Predictions: Look for Tucker in a close one over Stephenson

Class AAAAA No. 1 Tucker and second-ranked Stephenson meet at Hallford Stadium on Friday in what is probably the biggest game of the regular season. There’s a lot at stake – the winner is likely to claim the Region 6-AAAAA championship and will be No. 1 in next week’s rankings. The loser could end up with a playoff draw that includes Clarke Central, Kell and Northside-Warner Robins in the first three rounds. Look for Tucker to win a close, low-scoring game, although I’ve been wrong about Stephenson before.

Let the debate begin.

THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

Last week: 139-23 (.858); Overall: 857-228 (.790)

THURSDAY

Winner##Loser

Carrollton##Troup

Glynn Academy##Groves

Monroe##Americus-Sumter

Sandy Creek##Shaw

FRIDAY

Alpharetta##North Forsyth

Appling County##Brantley County

Archer##Central Gwinnett

Athens Academy##Pinecrest Academy

Athens Christian##Hebron Christian

B.E.S.T. Academy##Jackson-Atlanta

Banneker##South Atlanta

Benedictine##Toombs County

Blessed Trinity##Decatur

Bowdon##Temple

Bradwell Institute##Windsor Forest

Bremen##Spencer

Brooks County##Fitzgerald

Brookwood##Shiloh

Buford##White County

Burke County##Richmond Academy

Cairo##Worth County

Calhoun##Pepperell

Callaway##Central-Carrollton

Calvary Day##Savannah Christian

Cambridge##Forsyth Central

Camden County##Tift County

Campbell##Pebblebrook

Carver-Atlanta##Therrell

Carver-Columbus##Henry County

Cedar Grove##McNair

Cedartown##Pickens

Chamblee##Columbia

Chapel Hill##Douglass

Charlton County##Lanier County

Chattahoochee##South Forsyth

Chattooga##Armuchee

Chestatee##Walnut Grove

Clarke Central##Heritage-Conyers

Clarkston##Johnson-Gainesville

Claxton##Portal

Coffee##Brunswick

Cook##Pelham

Creekside##Northgate

Creekview##Northview

Cross Creek##Hephzibah

Dacula##Parkview

Dade County##Coosa

Darlington##Christian Heritage

Dodge County##Wheeler County

Dooly County##Central-Talbotton

Dublin##Josey

Eagle’s Landing##Dutchtown

Eagle’s Landing Christian##Mount Vernon Presbyterian

East Coweta##Westlake

East Paulding##Hiram

Eastside##Lanier

Emanuel County Institute##Treutlen

Fayette County##Columbus

First Presbyterian##Twiggs County

Flowery Branch##Winder-Barrow

Gainesville##Salem

Georgia Military##Warren County

Gilmer##Cass

Glenn Hills##Butler

Grayson##Berkmar

Greater Atlanta Christian##Westminster

Greenville##Schley County

Habersham Central##Meadowcreek

Harlem##East Laurens

Harris County##Bainbridge

Hart County##Oconee County

Hawkinsville##Brookstone

Heard County##Manchester

Hillgrove##North Cobb

Holy Innocents’##Our Lady of Mercy

Houston County##Lakeside-Evans

Hughes##Douglas County

Irwin County##Clinch County

Jefferson##Rabun County

Johnson County##Montgomery County

Jones County##Evans

Kell##Osborne

LaFayette##Heritage-Catoosa

LaGrange##Alexander

Lakeview Academy##Cross Keys

Lamar County##Monticello

Lambert##Centennial

Landmark Christian##Strong Rock Christian

Laney##Westside-Augusta

Lincoln County##Aquinas

Locust Grove##Woodland-Stockbridge

Loganville##Apalachee

Lovejoy##Morrow

M.L. King##Dunwoody

Macon County##Bleckley County

Madison County##Lumpkin County

Marietta##Kennesaw Mountain

Marion County##Pacelli

Marist##Lithonia

McEachern##South Cobb

Miller County##Randolph-Clay

Mitchell County##Terrell County

Model##Murray County

Monroe Area##Stephens County

Morgan County##Elbert County

Mount Paran Christian##Whitefield Academy

Mount Pisgah Christian##King’s Ridge Christian

Mundy’s Mill##Drew

Newnan##Tri-Cities

Newton##Druid Hills

Norcross##Collins Hill

North Cobb Christian##Providence Christian

North Gwinnett##Mill Creek

North Hall##Fannin County

North Oconee##Franklin County

North Paulding##Rome

Northeast-Macon##Taylor County

Northside-Warner Robins##Grovetown

Northwest Whitfield##Dalton

Oglethorpe County##Social Circle

Ola##Mount Zion-Jonesboro

Paulding County##Woodland-Cartersville

Peach County##Jackson

Peachtree Ridge##Mountain View

Pierce County##Southeast Bulloch

Pike County##Southwest-Macon

Prince Avenue Christian##Commerce

Richmond Hill##Effingham County

Ridgeland##Southeast Whitfield

Riverdale##Spalding

Riverwood##Sprayberry

Rockdale County##Luella

Rockmart##Haralson County

Savannah##Johnson-Savannah

Savannah Country Day##Jenkins County

Seminole County##Stewart County

Sequoyah##North Springs

South Paulding##New Manchester

Statesboro##Liberty County

Tattnall County##Beach

Thomas County Central##Northside-Columbus

Thomasville##Berrien

Thomson##Swainsboro

Trion##Mount Zion-Carroll

Tucker##Stephenson

Turner County##Wilcox County

Union County##Riverside Military

Valdosta##Lowndes

Villa Rica##Lithia Springs

Walker##Fellowship Christian

Warner Robins##Greenbrier

Washington##Grady

Washington County##Jefferson County

Washington-Wilkes##Greene County

Wesleyan##Hapeville Charter

West Forsyth##Johns Creek

Westover##Crisp County

Whitewater##McIntosh

Wilkinson County##Hancock Central

Woodward Academy##Towers

SATURDAY

Albany##Dougherty

Chattahoochee County##Jordan

Mays##Arabia Mountain

Miller Grove##Lakeside-DeKalb

St. Francis##Baconton Charter

Southwest DeKalb##North Atlanta

Stone Mountain##Redan

Upson-Lee##North Clayton

53 comments Add your comment

$olly $ol

October 10th, 2013
3:58 pm

Stephenson vs Tucker good luck to both teams…just want to know who is betting on the game guess we will find out after the game is over and they blame the refs

Tiger4Life

October 10th, 2013
3:59 pm

Don’t worry Chip, your on the right side ;-)

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From US

Tiger4Life

October 10th, 2013
4:00 pm

Sneak Dissing through the internet, where they do that at??

Top Tiger

October 10th, 2013
4:02 pm

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Top Tiger

October 10th, 2013
4:05 pm

Chip the Tigers are going to put on a show i hope you will be there. WE ARE TUCKER.

Longhorn nation

October 10th, 2013
5:02 pm

Can’t wait till playoffs like to see the Jags in the house of pain

"THE CANNON RULES"

October 10th, 2013
5:03 pm

WELCOME…HIRAM ( 1 / 4 ) to “THE BONEYARD” as EAST keeps tuning up with SOUTH PAULDING in “THE BONEYARD” and an away visit to ALLATOONA still looming on the schedule!!! EAST does NOT control it’s own destiny due to the loss to NORTH PAULDING in game one so EAST needs help from ROME and NEW MANCHESTER this week!

With EAST off last week several of us went to the NORTH PAULDING / SOUTH PAULDING game and once again KUDO’s to BOTH teams as they played their hearts out! GREAT GAME! Teams playing NORTH the rest of the year need to watch this game CLOSELY as the NORTH coach has NO PROBLEM in going for it on 4th down, he will FAKE a punt, he will FAKE a FG attempt and HE WILL TRY AN ONSIDE KICK!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!! CURRENTLY 4 / 1 & # 4 in Region 5AAAAA!!!!!!

BJohnDawg

October 10th, 2013
5:37 pm

Love the Wildcats, but they have their work cut out for them in Tift County. hope they can get the W, but very difficult there on the road in Tifton.

JAB

October 10th, 2013
6:28 pm

Opinions*** Tucker, AJC picked you to win last year, Remember!!

Stephenson 17 Tucker 7

Hickory Dickory Doc
Tucker beat down is on the clock
they got on the bus and tried to detour driver
but didn’t know Stephenson guy was hirer
Hickory Dickory Doc…

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

MIGHTY LION KING

October 10th, 2013
8:30 pm

have to agree to disagree on the statement that whoever wins the STEPHENSON VS TUCKER game is goin to be crowned region champ..Even still very early to call, they have to get past THE KINGS and MAYS to consider that to be a true statement.. ijs!!! Guud luck this wk 6-5A!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

Garrison

October 10th, 2013
8:32 pm

The Tucker VS Stephenson game should be on GPB this week

Camden74

October 10th, 2013
8:41 pm

JAB……What the HE!! was that? :-)

Gator Fan

October 10th, 2013
8:44 pm

Camden will beat Tift unless the home town cooking ref’s help like they usually do at Tift. Tift by 14.
Cats will beat Vikings by 12 at least.
Coffee will have a hard time in Brunswick as they still have 3 or 4 starts out…heard Qb has been out all week from practice, hurt. Coffee by 7.
UGA will lose to Mizz..by 3
GT will lose by 14 to BYU
Falcons lose to open week-end..another one bites the dust
Jags lose by 21…
Braves will never make WS with Wren and Fredi running the show..
North Cobb over Hillgrove upset…

Gator Fan

October 10th, 2013
8:46 pm

Jab u drunk? speak English man!

Gator Fan

October 10th, 2013
8:47 pm

My bad Camden by 14..

WolfPack Nation

October 10th, 2013
8:54 pm

@ MIGHTY LION KING, how is MLK looking this year?

fan atl

October 10th, 2013
8:56 pm

KEEP OVER LOOKING MAYS; STEPHENSON WON BY ONE LAST YEAR AND TUCKER WON BY SEVEN 28-27 AND 14-7

Sportsnut

October 10th, 2013
9:25 pm

Beating the bushes to see what runs out.
Lowndes over Valdosta
Collins Hill over Norcross
Berkmar over Grayson
Tift over Camden
Shiloh over Brookwood
I know, I know. But none of these would be upsets. Maybe just a little wishful thinking.

blu eagle

October 10th, 2013
10:32 pm

Good luck Tucker and Stephenson, should be a great game.I do not think even the loser of this game will be in bad shape as they may have an easier route in the playoffs.But we will leave that for another day!

Chris

October 11th, 2013
2:41 am

The Stephenson vs Tucker game is being televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS)

PackerBacker

October 11th, 2013
4:34 am

camden74 … Better hope the powers at be can keep your team healthy while playing Tift. I doubt they’ve changed their play calling and then you’re on there turf too. Let’s see how many personal fouls get called against them …. We’ll talk after the game and get your opinion. I don’t want any player getting hurt so here’s to hoping they’ve wised up! Should be an interesting Friday night in South Georgia.

itsonlywrite

October 11th, 2013
7:10 am

@Tiger4Life .. who’s sneak dissin? lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

October 11th, 2013
7:11 am

D-Day has finally arrived!!!!! It’s so nice to see all of the Tucker supporters blogging, it’s nice to see ajc has Tucker favored, it’s nice to see Tucker ranked ahead of us…………..SOUNDS FAMILIAR (2012)……
Results…………..a Tucker loss. Nothing will be different in 2013. The JAGS are primed and ready to show all nay sayers who the baddest CAT is in 5A!!!!!
Get your popcorn and watch the show the MIGHTY JAGS are about to put on this evenings.

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

October 11th, 2013
7:22 am

@Longhorn nation

I hear you, but after watching or hearing how we disposed of Tucker you might want to rethink that. Can anyone answer this? Why do everyone want a piece of the JAGUARS? AN EASY W FOR YOUR TEAM, WRONG!!!!!!! We are on a mission and step one gets completed tonight. If Kell happens to fall in line this year they will feel the WRATH of the JAGUARS also. Now back to the Tigers, grilling of Tiger appetizers will start at 3pm and we will have the main course quarters 1-3 and dessert quarter #4!!!!

Fred

October 11th, 2013
7:38 am

@Sportsnut – ” But none of these would be upsets.” Maybe not on most of your picks but Berkmar over Grayson would definitely be an upset!

RexDogma

October 11th, 2013
7:44 am

I think Shiloh may take Brookwood. That’s a possibility.

RexDogma

October 11th, 2013
7:46 am

Also I guess this week is Jefferson Co’s real test. Good win by Washinton Co last week vs Lovett too.

uwillbtuckedaway

October 11th, 2013
8:03 am

Tucker 24 Stephenson 14

This team has taken on the personality of Coach Lamar. Last year’s team was GOOD but kind of an in between team personality mix of Coach Franklin Stephens, some were those that were glad to see Coach Stephens leave, and some were Coach Lamar.

This year – ALL COACH LAMAR! And, they are playing hard nosed, fast, with fewer mistakes football.

That spells trouble for Stephenson

WE ARE TUCKER!!!

region4fan

October 11th, 2013
8:21 am

The only Region 4 matchup likely to be close is Hillgrove and North Cobb. I think this one is too close to call.

Jacktheripper

October 11th, 2013
8:27 am

Since my son’s graduated from Tucker, I will ride with the home team. BUT Brian Lamar is not Franklin Stephens and I think if the game gets close he will pee his pants. But I still have Tucker in a close one. Let’s hope so.

SHS Jags c/o 2009

October 11th, 2013
8:45 am

I have watched every Stephenson game and I have seen 2 Tucker games this year and its not even close.
Tucker’s Offensive line is small slow and soft. Our DL has 3 D1 prospects. It will be a long night for tucker’s run game.

Tucker’s DBs can’t catch a cold and they bust their coverages every 3 snaps.

Tucker’s WR’s….Do they have Wide Receivers? their leading receiver is a half time fullback that starts at LB.

Their QB sucks.

and their defense is really overrated. they are only good in special teams.

it will not be close 63-0 Stephenson.

57Cat

October 11th, 2013
8:48 am

@Sportsnut – What do you mean “Lowndes over Valdosta” and “just wishful thinking?” I thought we were buddies!

Rack11

October 11th, 2013
8:51 am

I HAVE SEEN BOTH Tucker and Stephenson play and Stephenson has the edge and will win by 10.

Sports

October 11th, 2013
9:11 am

Tucker players are disrespectful and arrogant. When Coach Stephens was at Tucker the players had character and respect. Now they are take cheap shots and have not respect for other players. I hope they lose this one and maybe they will get a reality check and realize they are not the great and powerful Tucker. Remember just 10 years ago they couldn’t buy a win.

Cool_Coach1

October 11th, 2013
9:13 am

Sportsnut ….Wishful thinking is correct not only did you get ALL of the Gwinnett County games wrong (With exception of Shiloh over Brookwood) you need to understand one thing. Norcross will be a part of the AAAAAA discussion when the smoke clears! Never underestimate the heart of a CHAMPION!

Sportsnut

October 11th, 2013
9:17 am

@ 57Cat == We are. You know how sometimes you get that feeling. Well, I’ve got it. I think Lowndes has a chance for an upset, which is what it will be if Lowndes has any pride. Despite all their problems, This is the Classic. I think they will come ready. They have gone through so much this season they will want to show everyone they are not dead yet.

I look for a good game and no injuries and Lowndes squeaking out the win. Good luck to both teams. Safe travels to all tonight.

Sportsnut

October 11th, 2013
9:22 am

@ Cool_Coach 1 == I have not counted Norcross out yet. I just think Collins Hill has reached a point where they are ready to make some noise and I believe it is now. If Berkmar forgets the name on the opponents jersey, they have a shot.

Sportsnut

October 11th, 2013
9:28 am

@ Fred == I don’t think Grayson is there this year. I don’t know what it is but they are just not up to par this season. They(Grayson) may win but it may be a case of perception. If Berkmar does it’s thing and do not allow the thought of who they are playing to be a factor, they have an opportunity to win the biggest game for them in a while.

Tiger4Life

October 11th, 2013
10:25 am

@sports
Ten years ago Tucker couldn’t buy a win, lets see…

In 2003 Tucker went 12-2 and lost to Statesboro in the Dome 27-24 in 1 overtime.
The other loss came from the State Champs Marist.
So Tucker only lost to the State Champs and the State Runner Up, such a horrible season.

And certainly no one has respect for a cyber tyrant.. Do the rest of us a favor and play kick ball on I285 during Friday evening rush hour.

@jackthetripper
His name is Bryan not Brian. And we don’t need you pulling for us, we are good over here

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2013
11:17 am

@Longnation. When you say you would like to see the Jags in the house of pain, you must be refering yo Hallford stadium. Surely you could not mean the stadium where it took a desperation throw with less than a minute left in the game to escape a loss from the 4th seed from region 6. Becareful what you ask for. All 4 top teams in region 6 match up very well against Kell.

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2013
11:19 am

Sorry, I meant Longhorn nation.

BcS2010

October 11th, 2013
12:10 pm

It’s game day!!! #1 tucker tigers play the #2 Stephenson jaguars!! I’m about to tell you why tucker will win this game!! 1st it’s revenge because Stephenson won last year 13-6. 2. Stephenson fullback and defensive end transferred to Stephenson from tucker so it’s going to be tention. 3 Tucker has the best offense in the state averaging 56 ppg.. I no they won’t score 56 points against the jags but this tucker offense is good! #1 and #20 are game changers and there qb #2 who y’all say sucks has ran the offense beautiful and he breaks long runs from his speed, y’all forget he started for us last year at running back. 4 tucker defense is not too it’s great! They returned 7 starters from last years defense and 2 of them are commited to uga and Stanford and 3 of them have major d1 offers and are ranked! And they have a player who plays defensive end that wears number 20 I promise you he will be a 4 star prospect next year!! 5 stephenson’s offense is there fullback #25 and the matchup between number 25 who is commited to vandy and number 9 from tucker the inside linebacker who is commited to uga will tell it all!! Yes both teams are 5-0 and ranked number 1 and 2 but the jaguars will be in for a rude awakening when they play a team with a better offense then the teams they have played and a better defense so they can’t just hand the ball up the middle every play!! Tucker 24 Stephenson 10 with Tucker’s #20 who is the replacement for Stephenson number 25 having 2 touchdowns and 2 sacks tonight!

Sports

October 11th, 2013
12:19 pm

@tiger4life- Again Tucker players are disrespectful and arrogant….great example by being rude and disrespectful.

5AReg6Fan

October 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

@Sports – Don’t know where you come up with the disrespect that Tucker somehow displays against their opponents? Remember, Coach Lamar mentor under Coach Stephens, he has implementing the same coaching principles.

@BcS2010 – Let me add ONE more example to your list, “Why the Jags are going down”, Tucker’s coaching staff.

All the trash and smack talking is coming to an end soon – Tucker remains #1 in 5A around 10:30 pm on Oct 11th.

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

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

57Cat

October 11th, 2013
1:11 pm

This may be the best weekend so far this year for really interesting matchups all across the State. No matter who your team is, you gotta find it fun to scoreboard watch to see how the other games are going. Gotta make sure my iPhone is all charged up so I can keep tabs. Best wishes to all for safe travel and to the kids who entertain us for injury-free games.

Sports

October 11th, 2013
1:21 pm

@5AReg6Fan Well he is not implementing the same coaching principles. They treat other teams with disrespect and are very arrogant. My nephew plays at Lakeside and they spit on another player and the Lakeside players even witnessed it on the film that Monday.

stephensonfinest

October 11th, 2013
1:59 pm

This will not be match up won by coaching perticularly by tucker ..how do I know yu the run the wing-t ..yu no whts cuming its can yu stop it period now the defensive side sure because the jabs run a pro stlye off..but we won last year and yu had rivers, sanders, and #20 yu down yur best back and yur best lineman who came to shs its over..
24-13 shs wins watch

stephensonfinest

October 11th, 2013
2:01 pm

The jags s/o to jab for holdin it down for Stephenson lol

5AReg6Fan

October 11th, 2013
2:41 pm

@Sports – I’ll ask one of the Lakeside players tomorrow, he’ll be at his little brothers game, who plays for the Tucker Lions youth program. I do agree, football is an emotional game as well as physical, you should see what goes on under the pile, if you ever played.

@ stephensonfinest – Man it’s good to hear from you, having seen many posts from you, I thought you gave up on your man (JAB). (LOL) You appear to have Tucker figured out. The key is not MANY have stopped the Tiger’s wing-t, since it was implemented in 2007, whoever the athletes are that have and currently executed it. Check out the 2013 version of Tucker’s wing-t, there will be SURPRISES….

TUCKER 24 – STEPHENSON 17

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

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

uwillbtuckedaway

October 11th, 2013
3:47 pm

@stephensonfinest – this same wing t has won TWO state championships.

How many state titles has Stephenson won?

WE ARE TUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!