Junior running back Dallas Rivers rushed for 115 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the Class AAAAA No. 2 ranked Tucker Tigers to a 36-14
high school football victory over the Class AAA No. 7 ranked Cedar Grove
Saints at Hallford Stadium on Friday.
Tucker (1-0) rolled up 411 yards of total offense as Yusuf Minor added 124
yards and one touchdown and Joseph Farrar rushed for 97 yards and one
touchdown. The defense meanwhile limited the Saints and Class AAA
preseason All-State quarterback Johnathan McCrary to 184 yards of total
offense, including just 92 through the air for McCrary.
The Tigers got off to a quick start after pinning the Saints at their own
one yard line on the opening kickoff and then junior defensive back Eddie
Ivey tackled Cedar Grove running back Anthony Lattmore for a safety on the
first play from the line of scrimmage for a 2-0 Tucker lead with just 10
seconds gone in the game.
Tucker took the free kick and marched 55 yards which concluded on a 13
yard run by Rivers for his first touchdown with 8:25 left in the first
quarter. Steven Duffy added the extra point for a 9-0 Tiger lead.
Cedar Grove found the going hard against the swarming Tiger defense as
eight first half plays went for a loss.
Tucker made it 15-0 heading into the half with a 24 yard run by Minor with
5:12 to play in the second period. A two-point try came up just short.
Cedar Grove’s onside kick attempt to start the second half was touched
too soon and the Tigers needed just six plays to take a 22-0 lead on the
back of Rivers’ second touchdown of the game. Duffy added the point
The Saints responded on the ensuing drive going 61 yards in five plays for
their first score of the game. Facing second and nine at the Tucker 29
McCrary was forced out of the pocket and found running back Shane Ward
open in the middle of field and dumped a pass to him. Ward gathered in the
pass, turned up field and raced to the end zone to cut the Tiger lead to
22-6 with 6:43 left in the third period.
Tucker put the game away with two touchdowns in the final three minutes of
third quarter on a 44 yard run by Rivers and a 29 yard run by Farrar.
Duffy added both point after tries to send the Tigers into the fourth
quarter with a 36-6 lead.
Cedar Grove added a 61-yard touchdown run by Deion Sellers and a two-point
conversion to make the final margin of 36-14.
Tucker’s win streak stands at 16-0 following a 15-0 run to the Class
AAAA state title in 2011.
Arabia Mountain 40, Clarkston 0
The Rams hit the Angoras hard in the first half with a 40 point outburst
and cruised to a 40-0 win at Panthersville on Friday night.
Arabia Mountain opens the season 1-0 while Clarkston is 0-1.
Greater Atlanta Christian 34, Stone Mountain 26
The Stone Mountain Pirates rallied twice against Greater Atlanta Christian
before falling short in a 34-26 loss on the road.
Greater Atlanta Christian was up 34-14 before the Pirates rallied in the
second half. Quarterback Cordaryl Cook connected with Sammy Johnson on
touchdown passes of 67 and 86 yards to get within eight points (34-26)
with five minutes to play.
The Pirates had rallied from a 17-0 deficit in the first half to make it
20-14 at the half as Solomon Parker had a three yard run for a touchdown
and Cook added another score.
Stone Mountain which finished 8-2 in 2011 fell to 0-1.
DeKalb Results - Friday, Aug. 24
Tucker (1-0) 36, Cedar Grove (0-1) 14
Maynard Jackson (1-0) 31, Towers (0-1) 6
Holy Innocents 20, Lakeside (0-1) 14
Greater Atlanta Christian (1-0) 34, Stone Mountain (0-1) 26
South Atlanta (1-0) 34, Lithonia (0-1) 19
Arabia Mountain (1-0) 40, Clarkston (0-1) 0
Mark Brock is the Information Officer/Athletics Statistician/Web Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics/East DeKalb Campus