Class AAAAA: Creekside, Tucker facts and figures

Class AAAAA Title Game (8:30 p.m. Friday)

Creekside (14-0) vs. Tucker (14-0)

Overview: The Creekside Seminoles are making their first appearance in a state final and trying to become the first team from south Fulton County to win a title since Palmetto in 1983. Creekside opened in 1990 as a merger of Palmetto and Campbell-Fairburn. The Seminoles’ previous best season was in 2000, when they went 13-1 and lost in the semifinals. … The Tucker Tigers are trying to join Avondale and Lakeside as the only DeKalb County schools to claim three state championships. Tucker won titles in 2008 and 2011 and is 23-4 in the playoffs since last missing the postseason in 2006.

Creekside season: The season got off to a tragic start for Creekside when starting defensive back De’Antre Turman died of injuries suffered in a preseason scrimmage. The Seminoles came back two weeks later to beat Hughes 16-14 and have rolled ever since, winning by at least 15 points in 12 of the next 13 games. Creekside has dedicated its season to Turman.

Tucker season: Tucker went 10-0 in the regular season for the 14th time in school history and won its 15th region championship, including eight in the past 13 years. The Tigers had close calls in the regular season against Stephenson (31-28) and Mays (16-11) and rallied from an early 14-0 deficit last week to oust defending champion Gainesville.

Creekside strength: Creekside has a fairly balanced offense that runs for 214.4 yards and passes for 181 yards per game. But the Seminoles are better known for a defense that finished third in Class AAAAA in fewest points allowed during the regular season, giving up 11.4 per game. They have held 10 of 14 opponents to two touchdowns or less.

Tucker strength: The Tigers like to run the ball. No player has more than 716 yards, but the Tigers average 232 yards rushing while attempting only about seven passes per game. Tucker finished the regular season ranked seventh in Class AAAAA in scoring defense, allowing 13.9 points and giving up more than 14 just twice.

Creekside’s top players: Dexter Knox (1,314 yards, 22 touchdowns) and Bricen Terry (1,243 yards, 16 TDs) both surpassed 1,000 yards rushing, and quarterback Felix Harper passed for 2,358 yards and 35 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Brothers Elliott (LB/RB) and Evan (DB/WR) Berry have committed to Tennessee. LB Chris Collins leads the team in tackles by a wide margin and has offers from several FCS schools.

Tucker’s top players: The Tigers’ top senior college prospects all come from the defense. They include LB Detrick Dukes (committed to Georgia), DB Kirk Tucker (Stanford), and LB Justin Hughes, the team’s leading tackler. Yaquis Shelley (135 yards receiving, six interceptions, four kick-return touchdowns), Elijah Sullivan (45 tackles, eight sacks, 694 yards rushing) and Dominick Sanders (eight interceptions, 572 yards rushing) are dangerous on both sides of the ball.

On Creekside: “They’ve got some really big guys up front. They can just come out there and wall you off. The running backs are really talented, and then you’ve got to respect everything else. They kind of spread you out, and then they’re going to run the football. I think that’s what they do best.” – Whitewater coach Amos McCreary, whose team lost to Creekside 27-23 on Oct. 18 in the regular season. McCreary was Creekside’s head coach from 1993-2002.

On Tucker: “They’re the fastest team we played all year. Their closing speed on defense is just … their back seven are just so fast. There were a couple of times we felt if we had been playing anybody else we would have had touchdowns, but they didn’t work out to be touchdowns against them. That was the biggest thing. Their team speed is just tremendous.” – East Paulding coach Chuck Goddard, whose team lost to Tucker 16-13 in the second round of the playoffs.

AJC pick: Creekside 21, Tucker 20

208 comments Add your comment

tucker94

December 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

this is going to be a great game

SHS Jags c/o 2009

December 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

Creekside is going to wipe the turf of the GA Dome with Tucker. Tucker’s play calling on offense and their offensive line will finally fail them for good this time. And on the biggest stage. They got lucky against us, mays, East Paulding and Gainesville. They will not be so lucky against Creekside. Their OC and Their OL will thank themselves for letting that entire team down.

Friday will be oh so lovely.

TUCKFAN2

December 11th, 2013
1:38 pm

Former MLK Band Mom

December 11th, 2013
1:55 pm

I’m with Tucker All The Way … Represent South DeKalb Well!

Steve-O

December 11th, 2013
2:14 pm

SHS…Jealous much?

tucker94

December 11th, 2013
2:20 pm

@Steve-0 why would anyone take advice from the Stephenson peanut Gallery especially from the Tucker Camp. As far as I am concerned they are the last ones who need to be giving advice to any team. There is nothing worse than a Loser who does not know he is a loser. Well The OC for Tucker was good enough to beat SHS and everybody else this year; so the coaching staff at THS gets my vote. People act like hating on Tucker Makes your team better !!!! not

rwdekalb

December 11th, 2013
2:21 pm

@SHS Jags c/o 2009. Why so much hate. So Tucker beat the 4 playoff teams you named by luck. Wow. Well you know a great team will somehow put themselves in a position to take advantage of what the opposing team gives them. Tucker shows up win or lose no matter the competition that’s part of the reason they are probably the most respected program in the metro area. Stephenson on the other hand, plays well during regular season, gets a lot of fans hopes up then loses in an embarrasing way in playoffs. While at Tucker playoff game earlier this year some fans were checking other game scores on their phone and when someone said N Paulding was leading Stephenson 28-0 in first quarter everyone just shook their heads at another horrible loss for Stephenson. Like I said Tucker shows up win or lose and represent their team and community in a way Stephenson has yet to learn. You lost to Tucker so now you want another team to do what you could not. Wow.

TuckerD

December 11th, 2013
2:31 pm

SHS 2009 – dude go some where with all that foolishness you to old for that. i think your problem is more with how Stephenson has performed in the playoffs every yr, take that up with the coaches man don’t come on our blog with your jealousy.

The Tigers will be ready to take down the Seminoles.

Realist123

December 11th, 2013
2:38 pm

@SHS, wake up! Creekside is playing Tucker, not Stephenson.

There you go dreaming again, but you have your teams mixed up. The one in your dream is wearing blue and black and is still choking on a “North Paulding Seagle Touchdown”……………………and is also in b-ball season.

Your wish shall not come true! Get him @MLReigns.

CREEKSIDE-THE NOLES

December 11th, 2013
2:38 pm

TUCKER won’t be able to can’t HANDLE IT………

WELCOME TO THE NEWNESS………NOLES FOOTBALL

CREEKSIDE-THE NOLES

December 11th, 2013
2:40 pm

TUCKER can’t HANDLE IT……

NOLES FOOTBALL COMING FOR YOU……..

tucker94

December 11th, 2013
2:55 pm

This is probably the most talented Tucker Team Ever..I played with Patrick Pass. These RB dont have the big stat #’s because they use 3 Rb that usally only play the 1st half. I have never seen a Tiger Team like this BEND…..but did not break on offense and defense in the 4th qtr. Also shutting down the Top Qb in the state; when they said we did not have a secondary earlier in the season. This creekside team looks like the “Tigers” evil Twin on both sides of the ball. It is going to come down to penalties and inches.. Trust and Believe the Tiger camp is not scared “But WE DAM SURE RESPECT THE ENEMY”..Dont get it twisted

5AReg6Fan

December 11th, 2013
3:18 pm

My two posts on another blog, seems appropriated for this tread:

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Here we go, anther crab in the basket. These comments are why many in DeKalb football struggle to get out of the 1st and 2nd round. Thank Tucker for the new uniforms and equipment the Jaguars will receive, because if it’s was left to Stephenson, ALL of DeKalb’s football teams would be lacking. The most important factor, for the next couple of years in Jaguar football – “No Tucker to rain on their sunshine”. Man, go take a nap like a kindergartner.

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If you are a DeKalb fan, a 5A Region 6 fan and can’t support the ONLY team left, then Tucker does not need your support and crazy comments. Stay off the blogs and GOOD LUCK next year, because you will need it. Which team has brought our schools, kids, and communities’ recognition? My 2014 support goes out to the Lions of MLK. OMG, certain bloggers are STILL living in the past, which is what got them an EARLY exit in the 2013 playoff and possible past championship runs – GET A GRIP!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER” – Another Final Appearance!!!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
3:29 pm

2 Former and 1 present coach at Tucker are all coaching in the State Championship games!!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
3:31 pm

4 former head or assist coaches from Tucker have won State Championships in the last 5 yrs…Frank Stephens, Terry Crowder-Chattahoochee, Maloof-Norcross, Lamar-Tucker. The Program is in a really good place right now..Breed Champions..Get this Terry Crowder and Maloof coached Brian Lamar at Tucker High School. Terry and Frank coached together and won a State Championship at Camden. That’s CRAZY!!

THEHILLISREAL

December 11th, 2013
3:32 pm

@5AReg6 I would agree any year except this one, there are alot kids on both teams that played together at the same parks in lil league or the MAYFl. So if not your team , you probably neutral on this one. I do know this the Tucker lions lost to some of these Creekside playerd for Frank Ski bowl, doubt they want lose to ship to Westside.

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
3:32 pm

Tucker94 that means me and you played on the same team in 94!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
3:37 pm

Thehillsisreal..I do believe that a lot of people on this blog are trying to equate the Frankski bowl when these guys were kids to now..This is totally different. Only a few on this Tucker team played in that game. Plus they were kids back then. They are young men now and have been coached up tremendously!! Guarantee when we stop Knox and Brice game will be over!! If Creekside have any turnovers it’s a wrap..

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
3:38 pm

@Chip saye your prediction is wrong Sir!!.. 24-13 Tucker

tucker94

December 11th, 2013
4:00 pm

@DBOY So You know exactly what i am saying about the Talent of this particular team is impressive. I am talking going back atleast 20 – 25 years. If they win, to me they will be the GOAT. I was not impressed with the 2011 team for some reason.

Mr. CoachPhil

December 11th, 2013
4:06 pm

Creekside D too too much for Tucker

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
4:07 pm

@Tucker94..I really liked that 2008 team that won it all. Johnathan Davis lead that team! This 2013 defense is really good tho. The 2011 offense was better.. We had some good teams in 94 & 95.. It’s hard to say which team is the GOAT. If you go by Championships then it either 2008 or 2011. When we win fir then this team will be mention as well.

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
4:09 pm

When we win it all fri this 2013 team will be mentioned as well

5AReg6Fan

December 11th, 2013
4:10 pm

@THEHILLISREAL – I understand your caution on this marquee matchup between Creekside and Tucker. As one of the coaches for the Tucker Lions and on the sideline of the 2009 Frank Skii bowl, Ben Hill was an exceptional youth team, fast and big. But the boys of this year’s 2013 Tucker Tigers are looking for revenge. Not only the kids who currently wear the Maroon and Gold, but there will be kids, who will play Saturday for Norcross that wore the Green/Black/White of the Lions of Tucker who will be in support of their past teammates. I am honored to have the past opportunity of witness kids for that era, play for what many, could only dream – HS football Championship. Lastly, as I have said in other blogs, Westlake had ALL the talent available and dropped the ball. Tucker youth football is still as strong as ever, and Tucker Nation will be fine for years to come. Again, I say to ALL of 5A region 6, you are with us, or you can be ran over – Compliments of Tiger4Life.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – Another Final Appearance!!!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
4:11 pm

Mr. CoachPhil you obviously haven’t seen 1 Tucker game this yr…Creekside’s region is a joke and you guys have played nobody in the playoffs

fan atl

December 11th, 2013
4:25 pm

UGA need to offer Shelley right now

5AReg6Fan

December 11th, 2013
4:28 pm

@tucker94 & Dboy – I would agree that this year’s 2013 Tigers can be slotted as ONE of the best to wear the moron and gold, but Tucker has had MANY other teams that could have brought the championship back to LaVista Rd. Not only the 2008 team, but the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, and not let’s forget the teams with Brandon Lang and Thomas Brown, within the last 20+ years. The 2007 team was the setup team to what we Tucker fans have come to know – State Championships, they were one quarter away from Tucker’s FIRST championship team and Coach Lamar was the DC.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – Another Final Appearance!!!

5AReg6Fan

December 11th, 2013
4:38 pm

@fan atl – Would agree, that UGA should offer #4 for Tucker. It’s been know, that UGA doesn’t close/offer their back door, look at what happen with #4 from Gainesville. Johnny come lately will keep you out of the SEC championship game – just my opinion!!!

“WE ARE TUCKER” – Another Final Appearance!!!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
4:54 pm

@5AReg6Fan..yea we know all about those teams! We are happy that we laid the foundation to what the fans know as Tucker football today. We were those 1st minorities kids to come play for the park at Fitzgerald. Trey Hurst got tired of us whooping tucker every year so he decided to come get us to play. From then on the park was unstoppable! After that we went to the High School and became the 1st team to go 13-1 and 12-1 in consecutive seasons. Went to the Semis and lost but we were really close ourselves. We made it popular to play at Fitzgerald and Tucker High School.

Creekside-Dad

December 11th, 2013
5:09 pm

December 11th, 2013
2:14 pm

Earlier this week while going over Ch.1 the question was asked if we can throw. Please take out your paper and pens………The Seminoles’ Felix Harper is 161-for-239 passing (a mere 67% completion rate) for 2,358 yards with 35 touchdowns and just FOUR interceptions. Tucker’s Farrar has thrown for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns and attempts less than seven passes per game.

Any questions about Creekside’s throwing ability and Note: The QB is in the 10th grade.

Extra Credit will be given to the student who can answer this question: What team did Coach Lamar lose to in his final game of his high school career?

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:21 pm

Creekside-Dad I already mention that during coach Lamar Sr Year at Tucker he lost to Creekside when Enrique was the QB there. That’s why this game will be Sweet revenge for him personally…

Here is a Extra Credit Question for you..After that Creekside win did Creekside go on to win a State Title?? Don’t worry I’ll wait..Lol

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:24 pm

By the way I also mention that Creekside has a weak region and plays no one worth mentioning. So your QB numbers are fudged quite a bit!! I bet you don’t want the game to come down to him slinging the rock around now do…Farrar can throw that ball we just choose to run it more..Did I mention that he will be 2nd QB that Tucker puts into Harvard??? He could go to a lot of Schools in the country but u can’t turn down Harvard!!

Macho

December 11th, 2013
5:29 pm

Gotta love this! All my noles family Friday 8:30 #letseat

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:30 pm

@Creekside Dad-The only advantage I see Creekside having is the OL. Y’all have sum big boys there but we will see how good can they move. You guys lucky Elisha Shaw with hold offers from Ala,UGA, Auburn ect ect isn’t playing or your OL wouldn’t be a advantage. But as it stands they are your only advantage

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:35 pm

48 hrs left till all the Creekside supports and fans become Creekside apologist and being real congratulatory towards “THA HIGH” which is the nickname we gave TUCKER 17 yrs ago!! Don’t believe me to ask all the teams that we beat up after they thought they had a shot

WE R TUCKER
BELIEVE IN THE “T”

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:36 pm

A little more than 48hrs but y’all get my drift..lol

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
5:46 pm

TUCKER WILL BE PLAYING IN THE KELL CLASSIC NEXT YR AGAINST EITHER N. GWINNETT OR NORCROSS. Yes Sir!! 1st yr in the state’s largest classification and we already getting the respect we deserve!! PRIMETIME BABY 8:30 pm..LETS WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP AND LEAVE 5A with a BANG

WE R TUCKER
BELIEVE IN THE “T”

bh

December 11th, 2013
6:29 pm

@tucker94- Please don’t get this trash talking twisted. We damn sure respect the Tucker Tigers Program. You are a Model Program. That’s big ish for your QB to get into Harvard. Why is your DL not playing? I hope that it’s nothing serious.

TUC2003

December 11th, 2013
7:20 pm

First off! Great article by AJC on the team comparisons!! Also I love the inspired football played by Creekside. I hate to say it, but the Creekside story has made me a fan. I have not seen Creekside play personally but I have been watching film on these guys and they are good! However I bleed Maroon & Gold not Burgundy & Gold. (Website says there colors are Burgundy & Gold) I am very anxious to see how this one plays out. I believe this will be a low scoring game, and I believe special teams will play a big part of this game. I believe this game and 6A championship will be the most interesting and intriguing!! The crazy thing is that 2 other coaches with ties to Tucker will be playing for it all this weekend as well. I am just excited for a great weekend of football. My prediction: Of Course Tucker!!! 13-7!

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
7:40 pm

@bh Elisha hurt his Neck in fall camp. He hasn’t played all yr..I think it’s precautionary so he won’t ruined his college career before it starts. Sure wish he would suite up for this game..

TuckerD

December 11th, 2013
8:10 pm

@bh & Creekside-Dad – what grade is #72 OL he is huge? Almost as big as that Mays O-Lineman

Mr. CoachPhil

December 11th, 2013
8:15 pm

1 thing for sure everybody– This will be the highest rated TV game in Ga football history. We talkn trash but Dboy we gonna see a helluva game.

Mr. CoachPhil

December 11th, 2013
8:16 pm

@lovejoy2013football keep shawty name out yo mouth. Don’t ever disrespect the dead.

Mr. CoachPhil

December 11th, 2013
8:18 pm

I ain’t like Tucker since Patrick Pass put Therrell out the playoffs. lol

Mr. CoachPhil

December 11th, 2013
8:25 pm

Tucker congrats on being selected to the Corky Kell Classic.

Creekside-Dad

December 11th, 2013
8:25 pm

@lovejoy2013football fall back homie wit da slick talk. This aint what you want. Better find ya self some SAFE to do.

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
8:29 pm

@Mr. Coach Phil..Then u hate me cause I played a BIG part in that game to seal Therrell’s fate. Lol

Dboy

December 11th, 2013
8:32 pm

Lovejoy20013football..That was cold my dog. That’s the same thing people gonna say when u die homie..U just want sum attention but that’s the wrong way to get it

Creekside-Dad

December 11th, 2013
8:38 pm

@Dboy that’s good tht you QB is going to Harvard i have a cousin that attended Marist get into Harvard. Very good. Tell the young fellow if he need a firm to intern at holla at Creekside Dad. I love the kids. But you keep talking about opponents i’d pay $100k to see yall play Harris Co. them country boys’ll put a whooping on ya arse. So cool out with the we aint played nobody. We just whooped whosomever was on the other side of the ball. you’ll see but Dboy i heard about the Syephenson game. LIKE YALL WOULD SAY ON THAT SIDE OF TOWN “Come on shawdy” PURE LUCK. And to be honest your star CB the one who gave up the Touchdown with :20 left in the game. To close for comfort. And please stop with the excuses that was an emotional game and the kids know each other. No way if you State Champs you leave all that doubt on the field.

Now let me get this straight. And bh help me out. Yall mean to tell me that the kids on Tucker team lost to Ben Hill when they was in Little League and some of the other boys on the team lost to Fairburn. man come on stop kidding yourself. The level of talent that was winning as a young man only gets stronger. What yall Tucker $uckers thank that the kids who whooped up on yall a couple years ago got slower come on now. i would not even blog so much if yall wasnt such bad students of the game. No who are you?

WE ARE $UCKERS!

6AAAAAFan

December 11th, 2013
8:48 pm

Hey why is there only like 3 Creekside games available online? And only 1 of those is from this year. What are they trying to hide?