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Milton “Mpire” Repels Trojan Attack


High School Sports News

 September 27, 2014

Missy Koslowski, Georgia High School Athletics

(Official GHSA News Online / GA Online News pictures by: Michael Hunyh)

The Eagles Nest 2014 Milton High School

What a beautiful night for football and Milton High School is a beautiful venue and friendly atmosphere for fans to come out and support their teams.  The contest, however, was not so pretty.  The Trojans marched into Eagle Stadium and (for a couple of early play series) made it seem like it would be a fight!  Unfortunately, for the Trojans, it came apart quickly and they trailed 28 – 0 at the half.

Milton Celebrates #33 Micco Brisker

The Trojans were hoping to win this battle and obtain their first win of the year, but now find themselves at 0 – 5 and 0 – 3 in Region 5 AAAAAA. It was all Milton in every phase of the game, the only team this season to hold the Trojan’s high powered offense from scoring.  Milton’s dominance was demonstrated with RB #33 Micco Brisker having another stellar night, scoring on a 24-yard and 56-yard run (running through and around Lassiter tacklers) and with a great QB performance by #11 Austin McLeod (who ran and threw the ball seemingly at will), eluding pursuit and keeping plays alive with his feet.

#16 Mitchell Wasson #5 Russell Aarons

Lassiter punter #16 Mitchell Wasson had a busy night and did an amazing job under pressure when Lassiter frequently was forced to give the ball up on fourth down.  Russell Aarons, who came into this game leading Region 5 AAAAAA in passing, ran for his life most of the night and was thwarted by an interception, several dropped passes, and the lack of an efficient run game to keep the defense honest.

Lassiter loses heartbreaker to Milton

The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words …” sums up a heartbreaker for what is considered a very talented Trojan team.

GHSA News Online congratulates the Milton Eagles on a “Big” win and wishes the Trojans success in future games.  Rosters for both teams are provided below in support for these two great Region 5 AAAAAA teams!

Milton Eagles Roster     ROSTER

Lassiter Trojans     ROSTER

See us Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smartphone, iphone, android, or iPad.   In addition, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.


Trojans attack “Mpire” Tomorrow


      September 25, 2014

Missy Koslowski, Georgia High School Athletics

If you are a fan of High School Football, you would know that at Milton they are dedicated and committed to “Building an Mpire” – a football empire.  The Milton Eagles are well on their way to doing just that!  Milton is a very good team and a loss last week to the Roswell Hornets makes them very dangerous.  Milton is very well coached by former Pope HS Asst. Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Strength/Conditioning Coach, Tony Howie DeCristofaro (bio HERE).

The men of Troy “Trojans”, march into the Eagles nest tomorrow night for a conference game and are ready for battle.  Ancient history and legend places great fear on the mention of the word “Trojan” and a contest between the Eagles and the Trojans (coached by Jep Irwin bio Here) will be a close battle in the war for Regional 5 AAAAAA supremacy.

Milton_Helmet  ROSTER


lassiter-trojans-helmet ROSTER


See us Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smartphone, iphone, android, or iPad.   In addition, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.

Support your TEAM by being at this Conference Match-Up!



Woodstock Wins at The Frank

September 13 2014
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News


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).

On Game Day GHSA News provides easily accessible Roster and Team information.

GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the Roswell at Milton game for MaxPreps this Friday.

See GHSA News for Roswell @ Milton exclusive photo’s and coverage this week!

What a GAME! – Kell at Lassiter 2014



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


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

VIEW Video here: http://m.11alive.com/topstories/article?a=9204707&f=1367

Chris Heitzman is the REAL Story! (http://christopherheitzman.blogspot.com/)


Chris Heitzman, who pitched for the Lassiter baseball team and also played football prior to his junior year, walked onto the field during the Trojans Spring Scrimmage game. Younger brother Davis, a rising junior wide receiver, handed the football to Chris, who then walked — with help — 10 yards into the end zone.

It’s a sure sign that Chris Heitzman, a 2012 Lassiter graduate, has come a long way in his rehabilitation since he was critically injured in an automobile accident nearly two years ago.