Stephenson 35, Southwest DeKalb 7

Behind 116 yards and 3 touchdowns from running back Dallas Rivers — all in the first half — Stephenson had no trouble dispatching of rival Southwest DeKalb, 35-7.

It was basically over after the first quarter, in which the Class AAAAAA No. 2 Jaguars scored 21 points while holding the Panthers to 1 total yard. Two of the three first-quarter touchdowns came via the legs of Rivers, who finished the quarter with 81 yards on 11 carries.

SW DeKalb didn’t move the ball at all on offense until the second quarter, when a roughing the passer penalty on Stephenson (5-0) started the Panthers at their own 38-yard line, their best field position of the night to that point.

Two plays later, SW DeKalb (1-4) made its first trip into Stephenson territory, advancing to the 48 on a 4-yard Samuel White catch.

But, quickly, a false start penalty would push the Panthers back across the 50, a negative play pushed them further back, and they had no more luck the rest of the half.

Meanwhile, Stephenson was feasting on the Panthers.

Stephenson finished the half with 198 total yards, with 155 of those coming on the ground. Vanderbilt commit Rivers was the star of the night, but quarterback Giovanni Weekly also ran and threw for a score in the first 24 minutes.

Rivers, who transferred from Tucker High after last season, has brought a new dimension to the Jaguars offense, that’s helped them feel they can challenge the Tigers in Region 6.

“He’s running the ball the way we would like to see, downhill,” Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell said. “We try to be balanced. We were one-sided for a long time; we want to mix and match with the run. We want to keep the chains moving, and that’s what happened.”

In the second half, the starters came out on offense for Stephenson, but very little went better for SW DeKalb for awhile. Offensively, in fact, it went backward for most of the third.

After putting up 40 total yards and showing some flashes of a passing game in the first half, the Panthers couldn’t make any headway against a determined Stephenson defense in the third quarter in which they were held to minus-19 yards until a late 36-yard pass got them back into positive territory.

The Panthers didn’t score until the final 2 minutes of the game, after quarterback Malcolm Anderson found a hot hand in 6-foot-5 tight end Gabriel Richardson, who had 4 catches for 72 yards in the fourth quarter. His last one set up Jacoby Riley for a short touchdown grab to end Stephenson’s bid to shut out the Panthers for a third consecutive meeting.

SWD    0          0          0          7 – 7

Stephenson    21       14       0          0 – 35

Stephenson – Dallas Rivers 2 run (Wisdom Nzidee kick)

Stephenson – Giovanni Weekly 7 run (Nzidee kick)

Stephenson – Rivers 12 run (Nzidee kick)

Stephenson – Rivers 1 run (Nzidee kick)

Stephenson – Ari Werts 14 pass from Weekly (Nzidee kick)

SWD – Jacoby Riley 4 pass from Malcolm Anderson (Marvin Ellis kick)

49 comments Add your comment

BcS2010

September 27th, 2013
10:56 pm

Not impressed with this result… Stephenson will be in for a rude awaking in there showdown with the tigers in 2 weeks!! I’m soo happy both teams won so it can be a true number 1 vs number 2 showdown for the region rights and homefield in the playoffs more than likely!!

ATL...

September 27th, 2013
11:11 pm

They took it easy on SW in the second half, not to sure out the QB yet… The defense is very solid

DeeDawg

September 27th, 2013
11:54 pm

Classy move not to run up the score Jaguars! Now get ready to dispatch of the Tuckie Tigers…again.

True Blue

September 28th, 2013
12:22 am

TUCKER vs STEPHENSON October11 at Hallford Stadium. No,1 vs No.2. Let the trash talking begin

JAB

September 28th, 2013
12:24 am

@ BcS2010, you don’t have to be impressed with this Jaguar win, it goes to show how awesome the JAGS are; they could have easily ran the score up on SWD. That JAGS defense is just crushing, I sat on SWD side and the fans was so upset in the stands; they were out coaching the coach…

Great win for the JAGS, great game to get tuned up for the big showdown on October 11th with you know who?

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

JAB

September 28th, 2013
12:27 am

If it wasn’t for penalties SWD would have no yards, they did had a couple of passes in the end, as the JAGS lightened up on them and allow some reserves to come in. SWD scored with less than 2 minutes left on the game clock… 5 – 0 JAGS, Tucker you’re next…

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

BcS2010

September 28th, 2013
2:48 am

@JAB… I can’t wait for oct 11!!!!!

Black123456789

September 28th, 2013
5:07 am

I’m with u BcS

itsonlywrite

September 28th, 2013
5:39 am

I know im probably late, but what happened with Rivers? Why the transfer?

#ELEPHANTNATION

goodbyekittee

September 28th, 2013
5:56 am

Soooo…the “mighty” lions of MLK beat Arabia Mountain 20-6. They don’t seem so mighty lately.

goodbyekittee

September 28th, 2013
6:08 am

And how the heehaw did Miller Grove lose to Dunwoody??? Lesson to MLK and Stephenson: stop underestimating your opponents. If you could beat everybody, you would be champions by now.

Sportsnut

September 28th, 2013
6:56 am

@ Goodbyekittee == That is the best thing I have heard concerning those teams. It will surely come back and bite them. They have put themselves on a pedestal. That is something you let others do.

6AAAAAFan

September 28th, 2013
7:17 am

He (Rivers, both Dallas and Chauncey)) couldn’t take the heat of underclassmen hot on their trails

jag count

September 28th, 2013
7:30 am

Tucker fans are loyal I will give you that . I wonder how fast will you turn on your coach when he loses to Stephenson 2 years in a row. not being impressed with the win wow. Coach Gartrell shows class by not running up the score and that’s our detriment, you obviously are clueless about the sport.

jag count

September 28th, 2013
7:39 am

6AAAAAfan your coach and principal are still crying about them transferring even tough T
ucker had quite a few transfers of their own. Listen to Michael Carvel recruiting article because more of your kids are coming next year!!!!

jag count

September 28th, 2013
7:39 am

Sucker Nation Stand up

B6G

September 28th, 2013
7:45 am

Why doesn’t Jared Tucker start on offense? Makes no sense at all, you have the fastest kid in DeKalb county and he rarely touches the ball. Makes no sense.

JAB

September 28th, 2013
7:48 am

@ goodbyekittee, Rivers & Chaunceywent to the better school, they knew that more D1 scouts look at Stephenson players than they do at Tuckers. @ Sportsnut, Stephenson is a humble team and not looking over any of the other teams, don’t know where you guys gets this info. from. Do you go to the practices and hear the coaches and teams say those things_______? I didn’t think so…

Tucker vs Stephenson, big showdown Oct. 11, 2013, 7:30 pm at hallford stadium. BE THERE EARLY! STEPHENSON LEADS THE ALLTIME SERIES 1 – 0; TUCKER RANKED #1 IN THE STATE, STEPHENSON RANKED #2 IN THE STATE…

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

JAB

September 28th, 2013
7:49 am

@ b6g, too many weapons, a good stresser to be in…

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

JAB

September 28th, 2013
7:59 am

I hope my JAGS come up with a video for the game against Tucker…!!!

dekalbFB1

September 28th, 2013
9:05 am

Please don’t mention MLK. Yes, of course they haven’t won a state title. But they won the honor of winning more games in the FIRST 6 years than ANYONE in the state! Also the have won 3 straight region champs, under 2 coaching staff. The school is ONLY 10 years old. Not making any excuses but let’s compare apples to apples…..

footballnut

September 28th, 2013
10:00 am

Stephenson is winning based on talent. They are very sloppy with penalties. This will haunt them when they play better teams with discipline. If championships were won by mere talent, Stephenson would have a state championship by now. Assembling the best talent year after year, hasn’t yielded anything but crosstown bragging rights…Truth! Leaving a school because of scouts isn’t a sound logic. Colleges have resources to have access to any school. They have access to the same film that the coaches use. If you’re good, they’ll find you. That is just another myth in our community.

DeeDawg

September 28th, 2013
10:28 am

@footbalnut – the difference is that the Div-1 scouts and many coaches don’t just look at film of Stephenson players. They actually show up to practices and the spring game is like a Div-1 coaches “Who’s Who”. Sure it would be nice to win a state championship (and at this rate its coming), parents and student athletes know they will get great personal exposure and hence scholarship opportunities at Stephenson. Film is great, but its only a part of the marketing it takes to get athletes better than average scholarship opportunities. In these trying economic times, its great to see so many of former Stephenson players on college and pro rosters.

TOP TIGER

September 28th, 2013
10:35 am

@JAB TRUST ME BOTH DALLAS AND CHAUNCEY HAD THEIR D1 OFFERS BEFORE THEY CAME TO STEPHENSON, BOTH OF THEM ARE GOOD KIDS AND THEY WILL ALWAY BE A TIGER IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME ASK THEM TO SHOW YOU THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP RING IT WILL HAVE THE EYE OF THE TIGER ON IT.THEY CAME UP IN OUR PROGAM SO PLEASE DON’T START TALK ABOUT DEVELOPING BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN. HOW DOES THAT LOOKS YOUR BEST TWO PLAYERS TRANFER FROM TUCKER LOL. MAKE YOU WONDER HOW DANGEROUS THE TIGERS ARE AFTER LOSTING THEM TWO AND STILL #1 IN THE STATE AND AVG 57 POINTS A GAME. THE TIGERS ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU ALL WHAT TALENTIS WE ARE LOADED SO MAKE SURE YOU PARK CLOSE TO THE GATE BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG WALK BACK TO THE PARKING LOT SO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOU HEAD UP IT’S GOING TO BE OK. LIKE I SAID BEFORE HOW CAN YOU HAVE SO MUCH D1 TALENT AROUND YOU AND CAN’T WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. SO WHO SHOULD BE MAD AT THEIR COACH LOOK IN THE MIRROR JAGUARS. SO GET YOUR POPCORN READY OCT 11TH WE ARE TUCKER

NoDistrictLineInDekalb

September 28th, 2013
11:59 am

When will the transfering come to an end? I guess never in Dekalb !

Ducker

September 28th, 2013
12:25 pm

Franklin Stephens is gone.

JAB

September 28th, 2013
12:55 pm

@ DeeDawg, that’s it, tell em bro., @ TOP TIGER, whoe your horses man, stop hollowing man! Iknow Tucker got Stephenson next and that entire school and community is on edge but like I said, they are at the right school for even more D1 scouts, everybody knows that Stephenson is the hotspot & hangout for College scouts. Lol.,

All I can say is buy your tickets early, get your popcorn fresh, and let the games begin. The most talked about, trash talking, High school game of the year in Georgia will be on Oct. 11th. Note: I’m not making any predictions like TuckerDAD or any others, but the fact that my JAGS will win, I don’t know if Dallas Rivers going to chub it down their stokes, the defense will hold them scoreless while Stephenson prize kicker kicks field goals, or a last minute field goal. All I can assure you just like I did last year is that, Stephenson will win…!!!

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
On October 11th they think they will win,
but Stephenson Jaguars will stomp them again
Hickory Dickory Doc

BcS2010

September 28th, 2013
2:15 pm

Lol dallas rivers is a great RB! I loved him at tucker a 3 star prospect and is going to Vandy!! But lets be real he hasn’t faced a defense with talent like Tucker’s! We have 5 seniors going major D1.. And we have a junior who has Ben a beast at DE and RB.. He had 3tds last night! But back on topic lol dallas and Stephenson havnt faced a defense like Tucker’s and I promise he will not perform that good in those big games lol look what he did against Stephenson and Ml king last year.. (Nothing)! Lol I hope y’all one man offense will perform lol Tucker 36 wins by double digits

JAB

September 28th, 2013
5:39 pm

@ Bc2010, Tucker didn’t win by 30 pts. last year, so what makes you think that they will this year? Shoot, Tucker didn’t even win against Stephenson last year. Next question please______________!!!

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
On October 11th they think they will win,
but Stephenson Jaguars will stomp them again
Hickory Dickory Doc

JAB

September 28th, 2013
6:38 pm

Corrections on my typo’s in earlier post…
All I can say is buy your tickets early, get your popcorn fresh, and let the games begin. The most talked about, trash talking, High school game of the year in Georgia will be on Oct. 11th. Note: I’m not making any predictions like TuckerDAD or any others, but the fact that my JAGS will win, I don’t know if Dallas Rivers will Shub it down their throat, or the defense will hold them scoreless while Stephenson prize kicker kicks field goals, or a last minute field goal. All I can say is that assure you just like I did last year, Stephenson will win again…!!!

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
On October 11th they think they will win,
but Stephenson Jaguars will stomp them again
Hickory Dickory Dochere

BcS2010

September 28th, 2013
7:57 pm

@JAB…lol I didnt mean to put that 36 but I do think tucker wins by double digits

Tiger4Life

September 29th, 2013
10:58 am

Let’s clear this up like Tucker didn’t have D1 coaches at spring practice. Nick Saban and Urban Meyer made personal appearances twice for spring practice and over the summer. And to tell the truth #25 lost 5 offers when word got out that he transferred, they felt he had no loyalty which is why he hurried up and pledge to Vanderbilt.

It was more of the parents is why they transferred. If you play at Tucker you will split time, which is why most of or players don’t have eye popping stats. It keep the players legs fresh throughout the game and the season.

Plus those kids at Stephenson don’t hit the weight room, #25 has noticeable shrinkage around his neck and arms. I almost didn’t recognize him when he took his helment off. Just go check out http://www.tuckertigersfootball.com and look at his roster picture from last year. Looks like a different kid. His muscle tone is deplinished. I guessing Stehpenson has a weight loss program :-/

@Jag

September 29th, 2013
11:34 am

@BcS2010 Well if you say Stephenson haven’t played anybody then neither has Tucker. Lets see what Dominick does when he faces the REAL #1 Defense in the state because we all know that he’s the 1 man show over there at Sucker High School.

JAB

September 29th, 2013
11:36 am

@ Tiger4Life, please don’t put your foot in your mouth, Stephenson has probably one of the toughest weight lifting programs in the state, that’s another reason why they are always turning out D! players. You are out of your league totally by your statements; Dallas Rivers left Tucker was a good addition to the Stephenson backfield, everybody knows that the mighty JAGs are always stacked with top Running backs, they breed them. They have a top running back (Khalil Ladler), a junior who carry’s the ball almost equal the time as Rivers, and he is only a junior. Since you posting stats, check out how Prep plus ranks Khalil Ladler http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/khalil-ladler/NHfO5_TxEeKZ5AAmVebBJg/default.htm.

You Tucker guys can’t accept the fact that there’s another team in Dekalb county (Stephenson) who is equally or better than you! Correction; You did already knew it, but you also knew that they was playing up a division and haven’t had to deal with them. Welcome to the new region 6AAAAA, didn’t we proved that you you guys last year. you were 3rd best in the region, lest’s face it Ocr 11th will tell the story for this years edition…
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND #1 IN THE STATE.

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
On October 11th they think they will win,
but Stephenson Jaguars will stomp them again
Hickory Dickory Doc

JAB

September 29th, 2013
11:39 am

Correction: Khalil Ladler is a junior…

@Jag

September 29th, 2013
11:39 am

Tucker havent faced a defense like Stephenson’s! You guys seen what happened last year when yall met up with the BIG CATS & this year we’re even better, stronger, and faster. Lol I hope y’all one man offense will perform but i doubt it

JAB

September 29th, 2013
11:44 am

Correction again: I don’t believe I still type junior, he’s only sophomore*****:)

PROOFREADING JAB, PROOFREAD….

@Jag

September 29th, 2013
11:45 am

@JAB Khalil Ladler is a sophomore, he just been starting since his freshman year.

TopTiger

September 29th, 2013
2:19 pm

@jag be careful what you ask for you all know we got the best running back in the state, so you get your so call #1 defense in the state witch you rated them #1 LOL. Ready because it’s going to be a long night for them when we show up at Hallford and we are going the beat you guys just like you stole something. So get there early because you will be leaving at halftime. WE ARE TUCKER.

Tiger4Life

September 29th, 2013
2:40 pm

Yeah you right JAB, Tucker hasn’t sent any RB to D1 or the league. But I do remember over a UGA your guy K. Lumpkin got his job taken by a true freshman Thomas Brown.
And yes that kid has lost weight since being over there..

Funny thing is the Tucker transfers are Stephenson best players, and we have replaced them with Jr.’s who are just as good or better. #10 has lost his killer instincts since being over there, he had the perfect opportunity to crush the SWD QB and instead he push him down like it was a two hand touch game.

R. Ball the OC couldn’t find a open receiver to save his life at GT, and that’s who’s coaching over there?.. No wonder why the QB just throw the ball up into triple coverage and hopes his guy make a play.

Realist123

September 29th, 2013
2:44 pm

@Stephenson & Tucker Bloggers………….The blogging can be very entertaining and is proof that these two schools have very strong fan bases; however, you are coming off as “haters” when you start naming these kids on the blog coupled with negative comments about them. In defense of the kids that you all claim to respect and like as very good players, keep the negativity about what they can’t do, would’nt do or what they did poorly previously out of the blogging.

Many of you probably played football at some stage in your lives and as you know, its about getting the proper training, coaching and conditioning plus having “heart” when faced with adversity. This applies to the players as well as the coaching staff. So, be careful with your predictions; they should be fun but dont bring personal attacks against the kids when trying to make your points.

For the record, both kids referenced as transfering from Tucker are very good kids. They both have been fortunate to get their early tutelage from a collection of very good Tucker coaches and Stephenson will now benefit from that training. But to both Tucker and Stephenson supporters, don’t let the first 5 games cause you to lose sense of reality. Georgia HS football is loaded with talent from 1A through 6A. That means nothing if “coaching-up” doesnt happen. Any talented kid can look great against weak opponents. You should’nt assume that stats received from playing weaker opponents mean a thing. It is merely an indicator of what “could” happen if the opponent “goes to sleep”…….hopefully none of you on this blog is a coach, so I dont expect any of these two teams folding or sleeping on Oct. 11th. If one of these teams comes in over-confident, it’ll be a wrap!

This should be a good game but don’t expect the epic performances usually seen when NSWR and Tucker square off in the playoffs. I have watched both teams already and believe on any given night, Tucker or Stephenson can beat any team in 5A or 6A for that matter. These two teams are loaded with talent straight to the bench. They are actually that good, but they arent equally matched. Both have glaring weaknesses in differing places.

It’s gonna come down to which coach can expose the other’s most. In this situation, I give the edge to the coaches at Tucker. Simply look back to last season’s playoff at NSWR where Tucker was 38 secs from advancing past NSWR when Tucker’s prevent-defense got the best of them and led to giving up a late lead. It’s evident already that Lamar has learned tremendously from that lesson; the same mistake his predecssor made in the 2007 playoffs against the same school NSWR. But just like his predecessor, Frank Stephens did after a tough 2007 playoff loss, he has returned with more aggressive and smart play calling. Tucker’s issue will be protecting the ball against a stingy Stephenson defense.

In 3 games that I have watched for Stephenson in 2013, I have yet to see any coaching growth from the loss to Ware in last year’s playoffs. The team was definitelty headed in the right direction last year; so much so that I expected them to beat Ware and at a minimum come back with the same form that finally got them to quiet the critics. Then when I heard they got the two transfers from Tucker, I thought whoa it’s a wrap in Reg 6-5A; but I worry when I hear two cross-town transfers show up and immediately establish themselves as the best on each side of the ball and even worse, the team they left doesnt seem to flinch or miss a beat. Even so, Stephenson is “crazy-talented” on each side of the ball.

Will the game come down to the heart of the players or the coaches cerebral level? I’ll be in the stands watching with a keen eye to see who has more “umph” to represent our region better in this year’s playoffs………………….That is what both of you shouldbe playing for–CHAMPIONSHIPS– and not who beat who year-in and year-out. If you think that means anything…ask Gainesville!!!

BcS2010

September 29th, 2013
2:55 pm

This game is going to be crazy!!! It should be on ESPN!! I’m going to hype it up now how AJC should….

IT’S THE GAME OF THE YEAR!! The #1 ranked (5-0) TUCKER TIGERS TAKE ON THE #2 RANKED (5-0) STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN THE BATTLE OF THE YEAR! THIS IS THE 1st BIG GAME OF THE YEAR!! THE GAME CONSIST OF TUCKER’S ELETRIC RUNNING BACK DOMINICK SANDERS AND THERE UGA COMMIT LINEBACKER DETRIC DUKES VS STEPHENSONS POWERFUL RUNNING BACK DALLAS RIVERS WHO IS COMMITED TO VANDERBILT AND TRANSFERED TO STEPHENSON FROM TUCKER THIS YEAR!! LAST YEAR STEPHENSON BEAT TUCKER 13-6 IN A BATTLE OF TOP TEAMS LAST YEAR AND BOTH TEAMS ARE BIGGER,FASTER,STRONGER THAN LAST YEAR AND THIS GAME WILL BE SOLD OUT!! SO COME EARLY AND WATCH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS FIGHT FOR THEIR REGION TITLE AND BRAGGING RIGHTS!!

Lol I think that was good!

TruthSayer

September 29th, 2013
3:05 pm

I really didnt want to get back on these blogs until after Oct 11 as I said but too much garbage is coming out. Tuck fans the GPB got tired of your bloging and show us against that usetobe (SWD) last week and yawl still here talkin stuff. If you watched the game you woulda see our #10 destroy SWD shoot, i dont eveb kno how much sacks he got because he had so many but i hears that he has alraedy 14 sacks for the season. Gotta be a record man. Gotta be for sure. I predict he sack the little Tucker QB at least 4 times of not more cause i seen yawl junior size O-line. They look like corners out there tryin to play o-line. come on, yawl serious? #10 gon destroy them by his self and dont sleep on the other side of the line. We deep yawl. Thats all im gonna say about that. and yawl asking about our weigt program. Tawl funny. Yawl need a gain weight program for sure. Belee that!! I know its gon be hard but I will not return until Oct 12. I’ll be to tired from laughing at yawl on Oct 11th. Peace Folk!

TruthSayer

September 29th, 2013
3:09 pm

@BcS2010…………slow your roll playa. Stop naming players yo! I never like that and that is the ONLY thing i agree with @realis123 on. But every thing else you say, im cool with. let s hope they listen to you. Peace!

JAB

September 29th, 2013
4:55 pm

@ Realist123, I never call a player out negatively, read the blogs again my brother and you will see that Tucker bloggers are constantly naming players out (mainly Rivers & Chauncey); I only promote players. Most parents want the child to play for a school who gets a lot of D1 exposure, Tucker, Lakeside, Dunwoody have been taking players from the southside of Dekalb for years, MAINLY M TO M thank goodness that have ended. @ Tiger4Life, sounds like you’re a jealous Tucker graduate that depise the fact that Stephenson had quality players, Kreg Lumpskin was injured in his last game at Stephenson, and never fully recovered, but he still went on to play for the NFL. Reggie Ball is a prize athlete, even to date’ it takes a prize althlete (Alumni) to have enough heart and leadership ability to come back to his HS Alma mater and coach! Shame on you to call those players out! Ball OC skills finally got the JAGS out of the 1st & 2n round in the playoff.

Again you guys need to accept the fact that Tucker is no longer the dominant team in region 6AAAAA, you have represented Dekalb well but now you have some more CATS who are just as good as you are. Let me refresh your memory last Stephenson 14 Tucker 6; series 1 – 0 Stephenson, you were ranked ahead of the JAGS last year. I’m not going to predict a blowout like some of you, it’s going to be a hard fought rivalry game that will be won in the trenches; whoever wants it! You guys (TUCKER) have done some great things by winning 2 state championship, but Stephenson is going to take that great thing to greatness! The JAGS are hungrey for their 1st state championship!!!

GROOOOOWL NOW HEAR OUR ROOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRR, BUT FEEL OUR BITE…!!!!

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

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker is #1 “NOT”
On October 11th they think they will win,
but Stephenson Jaguars will stomp them again
Hickory Dickory Doc

Gwinnett Watcher

September 29th, 2013
6:04 pm

Just clicked on to this blog to see what ’s being discussed. If you all would take this type of energy to the board of education meetings and demand better stadium facilities and overall services for your the kids maybe you all would be better off, Your tax $ at work. But if course that’s leadership……Let me get back to the big BOY Blog, AAAAAA where the last team in Dekalb to win in the highest classification was 1995 SWD, loooong time ago . lolololol

Jacktheripper

September 29th, 2013
10:06 pm

I think Tucker will lose but Stephenson hasn’t proved much either. To be fair its still early and both teams have just been better than the teams they faced so far. Tucker’s head coach is out of his league. He rides the coat tails of Franklin Stephens when really he was just a little clown boy fetching clip boards. Stephenson coaches haven’t proven anything and we will see what the younger Ball can do against competition. Why are you grown (i assume) people dogging kids out? BcS2010, I know who you are and you are a tall bean pole fool. Stop it and grow up. Put the drinks down before you come on here dogging kids. Dallas is an awesome kid and so is Chauncey. The kids are Tucker are good too but keep in mind they are KIDS. Grow up.

InformedObserver

September 30th, 2013
8:04 am

@Gwinnett Watcher…………………AMEN! As a former coach in the feeder programs in Gwinnett and parent of a Dekalb HS student, I fully understand the disparity between the two counties as you point out. I read these posts for entertainment value from time to time and must in the last two weeks, this is the 3rd blog that I have seen aside from mine stating this, so thank you for not mincing words.

To my fellow Dekalb bloggers, parents, etc….it’s not just about the stadiums either. It’s about improving our facilities, making our schools more appealing and attracting better teachers with the long term goal being to raise the academic standards of our kids. I know many Dekalb parents who have done a great job to get their kids prepared for college and beyond. The lack of stadiums or sub-par environments havent prevented them from competing outside of Dekalb; but @Gwinnett Watcher, your point is spot-on!!

@Jacktheripper……stop being contradictory. Your perception of the Tucker Head Coach is your perogative; but your negativity associated with him is no different from those bloggers saying negative things about these players.

I agree with @Realist123 who admonished all who named these kids on these blogs. It shouldn’t happen. I can assure you and others that these kids are all still very good friends. Just yesterday, one of the kids who transferred to Stephenson was at an eating establishment a block away from Tucker High and as my son who plays for the team enterred, they immediately got together and decided to eat together only to be joined by 2 other Tucker players shortly after. Thank goodness the kids don’t represent the venom spewed in these blogs.

Sportsnut

September 30th, 2013
2:14 pm

@ Jab == I guess you could say I was speaking to the poster rather than the teams. From my view point, there are better teams in the state than what is in DeKalb. This is where many trip up. They pay so much attention to in region stuff, they forget that good ball is played elsewhere. This catches them off guard when the time comes.

They start to believe their press. The hype. Then they get hit in the mouth and do not punch back. As I stated before, I think Tucker brought a great deal of notoriety to the region with their 2 titles. That, along with the winning that has been going on made for a good story but I am afraid it will always end the same way because of attitude.
“SEC” of high school football? This is a prevailing thing. There is nothing wrong with being confident however, the line is often crossed and it is all mental. All the posters have it. The players get it because they read too.

Do you know who is one of the top teams in DeKalb in offense and defense?
Do you know who has one of the better QB’s in DeKalb?
I’m just trying to make a point. Druid Hills is in the top half of just about all DeKalb’s high school football stats. Makes me look at things from a different angle concerning DeKalb football.
I am not saying they would beat any of you but…………………