Woodstock Wins at The Frank

September 13 2014
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News


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If you listen to Woodstock Coach Brent Budde, he will say that he was proud of the way his team fought last night.  The same can be said of Lassiter Coach Jep Irwin.

The Trojans (0-4, 0-2 Region 5 AAAAAA) fell behind early, but kept fighting and cut the lead to 35-21 before halftime. Before last night, no team had scored a touchdown against the Wolverine defense (now 4-0, 2-0 Region 5AAAAAA), but River Ridge, Johns Creek and Wheeler certainly tried. River Ridge was the only one of the three to manage a touchdown, and that came on a kickoff return. The Trojans certainly spoiled that record.

Lassiter forced three Woodstock fumbles, including one on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Lassiter turned the three turnovers into 14 points and took a 42-38 lead with 8:15 to play in the game.  Outstanding plays were made by #33 Ozi Orjioke, #25 Ben Mostellar (who recovered a fumble and ran it back for 80 yards), #48 Kory Gildea (who recovered a fumble which resulted in a TD), #8 Micah Grigsby, #85 Cole Taylor (shown above in picture provided by MDJ), #20 Mason Waters, # 2 Taz Holt, #24 Tanner Plemmons, and #42 Khari Johnson.  QB Russell Aarons excited the crowd when, after taking the snap – passed to #87 Pearson VanHorn who then threw it back to him for a TD.

The Woodstock Wolverines have a strong group of seniors led by QB, Justin Agner.  Across the board, the Wolverines executed a solid game-plan with great offensive blocking, solid running back performance, and consistent production from their receiver group.

Congrats to the Wolverines for a GREAT game and an unblemished record, joining Lassiter in an off week when they both return 9/26/14 (where Woodstock plays Etowah and Lassiter travels to Milton).

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Cobb County High School Football Stats

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Below are the current STATS for COBB High School Football:

COBB’S 2014 PASSING LEADERS

NAME SCH COM ATT YDS TD INT
Russell Aarons Lassiter 30 47 345 1 0
Bailey Hockman McEachern 10 28 300 3 1
C. Rosendahl Kell 16 22 165 0 0
Ryles Kirkland Wheeler 9 16 161 1 0
Kylil Carter S. Cobb 12 20 126 2 0
Lorenzo Nunez Harrison 7 9 117 1 0
Conner Larson Allatoona 6 13 103 1 0
Matthew Wilson Hillgrove 7 11 102 3 0
Brenton Martin Marietta 9 19 101 1 1
Andrew Pereira Sprayberry 12 19 96 1 1

 

COBB’S 2014 RUSHING LEADERS

NAME SCH RSH YDS AVG TD
Kylil Carter South Cobb 20 252 12.6 2
Russell Halimon Allatoona 38 193 5.1 1
Sonny Harris Hillgrove 17 180 10.6 0
Bryan Terry Pope 23 173 7.5 3
Lorenzo Nunez Harrison 8 143 17.9 1
Taj Griffin McEachern 21 133 6.3 3
Eric Montgomery Hillgrove 12 119 9.9 2
Matthew Wilson Hillgrove 14 105 7.5 2
J.T. Wood Walker 19 103 5.4 1
Rakeem Myricks Sprayberry 15 93 6.2 0

 

COBB’S 2014 RECEIVING LEADERS

NAME SCH REC YDS AVG TD
T.J. Rahming McEachern 5 177 35.2 3
Tyler Smith McEachern 4 113 27.6 1
Bryson Armstrong Kell 9 106 11.8 0
Micah Grigsby Lassiter 2 86 43 1
Benaiah Franklin Wheeler 2 81 40.5 1
M. Lapeyrolerie South Cobb 6 78 13 1
Adonis Smith Harrison 3 78 26 1
Pearson VanHorn Lassiter 5 75 15 0
Zach Nichols Allatoona 3 65 21.7 0
Mason Waters Lassiter 6 53 8.8 0

 

COBB’S 2014 TACKLES LEADERS

NAME SCH Tackle Assist Total
Martel Sanders Marietta 6 6 12
Michael McCain Kell 7 5 12
Dylan Hamilton McEachern 8 4 12
Kharon Cameron Marietta 6 5 11
Khari Johnson Lassiter 5 6 11
Ryan Moore Hillgrove 9 2 11
Eric Jackson Hillgrove 6 5 11
Juanyea Tarver Allatoona 5 6 11
Josh Bailey Sprayberry 8 2 10
Kory Gildea Lassiter 5 5 10

 

COBB’S 2014 INTERCEPTION LEADERS

NAME SCH No.
Terrell Myers Marietta 1
Ross Neely Harrison 1
Michael McCain Kell 1
Kameron Pena Allatoona 1
Chase Alexander Allatoona 1
Tyler Woodley McEachern 1

 

COBB’S 2014 SACKS LEADERS

NAME SCH No.
Julious Tolliver Wheeler 1
Ronald Winslow Wheeler 1
Tylen Noel Wheeler 1
Devon Jenkins Wheeler 1
Darian Johnson Wheeler 1
Seth Simmer Harrison 1
Nicholas Woghiren Kell 1
Jamal Sutton Hillgrove 1
Grant Elkins Hillgrove 1
Five others with 1

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.

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

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. 

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.