Tucker 31, Stephenson 28

It all descended into madness in the final minute.

A defensive struggle turned into a mad scramble to the finish, as both Stephenson and Tucker had apparent game-winning touchdowns in the last 21 seconds.

The last one belonged to the Tigers, whose Nekyle Lundie caught a 35-yard Hail Mary from Joseph Farrar with 13 seconds left to give them a wild 31-28 win.

The Class AAAAA No. 1-ranked Tigers looked done when Stephenson tight end Ari Werts caught a touchdown pass with 21 seconds left to give the Jaguars a 28-24 lead.

But the Tigers (6-0, 5-0 in Region 6) caught Stephenson’s squib kick after an excessive celebration penalty all the way up at the Jaguars’ 35, and they had a shot.

Farrar rolled to his left and heaved it toward the end zone, where several Tigers had gathered. The ball went over the outstretched hand of a Stephenson defender and landed cleanly in Lundie’s arms for his second touchdown of the game.

Werts’ play was just as dramatic.

The No. 2-ranked Jaguars (5-1, 4-1)  also looked beaten as the clock ticked past the 30-second mark of the fourth, but Giovanni Weekly heaved a pass for Werts.

The big man leaped and caught it over the smaller defensive back, then ran the final few yards and stretched into the end zone to score what looked like the winning touchdown.

He nearly got pulled down short, but he needed every inch of his 6-5 frame to catch the ball and then to break the plane.

Up to the 90-second mark of the second quarter, the defenses not only hadn’t allowed any points, but they really hadn’t come close.

Both offenses had started drives in the opponent’s territory, but neither had even reached the 30-yard line yet, much less the end zone.

That all changed when Tucker’s Duke Shelley caught a low line-drive punt at his own 47 and sprinted untouched down the right sideline for the touchdown to finally put points on the board with 1:22 left in the half.

Surprisingly, though, Stephenson had an answer.

On the second play of the Jaguars’ ensuing drive, quarterback Weekly hit Dexter Neal, who broke some tackles on his way to a 58-yard gain to the Tucker 12. It appeared that Tucker defensive back Dominick Sanders stripped the ball from Neal just before he hit the ground, but he was ruled down by contact.

Three plays later, on third and 8, Weekly connected with tight end Werts for a 10-yard score that sent the teams into the locker room tied at the half.

Stephenson    0          7          7          14 – 28

Tucker            0          7          7          17 – 31

T – Yaquis Shelley 53 punt return (Eric Webber kick)

S – Ari Werts 10 pass from Giovanni Weekly (Wisdom Nzidee kick)

T – Nekyle Lundie 54 pass from Joseph Farrar (Webber kick)

S – Dallas Rivers 48 run (Nzidee kick)

T – Webber 31 FG

S – Rivers 2 run (Nzidee kick)

T – Maurice Williams 12 fumble return (Webber kick)

S – Werts 45 pass from Weekly (Nzidee kick)

T – Lundie 35 pass from Farrar (Webber kick)

125 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

October 11th, 2013
10:45 pm

Tell Jab the season is not over.

stephensonfinest

October 11th, 2013
10:50 pm

No excuses ..tucker won the game..but to honest are coaches lost it im tired of them f**king up these kids game seriously..good win tucker

PBR

October 11th, 2013
10:56 pm

Jab Tucker is Number 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dboy

October 11th, 2013
11:19 pm

Jab is to cowardly to come on this blog!! LOLOLOL. How does that crow taste Jab???

Dboy

October 11th, 2013
11:20 pm

Stephensonfinest,
Your coaches didnt lose it the kids on the field did. They played tuff but came up short to the MIGHTY TIGERS of TUCKER!!

WE R TUCKER WE RUN THIS STATE!!

stephensonfinest

October 11th, 2013
11:26 pm

Yea umm huh..I guess yu see the game lol but ok its funny how are yu always on here tommy yu aint got know job do yu..save it man

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2013
11:26 pm

One of the best regular season games I’ve seen in awhile. Two heavyweights slugging it out. Both teams showed heart. Congrats to those amazing Tucker Tigers.

Camden74

October 11th, 2013
11:27 pm

JAB……Come out, come out, where ever you are! :-)

Jag Fan 2

October 11th, 2013
11:35 pm

Hey Stephensonfinest , I agree with you 100 percent, they pull that same play against MLK a couple of years ago & lost one of the most exciting games I have ever witnessed. Good game Jags we still love you on Deshon rd. I would love to know who told that kicker to kick the ball on the ground with 21 seconds left in the game!

WarEagle

October 11th, 2013
11:38 pm

Great game. If you are scared of the return in the last 20 seconds, why not just kick the ball out of bounds and put Tucker on its own 40, or at least the 50, yard line?

rwdekalb

October 11th, 2013
11:42 pm

@WarEagle. I heard that this years Marist team has a lot of sophomores and juniors in the starting line up. Can you confirm this.

stephensonfinest

October 11th, 2013
11:43 pm

WarEAgle I Said tht…screaming just kick it out of bonds ..and the game is over..I just dnt know wht there thinking sumtimes man

city slicker

October 12th, 2013
12:23 am

man best game I saw in a long time both Stephenson and tucker have classy fans and great football teams and bands wow I hate that them jaguar coaches blew it tho and all that celebrating before the last whistle blew just like the mlk game against blake tibbs and company but wish both teams along with mlk and mays luck the rest of the year bring that ship back 2 zone6 opps I mean region 6 ps jab wassup my favorite blogger don’t hold ya head down keep ya head up and bounce back typing errors I still have not come down from this game

JAG NATION SUPPORTER

October 12th, 2013
12:25 am

Congrats Tucker on a hard fought victory. JAGS keep your heads up. Your mission is still attainable.

Jacktheripper

October 12th, 2013
12:59 am

Congrats to both teams. I must say that I was impressed with Tucker’s heart. Coach Lamar is stepping up but that team is still a little undisciplined. Stephenson coaches just flat out suck. They need to call a meeting with the team and tell them they resign. Just flat out dumb. #4 for Tucker, You are THE MAN. #11 for Tucker, YOU are the man. #12 for Tucker, good hit on the qb. #32 for Tucker, You are a beast. #25 for Stephenson, you are the man. #9 for Stephenson, you are the man. #3 for Stephenson, you are the man, #1 for STephenson, you are the man. I can go on and on but these are some really good high school football players. Both teams are nice. Coach Lamar, you earned your stripes tonight. Stephenson coaches-QUIT!

Fan

October 12th, 2013
1:19 am

Jeff Haws – please get the story correct. The last Tucker TD was not a Hail Mary as you have reported. It was actually a designed pass play. Thanks

High 5

October 12th, 2013
2:31 am

Give JAB a day or two. I’m pretty sure he will be back on the blog but after that heart breaking defeat, he deserves a moment to recuperate!

This game is the reason why you need a good kicker to kick off!!!

Great game by both teams! Worth every penny!!!!!

Old Bear

October 12th, 2013
6:13 am

Great football game. Congratulations to both teams. HS football at its best.

Black1

October 12th, 2013
6:35 am

If u ride or die for your team then don’t be scared! Just like braves and birds!

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
6:58 am

All the Stephenson fans go cry a river!!

At stephensonfinest,
I am no Tommy belive you me I have a great career. I more than likely make more than you and your parents combined! Anyway that’s neither here nor there. I know you had a hard time sleeping last night waking up this morning kicking like “Dang we should have had that game” LOLOL

stephensonfinest

October 12th, 2013
7:52 am

Greay career and Dboy hmmm for sum reason tht doesn’t add up TOMMY im not upset , it was a great game sometimes the better team doesn’t win a game like this..here’s the thing tucker yur not a rival for shs its mlk ..but yu could tell tht tucker nation had a chip and stephenson it was just another game..yu would think we won state and yall had sumthing to prove to us last nite if were looking frm the outside..

Sportsnut

October 12th, 2013
8:27 am

Congrats to Tucker for a well earned victory. Wish I could have seen it in person.

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
8:34 am

Stephensonfinest,
I never said you guys were a rival. I dont think so either. Our rival is/was Marist and we were true rivals because we both have GREAT Programs that actually won state titles so you an MLK can have you little rivalry that means nothing in the grand scheme of things! Why cause both of your teams are losers who dont/never won anything of significants. LOL

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
8:39 am

Stephensonfinest,
To think that the better team didnt win is just you being in denial and I understand cause it helps you sleep at night loser! The game should have not been that close either with the refs helping yall score with one of your drives. They called 3 15yrd penalties on us to march yall down to the 10 yard line. Even the refs couldnt save yall from losing. By the way I know you upset do act. You upset that your life has not turned out the way you want it too and your team lost last night. See my Coupe ride up and down on the east side on them off set wheels and my jewlery sparkling with your daughter in my passenger side if you dont believe I truely be balling out here in these streets sucker

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
8:43 am

Stephensonfinest,
To say that it was just another game for stephenson is the most dumbest thing you said on this blog so far. You guys have 2 of our old players on your team that really wanted to beat us. Matter of fact they are the two best players on your team. You just conceiding to that excuse cause you are a loser! I never heard of the #2 team in the state or their fans say playing the #1 team in the state is just another game but just goes to show where Stephenson program is at. LOL..We will do the same to MLK this yr and then yall can play for table scraps after!! Sucka

THE TUC

October 12th, 2013
8:47 am

Stephenson was trying to onside kick it. They tried to squib kick it down the middle. The first kick was successful but Stephenson got a penalty for offsides on the kick which took them back another 5 yrds. So Tucker knew what they were doing and the guy stepped up on the squib and caught it on the 35yd line. It was just a great play by the Tucker special teams.

Stephensonfinest: Tucker may not be your biggest rival but best believe that Tucker game will be always circled on your schedule. And no it’s not that beating Stephenson feels like we won State, we know how that feels, and no that wasn’t that feeling. It was the feeling of avenging a lost from last year. So you may not feel that it is a rivalry but it will be. And it wasn’t just another game for Stephenson! It was the biggest game of the season for both teams! It was a big game last year!! You cannot down play the game because Stephenson lost. It was a classic and Tucker this year was on the winning end.

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
8:48 am

Stephensonfinest,
Now go sneak back on your managers computer to respond to my comments since you dont have access to your own electronics. Matter of fact dont do it you may get fired. Dont worry tho UPS is always hiring. Oh wait that’s who you work for now. LOLOL…Well if you get fired you can always come work for me

THE TUC

October 12th, 2013
8:49 am

Dboy: Stephenson has 3 starters on their team from Tucker. Don’t forget about the safety!!

THE TUC

October 12th, 2013
8:50 am

Correction: Stephenson was not trying to onside kick!*****

Tiger4Life

October 12th, 2013
8:52 am

GREAT GAME LAST !!!!
Congrats to the Stephenson players, they played a good tough game but someone had to lose. I honestly believe we could meet again for the 5A State Championship.

All the players and coaches at Tucker, way to play through all the way until the end. Even with 21 seconds left players were turn towards the fans yelling “IT AIN”T OVER YET” reminded me a little of the Northside game a few years ago. You guys played with heart and determination until the final whistle was blown. Extremely PROUD of every one involved from the athletes to staff and even the fans.

@JAB
AS you posted before the game, its nothing to hang your head about. This is the SEC of High school football. Losing to the #1 ranked team is nothing to be ashamed of. Stephenson’s season isn’t over by a long shot, just stay focused on your next opponent.

Gomez3000

October 12th, 2013
8:58 am

Great game by both teams. One of all time great games in Dekalb for sure. Tucker with it seems like 250 yards in penalties. Stephenson with five (should have been one more) lost turnovers. No scoring then bunches of scoring. Wow. Neither team was better than the other but someone had to win. Maybe they will meet again later in December. Again, what a great game.

stephensonfinest

October 12th, 2013
9:20 am

Dboy- please yu lost to both mlk and stephenson did yu forget my god..yu guys are finally getting sum attention because yur playing aginst stephenson…nobody cared about tucker b4 last year with two state title’s. .cum on we been the highlight of dekalb football for years ..folks are just now finding out tht tucker is in dekalb lol be honest the game was like a upset victory for tucker like the mlk game a fews years back and yu came in number one yu act like yu just won state..be honest plp didnt cum to see tucker they came to see stephenson ..last nite doesn’t change tht TOMMY also known as him down stairs

BcS2010

October 12th, 2013
9:27 am

Ok so after the game here are my impressions. 1 it was the number 1 team in ga vs the number 2 team in ga and the game was great! Both teams played great! 2. The refs were horrible. They called a penalty for big touchdowns which had a big impact on the game. When the score was 7-0 Stephenson had a big pass play where it was clear the receiver fumbled after #1 for tucker strip the ball. #3 from tucker dove for an int and the refs said he didnt catch it. So let’s be clear the game should have been 10-0 at halftime 7-0 at worst. 3 both teams have great defenses! Tucker 31 points came from a punt return, a fumble return, a Hail Mary, a play action bomb which the receiver was wide open and a field goal while Stephenson 28 points came from a Hail Mary, a run where #25 was untouched, a bomb rite before halftime which he fumble and thymes scored the next play and another run. It was a great game! 4 Stephenson is big and fast but tucker is too fast! 5 both teams have to stop giving up the big play and they could play again in the ga done!

Dboy

October 12th, 2013
9:41 am

Stephensonfinest you are a JOKE..Dont be a loser all your life. You should be use to losing the big game by now. To say people didnt care about Tucker b4 yall is just plain dumb. To say people didnt know we was in dekalb is just Dumber! We actually give credibility to the CO. I actually played football unlike yourself. I know what South GA thought about Dekalb up until SWD won it in 95 and we won it 2wice in recent history. When they talk about Dekalb football in South GA they speak highly of Tucker and talk about stephenson as a joke of a program cause yall never won anything but talk the most about how many D1 players yall put out each year (South carolina and Kentucky only). Once they get to those school they dont play anyway. You making yourself look less and less credible. We gonna revolk your blog pass with the nonsense you throwing out there. LOSER!! LOLOLOL

THE TUC

October 12th, 2013
9:51 am

Stephensonfinest: Wow really! Tucker is a joke!! SMH! Upset victory! Bro we were ranked higher than y’all both times we met! We went further than MLK and Stephenson in the Playoffs last year! No we didn’t win it all, but Northside Warner Robbins respects Tucker! And obviously you know we have 2 state titles and you were amped before the game and you wanted to have the privilege to say we beat Tucker 2 years in a row and that didn’t happen. To attempt to discredit the Tucker program and legacy is just terrible! Stephenson didn’t make us! Being one of the winningest programs in the state this Millenia made us! Winning State Titles made us! Being contenders made us!! Last night was no where near winning a state title, we know what that feels like.

rwdekalb

October 12th, 2013
10:00 am

@stephensenfinest. Your comment that this was just another game for Stephensen seems quite odd don’t you think, since region 6 teams play 9 region games, and both teams were tied for region lead and both teams goals were to try and win region title and then state title. Every game except the first game in our schedule counts towards that goal. Thank god the Stephensen team played like they were trying to achieve those goals and not like it was just another game. This was a great game that someone had to lose. But it was not just another game sir.

5AReg6Fan

October 12th, 2013
10:10 am

Well this one lived up to ALL the hype and worth the price of admission. You couldn’t ask for a more entertaining HS football game. This one will be talked about for years.

Both teams will need to address the showing of emotions to advance to the goal of 2013 State Champion. If this is corrected, this might not be the last match up between the two, in 2013.

I said this comment in previous posts, the game will come down to coaching and it did.

IMO, Stephenson should still be ranked #2, this year’s version of the Jags will be a VERY difficult opponent to beat.

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

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

BcS2010

October 12th, 2013
10:19 am

When u talk about Georgia high school football nobody would talk about Stephenson before tucker… That comment was dumb!

The scary thing is that out of the tucker touchdown #4 scored 1 and he is a junior and #11 scored 2 and he is a junior! Tucker will be back next year also!! Not to forget #20 a great junior as well

BcS2010

October 12th, 2013
10:20 am

Amost forgot #23 the RB is a sophomore l

itsonlywrite

October 12th, 2013
10:23 am

I still cant believe Stephenson scored with under 2 minutes left when they didnt have the ball.. and then I cant believe that Tucker scored again. I left the game round that time thinking the game was over.. wow. Stephenson might have lost, but they didnt get beat. Both teams were going back and forth. If there was more time, Stephenson probably would have scored again and so would have Tucker. That field goal made all the difference. And oh yeah, if I didnt learn anything from going to that game, I at least know that you cant walk through the band section when they arent there…. you will get cussed out LITERALLY. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

Tiger4Life

October 12th, 2013
11:25 am

@itsonlywrite

Did you check out the DB play for Tucker, 4 int’s and one dropped. #4 was cramping up when that last touchdown was caught by #3.
You should have learn something from that.

Tiger4Life

October 12th, 2013
11:27 am

It was awesome seeing the white shirts with my tag line I started about 4 years ago

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

SHS ALUM

October 12th, 2013
11:39 am

COACHING….COACHING…..COACHING………..COME ON REGGIE SR WHERE ARE YOU WITH YOUR SHAME THE DEVIL TALKS NOW…YOU NEED TO HAVE A TALK WITH LIL REGGIE AND TELL HIM TO GET HIS HEAD OUT OF HIS BUTT…HE COME TO ALL THE MEETINGS SAYING I PLAYED ON THIS LEVEL AND ALL THIS BUT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU DOING WHAT YOU DID AT GA. TECH WHICH WAS NOTHING……..STEPHENSON IS LOADED WITH TALENT AGAIN AND REGGIE BALL HAS DONE NOTHING DIFFERENT FROM COACH GARTRELL…HE RAN POWER-I AND THE SAME RUN GAME 100 TIMES AND REGGIE JUST THROWS THE DEEP BALL TO #1..ITS GOING TO TAKE A WHITE COACH TO COME IN AND WIN THE BIG GAMES….I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT TUCKER DESERVE THE WIN BUT STEPHENSON COACHES JUST FLAT OUT DROP THE BALL…BUT I WILL NOT LEAVE AND LET COACH DONALD SELLER OFF THE HOOK, DEFENSE PLAYED WELL BUT WHEN THE GAME GETS TIGHT YOUR BUTT GETS TIGHT!!!!..LAST YEAR M.L.K..THE YEAR B 4 THAT WE WAS WINNING BY 20+ POINTS AND AFTER HALF YOU WENT WITH A 3-4 DEFENSE AND THEY CAME BACK TO WIN 50-49….WITH 20 SECONDS WHERE WAS DEFENSE AT, DID U NOT THEY WAS GOING TO THROW THE BALL…LAST BUT NEVER LEAST…COACH COREY SPECIAL TEAMS….HOW MANY MORE DO WE HAVE TO GO THRU FOR YOU TO LEARN WHAT CALL TO MAKE????…STICK TO GETTING KIDS TO TRANSFER TO S.H.S BUT THE CRAZY PART IS YOU NEVER DO ANYTHING WITH THEM, THEY COME READY ( D. RIVERS & C.RIVERS ) GO FIND SOME COACHES TO REPLACE YALL!!!!!! IS YOUR NEW ROLL

Atlblueprint

October 12th, 2013
11:50 am

Stephenson better be ready ready for MLK and mays

J

October 12th, 2013
12:04 pm

@Stephensonsfinest …. You really mean you didn’t care about Tucker before tonight!! Tucker has been on the map so I don’t what planet you moved to earth from? And more so than that…. You not caring about Tucker may not be true statement either because we are a contender… and you (in spite of that dumb comment) know that.

Tiger4Life

October 12th, 2013
12:10 pm

BTW #20 for Stephenson played a heck of a game. He had at least 3 shoe string touchdown saving tackles.

@Jacktheripper

I told you before we don’t need you jumping on the bandwagon. We only want true fans who bleed Maroon&Gold. You just like the so called Falcons fans that pay $1800 for season tickets just to say I knew they was going to lose. Why show up and cheer? If Tucker is the program you pull for go 100% for your team. Every game is winnable. Keep your negative thoughts to yourself, they won’t help the team, it will only hinder what they are striving for.
I ran into an old classmate who’s little brother transferred to SHS. He said he told him “I love you, but don’t expect me to cheer you when you play Tucker”
And to address the comment you posted on the other blog. I have four boys which are all under the age of 7. I graduated with coach Lamar, were not OLD like you. I think that’s your problem, you think you know football and can do a better job, jealousy that’s what it is. Go cheer for your old high school, not Tucker.

stephensonfinest

October 12th, 2013
12:31 pm

Dboy …yu say they go to school and play or anything but national championship get drafted ..how manycurrent players does tucker have yu better do yur research b4 yu comment sbout wht south ga and tucker think happens when our kids leave school tommy aka him down stairs..yur a joke tucker is now getting the credit they deserve because dekalb co football is Stephenson and yu half to cum through us for yur just do..prove it yu say okkk..every year wht team is always got stories in ajc with no title’s and still the biggest topic tht everyone’s wants to talk about..yu guess it Stephenson point blank period plp either hate us or love us but all love to talk about us lol
WE ARE GEORGIA

stephensonfinest

October 12th, 2013
12:32 pm

And dnt play or anything

stephensonfinest

October 12th, 2013
12:38 pm

Working sorry for my mistakes on here guys

Ducker

October 12th, 2013
1:01 pm

@bcs2010… #23 might be a sophomore, but he is 17. He wont be elgible his senior year by Ga high school rules.