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Georgia HSFB Notes, Scores Of Interest Week 3

Georgia Week 3 of high school football was played over the weekend with only a handful of games cancelled or postponed due the approaching Hurricane Irma. Most of those games were in the southeastern coastal portions of Georgia after mandatory evacuations were issued. Here is a look at some the games of interest from Week 3 in Georgia

Cartersville’s (4-0) Trevor Lawrence passed for over 280 yards and 3 touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as class 4A Cartersville defeated 7A Westlake (1-2) 38-5.  EJ Turner caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Purple Hurricanes who won their 34th consecutive game.

Mays (2-1) won its second consecutive game since a season opening loss to Stockbridge with a 32-20 region 5-6A victory over Langston Hughes (2-1). Jaquez Milam connected with Christian Royalston on a 42-yard pass to give Langston Hughes an early 7-0 lead. Later Mays pulled to within 7-6 on a touchdown run by Tyree Nelson. Mays took a 12-7 into halftime after quarterback Jaquez Evans hooked up with Amir Abdur Rahman on a 56-yard touchdown pass.  In the third quarter the team quickly exchanged touchdowns as Langston Hughes’ TJ Portress briefly gave the Panthers an 14-12 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff Ihbin Tophia returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for an 18-14 lead. The Raiders expanded the lead to 25-14 on Nelson’s second touchdown run of the game. Antoino Grier block a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and 32-14 Mays lead in the fourth quarter. Langston Hughes completed the scoring with a Tyrea Swanson 10-yard touchdown run for the final 32-20 margin.

Meadowcreek (3-0) improved to 3-0 for the first time in the programs 32-year history with a 29-27 win over Forsyth Central (0-3). Meadowcreek, located in Norcross, Ga in Gwinnett County, is 73% Hispanic. The Mustangs have one of the largest offensive lines in Georgia averaging around 320 pounds which paved the way for two rushing touchdowns by Chauncey Williams (180-plus yards rushing). Jeremiah Caldwell had a receiving touchdown while Alonzo Howard returned an interception for a touchdown. Meadowcreek led 26-6 at one point before Forsyth Central rallied. The Bulldogs closed to within 26-20 on a late third quarter touchdown run by Devron Orasn. Meadowcreek added its cushion early in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Christopher  Linares to put the Mustangs up 29-20. Forsyth Central added another Orasn touchdown to make it 29-27 however on their next possession were unable to convert a fourth down which sealed the victory for Meadowcreek.

Cedar Shoals (3-0) defeated North Oconee (1-2) in dramatic fashion 13-6. Ken Johnson rushed for two touchdown but it was his 5-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the game that propelled the Jaguars to the victory. Cedar Shoals has won the last two meeting between the two schools.

Stephenson (1-2) defeated Southwest Dekalb (2-2) 31-18 in a sloppy game featured five fumbles between the two teams . Ira Henderson return the second half kickoff 86 yards fro a touchdown to jump start Stephenson after trailing 6-0 at the half.  Stephenson’s Deshon Stoudemire caught a pair of touchdowns, one from Ga’von Wray another from Daren Parker. Justin Tomlin passed for three touchdowns for Southwest Dekalb.

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Stockbridge (3-0) for the second consecutive week allowed their opponent to score on their opening possession and for the second consecutive week after that they did not allow their opponents to score again. Dutchtown (2-1) jumped out a 7-0 lead after Shanaan McKoy’s short touchdown run capped the Bulldogs opening drive. Stockbridge pulled to within 7-6 after a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Demaje Carter. Marquez Ezzard added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final 13-7 margin. Dutchtown’s final drive ended with an interception to cap another stingy night of Stockbridge defense which has allowed only 14 points in three games this season. It was Stockbridge’s eight consecutive victory over county and region foe Dutchdown. Lovejoy (41.5), Dutchtown (41) and Mays (36.1) are all averaging 36-plus points in games this season when not including their game against Stockbridge in which all were held to single digits (Mays was shutout).

Grayson (3-0) defeated John Curtis (LA) (1-1) 22-9 on the strength of a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Quarterback DJ Irons rushed for a touchdown then hooked up with Jalen Rivers an 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Rams overcame an early 9-3 deficit for the win. Grayson collected its second victory over an out-of-state opponent this season and have International School of Broward (FL) and Ramsay (AL) remaining on the schedule.  Grayson has won 17 consecutive games, including two over Alabama power Hoover, since losing to IMG Academy (FL) in their 2016 season opener.

Colquitt County (4-0) shutout Roswell (1-2) 28-0 to win its third consecutive game. Ty Leggett rushed for two touchdowns in the second half while Nigel Hillery rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Dacula (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by snapping  Arabia Mountain’s three-game win streak with a 9-0 shutout victory. Jalen Perry rushed for the lone touchdown of the game and Zachary Gerts connected on field goal for Dacula. Arabia Mountain (3-1) had a short touchdown run called back for holding in the first half and missed a field goal in the second half.

North Gwinnett has won three in a row since losing its season opener to Walton

North Gwinnett (3-1) won their third straight game defeating Norcross (2-2) 35-14. North Gwinnett’s Tyler Goodson rushed for over 240 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Urzua, who took over as quarterback for injured starter Cade Fortin in the first quarter of the Milton game, has led the Bulldogs to all three victories. Urzua and Devin Crosby each rushed for touchdowns as North Gwinnett amassed over 330 yards rushing as a team.

New Manchester (2-1) shutout Creekside 23-0. AJ Taylor rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Ellis caught a touchdown for New Manchester. Creekside (0-3) has been been shutout in all three games being outscored 89-0.

Other Scores/Notes of Interest:

Woodstock (2-1) became the fourth Georgia team to score 70-plus points this season in their 77-49 shootout victory over Kennesaw Mountain (2-1). Rockdale County (75 vs Berkmar), Habersham Central (72 vs East Hall) and Mountain View (71 vs Osborne) are the others.

Jenkins (3-0) defeated Liberty County (1-2) 43-41; Jenkins quarterback Javonte Middleton passed for three touchdowns.

Class 7A Tift (4-0) handed former region foe and defending 6A state champion Valdosta (1-3) its second straight loss with a  20-10 victory

Abbeville (SC) defeated Lincoln County (1-2) 28-24

Cedar Grove (3-0) shutout Columbia (1-2) 33-0

Peachtree Ridge (0-3) struggles to begin the season continued after losing 47-28 to Newton (3-0).

McEachern earned its first victory of the season with a win over Jonesboro

McEachern (1-2) defeated Jonesboro (2-1) 49-10

Douglas County (3-0) won it’s region opener on the road shutting out Northgate (2-1) 21-0

Hapeville Charter (3-1) shutout Wesleyan (3-1) 35-0

Games of interest postponed/cancelled due to Hurricane Irma:

Camden County at Glynn Academy

Grady at Ware County

Shiloh at Lowndes; The concern with this game was Shiloh having to travel back Gwinnett County after the game in heavy traffic due to Hurricane Irma evacuations from Florida.

Pierce County at Richmond Hill



Mays Head Coach Out

Corey Jarvis is out as head football coach at Mays High School. Late Tuesday night the Atlanta Board of Education accepted the Tribunal’s findings of facts and recommendation to terminate Jarvis’ employment in a 5-4 vote from August.

An investigation launched by Atlanta Public Schools in January found more than $10,000 unaccounted for the Mays football program. More than $6,000 were in football receipts that were recorded by Jarvis that were untraceable and over $4,000 that was collected by him.

In a letter posted on his Facebook page hours after the decision came down  Jarvis addressed the issue. In part the letter said, “I know now I have to speak about the money issues that have been brought up. I in no way am a thief and I know where all of the money that I have collected for years have gone. It has always gone towards my programs. I am innocent of stealing but I am guilty of not following proper procedures in bookkeeping by mistakenly putting wrong dates in receipt books and not depositing it to the school account instead of paying for camps with cash when kids gave cash for camps. I know that I paid the camps in cash and that makes the money add up but it doesn’t refute that I was wrong on not following APS procedures. I know I wasn’t trained on all procedures but I should have done a better job of making wise decisions to protect myself as a teacher first, my students and my family.”

Former Mays head coach Corey Jarvis looks on during a game in 2013 

In three full seasons at Mays, Jarvis posted a 30-9 record, advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs each season and were 2014 5A state runner-ups. In eleven seasons at M.L. King, Duluth and Mays he has compiled a 91-38 record, not including Mays’ 1-1 start this season.

Jarvis had also served as the head track coach and had been on paid administrative leave since May.

Mays (1-1) is currently under the direction of interim head coach Niketa Battle. The Raiders open region 5-6A play this weekend against Langston Hughes (2-0).

Mays Shocks Stephenson With Defense; Sets Up Region 6-5A Title Game With Tucker In Georgia

The Mays Raiders knew what was in front of them if they wanted to play for a region championship, they had to find a way to beat region and state power Stephenson on the road Saturday night at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston, GA before they could think about Tucker next week.

“We’ve played Jarvis before and we know he’s got some tricks tonight,” veteran Stephenson head coach Ron Gartrell said prior to the game. Jarvis was 1-3 against Stephenson in his five seasons at ML King from 2005-2009 and was outscored 70-27 in those games with the only win in 2006.

After a rocky first possession that led to a punt and Stephenson scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run by Dallas Rivers for a 7-0 lead, they settled in and shutdown the Jaguars the remainder of the game. That run would be Rivers longest run of the game as he was bottled up by the Mays defense most of the night.

Mays would be forced to punt on their next possession but the punt hit a Jaguar in the back and Mays recovered at the Stephenson 44 and were in business. After five straight running plays the Raiders went to the air and Ayinde Russell found Tyshawn Brown for a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull within 7-6 after the missed extra point with 4:37 left in the opening frame.

Brown would strike again for Mays after the defense forced Stephenson to go three-and-out, Brown returned the punt 72 yards to the Stephenson 7 setting up Mays’ next score. Russell hit Julius Whitehead for a touchdown however Whitehead was flagged for illegal touching moving the Raiders back to the 23. On the next play Russell zipped in a 23-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Randercous Davis and Mays took a 13-7 lead after the successful extra point with 2:02 left in the first quarter.

“Offensively when we had to make plays they made plays, I’m just proud of those guys, they showed the type of football we are capable of playing,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said. “After the Arabia Mountian game we had truly been stressing special teams, special teams for us if you change field position when you have explosive guys like we have doing it on our kickoff and punt return units.”

From there the Mays defense held the fort down with standout play led by Natrez Patrick (Jr), Marquez Daniels (So.), Shiheem Rutherford (Jr), Roderick Tyler (Sr), Brandon Bradley (Sr), Jerome Smith (Sr) and Henry Whitherspoon (Sr). Mays would stop Stephenson on fourth and short on the Mays nine and again at the end of the half at the one to end a 15-play 97-yard drive in which Mays had 26 penalty yards including pass interference on fourth and goal from the two.

“Defensively I gotta take my hat of to Coach [Lee] Hannah and my defensive staff and all the guys on defense because they played their butts off, they played lights out. We are young at certain positions but they actually are good ballplayers and they showed tonight they can shutdown a good team,” Jarvis said about his teams defensive performance.

Mays linebacker Natrez Patrick celebrates his teams win over Stephenson before boarding the team bus
Mays linebacker Natrez Patrick celebrates his teams win over Stephenson before boarding the team bus

The second half featured a display of the punting units as the teams traded punts much of the half. Stephenson would find a way to score after a 54-yard punt was downed at the Mays one on their opening possession of the half. One play later Mays running back Romartis Bell was tackled in the endzone for a safety pulling Stephenson within four at 13-9 with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Mays pinned Stephenson at their own one after a punt in the fourth quarter under six minutes but three plays later Jaguar quarterback Dewann Ford scrambled, was hit and fumbled at the 21 and Mays recovered it. Again Stephenson would have another chance after Mays could not add points and were turned over on downs with 3:03 however Stephenson was turned over on downs with 1:37 to go and Mays would run the clock leaving Stephenson (7-2; 6-2) with only 15 seconds where they failed on two Hail Mary attempts from their own 35.

Mays’defense was clearly the story of the the game as they played at another level and held SEC-bound running back Dallas Rivers under 100 yards rushing while not giving up backbreaking plays via the air and stopping Stephenson on several fourth down attempts. Yet the monkey remains on Stephenson’s back, what if they could have kicked field goals? The same goes for Mays as they missed an extra point and didn’t try a field goal late in the fourth quarter to pad their margin yet punted well enough to win.

“Our kids took the gameplan and the motto that we were going to learn how to finish. They’ve fought to the end all year even in the two losses. Were young but were so talented and we showed our age by the little stupid mistakes we made but if we play our butts off we are going to stay in the ballgame,” Jarvis added.

Mays (7-2; 7-1) enters their meeting with Georgia 5A top-ranked Tucker (9-0; 8-0) on Friday on a three game winning streak having lost by a combined four points on the season. Tucker and Mays will battle at 8pm at Lakewood Stadium for the Region 6-5A championship, the game time was changed from 5:30pm to 8pm EDT. Northside-Warner Robins had been ranked number one over Tucker in some polls but fell 28-18 to Warner Robins on Friday night.

Mays should be ranked in the Top 10 come next week while Tucker should be nationally ranked no matter what rankings mean.

“Yes it is, next Friday is where I wanted to be,” Jarvis stated. “Tucker is a great ballclub, very opportunistic, they make plays on special teams and they are fast on offense and defense, their speed is scary fast. I’m just glad we get an opportunity to play them for a region championship.”

In the end all Jarvis and Mays did was use good old school defense, no “tricks” seen all night.

Mays Remains In Georgia Region 6-5A Race

Arabia Mountain defeated a less than quality Southwest Dekalb (2-6; 2-5) 41-8 while Mays was polishing off a 40-8 win over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-7; 1-6) in Saturday Night Georgia High School Football action. Mays wasn’t concerned with Arabia Mountain, a team they fell to 32-29 in a game that featured a Mays rally falling up short. Arabia Mountain (5-3; 4-3) is still in the playoff hunt.

Mays now sits 6-2 overall and 6-1 in region 6-5A with veteran Stephenson (7-1; 6-1) and two-time state champ world beater Tucker (8-0; 7-0) left on their schedule, both are region opponents.

Mays and  HC Corey Jarvis still have region 6-5A Title in their eyes.
Mays head coach Corey Jarvis looks on as Mays defeats region foe Lakeside-Dekalb Saturday night.

“We want to win region and we still have a shot,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said.

Jarvis is in his first season at Mays yet went 12-18 at Duluth the previous three seasons in a nationally respected Region 7-6A in Georgia featuring North Gwinnett, Norcross and Collins Hill. Prior to the Duluth, Jarvis was 49-11 at ML King. Mays defeated ML King 36-28 earlier this season. The Jarvis Era was Duluth’s greatest run of success in recent years as they were 14-62 in the previous eight seasons since 2002.

Lakeside-Dekalb used a more than 8 minute drive spanning the first and second quarters to knife into a 15-0 May’s lead to make it 15-8 in the middle of the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Mays bounced back on their next possession scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run, set up by a 42-yard pass play for a 21-8 lead.

“They threw some formations at us that we had not seen. We saw it and addressed it and were able to stop them as the game went on. They play in our region…,” Jarvis said.

On Homecoming the Raiders impressed tacking on a touchdown near the end of the first half for a commanding 27-8 halftime lead. A 47-yard pass highlighted an 80-yard drive to open the 3rd quarter for Mays when they took a 33-8 lead at the end of that drive. They punched in another score to make it 40-8 for the final margin before the end of the third quarter, setting up a running clock for the fourth quarter.

“We have to handle our business,” an already focused for next week Jarvis said.

Jarvis, Mays Defeat ML King; Mays 2-0 In Georgia Region 6-5A

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.

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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.