Peachtree Ridge 59, Lassiter 20

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

What had all the makings of a thrilling shootout turned into a one-horse race as visiting Peachtree Ridge pulled away from Lassiter in a Class AAAAAA first-round playoff game. A wild first quarter featured five touchdowns, with Peachtree Ridge recovering from a 14-7 deficit to lead 21-14.

The Trojans treated their fans to a quick start as Will Anderson hit Quincy Perdue with a 37-yard scoring strike to go ahead 7-0 just 23 seconds into the game. Anderson threw three touchdown passes in the first half, two of which went to Perdue. Blake Wilson hauled in the second one from 26 yards out on a fourth-down play. Anderson finished the night 26 of 54 through the air for 299 yards to go along with his three scores.

Success, however, was short-lived for Lassiter. Peachtree Ridge extended its advantage to 38-20 at halftime thanks in part to a streak of 24 unanswered points. Lions’ running back Jordan Ellis rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the first two quarters. He shared the wealth enough for Malik Robinson to score on a 14-yard reverse, giving Peachtree Ridge a 28-14 lead early in the second quarter. Ellis’ third touchdown came in the form of a 78-yard jaunt to put the Lions ahead 38-14.

Before Ellis and other starters exited midway through the third quarter, he found the endzone on two other occasions to break his own school record and set a new mark of six rushing touchdowns. Ellis wrapped up his effort with 262 yards on 23 carries.

Tyler Campbell also got in on the action for the Lions, catching a swing pass from Chance Thrasher then taking it 65 yards to the endzone. Evan Pantels added a 44-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to extend Peachtree Ridge’s lead to 31-14.

24 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
11:17 pm

Congratulations on the win Ridge.

slim065

November 16th, 2013
12:23 am

Lassiter just couldn’t deal with the size of PTR on both lines…as well as the blitz package that PTR was running. It made the Lassiter screen game pretty much ineffective.

Trojans had a lot of dropped passes too that didn’t help extend drives as well.

Hopefully there are no knee-jerk reactions to this (or last year) losing in the 1st round. While Lassiter may have been the higher seed, almost everyone picked PTR. I thought it would be much closer, but PTR just imposed their will in the trenches.

Congrats to PTR on advancing. They may have a 4 next to their name in a bracket, but that is a team that can go very, very far.

Congrats to Lassiter for winning their region when most thought they couldn’t. Just have to look forward to a hopefully bright future. Going to graduate over 30 seniors from the program, but there is a lot of talent behind them that has the potential to do some very special things at Lassiter!

Trojan2017

November 16th, 2013
9:37 am

I agree Slim065. PTR had it’s way with us in the trenches. Offensively, I though things were going well for us early on, and then they started to bring the pressure. We didn’t have a lot of time to throw after that, but not because the line wasn’t blocking. They were bringing more than we could block. That being said, you have man coverage across the board, and I thought we should have stretched the field with Quincy Purdue more often. We had a formula that worked which was throw it deep to Quincy when we had man coverage. I know he hurt his ankle atone point, but he STILL ran past the corner after the injury on a deep route that ended up being overthrown. I also noticed we had a double-move route called…… That was a sack waiting to happen because we didn’t have time for double moves with them bringing the house. Defensively, they ran two plays. Jordan Ellis left and Jordan Ellis right. They didn’t need to turn the page in their playbook because we couldn’t stop their base plays. They ran right behind whichever side their FB #38 was lined up. If he was right, they ran right…..if he was left they ran left….. right through the A gap. I would have liked to see a formation adjustment and bring in more beef so that we could “hopefully” stop the run and put the game in the hands of our DBs. I don’t even remember them running a stretch play to Ellis, although their QB did pull a few on the read-option look. Either way, GREAT SEASON TROJANS! REGION CHAMPS! Let this loss motivate you throughout your offseason, in the weight room, on the field, in film, and anywhere else you’re training. Lineman…..get an extra meal or two per day and GET YOUR BUTTS IN THE WEIGHT ROOM WITH MISSION EACH TIME because THOSE are the size lineman coming out of the top regions in AAAAAA. Good luck to Peachtree Ridge going forward.

slim065

November 16th, 2013
10:01 am

Reg 7 especially seems to always have those size guys consistently across the line. Reg 1 probably does too. Other regions seem to go in waves.

Agreed witht he deep routes but not sure if there was the time to develope those, especially in the 2nd and most of the 3rd.

No matter what they had a better than expected season. Sucks to go out that way, but hopefully it motivates the underclass guys to help take the program to the next step of being a consistent threat late into the playoffs.

Trojan2017

November 16th, 2013
10:52 am

Slim065: they have 3k+ to 4k+ students at all of those Gwinnett schools. It’s tough to find that many big guys with half the enrollment, Think if we combined Kell and Lassiter or McEachern and Hillgrove…..scary. Education is first in Cobb so every time we hit 2100 with the exception of Walton (2600 students) webuild another school. I justheard the are building a school in Gwinnett that is supposed to handle 6k kids and will combine S Gwinnett and some other school…. I think Banniker but don’t quote me on Banniker.

Concerned

November 16th, 2013
11:09 am

Trojan2017, I don’t know that PTR HAS another page in their playbook. It sounds crazy but they have not run a stretch play all year! Although in this particular game, the old axiom “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies. Give credit to the Lions coaches for making adjustments after that debacle of a North Gwinnett game last week. They will need to continue to open up the playbook with the aforementioned outside running plays and find ways to GET MYRON BURTON #3 THE BALL especially down the field. He is one of the best wr in the state, but has been woefully under-utilized this year. He, along with #15 Johnson, #6 Campbell, and #14 Robinson form the most explosive receiving corps in the state. Use them to open up the field vertically, and continue to use Ellis inside AND OUT, and The Ridge will be tough to beat.

Football Dad

November 16th, 2013
11:24 am

And for that reason Is why we need to have a 7AAAAAAA for those super schools like Norcross, Mill Creek, Collin Hill. Why and how are school with 2100 Student enrollment suppose to compete with these super high schools. My kid plays for Lovejoy we have about 2120 on a good day. But we make the playoff and we play against small university. Our kids go to some of these schools and there athletic complex is better then our school.

Delbert_D

November 16th, 2013
11:29 am

@Trojan2017 “Education is first in Cobb so every time we hit 2100 with the exception of Walton (2600 students) webuild another school.”

Absolutely right, and for a long time. My daughter is a Lassiter grad, and my son is a Pope grad.

slim065

November 16th, 2013
12:03 pm

@Trojan2017: I agree when PTR has about 1k+ more kids than Lassiter (not sure any school in Gwinnett is at 4k, I know a couple are in the 3500+ range though) it is easier to find a few of the bigger bodies for the trenches. I hope no one takes your statement as an excuse though. It is just a fact when you have more students your chances of having those big lineman, etc go up. Lassiter competed for the first quarter, but that 2nd quarter killed them. Both teams looked like they had about the same number of players on the sidelines, just the size advantage was very apparent for PTR.

My biggest complaint when they opened Kell a decade ago was that Lassiter had/still has the space to add a building to accommodate another 1500+ kids. That has slowly been taken up by the concert hall, new tennis courts, etc. But combine some of the kids Kell and Lassiter has onto the same team and it would be something.

Jay

November 16th, 2013
1:42 pm

You can talk about the number of kids at the gwinnett schools, but when you look at the demographics of Ptree ridge and Collins hill I think you will find the number of pontential football players to be about the same as schools with 2k kids. A lot of Asian and Hispanic students that don’t have much interest in football. Collins hill has a rather smallish o-line, but they are smart and tough. I have a lot of respect for the Cobb schools and i was very surprised the scores.

Jay

November 16th, 2013
1:43 pm

Most of the kids from Ptree ridge came from N. Gwinnett and Collins hill.

insight

November 16th, 2013
1:48 pm

@Concerned: Good observation on PTR’s offensive potential. Watched the game friday night and it appeared to me that PTR made a better attempt to to get #3 the ball against Lassiter but mostlty short stuff with a few toss sweeps. #3 is an exceptional talent and a huge weapon. Hard to figure out why they don’t go vertical more often facing 0 coverage. Maybe pass protection??? What stands out to me is on the other side. Looking at #15’s YAC and total yards on so few attempts tells me he’s a big play waiting to happen. He needs more opportunites which opens the other side up for #3 and #6 and the run game.
# 1 and the offensive line are the foundation but a vertical passing game will allow them to score on defenses who stop the run and defend the screen pass well.
Agreed, Thier WR group is probably the best in state but lack of a vertical attack which makes thier offense very one dimensional.

Trojan2017

November 16th, 2013
2:58 pm

@Concerned: I don’t know if they have more to their playbook or not, but they didn’t need it if they did. That was the simplest play calling I’ve seen all year… maybe ever, but it’s exactly what you said, “If it ain’t broke”.

@slim065: I hope it’s not taken as an excuse. It is a reason, but it is what it is….. certainly not an excuse though.

@Jay: I understand your argument about the enrollment vs the football population, but let’s be honest, we have a lot of kids that are playing instruments not sports, and this area doesn’t have the highest concentration of parental athletic pedigree either. Enrollment matters. That’s why they have classifications in the first place.

I will agree that the WRs appeared to be very athletic. I’m not sure how they were used in other games this season, but they weren’t needed last night so don’t judge your coaches on that game. I don’t judge mine on that game, and we didn’t have our best one by far.

slim065

November 16th, 2013
4:04 pm

@Trojan2017: Agree with the instrument/fine arts aspect of Lassiter. I was in the band program when I was there and when you have about 20-25% of you school pop involved in band/orchestra/chorus/drama it cuts down on the athlete numbers. And a lot of the kids play more than 1 sport…some playing up to 3.

I was susprised they didn’t throw it more, but like has been said if the running game wasn’t going to struggle… If Lassiter could have stopped a couple of those early long runs, and they were close to having him tackled a couple times for minimal to no gain, I don’t think we see the blowout.

Just gives the Trojans something to strive for next year and put in even more work in the weight room and film room in the off season.

East Cobb Dad

November 16th, 2013
10:18 pm

Have they caught the Peachtree Ridge kids that vandalized our school, yet? Cobb County did a good job removing the vulgar graffitti painted on the field before the game went on air.

Lassiter Fan

November 16th, 2013
10:40 pm

Great comments guys. Did you see the size of the PTR the offensive tackle #78? He walked by me as we were entering the stadium and he was at least 6-7 and had to be over 300 lbs. I don’t care how many students you have in your district, there are not that many 17 year old kids that size?

slim065

November 17th, 2013
12:47 am

Yeah, #78 for PTR is going to Tennessee and they ahd him listed as 6′ 8” and about 340. What is amazing is on tv they said he was up over 400 just a year or 2 ago. Imagine what he is going to look like when he gets into a college strength program…

JD

November 17th, 2013
6:17 pm

He is a good kid. The dad of #78 was the Orlando Brown, O-Lineman in the NFL maybe ten years ago that was hit in the eye by the refs flag. He past away a couple of years ago. Played for the browns. He is a good kid.

Trojan2017

November 17th, 2013
7:18 pm

@JD, I heard the same. He was around 450, and he did a great job of getting into shape to play football. He didn’t appear to be their best O-lineman to me, but with that size, what coach wouldn’t think they could just create a football player out of him. I know I would…..

Fred

November 17th, 2013
8:17 pm

Trojan2017 said “I justheard the are building a school in Gwinnett that is supposed to handle 6k kids and will combine S Gwinnett and some other school…. I think Banniker but don’t quote me on Banniker.” I think you heard wrong. There are no plans that I know of for anything like that and I live 3 miles from S Gwinnett. Further there is no school in Gwinnett at any level with a name that is even close to Banniker. It sounds like someone was either jealous of our size or trying to explain away something. Just because a school is larger, once you get to a certain size I don’t know that bigger is better. In fact, there are a lot of issues with being so big.

Georgia Ftbll

November 17th, 2013
11:41 pm

The Alpharetta Raiders will host Collins Hill this friday. Although Alpharetta is the 1 seed, Collins Hill is the favorite to win. Im picking Alpharetta of Collins Hill in my upset of the week. AHS is lead by a lethal passing offensive along with one of the top defenses in the state led by Bryce Grauss and Andrew Butcher. Look for Alpharetta to make a run and stir things up in the 6A playoffs

BulldogsStillBite

November 18th, 2013
7:33 am

NG smoked that PTR line…it wasn’t even close. 44-7 and the reserves hit the field with about 11:00 minutes to go in the game. Ellis ran for 200 yds less against us, and most of that was on reserves. It was by no means a perfect game for NG, but they showed they are a good team. Having said that, Collins Hill will have to fall on their face to lose Friday; this will be by far the biggest challenge they have seen this season. I am surprised MC has been allowed to get this big (3700+); when NG hit 3200, Lanier was being built; they are now around 2600. If size was all that mattered, Berkmar, Meadow Creek and Central Gwinnett would be in the playoffs every year…

BulldogsStillBite

November 18th, 2013
7:35 am

The “they” I refer to in my previous post is Alpharetta…

Sportsnut

November 18th, 2013
11:56 am

Andrew Butcher is a baller. He plays very well along the line of scrimmage. Good instincts. Flows to the ball with violent intent.