Important victory for East Paulding; another shutout involving Bainbridge

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

- East Paulding still a contender in 5-AAAAA: A loss to North Paulding, a narrow escape against Paulding County and an injury to quarterback Mitchell Webb have cause a bit of anxiety in the Boneyard, but East Paulding remained in the thick of the playoff race with a 24-10 victory against New Manchester. Both teams will join Allatoona, North Paulding, South Paulding, Rome and Villa Rica in what is likely to be a seven-team race for the four playoff berths from the region.

- If Bainbridge is playing, somebody’s getting shut out: Bainbridge’s 36-0 loss to Westlake was the Bearcats’ fourth consecutive game in which the losing team failed to score. Bainbridge beat East Gadsden (Fla.) 3-0, lost to Cairo 6-0 and beat Early County 26-0 in its first three games. Bainbridge will be off next weekend before beginning region play against sixth-ranked Thomas County Central on Oct. 4. Thomas County Central won in overtime last year … and both teams scored.

- B is better than A in 4-AAAAA: The five teams from subregion B in 4-AAAAA put a beating on their subregion A counterparts in crossover action. Creekside, McIntosh, Whitewater, Northgate and Starr’s Mill averaged 52.4 points in completing a five-game sweep, improving their combined overall record for the season to 15-5. Union Grove is the only team in subregion A with a winning record (3-1); the other five teams in the subregion are a combined 1-16.

- Miller unhappy with 49-6 victory: Gainesville improved to 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA with a rout of Apalachee, but Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance. “We didn’t play well,” Miller told the Gainesville Times. “We didn’t improve this week; that’s the thing that bothered me. I didn’t see anything that we improved on.” Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score. Rodney Lackey had three touchdown receptions.

- Region 6-AAAAA remains heavy at the top: The top three teams in 6-AAAAA are distancing themselves from most of the pack. Top-ranked Tucker, No. 2 Stephenson and Mays outscored their opponents 140-33 on Friday to improve to 3-0 in the region. The most noteworthy was Mays’ 43-24 victory against Southwest DeKalb, which dropped the Panthers to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the region. Southwest DeKalb, which plays Stephenson next week, hasn’t finished the regular season with a losing record since 1979.

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Sportsnut

September 21st, 2013
10:13 am

And to think they were a 19 point underdog to Bainbridge. Region 2 is speaking loud and clear.

Congrats to all the Southern Crescent winners. Especially those in regions 2 and 3 6A. Not to forget those in region 4, 5A.

raiderfan...FOR LIFE!

September 21st, 2013
11:21 am

good win for EP last nite, got south paulding at home in two weeks, and mitchell webb should be back, will be a HUGE game, GO RAIDERS!!!

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 21st, 2013
12:05 pm

FINALLY a game where EAST PAULDING looked AND played like EAST PAULDING!!!

The RAIDER “D” showed up early and played hard all night. With a field goal early and two TD’s it was 17 / 3 after the EAST “D” held on the 2 or 3 yard line to force NEW MANCHESTER to the field goal. A 2nd half TD by NMHS cut the lead to 17 / 10 but EAST answered with a long drive to go up 24 / 10.

This was a game EAST played again without it’s starting SR QB as Mitchell Webb continued to watch from the sidelines. Hopefully he is back for next week at VILLA RICA as EAST is still very one dimensional as the passing game is all but non-existent without him.

The kicking game was real good on both punts as well as the FG and Extra points. SO EAST continues to improve bit by bit after the first week loss to NORTH PAULDING. NMHS has really improved since last year and played a tough game all night…They took one cheap shot on a receiver and got a 15 yd penalty but other than that played good.

EAST has VILLA RICA, HIRAM & ROME before SOUTH PAULDING comes to “THE BONEYARD” in what will be a game that goes a long towards determining the playoff lineup for 5 AAAAA.

GOOD job last night RAIDERS…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

only a matter of time

September 21st, 2013
3:26 pm

glad East won so we don’t have to hear Cannon dude cry about the coaches this week.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 21st, 2013
4:14 pm

@ only a matter of time…

One win does not solve the problem but…

as I said “FINALLY a game where EAST PAULDING looked AND played like EAST PAULDING!!!”

A GOOD night in “THE BONEYARD”, a GOOD night for the kids!

Oh, and it’s not the coaches that’s the problem it’s the HEAD COACH!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

wowJUSTwow

September 21st, 2013
7:12 pm

More like “important game for East’s head coach”

Raider from the Start

September 21st, 2013
7:25 pm

The Raiders needed this victory. They needed to improve. They need continued improvement. Raider coaches needed this victory. They needed to improve. They need continued impdovement. Congratulations to the players and the coaches…all the coaches. GO RAIDERS-GET BETTER!

td

September 21st, 2013
7:38 pm

East will not be an elite team again until the parents stand up to the BOE and demand that they get rid of Dr. Fracker. She has ruined the athletic drive at the school.

wowJUSTwow

September 21st, 2013
10:54 pm

How the heck does the team get better by the East parents standing up against boe???

Just an outsider looking in Don’t hate…. Just let us know whats up..Very few peeps venting about EP soooo whats going on td????

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 23rd, 2013
7:48 am

@ wowJUSTwow…

For YEARS now EAST has had no love from the BOE…The success EAST had over the last 5 / 6 years was not mirrored by the other County schools and the EAST community support and Booster Club support far surpassed the others. EAST built facilities that helped the team grow and have had more success, this created an atmosphere where instead of going out and doing the SAME thing themselves some parents and administrations complained to the BOE about what EAST had and they didn’t…

Then came NORTH PAULDING and they understood from the start what it would take to build a successful program (many of the families had came from EAST prior to NORTH opening). NORTH PAULDING folks went out and DID what it took and they have built nice facilities also, hired good coaches, have good community support and a VERY active Booster Club. This is what it takes and it shows in the success the NORTH team has had on the field.

Paulding County has grown in many ways over the last 15 / 20 years population wise BUT in many ways is still governed and ran by a select few who still want to keep the County a backwards “Good Ole’ Boy” type place. It still shows in the way the County Commissioners, BOE and the Chamber of Commerce do business behind closed doors for many of the meetings. Don’t get me wrong we have good folks here who want to change the way things are done and it is SLOWLY happening

I hope this answered your question somewhat.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

JAB

September 23rd, 2013
10:35 am

Even though SWD will play Stephenson this coming Friday, I really want the JAGS to be easy on them. I almost unbelievable not to see them as a Dekalb’s “POWERHOUSE.” When you mentioned Dekalb county Football, you thought of SWD. I only wished that Coach Godfrey only would have groomed some young guy just like Stephenson is doing to step into his shoes.

Dekalb County played a big roll in the decline of SWD program by building several school in that area, the big hurt came when they built MLK which drastically cut into the talent pool; M to M before that but even then, Buck Godfrey has always find away to win games. But then came Stephenson, Miller Grove and now Arabia Mountian. I know they build schools because of overcrowding, but do they think of 15 & 20 years down the line when the enrollment levels out? Dekalb County is the 3rd largest County in the state, look at Gwinnett County when almost 100% of their schools are AAAAAA. You can have maybe 10 school with 3,000 students, think of the money they will save, the dominance in almost every sports.

“WOW”, just my two cents. Anyway roll on SWD just not this coming week against Stephenson mighty Jaguars!!!

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Stephenson Jaguars still remains at the top
SWD is next on Stephenson mind, all I can say
is i hope that the JAGS will be kind & “SO”
Hickory Dickory Doc

JAB

September 23rd, 2013
10:38 am

“It’s almost unbelievable”

itsonlywrite

September 23rd, 2013
11:30 am

not only was our coach not happy, so was the coach from Apalachee who threw a fit after the game b/c Gainesville let the second string score with 6 secs left. Plus the Apalachee coach tried t run the clock down the whole game to keep from letting Gainesville run up the score. Never seen that before. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

JAB

September 23rd, 2013
1:11 pm

Please forgive my last post, need to start proofreading before a post, there’s a lot of typo’s and verb noun agreement! I should do better, I’m a college graduate with graduate degree :(

BcS2010

September 23rd, 2013
1:31 pm

Even tho I love my number 1 ranked tucker tigers!! But ml king Is getting done bad. They are still a top 10 team! They lost to mays but lets be real Stephenson and Tucker are more worried about ml king then the mays raiders!! No insult to mays but ml king will b a better challenge in my opinion! Do not underestimate the ml king lions that’s all I’m saying.

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 23rd, 2013
2:14 pm

@BcS2010, Please speak for Tucker………JAG NATION is not worried about any team this year!!!!!! We are confident in our team!!!!! We will pay MLK back, especially from last year game….they got a you know what coming, Mays might have improved, but these JAGUARS are totally different from last year team(BIGGER,STRONGER, FASTER, MORE DEPTH) what more can you ask for?, and as far as Tucker, you are in for a big surprise. We beat you last year and it’s going to get worse!!! BELIEVE THAT!!!!!!

Tiger4Life

September 23rd, 2013
5:05 pm

NEWS FLASH !!! THIS JUST IN !!!

Stephenson has had the most talented team in the state for 4 years running…

-___-
go ahead, tell me more about all the talent at Stephenson.

JAB

September 23rd, 2013
8:45 pm

@ Tiger4life, Well the Jags have at least 4 players that I know of playing in the NFL today! It was reported by AJC in the beginning of the year that Stephenson along with Buford leads the state again with D1 signees. You guys really kill me with that “Stephenson haven’t won a state championship yet!” So what if they haven’t in their young life, it took Tucker almost 100 years to win it’s first state championship (smile). They are teaching them guys football and helping them get into college, even the ball players who don’t get into D1 schools almost 100% of them go somewhere.

If you ask any one of the NFL or D1 players do they appreciate the coaches helping the way, they will tell you that they sure do! YES! It will sweet and nice to win the state championship, it’s a high school ball player dream & goal but to be a school that have made the playoffs every year since they began region play and either have won their region or came in 2nd place; I’d say “What an accomplishment”. WATCH OUT THIS YEAR THE JAGS WILL WIN IT ALL, AND THAT’S THE TRUTH RUTH….

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Stephenson Jaguars still remains at the top
SWD is next on Stephenson mind, all I can say
is i hope that the JAGS will be kind & “SO”
Hickory Dickory Doc

ATL....

September 23rd, 2013
9:00 pm

JAB-Stephenson is more of the reason for the decline of Redan and Stone Mountain programs, which neither programs were never annual powerhouses, but were competitive. Something happened the last couple yrs at SWD, if you were at the game on Friday, their band has reduced in numbers,( but still making it do what it do and the best around). I talked to a couple parents and they said a lot of the kids left to play football and band at other schools, but not saying why. SOMETHING HAPPEN and would like to know.

Tiger4Life

September 24th, 2013
7:09 am

JAB,
It is true Tucker has been in existence since 1918, but their first season of football was in 1950. Let’s do the math

2008 – 1950 = 58

So let’s try rounding to the nearest tenth and not the nearest hundredth :-)

Secondly I’m not discrediting anything the Stephenson program has done to get kids into college, I think it’s a great thing.

My point was to “Jag Nation”
You guys have had the most talented teams in the past, so what’s the difference this year?

wowJUSTwow

September 24th, 2013
7:49 am

@ Cannon Rules THX

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 24th, 2013
7:52 am

@ ATL put the blame where it should lye………….DEKALB COUNTY………….for this county to be the 3rd largest in the state our athletic department is probably the worst. The facilities for football are shameful, you only have one two-sided stadium, the lights are horrible and the speaker systems are nonexistent in some of the stadiums. WHERE ARE OUR TAX DOLLARS GOING? What needs to happen is, create some mega-schools so that they can play in the highest classification (6A). The county needs to combine some of these smaller schools in lower classifications and get everyone in the county to play football in either 5A or 6A. Do as Gwinnett County has done, build bigger schools that have there own stadiums. That way these schools get to keep all proceeds coming in from athletic events at their stadiums. If the schools dont have the proper facilities then the blame can be put on the Athletic Director at that school instead of on the Athletic Department for the County.

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 24th, 2013
8:06 am

@Tiger4Life, the difference is, TEAM CHEMISTRY, being together, doing it as a TEAM, NOT INDIVIDUALS!!! And why do Tucker supporters always bring up your CHAMPIONSHIPS? Yes you have that, but you guys won those when Stephenson was not on your schedule, let’s see who gets one first now that we are in the same region and classification. I have family that are Tucker alumni. I have told them and i’m saying it to you…………….WE ARE THE BIG CAT IN THIS JUNGLE!!!! lol On Oct 11, all will see what Jab and I have been saying……………2013 Region & State Champs…………Stephenson Jaguars!!!

BcS2010

September 24th, 2013
8:37 am

I can’t wait until October 11th so y’all can see what a real tucker team looks like!! Last year was are rebuilding year and still gave the whole 5A a ride for there money!!! Tucker is the best team in GA… Period! 1A-6A!!!

5AReg6Fan

September 24th, 2013
9:28 am

@JAG NATION SUPPORTER & JAB – I would agree with your assessment of DEKALB COUNTY PUBLIC schools, football facilities, etc. But to think that DeKalb could or would combine schools to increase sizes that Gwinnett and other have, will not come to realization. The architects of DeKalb schools choose to plan, design, and implement smaller footprint of schools and did not have concerns of building individual football stadiums, because of the shared stadium plan/contract that has been in place since the 60’s. Look at the area surrounding our schools are build, they are land lock, residential and/or commercial properties that will not allow the necessary space to put up a youth football stadium, let alone a HS stadium. So what can be done? 1) Every one of DeKalb stadiums, excluding Halliford, has land to develop two-sided stands, along with team locker rooms. 2) Upgrades to ALL stadium sound systems can be and should be made. This action shouldn’t be expensive. 3) Over a period of time, each stadium, excluding Halliford playing surface can be upgraded to the latest football playing material. 4) Any other suggestion. If labor costs are the BOE concern, they could tap into the resources 3 blocks from Halliford – not every resident is a class a felon. Until the BOE has forward vision and not selfish goals, we are stuck with what we have. IMO

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

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

Tiger4Life

September 24th, 2013
9:37 am

Jag Nation,

I didn’t bring it up, It was brought up by your friendly neighbor JAB. I simply responded.
Team chemistry is a good thing to have, but TEAM COACHING is even better.
And I’m curious to know how all this chemistry evolved with transfers coming in?? Your two best players came from Tucker, did they teach you guys that??

You can out athlete teams in the regular season, but in the playoffs you will play teams with just enough athleticism and better execution. Your coaching haven’t improved from last year and it has been proven they can’t game plan against a disciplined defense time and time again.

WAR EAGLE were are??? I need someone with football knowledge to blog with

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 24th, 2013
10:14 am

@5aRegFan

You are so correct!!!!!! It is sad though, with all this talent in this county.

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

September 24th, 2013
10:27 am

@Tiger4Life

It’s not hard to get players into the loop, yall doing it with the transfer you got in over there. It’s funny how everyone always seem to talk about who transfer to Stephenson and never say anything about who joins there team. WILL THAT BE THE EXCUSE TO WHY YALL LOST? Understand, we are better than yall!!! You will get to witness this SHOW on OCT 11, so in the words of TO, get your popcorn ready.

STEPHENSON JAGUARS THE BEST TEAM IN 5A!!!

Tiger4Life

September 24th, 2013
1:59 pm

Jag Nation

You keep missing my points and never reply to them. The reason I brought up the those two kids is because out of the 150 people involved in the SHS program they are the only ones with any type of championship pedigree!! The second reason is because you said they have such great chemistry and that will be difference from all the other super talented teams that didn’t win State, but they have only had 3 months to gel as a unit.

Just a little FYI… Typing in caps doesn’t make you right.

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TopTiger

September 26th, 2013
12:39 am

@tiger4life that was some good points you brought up. I see someone is side stepping the question, but we all know if their two best players are transfer they couldn’t have develop them, and we also know you can have all that talent in the world but you still need discipline and coaching to win a championship. OCT 11th the Tigers going to show you guys a championship team and how to take care of business. WE ARE TUCKER. The Tigers run Dekalb county.

Tiger4Life

September 26th, 2013
10:32 am

@TopTiger

That’s why I don’t engage much on here anymore, you speak the truth and people pretend they blind.