Posted: 6:56 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Battle of the Borders roundup 

By Craig Sager II

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14: Joey Goegel’s 19-yard field goal with eight seconds left lifted Marist past Godby in the opening game of the Battle of the Borders at Hallford Stadium. Quarterback Sam Phelps ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give Marist a 7-0 lead before Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie it at 7-7. The Jaguars jumped offsides on a 30-yard Marist field goal attempt before the half and Spencer Taylor capitalized with a 6-yard Marist touchdown run. Bradwell ran in his second score in the third quarter to make it 14-14. Marist survived a three-turnover third quarter and coverted a 3rd and 11 with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard reverse by sophomore Chris Martel that set up the Goegel game-winning kick.

 

Norland (Fla.) 30, M.L. King 0: Kion Holder intercepted Jordan Douglas and returned it for a 28-yard touchdown to give Norland a 7-0 first quarter lead in Game 2 of the Battle of the Borders. Three of four Douglas interceptions came in the first half and the Lions’ offense managed 34 total yards in the opening half before a 10-yard second half. In the second quarter, Carlton Davis intercepted Douglas and set up a Rodrick Robinson 26-yard touchdown run. Minutes later, Robinson hauled in an interception and drove the Vikings into the redzone, before fumbling inside the 1-yard line. M.L. King recovered and escaped with just a 14-0 halftime deficit. On the final play of the third quarter, Robinson extended Norland’s lead to 21-0 with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Steven McIntosh before an hour-long lightning delay halted the action. The Vikings’ defense extended the lead to 23-0 with a fourth quarter safety.

 

Miami Central (Fla.) 21, Stephenson 20: After a scoreless opening quarter, Stephenson’s Dewann Ford scored on an 18-yard quarterback keeper to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead in the third game of the Battle of the Borders.  Stephenson failed the 2-point conversion and the Rockets used a 7-yard Malik Allen rushing score to take a 7-6 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half. Stephenson (seven) and Central (five) combined for just 12 passing yards in the first half. Central opened the second half with a 79-yard touchdown drive capped off by Jerrod Thomas’ quarterback sneak. Stephenson answered with a Dexter Neal touchdown reception with 17 second left in the third quarter but the Jaguars failed another 2-point conversion and trailed 14-12. The Rockets made it a 21-12 lead with five minutes to play on a 1-yard Allen touchdown run. Stephenson cut it to 20-21 with 42 seconds left with an Ivonte Patterson touchdown run and Dexter Neal 2-point conversion, but the Rockets recovered the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock.

 

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 19, Tucker 7: In a game that ended well after midnight, Tucker lost for the second time this season in two games, falling to last season’s high school national champion. The Tornadoes, from Miami, scored in the first quarter on a Maurice Alexander 10-yard pass to  Vaquan Small. The conversion was no good but in the final minute of the second quarter, Antonio Calloway ran back a punt for a 60-yard score. The Tornadoes then went up by 19 on an Alexander 15-yard pass to Calloway. Tucker, who lost to Norcross last week in overtime at the Corky Kell Classic, then picked up its only score of the game on a 90-yard kickoff return by Yaquis Shelley.

16 comments
Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

They can't wait to long! This season is moving along. They better get it fixed and in a hurry. I know many of you are waiting for the region games and what you consider the "soft" portion of the schedule. When it gets here, you will need to have all your issues taken care of.


Believe me

6AReg2Fan
6AReg2Fan

First, congrates to the War Eagles of Marist on a HARD fought victory and preventing a Florida sweep in the “Battle of the Boarders”.Marist will again be a PLAYER in the 4A football landscape.Hopefully, the other DeKalb coaches took notes from one of GA’s elite, and future HOF coach.


Of the three loses only one was very disappointing and hard to watch.  MLK could have been blown out by 50 plus, if it wasn’t for the heat which this game was played.  Maybe it could be caulked up as the Lions first game, but ALL 3 phases need MUCH improvement and that comes down to coaching.  The best thing, at this time, for MLK, it’s early in the season and things can be fixed – Hopefully.


I echo my fellow Tucker bloggers, TuckerD, BcS2010, Informed Observer, on this year’s Tigers.  I too, came away from the scrimmage between Stephenson, very concern about this group of young Tigers, but the overall team play in the two early seasons loses, Norcross & Booker T, give me hope that Tucker Football will be OK.  Much props to Coach Lamar and his staff on stepping up to schedule two very good HS football teams, right out the gate, nothing but good things will come from these two loses.  Tucker could easily be 2-0 or 1-1, correcting some very simple mistakes.  Tucker will go as far as the development of their JR QB.


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

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@Informed Observer == They were a football team. NO more no less. It is nice of you to say all those glowing things about your team. It is still early and they have time to fix what's wrong. Hang in there. 

Informed Observer
Informed Observer

BcS2010..........I was at the Tucker vs Stephenson scrimmage and left after the 3rd quarter thinking that Tucker was done this year. Shouldnt jump to conclusions!!

But I saw the Norcross game on TV and changed my opinion then because the improvement was markedly different despite the biggest mistake I saw, and that was that Tucker never pressured the Norcross QB.   I recall thinking that I have never seen a Tucker team that didnt give a QB fits which was the difference in that game (plus the dumb penalties).   I didnt see the Booker T game, but if you say they improved even from the Norcross game then I must take my hat off to the coaches because they are doing what is expected.....teaching these boys to play up to their potential.   I was told that Booker T had their share of 5*, but 15 - 4* athletes and 8 - 3* athletes (havent confirmed this, but they must be stacked).  I wished that game was on TV because I would have loved to see it myself. 

At any rate, I hope the Tucker coaches find a way to keep those boys hungry and injury-free and get those boys more disciplined because that is their biggest opponent.

Informed Observer
Informed Observer

Talked to a gentleman that identified himself as a Booker T coach this morning at breakfast and he had a lot of complimentary things to say about the Tucker team.   He said they really expectecd that this was going to be a blow-out and was surprised at how well Tucker moved the ball against them.  He described Tucker as bigger and faster than they expected.  He was really impressed with their speed and physicality.

He also thought the Tucker defense was extremely under-rated and faster than most that he has seen at this level.  He said that Tucker has a top 10 defense for sure and an offense that has the tools to be scary if they ever gel.  He also told me that in the second half they thought Tucker's physicality was making a difference because their players were taking too many hits.  I didnt see the game but he said no team has ever held their running back to less than 50 yards ever.  To all Tucker fans, he wishes the team good luck this season and said they will be following Tucker's progress through the end of the year saying that he hoped they play again next year.

BcS2010
BcS2010

Final was Booker T Washington 19 Tucker 7. Even tho we lost we actually looked good! Our offense had chances to score but messed themselves up. We got to the redzone but called a reverse which they fumbled then we scored a long run an was wiped out with a holding call. At the end of the day we lost but we actually looked good! Remember we did play the number 1 ranked team in the nation and they beat Norcross 55-0 last season! Just saying I seen major improvements from the Norcross game!

TuckerD
TuckerD

Well we went down 19-7. Duke ran back a 90 yard kick return. Our defense held on most of the second half. We will take this experience with us the rest of the season.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

Tucker was losing 12-0 in the first when I left.

Lj4Life
Lj4Life

Where is the Tucker Game. What happened. Not on T.V

MIGHTY LION KING
MIGHTY LION KING

smh!! MLK gotta get better than how they lookin otherwise we gonna have a LOONNGG YR in the DOGHOUSE like we just got put in.. smh DO BETTER LIONS!!

KINGS OF 6-5A / LETS GO LIONS!!!