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.”
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).
The Mays Raiders were seeking to make all forms of history Friday night in the Georgia Dome. In what ended up being a tale of two halves, the journey got off to a rocky start for the Raiders as Asahnia Aderhold was intercepted by Jayllen Kendrick who returned it 16 yards for a touchdown as Northside-Warner Robins went up 7-0 with 7:27 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles would never see the end zone again in the first half as the Mays defense forced six punts while holding Northside to five first downs and 92 yards of total offense in the first half-74 on the ground. In total both teams combined for 18 punts, 9 per side in the game.
Mays got on the board again after a short Northside punt to Northside 37. Two plays later Aderhold hit Tyshawn Brown across the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Northside blocked the extra-point leaving them ahead 7-6 with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. Mays has had trouble with extra points and fields goals all season and this was a form of foreshadowing.
Mays struck again through the air as Aderhold hit Randrecous Davis on a 76-yard touchdown catch and run to put Mays up 12-7. The two-point conversion failed as Carter dropped a perfectly placed pass from Aderhold.
Juwan Williamson put Mays back in business with his interception at the Mays 37 with 1:14 left in the second quarter. Six plays and 63 yards later Aderhold found Davis on the last play of the half for a 29-yard touchdown pass putting Mays up 18-7 at the half after another failed two-point conversion.
In the second half Northside-Warner Robins went into its bag of tricks to get back in the game. After punting Mays into a hole to open the half, the Eagles withstood several attempts by Mays to break the game open. Mays moved from its own two-yard line to its own 44 with a 41-yard Aderhold to Tyshawn Brown pass but would be unable to move it any further after taking several shots down the field and were forced to punt. On Northside’s first play after the punt they ran a flea flicker that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Tobais Oliver to Nate Greene making it 18-14 which began to shift the momentum of the game.
Northside would add a 32-yard field goal by Justin Alonso to make it 18-17 with 10:22 remaining in the game. Northside again would stand tall on defense forcing a Mays punt. Oliver-who had been using his legs to gash Mays in the second half, finally broke free for a 47-yard touchdown run to put Northside up 25-18 after a successful two-point conversion pass from Oliver to Weaver with 8:31 left in the game.
From there all Northside wanted to do was stop Mays and they did but after a punt the Eagles fumbled giving the Mays the ball at the Northside 21 with 5:48 remaining. Mays moved down to the Northside one-yard line but a false start penalty moved them back and a third down pass fell incomplete. Mays opted for the field goal which was missed leaving the contest 25-18 with 3:37 left.
Northside would go three and out giving Mays one last shot. The Raiders moved to the Northside 39 before being turned over on downs, clinching the game.
Oliver lead Northside on the ground with 154 yards rushing with 94 yards through the air, 70 on the flea-flicker. Willie Jordan finished with 71 yard rushing in the only game this season he didn’t lead the Eagles in rushing all season.
Aderhold finished 14-of-34 for 290 yards 3TD 1INT however went 4-of-15 for 83 yards in the second half for Mays (12-3). Davis finished with six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Mays feel shy of becoming the first school from the city of Atlanta to win a state title since Southwest High in 1973 (Southwest became Mays High School in 1982).
Northside (14-1) claimed its third state title since 2006 and first under current head coach Kevin Kinsler.
In other Georgia State Championship Action….
Class 1A Public: Hawkinsville 15 Irwin County 6
Class 3A: Calhoun 27 Washington County 20
The Mays Raiders are beginning to become more than just a blip on the radar. The team loaded with three and four star recruits went on the road to Fort Mill, SC and won the Cam Newton Foundation 7-on-7 National Championship over the weekend.
The tournament consisted of teams from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mays defeated Hough (NC) 27-20 in the championship game.
Mays finished 6-2 the first day and entered the tournament as the three-seed. They went undefeated in tournament action and finished with an 11-2 overall record and came out of the winners bracket to play for the championship.
“We played well,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said. “We still have work to do to become a complete team”.
Mays posted an 8-4 record last season advancing to the second round of the playoffs in Jarvis’ first season as head coach. The Raiders lost all four games by a combined 18 points and finished second in their region after falling 16-11 to eventual Class 5A runner-up Tucker in the region championship game in the regular season finale.
A quick glance at their schedule explains why Jarvis wants his group to remain focused. They will remain in Class 5A Region 6B this season after realignment and have defending 5A state champion Creekside in their sub-region. Mays will travel to Jarvis’ former team M.L. King and play history-rich yet declining Southwest Dekalb in region crossover games. Class 6A teams Lovejoy and Langston Hughes are also on the schedule. Mays will be the home team against Southwest Dekalb in a game that will be played at the Georgia Dome. Both Lovejoy and Langston Hughes advanced to the second round of the 6A playoffs last season and are expected to at least go that far if not further this season. Lovejoy finished as state runner-ups in 2011 (Class 5A) and 2012 (class 6A).
Mays was also entered in the National Select 7-on-7 Georgia Qualifier at Lassiter for the right to earn a spot in the National Championships in Hoover. The Raiders made good on their obligation and sent the JV team to the qualifier. The JV squad went 1-6 overall at the Georgia Qualifier with their only victory coming in pool play 16-15 over Walton. The only JV team they saw in the event was Valdosta where they were eliminated after losing 30-11 in the losers bracket.
Mays (7-2; 7-1) defeated Stephenson (7-2; 6-2) 13-9 setting up a regular season finale against the top-ranked Tucker Tigers (9-0; 8-0) for the Region 6-5A title in Georgia. Mays recorded their first ever victory over Stephenson who entered the game holding a 3-0 record in the all-time series.
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.
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.
The Mays Raiders are off to a 3-1 start and 3-0 in one of the toughest region in the state of Georgia in Region 6-5A. A week removed from ending his former school ML King’s 19-game region winning streak, head coach Corey Jarvis and his Raiders downed Southwest Dekalb 43-24 on Friday.
On Monday Jarvis was named the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s Coach Of The Week for his teams efforts against ML King. In his first season leading the program Jarvis has quickly brought Mays into the region title contender conversation along with Tucker-ranked No.1 in Class 5A, Stephenson-ranked No.2 in Class 5A and ML King.
The unranked Raiders are averaging 31 points a game while allowing 19.5 a game. Their lone loss came in the season opener against Carver-Atlanta 20-19.
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.
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