Stephenson & Tucker, the 3rd position is a good position to be in because it means that they will play the #2 team in the other region, the same position that Tucker was in last year and everybody knows that Region 6AAAAA is the best in the state. MLK will do much better I think if they finish 3rd, because 1st place finish has haunted them and everybody likes to knock off the 1st place team. Just my perdiction***

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

JAB

September 7th, 2013
7:42 am

@ Stephenson totally destroyed Arabia Mtn. They are bigger and much stronger than last year; the defense is much better at defending the pass. It is the JAGS year for a state championship, MLK maybe next year, Tucker already had their 2 state championships…

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

Queen's of Halftime Mom

September 7th, 2013
7:48 am

@Jab, no sir they won’t lose to either one. The difference is, we don’t talk on the blogs, we handle our business on the field where it matters. We appreciate your “second best support” of our team
, but we #1 fans of MLK will hold it down from this point on, thanks.

Dekalb Co Guy

September 7th, 2013
8:25 am

I have to join the consensus as far being totally suprised how small SWD was. I dont think they had a player on defense that was over 200 lbs. The Big 3 are still the big 3, and it doesnt look good for SWD making the playoffs this year. I really cant see them beating Mays or Miller Grove, and maybe not even Arabia Mtn. MLK does look to have another solid team. I would tend to agree that probably Stephenson and Tucker have been a little more impressive so far this year.

BcS2010

September 7th, 2013
8:35 am

Tucker has the best team in the whole state of GA this year

DekalbAAAAA

September 7th, 2013
9:07 am

@DeKalb Co Guy- Don’t be crazy now,SWD lacks in height on the team,but the weight of the dline and 2 of 3 lbs are all wayyy over 200 pounds. But yes they do look small. 1st quarter they looked like they were about to give king a little trouble. After halftime it looked like they had given their best shot and King..well became king. Now seeing how they can give a little shock to mlk before it just turning into a thrashing I think swd can take the 4 seed,but we will see

Dekalb all the way!!!

September 7th, 2013
9:51 am

I like the new coaching style. MLK is just gearing up for the playoffs. They haven’t exposed half of what they can do. I do see that they are more balanced. They now have clock management, which they haven’t had in a while. Lack of balance and defense has caused them to not have a state championship. I liked the last coach, but the last 3 years, they just chucked the ball down field. Maybe something different can have MLK looking good in the playoffs as well as the regular season. Now they have that plus a running game. For the non-believers, MLK look better this year than they did last year this time. MLK are even letting 2nd and 3rd stream get playing time, which is something that will help them get to the DOME. This regular season mess don’t mean much as long as they are winning. That’s how CHAMPIONS think!!! Watch and see when December gets here!!! Last year Gainesville lost 3 or 4 regular season games and still have rings for last year. Which would you prefer, great regular season and 1st or 2nd round playoff loss, or work on the tuning up and win state??? Something to think about!!!

5AReg6Fan

September 7th, 2013
11:05 am

As predicted, MLK, Stephenson, & Tucker showed the separation between themselves and the others, while putting the rest of 5A on noticed, where the 2013 5A State Championship will come. The BIG 3 regular season test comes as follow:

10/11 – Tucker/Stephenson
10/25 – MLK/Stephenson
11/1 – Tucker/MLK

This could be a special year, when 3 teams from one region reach the semi-finals. The way that these three are playing, this could very well be a fact. With the falling of last year’s 5A champs, Gainesville, I see the following rankings in 5A coming out this week, as well as the final results in region 6:

#1 Tucker
#2 Stephenson
#3 MLK

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

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

DekalbAAAAA

September 7th, 2013
11:07 am

I say
#1Tucker
#2MLK
#3Stephenson

5AReg6Fan

September 7th, 2013
11:18 am

WHERE YOU AT JAB & MIGHT LION KING? (LOL)

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

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

uncleJunior

September 7th, 2013
11:18 am

Last year, I thought that MLK was not totally State material. I remember saying that the way you practice will eventually show up in the game. This year, they might be a very scary team coming down the last stretch of the season. Soon, the way they are practicing now will show up. I believe towards the latter part of the season. But until then . . . . . . .they are still a problem for anyone they will face. I expect Mays to test them next week. Not win, but test them a little.

BTW. The MLK quarterback should have been awarded an additional 2 points per every player he carried into the endzone!!!!!!!!!

Queen's of Halftime Mom

September 7th, 2013
11:27 am

@Dekalb All the Way, thank you so much for making it known that our JV players were allowed to play at the end of the 3rd quarter til it was over. Trust and believe Coach Allen and his staff will have this team ready to handle Tucker and Stephenson when we are to face them. As for now, we would rather deal with one team at a time, and for us that is Mays.

MLK ALL DAY MLK ALL DAY!!!!

rwdekalb

September 7th, 2013
11:57 am

@Queens of Halftime Mom. With a 30pt lead with 7 min left in 4th quarter the starting offensive unit for Mlk was still in the game, including the quarterback. Thats a fact.

Queen's of Halftime Mom

September 7th, 2013
12:13 pm

and the O line BACK in for a few plays after SWD scored a touch down in the 4th.Please note JV quarterback Ced threw a touchdown to Justin in the 4th quarter, so excuse me for my error.

Queen's of Halftime Mom

September 7th, 2013
12:15 pm

Coach put Roland and the O line BACK in, is what it should have read in the previous post…..

eugene roberts

September 7th, 2013
3:10 pm

EYE’S on MLK # 28 , he a beast with savy !!!

DeKalbFB21

September 7th, 2013
3:31 pm

Please let’s not be so technical. Both is true the starting O unit was on the field in the 4th qtr. But it was a mixture of JV also! But with 4 minutes it was all JV. MLK fans let’s enjoy the moment and get ready for MAYS. We still remember Coach Jarvis and the passing league.

JAB

September 7th, 2013
4:06 pm

@ 5aReg6Fan, I look for you, last night, I sat at the top like always close to to 50 yard line, didn’t see no Purple & gold, you sure you were there Lol.,? I really don’t like Panthersville stadium. Anyway my prediction was right Stephenson handled there business, can’t wait to play MLK to shut them up, (my 2nd best team in 6AAAAA). Again there is nothing wrong with 2nd place (Tucker), 3rd place (MLK) & 2013 State Championship in the Georgia Dome this this year will be the Stephenson High Jaguars…!!! Sorry guys, but that’s the truth “RUTH”… REMEMBER YOU HEARD IT FROM JAB 1ST.:)

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

BcS2010

September 7th, 2013
4:21 pm

Mlk doesn’t look like the same mlk in opinion last season mlk team was better. Don’t get me wrong they look great and are 2-0 and that’s all that matters with to blowout wins! I just don’t think this mlk team can win the region but they could make a deep playoff run( final 4 or even state) because 5A is down a little to me with Tucker, Stephenson, and Mlk being the the clear 3 best teams!

I’m bias and I no this lol but I honestly feel this tucker team is the best if not 2nd behind class of 2008 and I played from 2007-10 and won 1 ring as a tiger and to me class of 2008 was the best team but we lost in the final 4 to NSWR and this is just saying in football anything can happen!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 7th, 2013
6:18 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Where did all this MLK #3 this yr and TIGERS and JAGS teamin up against MLK come from????? Could it be because M.L.K put both in their proper place last yr and now they want to try to team up to DETHRONE the KING OF 6-5A?? Naaaahhh … Bad idea cats!! M.L.King is still deadly i assure u ..@ JAB,BCS2010,5aREG6fan, even our mr.johnson, yall better think twice, double take, and snap back to reality.. This is KING, and yall play in our KINGDOM so in other words their is no toppin KING.. Let me remind u the true order of last yr and this yr region standings..

1.)MLK
2.)STEPHENSON
3.)TUCKER
4.)After tonight game MG vs MAYS we’ll see who makes 4th

THIS IS KING PRIDE, KING FOOTBALL, KING NATION!!!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 7th, 2013
6:27 pm

Chillin at the mays vs mg game!! Care to come???

MIGHTY LION KING

September 7th, 2013
6:29 pm

I have on my black MLK senior alumni shirt with me and my son sitting right beside Mays band side

JAB

September 7th, 2013
9:08 pm

@ MIGHTY LION KING, you sound like simba, a Mufasa wanna be man!!! Lol., Trying to hang with the big boyz. Your MLK Lions (cubs) will be the 3rd seat, and you know this mannnnn….!!!!! :)

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

MIGHTY LION KING

September 7th, 2013
10:27 pm

@ JAB- lmbo comin from a person use to sitting behind the LIONS i guess that would make yal 4th seaters!! Thats what yall the best at!! 3yrs straight yal the best at sitting behind us lol When have yall ever did that to KING???? DONT WORRY ILL WAIT!!…………………………………………………………………………………still waiting…………………………………………..yawwwwnnnn……………………………………………………………………OK BACK TO SUBJECT!!! KING own yall boys and we soon to own the region AGAIN!!
Gotta ? for ya big lil brother of small jag village, HOW does it feel to sit behind us for 3 consecutive yrs and lose?? D1 players at their finest lol JAB jab jab my brother i admire your pride for your team its TERRIFIC but once against sad to tell you(teardrop) this is not yall year lmbo..NO disrespect to your team and no doubt they might make playoffs but to own region nahhhh!!! GO FISH haha..

YOU LOOKIN AT YOUR 2013-14 REGION/STATE CHAMPS!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION !!!!!!

uncleJunior

September 7th, 2013
10:32 pm

JAB sound scared. “I like MLK” , ‘ I have family in MLK”. . . . . . .”MLK will lose”. Matter of fact, I understand. MLK has owned Stephenson for the last couple of years. JAB , I have one question . . . . . . . . . .will you be in the next Stephenson video???????? I got to hand it to Stephenson . . . . . .you all make great videos!:

MIGHTY LION KING

September 7th, 2013
10:41 pm

@uncle junior- i bet he will lmbo!! 1st rappin verse and everything.. lmbo ..my man JAB

Old Gold Panther

September 8th, 2013
1:13 am

Man I hate it for my boys over at SWD. The school that started it all; that all these other schools try to emulate is being drove into the ground. For all those people that wanted coach Godfrey out so bad, guess they got what they wanted.

Rocko93'

September 8th, 2013
6:02 am

The measuring stick so far has not been the same for MLK as it has been for Stephenson(ie-N.Gwinnett) & Tucker (ie- Marist)…. Even though they were scrimmages they were good test. I don’t feel MLK has met a challenging/ “real” defense yet. Right now everything they are running works and if it doesn’t their 6′3 230 pound QB takes off running… The MLK QB, he’s a big kid and he does what all big kids do when almost everyone else is smaller.. Discipline and coaching through adversity will be key for MLK. Another note: Stephensons defense is probably the best of the three…(athletic) and Tuckers offense is the better… (Structure) SHS offensive play calling has gotten better, MLK-Speed kills but so does a discipline defense.

Real Dekalb VET

September 8th, 2013
7:15 am

Old Panther Gold- I feel you, but every group has it’s season. Let me take it back for a moment. There are actually two other teams in the region that were top programs 20 plus years ago that we can’t forget-Dunwoody and Lakeside who both won state championships a few years before SWD at that time. A matter of fact Dunwoody prevented SWD from getting at least one ore title in the early 90’s .

rwdekalb

September 8th, 2013
8:11 am

The real test for Swd is to win the region games they won last year. Nobody really expected them to challenge the big 3 this year. But its not a stretch to say they could beat the othet teams in the region. Its gonna take some time getting over the Godfrey era. But there is still talent at Swd.

True Blue

September 8th, 2013
8:12 am

MLK didn’t show anything against SWD. Their OL is big, but couldn’t blow a small SWD DL off the ball. They don’t have playmakers like they had in the past in Robinson, Polite, and TIBBS. Mark my word TUCKER and STEPHENSON will beat them this year if that BIG OL don’t get better. This year team don’t have talent at the skill position like in the past. No running game and TUCKER and STEPHENSON CAN MATCH UP POSITION TO POSITION WITH KING. LIKE I SAID THAT BIG OFFENSIVE LINE BETTER GET BETTER BLOCKING BEVAUSE THEY DIDNT DO ANYTHING IMPRESSIVE FRIDAY NIGHT BUT LOOK BIG

dekalbFB1

September 8th, 2013
8:32 am

We at MLK would like to THANK everyone for the REASONS. The reasons that we will not win the Region. I personally would like for us to win the 15th game of the season! Good Luck to Stephenson, Tucker!

Iblameurparents

September 8th, 2013
9:03 am

@mr. Johnson, as much as I hate to admit it you are probably right. You will not find more talent anywhere in the Region as MLK but it is clear they will be out coached and beaten by lesser teams down the road. I know it is difficult to gauge a program after two games but I have seen enough. The offensive side of the ball appears to be coached by the equivalent of park and video game coaches. The SWD score is deceiving, MLK did not look good at all as far as organization and coaching is concerned. Guys running on and off the field before plays, calling TO’s for extra point attempts, completely disorganized. As many have lamented SWD was extremely small and instead of setting the tone of hitting them in the mouth with # 22, 28 and 33 and establishing dominance up front they are throwing bombs and trying to hit homeruns in the passing game. The OC appears to be pulling plays from his A#$! There is no rhythm in the running game or passing game. Clearly these guys do not have an offensive game plan, they are relying totally on talent and as history has shown talent alone does not win consistently. This coaching staff has been given the keys to a high end vehicle and like a 16 year old all they want to do is joy ride, at this rate it wont be long before this vehicle is repossessed or crashed on the side of the road.

uncleJunior

September 8th, 2013
10:09 am

The running game would be so much better without that “read and react” play. The quarterback seems to hold the ball too long for the running backs. The quarterback needs to make quicker decisions and let the ball go. That play will see problems vs. the better teams. Its a fumble waiting to happen. Other than that, MLK look fine for what they are trying to do. They are getting primed for a deep run.

MIGHTY LION KING

September 8th, 2013
1:13 pm

MLK FANS dont let the TUCKER FANS, STEPHENSON FANS, bring you upset!! All these accusations that MLK is not ready this yr is just hopes and dreams that we fail this yr..I say they put they proof in the pudding come gametime!! You gotta think about it, how can they say what MLK is when they attend their own games and not ours!! We ourselves know what our team is capable of.. If anything, these TUCK AND JAGS gonna be shown that a balanced team wins championships and not just a running team!! TUCK AND JAGS look good this yr but overrated like last yr IMO..They got playoff potiential at least.. STEPHENSON has no QB for the WRS and neither do TUCKER!! Its just run or throw a deep pass to a lucky WR with both JAGS and TUCK!! That wont matchup with WESLEY GREEN in the secondary and ARDEN is goin to meet the RB every time!! Its time we showed these boys how to play football.. TUCKER take notes just like your JAG brothers who have been taking notes for yrs lol BANK YOUR MONEY ON KING THIS YR!!

MY “I TOLD YOU SO” IS COMING SOON!!!!

LION NATION / THE DOMINATION!!!!!

Coach Buck

September 8th, 2013
1:35 pm

Miss me NOW?!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 8th, 2013
2:41 pm

@ IF THATS YOU COACH BUCK GODFREY, IMA SAY YES SWD DEFINITELY DOES!!

LION NATION / THE DOMINATION!!!

BcS2010

September 8th, 2013
3:55 pm

Lol im 100% sure y’all havnt seen tucker this year!! Imma keep saying this until the end of the season that Tucker is the best team in the state period!! Any classification and when you watch us play you will be amazed!! (Stephenson and Mlk) have good teams but not on Tucker level this season!
My predictions are
1. Tucker 10-0
2. Mlk 8-2
3. Stephenson 8-2
4. Miller grove, mays, Swd, Arabia.. I really don’t no and it doesn’t really matter

dekalbFB1

September 8th, 2013
4:30 pm

I pray that no major injuries for key players. I want to see exciting games between MLK, Stephenson, and Tucker! These games should be televised…..

D

September 8th, 2013
4:40 pm

MLK HAVE NOT WON NOTHING LIKE STEPHENSON. THE SERIES IS TIED 3 TO 3. #33 WAS AT STEPHENSON FOR 2 YRS AND DID’NT PAST ONE CLASS . A KNOWN FACT. SO HOW ALL THE SUDDEN IS HE ELGIBLE AND PLAYING FOR MLK. MUST HAVE SOME HELLVA TEACHERS OVER THEIR.

uncleJunior

September 8th, 2013
5:11 pm

@D. . . . . . ..he didn’t pass one class. and its “eligible”!!!!!! Your welcome!