Posted: 10:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014

DeKalb pride on the line at Battle of the Borders Showdown 

By Chip Saye

Class AAAAA teams Stephenson and M.L. King will be among four DeKalb County schools that will host some of Florida’s best teams on Saturday in the Battle of the Borders Showdown at Hallford Stadium.

M.L. King (0-0) will open its season with a 2:30 p.m. game against Norland of Miami, and second-ranked Stephenson (1-0) will face Miami Central at 5:30 p.m. The event begins at 11:45 a.m., when Class AAAA Marist (0-0) takes on Godby (0-1) of Tallahassee, and concludes with an 8:30 p.m. game between Class AAAAAA Tucker (0-1) and defending national champion Booker T. Washington (1-0) of Miami.

Norland will play in DeKalb County for the second consecutive season after losing to Stephenson 29-12 in the event last season. The Vikings are coming off a 28-7 opening-game loss to Flanagan (Fla.) last weekend. M.L. King, which went 7-4 last season, defeated Ely of Pompano Beach, Fla., in the 2013 Showdown.

Miami Central is ranked in the top 10 in several national polls. The Rockets opened their season on Saturday with a 24-21 victory against Hoover (Ala.), ending the Buccaneers’ 30-game winning streak. Stephenson beat Arabia Mountain 41-6 in its opener on Friday.

Here are some of the other top stories to watch this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- LaGrange will try to avoid going 0-2 against its county rivals when it takes on Troup at Callaway Stadium on Friday. The Grangers opened the season with a 20-14 overtime loss to Callaway last weekend. It was the Cavaliers’ first victory in three meetings with LaGrange, which moved up to Class AAAAA this year. Troup is 7-19 all-time against LaGrange but has won three of the past four.

- Warner Robins will be replacing QB Caden Johnson (1,466 yards passing last season) and leading rusher Danny Hite Jr. (1,227 yards) when it hosts Peach County on Friday. Three players have been battling for the quarterback spot, according to the Macon Telegraph, but the rushing load will be in good hands with the return of Jacquan Burns, who ran for 1,116 yards in 2013.

- Rivals Brunswick and Glynn Academy have met at least once every season since Brunswick began playing football in 1968, and this year’s game kicks off the Region 3-AAAAA schedule. Brunswick, which played in Class AAAAAA the past two seasons, has won seven of the past eight meetings and leads the series 37-31-2.

- Allatoona jumped out to an early lead in 5-AAAAA with a 27-21 victory last week against East Paulding, one of the early favorites to win the region. A victory on Friday against Villa Rica would give the Buccaneers a 2-0 region record while everyone else would be either 0-0 or 0-1 in league play. The region schedule begins in earnest next weekend.

- Gainesville will be breaking in a new quarterback at Grayson on Friday following the graduation of Deshaun Watson, the state’s all-time career passing leader. The job will fall to Mikey Gonzalez, who completed 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in a little more than a quarter in a 47-21 scrimmage victory against White County two weeks ago, according to the Gainesville Times.

9 comments
JABAJC
JABAJC

Stephenson should have beat Miami Central, they missed two PAT's and really had no problem moving the ball on the #4 team in the country and Florida's reigning state champion in their highest classification.  I will be anything but shocked if they are not ranked no. 1 in the polls... 


GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

6AReg2Fan
6AReg2Fan

Just thought I would make an appearance on the 5A blog to remember the good times of blogging with my friends/foes of 5A.  Formally, “5AReg6Fan”... Good Luck to ALL the 5A teams in their quest to be crown 2014 GA 5A champs and a special shout-out to the 5A DeKalb powers.  This is your year to bring back the prize/pride to DeKalb football.  Tucker Nation is in support


"WE ARE TUCKER" – The New Kids on the Block!!! 

itsonlywrite
itsonlywrite

I could care less for the Tucker Tigers and the Stephenson Jaguars... lol BUT!!! I'm a proud supporter of any GA team playing a team from out-of-state.  So with that said, Go luck to both teams and I hope they beat the hell out of those Florida teams this weekend.  as well as the other teams playing out-of-state teams this weekend.  Buford and a couple of other teams lead the charge last week.  Lets keep it up!!  GO GA!!!

#ELEPHANTNATION

JABAJC
JABAJC

This is "JAB", different screen name, but same commentator.  I think this is good publicity for Dekalb County HS football, if they win it will say alot about the toughness of the programs.  My prediction is that Dekalb will go 2 - 2 on Saturday, 3 - 1 would be realistic; not going to post who I think will loose, as I don't want to upset no bloggers, but I will be back with my analysis after the games on Saturday night.  I must say that I'm quite proud of coach Gartrell & co. not waiting until post season to play some tough powerhouse teams, with Creekside coming up the following week, this schedule should separate the men from the boyz.  Time to grow up JAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGUARS.



GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

AVikingFan
AVikingFan

AAAAA Ware County plays a Florida powerhouse Manatee from Bradenton, this Friday at Lowndes High's Martin Stadium, at 6:00.

region4fan
region4fan

I tried to log on last week but apparently I had to create a new account. I had planned on offering a few thoughts on Region 4 as the season began but will offer a modified account now. McEachern has a sophomore quarterback who got some experience last year when the starter was hurt late in the season. I was going to say that they would have to rely on their outstanding running back and hope he did not get hurt because he is a smaller back. Now he is gone for the season. I think any chance at a state championship is probably gone with that injury. Marietta returns their quarterback and running back and I would have favor to them to make the playoffs this year. Hillgrove must replace its starting quarterback but according to the rankings it does not look like that bothers anyone. North Cobb once again had to replace almost all its starters. They have their outstanding quarterback again for his senior season. Last year North Cobb played with an offensive line that had to be one of the smallest, if not the smallest, in 6A. The line was smaller than the North Cobb jv line, smaller than the 9th grade line and smaller than the 8th grade youth league line. Their Dline was not large either. That said, the only game where their line size made a difference was the loss to Colquitt County. North Cobb has replaced almost all its starters two years in a row and advanced into the playoffs. The question is can they do it again. McEachern and North Cobb have brutal non region schedules so they should be ready when they get into region play. For either Harrison or North Paulding to crack the play offs, they will have to win the head to head battle and beat one of these four.    

Realistic_Fan
Realistic_Fan

Just hoping that Stephenson and Tucker don't get blown out. Keep it within 20, and let Marist and MLK worry about the wins.

JABAJC
JABAJC

@region4fan I had the same problem as well, with my account.  I was highly frustrated that I had to change my screen name, because I've been blogging for years with my same screen name "JAB", but I'll be alright region4fan, after awhile people will get use to your new name. Just remind them of who your previous screen name for a min. until it soaks in.  I really appreciate Todd, Chip and co. for creating this blog and allowing us to express out love for HS football....;)


6AReg2Fan
6AReg2Fan

@Realistic_Fan Not to say that either Stephenson or Tucker will win the battle of the boarders, between the powerhouses of Florida, but under the forecasted weather conditions for Saturday, will come down to coaching, execution, and discipline.I like BOTH the Jaguars and the Tigers early season run attack on a sloppy field in front of their home crowds.Good luck to your Paulding teams and remember, there are NO TIGERS in the way, for the 5A crown.


"WE ARE TUCKER" – The New Kids on the Block!!!