Towers blogging live from MLK-Stephenson tonight

I’m getting ready to leave my office very shortly to head over to James R. Hallford Stadium for tonight’s mega-matchup between Martin Luther King High and Stephenson. I’m going to get there early and I’ll be there late — blogging throughout — so be sure to check back for updates and commentary from pregame to final whistle!

Remember, it’s a 6 p.m. kickoff tonight and it’s expected to be jam-packed so I’d suggest you get there early, too. It’s a beautiful night for football and it looks like these two teams, ranked 7 and 8 in the state’s highest classification, are going to encounter perfect conditions for the the competition.

Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to:

  • MLK’s Mack Brown: This will be my second chance to see in action the top-rated back in the state. The last time was against Southwest DeKalb, which held him in check with 66 yards. Stephenson’s D may be even tougher.
  • Mike Thornton: This will be my first opportunity to see tackle Mike Thornton live. Thornton (6-2, 280) is the top uncommitted D-lineman in Georgia. Auburn, Georgia and Penn State are all over him.
  • Stephenson’s D: And don’t forget about the Jaguars’ defensive end Tyrone Cornelius, who’s headed to Miami. They also have a DB headed to Vanderbilt (Keith Ladler), another one being courted by D-1 schools (Chris Sharpe) a big-time linebacker (Jabari Johnson).
  • MLK QB Cameron Myers: He’s not getting big-time offers but I’m impressed by the playmaking ability of this elusive runner and thrower. Too bad Demarco Robinson (broken foot) won’t be out there for him.
  • Raymond Sanders: ESPN’s Tom Luginbill thinks the Stephenson back committed to Kentucky is sorely underrated.
  • Best MLK player you probably haven’t heard of: DT Dameon Herring (5-10, 300), a shoo-in D-1 recruit if not for his height. May be anyway.
  • The Lane Kiffin watch: Will Tennessee’s brash young coach fly into Clarkson via helicopter as reported? What will he do for attention? He, too, has his sights set on Brown and Thornton. And as we know, he’s the king of the “flip” in recruiting. What other coaches may be on hand?
  • The ESPN fuss: I’ve written a lot this week about the television network’s new niche with high school football. I’m eager to get a behind-the-scenes look at their operation.

There’s a ton of storylines to this game, not the least of which are state championship hopes and region title battles. So be sure to check back in and see how it’s going. And who knows, maybe you’ll see me on the tube?

21 comments Add your comment

Gator Growl

October 16th, 2009
2:18 pm

I dont know which I’m looking more forward to…watching future Florida star Mack Brown playing or listening to the band strike up “Send in the Clowns” when Kiffin enters the stadium.

RonnieGarDner

October 16th, 2009
2:32 pm

Heck the KNS is saying he is going to be at 4 different schools,all tonight via helicopter. Gotta hand it to him guys.

tyler

October 16th, 2009
2:33 pm

WHAT A GENIUS COACH KIFFIN IS! GO VOLS!!!!

Albert the Alligator

October 16th, 2009
2:39 pm

Mack Brown, future Florida Gator.

Another Bama Violation

October 16th, 2009
2:44 pm

Is arriving in an helicopter flashy………..yes
is it for attention…………………………….yes
Does it get your attention…………………yes
Does it get prospects attention………….yes
Is it a better way to see more games and visit more recruits in Atlanta………yes
Do Georgia fans wish CMR would do it…………………..yes
Do Georgia fans wish CMR would do anything besides smirk………………….Hell Yes

Another Bama Violation

October 16th, 2009
2:46 pm

Surface to Air Missiles anyone?
Don’t let Joe Cox fire one, he’ll hit CMR’s plane

ugaaccountant

October 16th, 2009
3:33 pm

I don’t want Richt doing stuff to be flashy. That doesn’t attact the quality atheletes we should be recruiting. No more “me first” players.

Now as for being practical and getting Kiffin to a lot of games, yeah that’s good.

Pi$$onaDawg

October 16th, 2009
3:55 pm

CHIP have fun and keep posting during the game. Da)n it will be a little cold tonight.

ReptilesRule

October 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

The KNS (Klown’s News Service) SUCKS! Couldn’t hold the AJCs rubber band. They’ll ban you if you even begin to criticize Kiffey boy. GO MACK GO!!!

Lord of The Lizards

October 16th, 2009
4:39 pm

If you think it’s so impressive that Kiffin goes to games in a helicopter, Urban gets to his games on the Space Shuttle.

Vol in Suwanee

October 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

“Plain Jane” Richt wishes he had enough interest in his program that he needed to see so many games in the Atlanta area. Yes it is flashy and maybe not the 1st time it has been done but I am loving all the attention it is getting. Space Shuttle, Florida wishes!

Gen Neyland

October 16th, 2009
5:09 pm

Another GREAT move by CLK to attend this high school game in HIS state. Enjoy the game, coach. Good luck on the recruiting trail. GBO…

Gridiron Gator

October 16th, 2009
5:26 pm

Best of luck to Mack Brown! Gator Nation will be watching and cheering for you!!!

Glennis Curry

October 16th, 2009
5:39 pm

There’s a helicopter landing in the soccer field adjacent to the stadium…is it a bird? Is it Lane Kiffin????Like Chip said, there are tons of storylines for tonight’s game. Check back for game updates and read my game story tonight

Steven A

October 16th, 2009
7:44 pm

Quite frankly Ive been rooting for and coached @ Stephenson a few years back as well. We’ve always had D1 talent however, as a team we havent been able 2 get over the hump. I’ll let u guess why? We’ve had as many 15 D1 scholarships and thats not even counting D2 as well. So u can see where Im going with this

Not Disappointed

October 17th, 2009
12:09 pm

I saw the game. Congrats to Coach Ron “Tunafish” Gartrell and Stephens for the victory You make Washington-Wilkes proud. You should come take over Washington-Wilkes program.

A little less Lane Kifin would be nice. But both teams are happy for the exposure.

Good luck young stars of tomorrow.

decatur where it is greater

October 17th, 2009
4:26 pm

Steven A keep that negative bullshiltz to yourself. We won we are 7-0. No one positive wants to hear it.

D-MAN

October 17th, 2009
5:19 pm

I BEEN WATCHING DEKALB FOOTBALL FOR ALONG TIME INCLUDING GARTRELL`S TEAMS(SHAMROCK,SHS)AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF HIS COACHING W/ ALL THAT TALENT BUT LAST NIGHT HIS TEAM WAS BETTER PREPARED FOR THEIR ASSIGNMENTS VS MLK AND IT SHOWNED THEY WERE THE BETTER COACHED TEAM.MLK PLAYERS DON`T GET TO DOWN PREPARATION NOT HEART WINS BIG GAMES GOOD LUCK NEXT YEAR

DeeDawg

October 18th, 2009
8:13 am

Congratulations to Stephenson as a team and running back Raymond Sanders in particular. I just saw on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Raymond’s spectacular first TD run was the #3 “play of the day”.

Football Fan

October 18th, 2009
5:57 pm

read your comments about Dameon Herring of MLK and I checked his stats and found that the kid is leading the county in more than one catagory wonder why no big time recruiting help me understand

JUSTSAYIN'

October 19th, 2009
2:41 pm

Malcolm you were a BEAST …Great game ya’ll really made it hard for Mack and company ….ggggggggoooooooooooooooo JJJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQQQQQQQQQQSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS