N. Paulding WR Joey Eliezer a mirror image of Chris Conley

Teams getting ready to play North Paulding know right off the bat they have to focus on stopping No. 32, AJC Super 11 wide receiver Chris Conley. But once they line up against the Wolfpack and see No. 30 lining up opposite Conley, they might think they’re seeing double.

They’re not. No. 30 is senior wide receiver Joey Eliezer, and his similarities to Conley go beyond their 6-foot-3, 185-pound frames.

Just ask Paulding County, which saw the duo combine for 241 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the season opener.

“If teams double-cover Chris that keeps me in single coverage and gives me a chance to make plays,” said Eliezer, who hit the Patriots for 129 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. “It’s kind of like pick your poison.”

Just the threat of these athletic receivers has proven effective for North Paulding. The Wolfpack (2-0) barely threw the ball in their second game of the season, a 51-3 win over Alexander this past Friday. They’ve outscored their first two opponents 101-10 heading into Friday’s home game against rival South Paulding.

“A year ago we got a lot of double coverage on Chris,” coach Heath Webb said of the UGA commitment. “Thanks to Joey teams are having to play us a little more straight up. He’s still real raw. Last year his first real season. He really dedicated himself in the offseason to become a better football player.”

Webb said Eliezer came to Dallas from New Jersey two years ago primarily as a track guy. But after being exposed to Conley and seeing his success on and off the field, Eliezer decided to try to take his football game to the next level.

Conley has made a point to teach Eliezer the tricks of the trade. And this summer he Eliezer attended camps at Georgia, Auburn and Middle Tennessee and competed in a combine in Duluth.

The exposure has paid some early dividends. Eliezer is now holding a scholarship offer from Illinois. He’s hoping it’s just the first of many.

“I believe this season I’ll show that I’m a D-1 prospect,” Eliezer said.

In the meantime, Conley and Eliezer have meant double-trouble for North Paulding’s opponents. And it has made for some pretty good in-house competition as well.

“He’s a little faster than me,” Eliezer admitted. “Every day we try to compete, but it’s like a friendly competition. We’re pretty close. Been friends for two years. I want him to do well and he wants me to do well, too.”

All the better for the Wolfpack.

Here’s one of Eliezer’s TD catches against Paulding County:

52 comments Add your comment

Frank Lane

September 8th, 2010
10:42 am

Why don’t we offer and UGA can have them both. Wow he really has long legs and can he move.

Midtown Dawg

September 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Notice that Conley, #32, was the one who ran past another one of his teammates, caught up to a defender going after Eliezer and blocked him. I like seeing Conley’s speed and downfield blocking. This is the type of clip that will never make Conley’s highlight reel, but shows a lot about his ability to play WR beyond making great catches.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 8th, 2010
11:29 am

North Paulding is loaded with talent this year and for the Seniors…this is it!…The first year they are playoff eligible…BUT…

They have played 2 winless teams so far in Alexander and Paulding County & won huge, they have a home game this week against ANOTHER winless team in South Paulding…

The REAL test comes on Sept. 24th in “THE BONEYARD:” when they play the RAIDERS from EAST PAULDING!!!! EAST has also played against Paulding County & South Paulding winning big (up 35 to 0 at halftime last week when the Paulding County coach asked for and received the implementation of the “mercy” rule and the clock ran unstopping the entire 2nd half…final score was EAST 48 / PC 0)…

The Sept. 24th game will tell a lot about how this 5N AAAA Region is going to play out…Should be a GREAT game as the EAST “D” has yet to be scored on this year!!! & the WOLFPACK is lighting up the scoreboard!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!

dawg26

September 8th, 2010
11:48 am

I hope Hiram and North Paulding both destroy East Paulding. Maybe then they’ll realize you can’t talk crap until you DO SOMETHING.

Love,

East Paulding Hater.

Joe

September 8th, 2010
11:53 am

North Paulding is piling up the score against creampuffs. Wait till they play someone. East will destroy North. While North has a few talented players the overall team isn’t close to East.

Just think if these kids were all at East like they were supposed to be before North came along, that would be scary.

Raider

September 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

dawg26, You do realize you’re a hater because EP HAS had success. I’d say region championships and a Dome appearance would classify as “doing something”. I’m ready to see NP play someone relevant. They are already talking after running up the score on two sorry teams. I bet Sprayberry beats them.

t

September 8th, 2010
12:45 pm

nesbitt for heisman

September 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

1 for 6 8 yds and an int!!!!!!!!

B

September 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Believe me N.P. has some players there. Chris and Joey are both great athletes but N.P. has more. Gonna be a good squad for the next few years.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

dawg26:

Deal with it…and WELCOME to tough schedules and intra-county rivalry games! If you had took the time to ACTUALLY READ my previous post, instead of just reacting with a knee jerk vent, you would have seen that I stated that NEITHER team (EAST or NP) had yet been tested as we have BOTH played against weaker & winless teams! …

and trust me when I tell you that if (and I hope you do) NP gets by Sprayberry this week and shows up at “THE BONEYARD” on the 24th undefeated at 3/0 it will be your biggest game so far in North Paulding’s short history!!! You have a strong offensive tandem with Eliezer and Conley BUT realize that the EAST “D” has yet to give up the first point this year!!!! While the EAST offense is a well balanced pass and run attack!

This should bode well for a GREAT game that should be played in front of a PACKED house!!!

Don’t lose focus “DAWG”…be thinking about Sprayberry this week, and win…BUT….

starting Saturday morning the sleep you lose ( it may be thunder you think you hear but I lean towards it being cannon fire ) and the worry you see on the coach’s faces is all about one thing and one thing only…that short trip down HWY 92 to “THE BONEYARD”…

and your first real lesson in football from a true PLAYOFF tested RAIDER TEAM!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

HS Football

September 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Correction: Joey Elizer is #80. As for you East people on here hating remember Haters = Motivators.. Just saying.

Worm

September 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Conley has grown..I was standing beside him in the club level and he was a good 2″ taller than my 6′3″ frame..Sterling Bailey passes the eye test as well…Big boy.

Raider

September 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

Cannon dude, you need to lay off the BS little crap you write and all the stupid exclamation points.

HS Football: North will get stomped, mark it down. I know who they got besides these two, its the reason they struggled with a sorry schedule last year.

HS Football

September 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

You’re right Raider. We’ve got nobody. We’re slow and inexperienced The North coaches and their fans have never witnessed a true high school team such as the mighty East Paulding Raiders and their “Perfect Season” a few years ago.. Wait I thought a “Perfect Season” was 15-0. I guess ya’ll must have printed those shirts up before you met TCC.

As for our sorry schedule, 5 out of 9 teams we scheduled made playoffs in their class. We didn’t want to play a non region schedule the past 2 years but the county made us.

Dig Deeper

September 8th, 2010
1:45 pm

There should be more to Georgia recruiting than just stats. Look at A.J. for example. He had favorable stats and an excellent recommendation from his Parole Officer and still fouled up.

Raider

September 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

HS: When you lose to Sprayberry come on back and talk. NP comes out of the woodwork after they beat two sorry teams. It’s the overall talent, NP has some great athletes but overall they aren’t on par with East this year after those top few players. This is the most athletic overall team East has ever had to go with a stud Running Back in Kamani Thomas.

HeadEast

September 8th, 2010
2:09 pm

Nice article on the good receivers at North. Looks like all the good teams in 5AAAA are in the North. But I don’t see East or North in the rankings, pretty sure it’s Kell and Hiram that are ranked. I wouldn’t brag too loudly just because you get the weak sisters early. If East wins at Kell on the 17th, then North should be afraid, very afraid!

shanegsu

September 8th, 2010
2:17 pm

NPHS can be very proud of the progress they have made. They are hungry for the region play they finally get to enjoy. I hope everybody overlooks them. They are a very hard nose football team and that is all you need in high school ball to win. They play as a team!!! The Pack’s D is not afraid of lighting someone up. The Blankenship boy #20 is getting a look by Valdosta State at linebacker. He was Paulding County athlete of the week the first week.

HS Football

September 8th, 2010
2:26 pm

Raider. This is an article about NP WR Joey Eliezer and all the EP people come on here talking trash when in fact all you have played this year is 2 winless teams as well. If a kid at East is lucky enough to be recruited and get an article in the AJC then I won’t come on here talking trash. But in fact if you scroll up Cannon Rules, Raider, and Head East started it and Dawg26 sounds like he just hates EP. Looks to me like you guys are jealous that North is finally getting some recognition.

HeadEast: FYI. We’ll show up on the 24th, we won’t be scared and we’ll give your team one helluva game.

college is forever

September 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Good Luck the rest of the season and hopefully you guys will have a great playoff run ending in a championship. After that you will all be welcomed into the Bulldog nation. Check out the UGA classic tin lunchbox available online and in Kroger. psst Kroger does not charge for shipping.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

Raider:

Sorry “Dude”…!!! But I been on here for years now talking, venting, bragging, stirring up a few of the posters, and basically just having a good ole’ time enjoying friday night High School Football. If a few comments or embelishments (!) bother you…please try to just overlook them.

What I am, is on here (win or lose) talking RAIDER football every week and hoping our other Paulding County teams win out also…of course except the weeks they play our RAIDERS.

HS Football:

Yes our RAIDERS went to TCC a few years ago and got whipped badly in a playoff game…but we took one of the largest & loudest crowds down there to support our RAIDERS they had seen in years (that was said by several TCC folks). BUT there was no QUIT in the team and they played the entire game losing 48/21, they didn’t quit and the coach didn’t ask for the “Mercy Rule” just because the team was losing. Hopefully those kind of games and situations teach VALUABLE lessons for the kids to learn and grow from.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

GO UG!

September 8th, 2010
4:46 pm

Cannon, I am glad to see you back after a let down last year. Man we are in for a looooooong year.

nphs all the way

September 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

ok guys look, the trrue test of nphs is yes the ep vs np game and im tellin you i dont care who wins if np wins it will be a huge upset for a four year school to beat a what 20 year school.. all i know is that i will laugh if ep loses that game but listen chill out the game aint been played and when it does and there is a definitive winner then yall can talk all ur crap you want. but till the just shut up cuz both squads are strong and the game will be good remember east vs north be there

NPHS all tthe way..

Northside high school football fan

September 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

In reading the posts, after a great article on one of the NPHS receivers, it is astonishing to see how EPHS fans represent themselves. Have some CLASS, if you even know what that is or can spell it for that matter! (you old redneck!!) I would love to see you come and talk this kind of trash against Northside High school in WR. We would take you down!!!

northside high school fan

September 8th, 2010
6:18 pm

PS: tick, tick..pop… LOL!!

Joe

September 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

A guy from Warner Robins calling someone from metro Atl a redneck is priceless. Go back to your little crappy town.

northside high school fan

September 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

CRAPPY TOWN?? Wow, you show some ignorance too! WR is a great town with top athletes and schools. Also, our town houses one of the largest Air Force bases around. I think you better rethink that statement, buddy and learn more about the town you call “crappy”. We have a lot of pride here with our winning football seasons and have won the little league titles in baseball and girls softball. I don’t think those kids would appreciate you calling WR a little crappy town.
PS: Ever been to Dallas, Ga?? Then, you may know what I mean!!!

HS Football

September 8th, 2010
9:12 pm

Congrats Cannon on your moral victory at TCC. I’m sure the Thomas County Central folks would trade victories.

The tradition of winning at East is equivalent to Barack Obama’s experience to be president. Nobody is impressed. Win some titles that mean something then you can hang with Northside high school fan.

sucks

September 8th, 2010
9:34 pm

If you’re not from metro Atlanta or south Georgia you won’t make it in D-IA football. Nuff said.

slick

September 8th, 2010
10:24 pm

don’t matter, when they get to uga they will suck!

Joe

September 8th, 2010
10:30 pm

I’ve been to Warner Robins, it sucks.
I’ve been to Dallas, GA- you know part of one of the fastest growing counties in the country! Probably because it’s no good though.

HS football: I don’t think anyone compared EP to Northside, it isn’t even close. EP just started winning recently and have had some tremendous success the past 5 years. Making the dome is a huge achievement. Hopefully North Paulding can make it sometime soon.

DALTONDAWG706

September 8th, 2010
10:39 pm

oh yeah i d love to see how yall little boys in atlanta do against those dalton catamounts wish we could play yall all but yall wont cuz your scared..

LOL

September 8th, 2010
11:34 pm

Dalton sucks man.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 8th, 2010
11:58 pm

Dig Deeper: Just want to inform you that you can be sued for slander. A.J. Green has not broken any laws and he is not going to court – therefore he doesn’t need a parole officer. You on the other hand just slandered a good person and that is illegal in all 50 states.

Dumby

September 9th, 2010
12:57 am

Flo-Ri-Duh: Its called libel in this case, not slander, best to know how to interpret things before trying to act smart. AJ screwed up, he has to pay the consequences, it could of been a lot worse for him, he got lucky.

northside high school fan

September 9th, 2010
7:38 am

Joe: Go back to sipping on your haterade! Hate it that your jealous. One appearance at the dome doesn’t give you the right to trash talk anybody’s team. Win back to back state championships, national titles (Warner Robins HS), and yearly appearances at the dome and then m/b someone will care.

HS Football: Best of luck to your team. Sounds like you guys have got some talent up there and have the country fellas scared!! They better go back to scratching their bald headed country bumpkin heads!!

Damon likes Red

September 9th, 2010
8:11 am

AJ won’t be sitting much —– he will be out on the town with Damon
looking for some reds!

Walker, Texas Ranger

September 9th, 2010
8:13 am

Is there football outside of Gwinnett & Cobb?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 9th, 2010
9:10 am

If you have never done any thing wrong in your life you can talk – put your hand on the Bible and tell me you are perfect. I didn’t think so. You guys need to get a life and work on improving yourselves because you are bitter, hate filled corrupt souls that need help. Watch Dr. Phil and Oprah and leave the vent to te UGA fans.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 9th, 2010
9:14 am

Dumby – it is slander and libel. Look it up in the dictionary. Go ahead…. look it up. What’s the definition of slander? Print it out on this vent and the you can say you are mistaken.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 9th, 2010
9:47 am

Dumby (yes, you are). I the vent I was responding to the ventor,in their statement, libeled and slandered A.J. Green. He doesn’t have a parole officer and he borke no laws. That’s a fact. i don’t know why I am trying to explain this to you because you will never understand any way.

THE CANNON RULES!!!

September 9th, 2010
9:58 am

Northside high school football fan & HS Football:

It is AMAZING how you can read the post, very positive post about both East Paulding & North Paulding, and then feel the need to try to stir something negative up even taking it to the depth of trying to sling insults!

This venue started with a VERY nice article about the two players at NP and my first post was about the two teams both NP & EP have faced this year. My basic comment was that the upcoming game between EAST and North Paulding was going to be a good one because the EAST “D” has yet to be scored on and North Paulding has been “lighting” up the scoreboard! For our area here in Paulding County it is going to be a BIG game!

I been posting in here on the AJC for years now and I understand you & others feel South Ga. rules the High School football world and are offended when the North part of the state has a bit of success. This is a debate for another time in another forum…

For now I am hoping North Paulding beats Sprayberry tomorrow night and East Paulding beats Douglas County so we can have a battle of two undefeated teams next week…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 9th, 2010
10:09 am

The loss of A.J. will be more than offset with S. Carolina losing 3 starters due to suspension – if you want something positive. Three starters, TE Saunders (All- American TE), Culliver (CB) and King (OL) are suspended from the game because of their trip to Miami paid for by an agent. Since the NCAA only gave Bama a two game suspension for the same infraction they will probably be back for game three – with the possible exception of Saunders who is being investigated for other possible violations.

HS Football

September 9th, 2010
10:32 am

Cannon: My beef was more with the other guys but all of you started trumping the EP card on an article about a NP player and I’m not going to let that fly by untouched. Just part of the joy of trash talking that is high school football. Of course, it doesn’t matter what you or I say since our butts will be in the stands.

Also, check your schedule. We play South Paulding this week then Sprayberry then you. You guys play some team named Kell after playing Douglas. You probably don’t want to be looking past them.

THE CANNON RULES!!!

September 9th, 2010
10:42 am

HS Football:

OOPS!!!…Sorry my error, I meant to say South Paulding, that’s what STARTED this whole thing talking about the “common” teams we had played.

Yep IF EAST gets past Douglas COunty this week, as expected, I don’t think ANYONE is looking past Kell this year…after all they upset(?) Grayson in game one in the dome!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

Big Johnson

September 9th, 2010
12:31 pm

Warner Robins huh? This isn’t the same Warner Robins team that lost 14-0 to Douglas County just last week is it? LOL… yes you boys sure are the end all of high school football.

Dumby

September 9th, 2010
1:08 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh,

Please tell me you’re not that dumb. Slander is spoken, Libel is written. It’s not both. I know the difference, it is you that needs to look it up. You’re just making yourself look dumb.

HS Football

September 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

Big J: I think he’s talking about Northside – Warner Robins currently #1 in AAAA and has won 2 state championships in the last few years and runner-up to AAAAA Champ Camden last year.

The other city school is down this year but has won 4 state and 2 national titles. Most recent in 2004.

When it comes to cities with multiple high schools, only Valdosta and maybe Thomasville can compare.

Raiderfan

September 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

This is a very good article on two talented players from a Paulding County school. The fact is that none of the Paulding schools have had too much to brag about for many years (teams nor players). East has been consistent in winning games for a few years now but that does not mean anything for this year at all. Yes, both schools have won their first two games but that does not say much on how the season will go. I have kids attending East and have seen them play and I am not impressed with their perfomance as I would think the coaches are not as well. I have not seen North as of yet but have heard, by several, that they do look good in their passing attack (hince this articles meaning!). East has a very aggressive defense under Coach Reid’s reign but I don’t see them finishing in the top of the region to go to the playoffs (sorry but I hope that I am wrong). East has no outstanding talent to talk about at this time as Thomas is a strong candidate though. There is no passing threat within the depth of the QB’s & WR’s. A very few good plays by one player sporadically in a game is no big threat. North has two solid receivers and a solid passing game which opens up a running game for a team. Both schools have a good program with good coaching but it is only Spetember…so let’s have this conversation in late October and see who can brag the most. Yes…this does include Northside as I have seen them play in recent years and yes they do offer very good talent in Warner Robins!

HS Football

September 9th, 2010
2:37 pm

Good Post Raiderfan. Both schools have 2 games until we play each other and I think it’s the beginning of a great rivalry. Better than the East/PC rivalry. Right now the NP players and coaches are thinking about South Paulding and then Sprayberry. And I’m sure Reid and his staff are concentrating on Douglas Co. What we fans say is meaningless and all in fun unless someone gets personal about a player which no one has so far.