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.