What a GAME! – Kell at Lassiter 2014

 

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August 30, 2014 GHSA News

by: Missy Koslowski

Last night’s game at The Frank was a rivalry contest that ended with a score of Kell 42 Lassiter 35, but if that is all you see you have missed something.  Early this morning and into today, come talks about the Kell victory, but to watch this game “live” as I did last night, gives us the story behind the story.

Sitting on the Kell (Visitor) side and talking to the visiting parents and fans of Kell, I realized that there IS an animosity – a built-in fight for bragging rights.  What jumped out to me (and quite frankly what I was hoping to see) was the heart and fight to appear in this young Lassiter team being lead by QB Senior Russell Aarons. 

To be honest, I think that it was the Trojans that “shocked” the Longhorns!  Highly ranked Kell came into Frank Fillmann Stadium with a swagger of a pre-determined winner and left hammered and battered.  Yes, they won the game, but the real story is what the Trojans accomplished allong the way.

The Lassiter Trojans led by Head Coach, Jep Irwin made some significant improvements in their play from last week.  This was apparent in the performance and up-tempo of the offense and the never-say-die attitude of the defense.  “While very disappointed that we ultimately lost, I am very proud of our team’s effort and toughness in coming back twice from 2 TD deficits,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said.  “We have a lot to work on but also a lot we can build on moving forward.”

Don’t get me wrong, there were mistakes made , tackles missed and coverage’s blown – but what amazing heart these young men showed!  Stats are important as they reflect a “measurement” for people who do not take the opportunity or do not have the chance to see the game in-person.  Mason Waters #20 carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards and scored one of Lassiter’s touchdowns from a pass thrown by Aarons.  Grant Daniels ran over and past defenders, carrying the ball 14 times for 78 yards.  The offense shows great balance running and passing.  Impressive was Aarons, with actually the best QB performance of the night, completing 23 of 30 passes for 340 yards, including some great catches made by #85 Cole Taylor, #8 Micah Grigsby, and #87 Pearson VanHorn.

Throughout the game there were moments that could only be gleaned from being physically at the game.  Watching Aarons lead his team last night, he was impressive – not just by stats (but in the intangibles).  Last week we wrote about leader’s stepping forward – this happened with Aarons.  It also manifested itself in a young player on defense, Thomas Donalson #41.  This kid is scappy!  Donalson, a sophomore is listed as 5’11”, 205.  He gave the defense something to reckon with, so much so that the Kell 6’4″ 280 lb. Offensive Tackle,  James Dematto had to tackle Donalson to keep him from sacking his QB,  #10 Rosendahl.

As coach Irwin stated, this young team is disappointed in the loss but it comes with significant improvement and demonstration of “heart” and determination.  The great Vince Lombardi stated:

“Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”.

In one week, this young Lassiter Team has made HUGE improvements, leaders have emerged, and the coaching staff has shown great prowess in preparing and mentoring their team.  The biggest problem now is that we, as fans, have to wait till next week to see more.

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Lassiter can WIN Region 5 in 2014

August 28, 2014 EDITORIAL
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News

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Okay Maxwell, the AJC, Maxpreps, etc., I have watched Kell, Hillgrove, and Lassiter play this season. We have scouted the players & coaches at Walton, at Lassiter and most at Hillgrove. At GHSA News, we believe that of these three teams, Lassiter is the most talented.

There are issues, in the pre-season against North Cobb and in the first game at Hillgrove. Adjustments might have been made to both the defense and the offense (quarter-to-quarter) to win these games.

The good thing is GHSA News feels that this can be fixed, the question is – are our assumptions correct? Lassiter has a talented leader in Russell Aarons #5, a Senior. They have an amazing and talented receiver group and even more so at the running back position, with a power runner (WITH SPEED) in Grant Daniels #34, a WATER BUG runner like #20 Mason Waters, and a combination runner in #26 Oris Lawhorn.

Last week Russell Aarons completed passes to 10 different receivers. The offense is capable, but the defense has to make adjustments to stop Kell this week. This is a HUGE test for Lassiter and going into next week’s rivalry game with Walton, they need to make the aforementioned “adjustments” in REAL-TIME / not in hind-sight. The old adage, “The Best Defense is a Good Offense” is true, but a Good and Adjusting Defense gives a young talented offense a chance to win the game.

Lassiter needs to win this game! Walton has a new coach and a less-skilled (overall) roster than Lassiter. If Lassiter hosts Walton at 0 – 2 next week, it will give Walton too much confidence coming in and increase Walton’s chances of a close game or a win.

We believe that the key word for Lassiter is “ADJUSTMENT”. Lassiter has the talent to do better than last year. They need to get to the playoffs (hopefully past the first round) and on-the-way find the chemistry, player combination, and coaching nimbleness to empower this talented team.

On this team there are players who can step-up and become leaders! If they read this article, they know who they are. Step-up, don’t accept losing – encourage and inspire your teammates! Talk to your coaches, speak up on the field, support the guy next to you – “Losing cannot be acceptable to you, a talented team”.

Here are our predictions for Lassiter, knowing what we know:

DATE           VISITOR                      LINE
08-29-14      Kell                            Lassiter +3
09-05-14      Walton                      Lassiter +10

Lassiter shows skill in loss to Hillgrove

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Friday’s game between Lassiter and Hillgrove had to be seen to be appreciated and if you were not there, you missed a GREAT contest.    On an exciting first day of High School Football and a scorcher, Hillgrove won the toss and Lassiter kicked-off the season receiving the ball.

Lassiter and Hillgrove both traded possessions and on the second opportunity on offense, Russell Aarons QB #5, handed off to Grant Daniels #28 at the Lassiter 40 and the (5’8″ 200lb.) RB broke through the middle for a 60 yard touchdown untouched.  The point after was good and Lassiter led by 7.

Russell Aarons passed for 327 yards and had 29 completions out of 49 attempts with one running touchdown and a 57 yard touchdown completion to #8 Micah Grigsby.  Although Aarons had only a 59% completion average, he was dead on with his passing and was thwarted by great defensive play and several drops by receivers.

There was positive performance to be recognized outside of the score box, where #41 Thomas Donalson, #48 Kory Gildea, and #24 Tanner Plemmons had some great defensive plays.

Russell  Aarons #5 spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, most notably #87 Person VanHorn who had 5 catches for 76 yards.  Cole Taylor #85, Tyler Kay #9, and Evan Joseph #82 also had nice catches for significant yards with Mason Waters # 20 showing moves like Barry Sanders cutting and slicing through defenders.

Lassiter was only down by 6 at the half (27 – 21), but would fight hard this whole contest trailing Hillgrove 41 -21 at the end of the third quarter.  Hillgrove was held to only 6 more points in the fourth, while Lassiter battled back hard to score 14 when regulation ended with the score Hillgrove 47 Lassiter 35.

This was a scoreboard loss for the Trojans, but this young team (in their first game) showed they have talent on both sides of the ball with many weapons in both the running and passing game.  Russell Aarons showed he has the skills to lead this team and shows great promise in this, his senior season.

Russell Aarons leads the Lassiter Trojans against Hillgrove Friday 8/22/14

Russel Aarons leads Lassiter as starting QB
Russel Aarons leads Lassiter as starting QB

August 18, 2014   Missy Koslowski, GHSA News

Last Friday, the Lassiter Trojans travelled to North Cobb High School for a pre-season scrimmage against the North Cobb Warriors.  Russell Aarons (shown in the photo) leads the Trojans at QB.

Lassiter is a young team being lead by this senior quarterback and showed great skill and heart in this contest.  Last year, (it is important to note) that QB Aarons demonstrated his team leadership skills and athletic ability playing behind starter Will Anderson. Aarons played multiple positions and demonstrated an admirable trait of leadership by significantly contributing anywhere he could on offense, defense, and special teams.

This year he leads his team as the starting QB and obviously is showing why this team coached by (head coach) Jep Irwin, is looking so good starting the 2014 season!

Aarons leads the Trojans against Hillgrove this Friday at 7:30Pm (Location: Hillgrove High School).  Please support both teams with your attendance at the game. 

Zack Hall makes impact at Lassiter

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Georgia High School Football is a big deal in this state and especially in the 6A division.  Many things have changed each year in our state and in our sport.  In the past several years, we have seen a new, more frequent occurrence in High School sports – the transfer of players to schools that will enhance or improve their chances of going from Friday to Saturday night competition  and the dreams of Division 1 college football.

This is becoming more and more common, the movement of players to schools with the right offense or the right coach that might make their dreams come true.  What really stands out is when multiple players migrate to a school because of a player.

The GMSAA All-Star Game in 2012 had players from across the region in all positions, from Walton, Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and others.  In High School, College, and in the NFL, we feel the impact that skilled positions make on fast paced passing offenses and complex defenses.  Wide Receivers are faster, stronger, and better in running their routes.  Defensive Backs are trained with the experience that could only be gotten at the college level of past years.

At the helm of the GMSAA All-Star game at QB was Zack Hall. He would go on to run a fast paced mixture of run and pass that would continue into the 2012 North South All-Star game and to finishing a record year.  His accurate passing and leadership would bring out the best in his players, players that were enhanced by his skill and field generalship.  Good players do well, GREAT players make other players better!

Two of his primary targets were from regular season rival schools (Walton) and (Sprayberry).  Their combination would lead them to win the North South All-Star Game in 2012 and get people talking.  Now young men and families do not transfer from schools without reason, leaving neighbors and friends behind.

His two primary receivers were considered the BEST at their respective schools, anybody that knows football will agree.  They could be the top two wide receivers in Cobb county, then and now.  Both chose to attend Lassiter High School in 2013 as classmates of Zack.

The 2014 season would prove to be a record year for the Freshmen at Lassiter.  Zack and his receivers would shatter all freshman offense records at the school – passing, rushing, and number of touchdowns.& following his record season, Zack would be selected to participate in the 2014 OD Bowl in Orlando, FL – Team USA (Seen above #21 in Red/White/Blue).  His performance at the O-D Bowl for Team USA has begun to catch the eye of national scouts.

Recently, Zack and one of his receivers Clark Kent participated in the 1-on-1 Elite Invitational held at Myrtle Beach, SC.  Zack had an almost perfect performance, passing to Clark time and time again propelling him to MVP honors .  Zack would also have been MVP if he was older and had been more known to the committee.

If you know the players from around the region, the coaches, and the fans – all will say that this group (with Zack at the helm) is the favorite to win the State Championship in 2016 or 2017. Recognizing and praising talent in those who are seniors is common among us all, but seeing it emerge at this early stage is extraordinary.  Even more important is to recognize a talented and great young man like Zack that can affect other players and families to change schools, friends, and coaches.

In closing, Zack Hall has accomplished  a compelling and unique feat with his leadership, skill, and friendship. This young man has drawn two talented athletes to a rival school by their recognition of his inherent abilities and quite possibly a future Georgia AAAAAA State Championship .

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Clark Kent (Lassiter High School) MVP of ELITE 1-on-1 Matchup Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Clark Kent, a rising sophomore at Lassiter High School in Marietta, made MVP honors this week at the ELITE 1-on-1 Offense-Defense Match-Up Classic which was held in Myrtle Beach, SC  July 26th thru July 27th (https://www.o-d.com/elite-camp).

Out of 180 participants from Georgia to California, Clark Kent WR of Lassiter (Jep Irwin, Head Coach), was the only Georgia participant named to MVP status.  There were only 13 players chosen in the selection.