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Tucker and Stephenson battle for gridiron supremacy
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
October 09, 2013 01:20 PM | 1446 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Stephenson quarterback Giovonni Weekly works on his throw during practice last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Stephenson quarterback Giovonni Weekly works on his throw during practice last week.
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Dekalb county has been the home of two of the strongest football programs in the state of Georgia for the past five seasons and they meet this Friday at Hallford Stadium. Tucker and Stephenson are both undefeated (5-0, 4-0) and atop of the Class AAAAA team polls by various publications. Most importantly, the two squads play in the same region (6-AAAAA) and want to gain prime positioning for the postseason. The game has garnered the attention of the entire Southeast and will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast starting at 8 p.m.

The Jaguars’ offense, which has averaged 42 points per contest will be led by senior quarterback Giovonni Weekley, whose six touchdowns are third in the county. Stephenson running back Dallas Rivers joined the program this summer as a transfer and paid immediate dividends for his new team, rushing for a county-high 13 touchdowns on the ground. The Jaguars defeated Southwest DeKalb, 35-7, in its last game on Sept. 27.

The Tigers will counter with a defense that’s allowed only eight points per game, highlighted by linebackers Justin Hughes, Elijah Sullivan and defensive end Maurice Williams, each of which has more than four sacks this season.

Tucker has one of the most lethal offenses in Georgia scoring more than 56 points per game. Sullivan (7), Dominick Sanders (6) and Myles Donaldson (6) have each more than five rushing touchdowns on the season to lead the ground attack. The Tigers thrashed Lakeside, DeKalb by the score of 56-7 in their last contest on Sept. 27.

Junior defensive end Chauncey Rivers has been the defensive lynchpin for Stephenson, leading the county in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (10). Fellow defensive end, senior Theron Chatman, has six sacks of his own. Overall, the Jaguars’ defense has been even more stingy than Tuckers, giving up only six points per contest.

Last season’s contest was a defensive struggle, with Stephenson emerging with a 13-6 win in the only-ever meeting between the two schools.
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