Gainesville bounces back; Creekside headed in right direction

Here are some of the things we learned about Class AAAAA on Friday:

- Don’t play the Red Elephants when they’re angry: Defending state champion Gainesville was coming off a humbling 38-14 loss to Class AAA Buford, and the Red Elephants took out their frustrations on Winder-Barrow in a 68-0 rout. Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, ran for a touchdown, and became the first career 10,000-yard passer in state history. It was a slight improvement from last year for Winder-Barrow, which lost 69-0 when the teams met in 2012.

- Downs making a difference: Creekside was a playoff team in 2012, but the 7-4 record and first-round exit marked the sixth consecutive season in which the former top 10 program failed to advance in the postseason. Riverdale’s Olten Downs was hired in the offseason to replace interim coach Aaron Whittington, and now Creekside is 3-0 after beating Tri-Cities 33-17. Creekside, which was 1-2 at this point last season, is likely to be 5-0 when it begins subregion play in 4-AAAAA Division B on Oct. 4 at Starr’s Mill.

- The true test awaits New Manchester: The Jaguars (4-0) already have doubled the school record for victories in a season and have knocked off a playoff contender in North Paulding, but we’ll find out whether the third-year program is a legitimate playoff threat in the next three weeks. That’s when New Manchester faces a stretch of games against East Paulding, Rome and Allatoona, the top three teams in 5-AAAAA last season. New Manchester has two shutouts in four games this season and has outscored its opponents 127-43.

- Southwest DeKalb has a pulse: The Panthers avoided their first 0-3 start since 2002 by escaping with a 14-7 victory against Lakeside-Atlanta, which is 2-21 since the start of the 2011 season. Southwest DeKalb now turns its attention to next weekend’s opponent – Mays – in what will be a crucial game in the 6-AAAAA playoff race. Tucker, Stephenson and M.L. King are likely to take three of the region’s berths, and the Southwest DeKalb-Mays winner will have the upper hand in the battle for the other spot.

- Bainbridge has an offense: The Bearcats managed a 1-1 start to the season despite failing to score a touchdown in a 3-0 victory over East Gadsden, Fla., or a 6-0 loss to Cairo. Bainbridge finally ended the drought in the second quarter on Friday when Preston Norris threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Shuwon Gardner. That opened the door to a 26-0 Bainbridge victory against Early County. The Bearcats’ defense has allowed just two points per game and held Early County to 159 yards, according to the Albany Herald.

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Dekalb Co Guy

September 14th, 2013
9:54 am

Yeah SW Dekalb has a pulse, but barely. Beating Lakeside, a team that lost to a Class A school, only 14-7 isnt saying a lot. I am sure Mays will be up for the game against SWD next week, knowing whats at stake and considering the lost to them last year cost them that 4th spot. Really think it could be a long year for SWD, but I could be wrong.

MIGHTY LION KING

September 14th, 2013
2:26 pm

@ DEKALB CO GUY- Thats what i was saying!! Not trying to be funny, but MAYS and SWD are a big difference this yr,MAYS look like they have a MUCH better edge at pulling the 4th seed playoff seat than SWD does!! 14-7 against LAKESIDE??? Who barely wins against LAKESIDE??? Thats like losing to N.ATL!! Either way you lose to N.ATL or LAKESIDE in this region, you might as well wrap your season up and go home and concentrate on next season!! SWD gotta that game and congrats but barely beating a weak LAKESIDE will prove to be very costly in this region!!! C’MON SWD, PUT SOME WORK IN BABY AND GET IT TOGETHER!!!!

-MUCH IS EXPECTED 4RM AN OLD STATE CHAMP!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

city slicker

September 14th, 2013
10:46 pm

mays over mlk 36 to 28 Jarvis got the w. mays have improved week by week

Dekalb Vet

September 14th, 2013
10:56 pm

If Mays can stay focused it will be interesting the rest of the season

TuckerDAD

September 15th, 2013
1:45 am

Wow! Mays beat MLK. I didn’t see that coming. I was at the game and sat on the MLK side and there were a whole lot of people unhappy with the coaching. The players seem to be unhappy as well. Number 33 stood on the track during the 4th quarter with his helmet laying on the track while he stood 10 feet away…. not sure what that was about.
If MLK caves in on themselves it will be a Stephenson vs. Tucker showdown for the region. I’m not sure that we can count Mays out of this pursuit either. They looked really good. #9 is a beast coming off of that end. #3 is the quarterback and he can make every throw in the book. He is legit!

@Mighty Lion King, you might better stop focusing on SWD so much and see what is smoking in your own backyard. LOL!

Reeze

September 15th, 2013
3:34 am

Mays defeats MLK!……Didn’t expect this…….MLK down this year or has Mays stepped up?……..No sarcasm intended, just a question ………….Tuckerdad?

Ed Pilcher

September 15th, 2013
7:19 am

Bainbridge is struggling against non-region teams, but congrats on beating AA Early Co. We’ll see how good they are when TCC comes to town on Oct. 4th.

itsonlywrite

September 15th, 2013
12:32 pm

wow… MLK lost to Mays… Region 6 looks like its gonna come down to Tucker and Stephenson. We’ll see though. S/o to my Red Elephants on the win and for Watson becoming the first 10,000 yd passer in Ga. Dont sleep on us!!! GO BIG RED!!!

#ELEPHANTNATION

JAB

September 15th, 2013
4:33 pm

We (ALL) new that MLK was not a strong as they have been in the past, even AJC by ranking them at #4 in the state NOTE: @ that was because of their history! I knew they would bend because of (ALL) of the coaching transistion at that school. Don’t get the big head MAYS because you still have get by SWD. STATEMENT: N. Atlanta can beat anybody on any given day, “Be Real APS schools”, I don’t think so.

Neither of you guys played any defense, 36 pts. will not be score against Stephenson or Tucker. SWD is getting stronger and you’ve better be on your “A” game if you think that you are just gonna show up and beat them. The two big cats will humble you on down and put you back into your place (Tucker & Stephenson), but a big congratulation and the win might definitely deemed you as a legit region 6AAAAA playoff contender. Hold your head up MLK 3rd or 4th place finish is not nothing to hold your head down in the toughest region in the state…

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

Hickory Dickory Dock
Mays finally got a piece of Dekalb’s rock
no defense was played, and time ran out on the clock
Hickory Dickory Dock..

TuckerDAD

September 16th, 2013
10:11 am

@ Reeze, MLK is not down but they are out of sync because of their coaching changes. It happens to everyone. It happen to us last year and it has happened to East Paulding this year. We were able to rebound by the playoffs last year after loosing to MLK and Stephenson. We hadn’t gel’d by the time we faced them last year. MLK may be the same this year. Mays is definitely a contender. I personally don’t think they will beat us because they haven’t shown me that they can play consistent ball. Loose to Carver then beating MLK makes no sense. Maybe they are peeking. Anyway it just makes our region even stronger.
It goes to show you how competitive our region is. If one team falls off (SWD) there are two more ready to take their place.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 16th, 2013
10:55 am

@ TuckerDAD…

You have NO IDEA how screwed up “Coach” Goddard has this years EAST PAULDING team!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 16th, 2013
10:58 am

So EAST “SQUEEKED” by with a win Friday over PAULDING COUNTY…So now EAST is 2 / 1 with a home game coming up this week against surprising NEW MANCHESTER who is UNDEFEATED at 4 / 0 and sitting on top of REGION 5AAAAA…

It’s hard to know what the 4 / 0 record REALLY shows about NEW MANCHESTER as 3 of the wins came against 0 / 4 WOODLAND BARTOW, 0 / 2 LITHIA SPRINGS, & 1 / 3 PAULDING COUNTY…Now the game that makes you look hard at what they have done is the win AT NORTH PAULDING where they won 41 / 30…this is a VERY good NORTH PAULDING team and NEW MANCHESTER beat them at NORTH PAULDING!

So Friday should be interesting in “THE BONEYARD” as NEW MANCHESTER visits for the first time…EAST is playing without it’s starting senior QB who was hurt in the loss to NORTH PAULDING and by now I am sure most of you have seen the many post about EAST also playing with a coach who doesn’t have clue how to coach at this level.

SO…EAST has to play error free and be fired up from the start…this game will go a long way in determining who wants to be # 1 in REGION 5AAAAA…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

TuckerDAD

September 16th, 2013
12:12 pm

Sorry to hear that @Cannon Rules. You know that you generally can’t pick your coaches in high school so you get whatever the principle and county gives you.
That being said talented teams are no indication of who will win the state championship. You have to have good coaching to go along with talent and a little luck.
Prime example is in 2011 when we played NSWR to go to the state championship game. Many said that the Tucker team was not that talented but we had a great coach. NSWR had us down by 6 in the fourth quarter and threatening to score another TD from our 1 yard line with about 5 minutes to go in the game. A blow that surely would have been our demise. The NSWR running back fumbled it into our slowest LB’s hands and he ran for a 100 yard TD to win the game. We never looked back after that and won the championship. Could have easily lost that game and NSWR would have won the state. It’s just that easy to win or lose so everything has to be right at the same time.

Good luck to you @Cannon Rules! You are a die hard E. Paulding fan as you come on here win or loose and tell the truth. You gotta like that.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 16th, 2013
1:43 pm

@ TuckerDAD…

I’m not sure exactly what goes into the hiring of a new coach when openings occur BUT I do know in many of the more desirable schools, winning programs, or just good situations that the schools and SOMEONE at the school (search team, booster club members, principle, whoever) interviews MANY candidates and select the BEST choice for the program.

When EAST lost Coach Reid to TIFT COUNTY the boosters and a search team were involved in hiring him away from EAST. There are SEVERAL You Tube videos showing him being introduced by the boosters. They make the comment that they interviewed several candidates but Coach Reid was their first choice and how glad they were to get him. (Footnote: Coach Reid has TIFT at 3 / 0 in his 2nd season)

In EAST case several candidates were talked with, but Coach Goddard was hired by the principle OVER other better qualified candidates who wanted the job. Coach Goddard was a close personal friend of the principle and was brought in without any discussion, the principle then abruptly quit EAST for another position elsewhere. Coach Goddard inherited a talent rich team last year FULL of 4 year+ kids from Coach Reid’s era…In spite of Coach Goddard they went UNDEFEATED in the regular season and won the Region 5AAAAA Title.

This year for the first time in over 5 years EAST lost to a PAULDING COUNTY team as NORTH PAULDING won the opening game. EAST has struggled to get to 2 / 1 using back-up QB’s and now has UNDEFEATED NEW MANCHESTER coming into “THE BONEYARD” this Friday. It could get UGLY fast, I don’t want to call this a MUST win, BUT let NEW MANCHESTER win and go to 5 / 0 in the Region and EAST fall to 2 / 2 with 6 games left and ROME, SOUTH PAULDING, and ALLATOONA still to play…It could get UGLY fast!!!!

KEEPING THE FAITH!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!

FridayNightLightsFan

September 16th, 2013
8:35 pm

@”THE CANNON RULES” – If Webb is still out this Friday I have a bad feeling. :(

JAB

September 16th, 2013
9:21 pm

@ TuckerDAD, only in the big county schools, all of these one county, one school can hand pick Their coaches, that is what have made them so powerful in the past+ they have had the entire support of their county. But that was then, now the bigger counties like Cobb, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Dekalb have caught up with them now in coaching techniques… JUST THE WAY I SEE IT****

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

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 17th, 2013
9:19 am

@ FridayNightLightsFan…

If EAST loses this Friday to NEW MANCHESTER it’s time to TURN OUT the “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” the party is OVER!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!!!

Billy Johnson

September 17th, 2013
10:31 am

Ed, you are right. Bainbridge has faced some tough non region opponents and played them all very tough. TCC also has played a quality non region schedule and seems to have a lot of talent. However, any team can beat any other given team on any Friday night. I wouldn’t chalk up a TCC win just yet.

Reeze

September 18th, 2013
10:18 am

@Tuckerdad……..Slowest linebacker on the field?………..Looked like Usain Bolt running down the field to me!…….The kid was scootin