Mays upsets No. 4 M.L. King 36-28, ends MLK’s 19-game region win streak

Region 6-AAAAA isn’t the three-horse race that some thought.

Mays, a team that lost its opener to Carver, shocked fourth-ranked M.L. King, the defending region champion, 36-28 on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class AAAAA – Tucker and Stephenson – remained unbeaten in region play.

Mays’ Kessely Tyler scored three touchdowns, and his last one gave Mays a 21-6 lead in the second quarter. Tyshawn Brown caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ayinde Russell midway in the fourth quarter for a 36-20 lead.

M.L. King got within 36-28 but didn’t mount a serious threat after that.

‘’It was bittersweet,’’ said Mays coach Corey Jarvis, who was M.L. King’s coach from 2005, when the school opened, to 2009 and compiled a record of 49-11. “I saw a lot of kids that I knew on that team. A couple of them were ball boys and I used to work out with them in the seventh grade. It was different beating them. But our kids played well. We played as a team.’’

Mays defensive end Natrez Patrick, rated one of the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the nation among juniors, had at least two sacks, perhaps four, Jarvis said. Patrick, Tyler, Brown and Russell are juniors.

Jarvis said improved special teams play was the difference between the opening loss to Carver (20-19).

“’Coach (Darren) Myles (of Carver) did a good job in that game, but we shot ourselves in the foot with special teams,’’ Jarvis said. “I don’t think our kids took special teams as seriously as they should have. We found a kicker who can kick. That’s one of the big improvements.’’

M.L. King had won 19 straight region games.

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BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

September 15th, 2013
10:59 am

Well, well, well. Looka here.

Sportsnut

September 15th, 2013
11:05 am

Let the fallout begin!

Gamer

September 15th, 2013
11:10 am

What in the world is MightyLionKings going to say? Will JAB and 5reg be kind to him after this lost.

DekalbAAAAA

September 15th, 2013
11:20 am

Wow! Region jus got a little more interesting!

ATL....

September 15th, 2013
11:42 am

Benjamin E. Mays the mentor beats MLK Jr. the mentee. If good ole Mays stay humble, watch out Dekalb.

uncleJunior

September 15th, 2013
11:47 am

Good game by Mays. This program (Mays) is going to be a contender for many years to come. Is it the Big 4 now or still Big 3 with a change in the characters?????????

JAB

September 15th, 2013
11:53 am

@ MIGHTY LION KING, where you at? I was at the game, Mays came to play, it was not a fluke, bad play calling, penalties etc. MLK just got out played! MLK scored 1st and it was back and forth scoring, no defense from both team. The better team won and MAYS stopped them on 4th and 13, sacked the QB.

It’s was like 2 step brothers who new each other with one of them (MAYS), getting the best of the brother for taking his candy Lol., Mays, you deserve the #3 spot (hands down). As for the #1 and #2 spot in Region 6AAAAA, you might as well say to your team, “a jOB wELL dONE”, because it aint gonna happen. The Bigs Cats Stephenson & Tucker will be fighting it out for 1 & 2 spot, just a note: Tucker, being # 2 is not that bad, remember you were #3 last year from the toughest region in the state. Here little kitty kitty; SWD you’re next 3 down with 13 more to go to the state for the JAGS>

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK fell from the top
Mays struck first,
and MLK just burst.
Hickory Dickory Doc…

MHSRaider09

September 15th, 2013
11:56 am

No one thought we could, and then we did. Savor the moment until Monday, because that’s when we get ready for SWD. One game at a time Raiders. We don’t overlook any team in our region. On any given day, North Atlanta could sneak up and score a W. Stay humble and show Dekalb that we won’t go down lightly, or at all hopefully lol

Dekalb Co Guy

September 15th, 2013
12:11 pm

@rwdekalb

Where you at? I told you on Friday to look for Mays to upset MLK. MLK probably is not quite as strong as they have been the last couple of seasons. I remember when Coach Jarvis was hired at Mays, some lamented that they didnt see why the other coach was replaced. Not knocking the previous regime at Mays, because they did an excellent job, the problem was they could never win the big game. I know most of their fan base was frustrated because of that, so it goes without saying it was a very important victory for Mays.

rwdekalb

September 15th, 2013
12:21 pm

What is the deal with that huge offensive line at Mlk. They are not very effective. I believe even the young undersized defensive line of Swd got 3 or 4 sacks on Mlk. The lions better fix this weakness asap.

rwdekalb

September 15th, 2013
12:25 pm

Great win for Mays program. They always seemef to be a day late and a dollar short last season, with some heart breaking losses. Good to see them finally get over the hump.

rwdekalb

September 15th, 2013
12:27 pm

@Dekalb Co Guy. You called it man.

Max Sizemore

September 15th, 2013
1:04 pm

LION NATION!!!!! The, uh, re-calibration???

Todd Holcomb

September 15th, 2013
1:23 pm

”Benjamin E. Mays the mentor beats MLK Jr. the mentee. If good ole Mays stay humble, watch out Dekalb.”

I like the history reference, ATL. Well done.

I asked another coach in Region 6 if he was surprised at this result. He said no: ”Mays has always been athletic, but now their OL is huge. They also have some good coaching.”

dekalbFB1

September 15th, 2013
1:26 pm

Congrats to Mays and Coach Jarvis. No excuses accepted this should make us stronger. We will work on the mistakes, and getting healthy. We are happy that everyone is on the bandwagon, but remember the statement MLK’s 22- region games winning streak!

Mr. Johnson

September 15th, 2013
2:16 pm

Oh really…. I saw this coming a long time ago.. Cortez Allen has never beaten Corey Jarvis…. EVER… And he never will. Like I said before they were given the keys to a Cadillac and watch how they turn it into a pinto… They are trying to duplicate what the past staff at MLK did and that is not who they are. The OC for MLK now is not a spread guy. He is out of his element trying to please the players and they fans because that’s what they grew accustomed to the past few years. He’s not that kind of coach. His forte is line up with two running backs, two tight ends and run the ball at you.. Not fast paced, wide open football.. He’s just doing it to please the parents, but as we all know you can’t please everybody. If they do make it to the playoffs it will be as the 4th seed, but don’t be surprised if Miller Grove beats them. They will definitely lose to Stephenson and Tucker this year…

DekalbAAAAA

September 15th, 2013
2:30 pm

I agree though. I attended the SWD vs Mlk game and even that undersized SWD defensive line had 4 sacks against king. With the size of kings line you’d think rivers would have time to sit in the pocket, drink a smoothie,watch a commercial, and get a haircut before he throws. Now I turn my attention to SWD….This past week they played much better vs lakeside, offense looked pretty good…problem..IT WAS LAKESIDE! The Panthers should have walked away with about 40 plus points but due to dumb penalties,fumbles within the 10 yard line they win 14-7. I love SWD but if tanks doesn’t get those boys some discipline Mays is gonna ,chew them up and spit them out come Friday…maybe before halftime

Benjamin E. Mays Raider for Life.

September 15th, 2013
2:56 pm

The Raiders have shocked Region 6AAAAA and the world!!!! SWD you are next !!!!

Dekalb all the way!!!

September 15th, 2013
3:01 pm

MLK has the talent! They just have to get those boys to play more intense. I, for the life of me, do not understand why #33 for MLK is getting limited touches. This boy in a Power I formation can break a defense down. I have been watching MLK for years and the QB seems to have brain lapses. I can go to the concession stand, eat a full meal and release it all before he gets rid of the ball. I wouldn’t count them out because I remember SWD losing to Douglas in the regular season and went on to win state. Hopefully this is a wake up call! Or maybe Jarvis just has Allen’s number. If they make a few adjustments and RUN #33 MORE, MLK will be okay! They just shot themselves in the foot. Good job to Coach Jarvis for being more prepared and making better adjustments!!!

Dekalb all the way!!!

September 15th, 2013
3:04 pm

Mays fans, don’t get ahead of yourselves. One win does not make you a power house team. You were more prepared and really did seem like you want to win, but I wouldn’t speak too soon! You still have to make the Playoffs!!!

itsonlywrite

September 15th, 2013
3:06 pm

cant wait to see how all of this is gonna shape up at the end of the season

#ELEPHANTNATION

uncleJunior

September 15th, 2013
3:08 pm

Don’t get it twisted! I am a MLK supporter and they purely got beat by a well prepared and well motivated team. Mays clearly played better ball (can’t blame refs). Refs wasn’t pushing the players offsides. I have been telling everyone who were willing to listen that this MLK team is the most undiscip[line team out of the last four years. How do you teach someone who is always making excuses for their failures????????? Some of the kids appear as though they are not being coached. The quarterback makes poor decisions and hold the ball too long, even on handoffs. The defensive backs are subpar and makes mistakes (Mays knew this). The linebackers are out of position many times. Where is the improvement this year??????? Scouts are watching.

On the bright side. . . . . . .maybe this is a loss that you needed to get refocused. The AJC and a few Lion supporters does not do this team any justice by always saying how great they are. It’s good to be encouraging but there is always room for improvement. Especially when you talk about winning State every year. DISCIPLINE! If you don’t know – watch Tucker!.

Why is #33 getting limited touches. You have a weapon that you are scared to use. If MLK get anywhere near the redzone, they should feed #33 – he’s hungry!!!! I saw an instance in the game where they were around the five yard line and trotted #22 and #28 in the game. I couldn’t believe it. Are they promising some kids touchdowns??????? FEED #33 and you would be surprise how easy it is to pass.

kingdom

September 15th, 2013
3:37 pm

ADJUSTMENT!!!!!!!!!! you bring in a 5 and 5 coaching staff to 22 game winning team!!!!!

JAB

September 15th, 2013
4:23 pm

@ MHSRaider09 and Benjamin E. Mays Raider for Life., 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 it because of (ALL) of the coaching transistion at that school. Don’t get the big head because you still have get by SWD & AMHS, but N. Atlanta beating anybody on any given day, “Be Real”, I don’t think so.

Neith of you guys played any defense, 36 pts by you 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 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..

MHSRaider09

September 15th, 2013
5:34 pm

@JAB nothing about my posts would suggest that I am getting a “big head” or taking teams for granted, as my comment about North Atlanta should prove. I know what the schedule ahead looks like. it won’t be easy, which is why I hope they take each game one at a time. As for the “big cats” humbling us, we will see when the actual game is played. Words mean absolutely nothing.

MHSRaider09

September 15th, 2013
5:39 pm

I can only speak for myself, but actually attending Mays in the past 8 years and being at every single football game over my time there, I kind of know not to get ahead of myself when it comes to football. Absolute faith in my team, but I can tell when we’re being outcoached and outplayed.

Eugene02

September 15th, 2013
5:39 pm

The coaching staff is over its head. This is the result of DeKalb’s continuous neputism. Coach Allen had an inside track to the job and they setup the interview and the interview panel for him to get the job. Bottom line, he wasn’t qualified to get the job. All you have to do is look at the play of the first three games of MLK and they look terrible. The OC is confused and incompetent..

rwdekalb

September 15th, 2013
5:55 pm

What’s all the fuss about. Many of us in region 6 have been talking about how tough our region was. Though most of the talk was about the big 3, what really made this a dynamic region was there were 3 other teams in the region that were good also and could win on any given night. Last year it was Miller Grove upsetting Stephensen, this season Mays has come up with the big win. I for one am happy to see Mays supporters back on the blog. Its really getting interesting as someone else put it.

High 5

September 15th, 2013
6:20 pm

Hey Mays, WELCOME TO THE PARTY PAL! Let’s hope we can get a Dekalb or Atlanta team past the first two rounds of the playoffs!

K From Da Wood

September 15th, 2013
6:30 pm

Is Grant the OC for MLK?

K From Da Wood

September 15th, 2013
6:32 pm

Allen should be putting a better defense on the field then what I saw!

5AReg6Fan

September 15th, 2013
7:18 pm

First before I comment, CONGRATES to the Raiders of Mays for the victory over MLK and again establishing why we fans of REGION 6 can make the statement – The Best in 5A. Welcome back to the blogs Raider fans, we Tucker fans know the talent that exists on the southwest side and now a leader is possibly in place to bring Raider Nation back in the conversation as one of the TOP programs in region 6.

As mention by other posters, this victory, not an upset, does not surprise me. I have seen the 2013 MLK Lions and came away not as impress as in recent years. MLK is a program in transition under NEW leadership, not to say that the wheels have falling off, but will need alignment. This alignment is the understanding (coaching) of its personnel. The 2013 MLK team’s strength is to run the FOOTBALL and mix the passing attack to achieve more balance. The two BIG RB’s should be running down hill, and not so much fitness – stopping them in the red zone will cause difficulties for any opponent. The lost does not, be any means, eliminate the Lions for one of region 6 playoff spots, but it does put MLK in a VERY unusual position, defending their REGION CHAMPIONSHIP while Tucker & Stephenson awaits, along with a weekly improve SWD.

Hopefully for the Raiders of Mays, this emotional victory, does not stop with MLK and continue in the regular season. I look forward to the upcoming game with SWD and remember, Tigers and Jaguars are looming in the bushes. You have taking the first step, defeat of one of our region elite programs.

@MIGHT LION KING – October 11th will decided the 2013 REGION 6 champion – Tiger or Jaguar. As you would say, “YOU CAN BANK THAT!!!” (LOL)

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

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

joe

September 15th, 2013
7:25 pm

MLK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hasnt gone anywhere> And to say we looked terrible our first two came man please! If I’m not mistaken last years state champion for AAAAA Gainsville lost 3 games they didnt even win there region lol so the death of MLK is a lot premature and it’s far from a fact that Tucker or Stephenson is going to beat us Stephenson was supposed to be strong last year they lost more than one game so did the once mighty Tucker. We will three peat as region champions fools so we will see at the end of the year who’s laughing and I’d rather our boys lose one now rather than in the playoff a state championship is our goal not going undefeated in the region we’ve done that so fools enjoy this while you can because MLK will win this region again!!!!!!!!

random guy

September 15th, 2013
7:27 pm

No Excuses, But MLK played without 5 defenses starters which was a big difference in the game. #1 who is the leading tackler and #44 who is committed to app state. expect nothing but the best from them from now on.

Dekalb Co Guy

September 15th, 2013
7:29 pm

@rwdekalb

Just giving you a little kidding. The one thing the Mays victory gives us something extra to talk about as the season progresses. Wow, MLK could end up being the 4 seed, but just as easy as Mays pulled the upset, they do have to show up every week, they cant afford a let down vs SWDekalb or Arabia Mtn. Not sure Mays has another one in them to beat Tucker or Stephenson, but they certainly have the inside track to a playoff spot. As far as MLK, I am not as concerned as other, I think they are still capable of beating either Stephenson or Tucker.

joe

September 15th, 2013
7:39 pm

See I wasnt even going to mention the missing starters this past game. Or the missing starters last year when we lost in the playoffs or the fact our Quaterback was playing on one leg the year before I’ll just let these fools think MLK is dead I’ll be the one laughing when we when this region again for the third time it’s funny when people arent acustom to a team losing (22 game winning streak in the region) they just expect it we know knew we would eventually get beat and we got beat we are still the best team in the region and we will show that as the season goes along but to say there wasnt any bad calls Mays OL held Arden Key the whole game and they didnt call one holding penalty untill the end of the game so please but we have a L on or record and we have accepted it (no other choice) but dont think we are dead because you will be looking silly.

swatguy

September 15th, 2013
8:19 pm

Did any of you DeKalb guys see the Mays games last season? Mays Lead MLK and lost late, Lost to SWD in the poorest officiated game ever but was winnable and close. Came out flat against Stephenson and dominated the second half falling by missing a kick, Even with Tucker at halftime and only ran out of time to loss(like the MLK game)

Mays was right there with DeKalb last year. We ain’t your weak sisters we are Mays. We have won against you guys before. Don’t trip, the talent level is not much different with respect of the top ten guys on these teams. We come to play.

MLK #1

September 15th, 2013
8:21 pm

This loss does nothing but make the team open their eyes and make them even more hungry. . They were dealt with injuries across the board. But no excuses . Great job mays. But remember the lions are always and forever king of the jungle. #KINGNATION

joe

September 15th, 2013
8:23 pm

And to say our DB’s arent good please #20 Wesley Green one of the best in highschool (fact) #7 Marquis Cain one heck of a cover corner #8 KV one of the fastest kids on the field every week #4 Lorenz one of the most athletic DB’s peroid and the new kid on the block #17 Arlando Hadden who is pretty darn good as well this is a talanted crew they just had some miscues but dont expect that to happen again.

Dekalb Co Guy

September 15th, 2013
10:00 pm

@swatguy

Yeah I saw the MLK game and the Stephenson game, they could have won both games. I think with Jarvis there now, he will be the difference in them winning some of those big games. I have much respect for Mays. I live in Dekalb, but am from the swats (Adamsville,) so I will root for Mays for sure.

HSfootballFan

September 15th, 2013
10:06 pm

MLK has a huge line but they’re lazy. The biggest guy have bad feet and is not mobile at all. Their run block is THE WORSE!!! I’m a big supporter of MLK football and it;s kids but they have no discipline whatsoever and needs to get out of the shotgun when 1st and goal at the 2 yard line and taking #33 out.That kid begs for the ball but they limit him to passing the ball 90% of the time with a QB who doesn’t have any idea of when to GET RID OF THE BALL. Good luck the rest of the way. I Have Stephenson winning the Region and a very go chance at state, They have a QB and a kicker. Very valuable assets.

uncleJunior

September 15th, 2013
10:10 pm

@joe . . . . . .I give you #20. Yes, he is more than good. Teams don’t even throw his way. But why would you throw his way, when you have success on the other side of the field?????

247365Raider

September 15th, 2013
10:36 pm

CONGRATS MAYS!! Great game….now on to the next one…SWD!! Please believe….no one on this team is scared. BTW….no one mentioned just how big Mays’ O-Line is….those boys are huge. They have made some great additions to this team.

JAB

September 15th, 2013
11:21 pm

Stop making up excuses MLK fans, you lost lost lost; everybody have banged up players on HS, College and professional level. What makes a program & coach great is the ability to prepare other players to step up and fill the void. Rarely when people loose do they get on this blog and just take their medicine. Great teams sometimes loose and come back the next week and put a “W” on the board.

If we are going to be the SEC of High School as I so eloquently put it, they beat up on each other and come back strong the next week. Look what UGA did after loosing to Clemson, they came back the next week and beat South Carolina. We have a strong region with quality teams, we knew Mays was tough! Welcome to Region 6AAAAA baby where we play like the SEC baby…:)

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..

Baseball Coach

September 16th, 2013
1:30 am

Well, I was at the game, too. We beat them in every aspect of the football game. As a mays alum, this was a great win and a vision of what to expect! Go Raiders1

duneyjuice

September 16th, 2013
5:30 am

All this talk from teams who have NEVER won a state championship title…except Tucker. Blah blah blah!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 16th, 2013
6:06 am

IM NOT THAT HARD TO FIND FELLAS!!! I was 1 of the to co

BcS2010

September 16th, 2013
6:48 am

Mlk fans stop with the excuses.. Y’all lost.. It’s over! This is not college football where 1 lost defines your whole season! Y’all goal should be to finish 14-1!!! I doubt that will happen but that is a great goal to have! Y’all took Mays lightly and the won the game! Just state the facts y’all are not as good this year as y’all normally are. Like I said y’all will go 8-2 or 7-3 at worst and then it’s the playoffs where everybody is 0-0!!!!!

Dekalb All The Way

September 16th, 2013
7:22 am

@BcS2010
I couldn’t agree with you more. Last years AAAAA state champion loss 3 regular season games. It happens. No excuses other than poor preparation and lack of adjustments and not putting the right guys on the field at the right time. MLK will bounce back and finish strong. I’d rather lose one game during the season than lose one game in the playoffs. There have been many state champions who has lost regular season games! Mays came to play and MLK fell short! I know the coaches will make the adjustments!!!

Rocko93

September 16th, 2013
7:43 am

Rivalries games & coaches playing their old schools can be tricky… It’s not always about the talent on the field in these games… Whoever has the right mind set, energy and wants it more “usually” comes out on top… I wouldn’t be surprised if MLK beats Stephenson for these same exact reasons… Don’ think Tucker has anything to worry about.. they don’t have enough history with MLK or Stephenson to be emotionally charge other than for winning the game.