Corey Jarvis is still known at ML King (GA), he led them to a 45-11 record and one region title during his five years as the sideline boss. Add to that a 12-18 run in what many consider the toughest county for high school football in the nation, Gwinnett in three years at Duluth and well you have a pretty seasoned coach.
Jarvis lined his Mays squad up against not only ML King but a region foe in a tilt at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta,GA Saturday night, it was the first time he faced his old school. Jarvis and his Mays team would win 36-28 behind three touchdowns by Kessely Tyler and the Raiders ended ML King’s 19-game region winning streak. ML King’s last region game loss was a 35-34 defeat to Newnan in 2010 under head coach Micheal Carson
“Bittersweet…I have history at ML King but this was good for our (Mays) program. I talked to the team this week about it and told them that we had to do it and we did,” Jarvis said after beating his former school the first time he played them.
Mays is loaded with raw talent and lack game experience as any young and raw talent team does. The Raiders suffered a non-region 20-19 loss to Carver-Atlanta in their season-opener yet rebounded with back-to-back region wins over Miller Grove and ML King, both Dekalb County schools. Outside of the North Atlanta, Mays is the only team in Region 6-5A that is not in Dekalb County.
“We could see they were getting tired and they made mistakes in crucial spots…we stuck to what we wanted to do,” Jarvis added.
The Raiders had a plan for ML King’s highly-touted defensive standouts Arden Key and Wesley Green.
“Key is good, but what we did is was we read him and ran right at him, most of our running plays were right at him and the Green kid can play and our guys respect him but they were not afraid of him. We just felt their offensive line couldn’t handle speed well so we made some adjustments and used quicker guys on the defensive line even though they were younger guys.”
Mays (2-1) is now 2-0 in the region with Southwest Dekalb (1-2) up next this week for what could be for a spot in the playoffs come early November. Region 6-5A is loaded with the likes of Tucker, Stephenson, ML King and the improve Miller Grove, Arabia Mountain and Mays. Arabia Mountain may not make the playoffs or contend for a region title but they could be the ‘fly in the ointment’ and win a game they have no business winning.