Lassiter, Sprayberry set for ‘Backyard Brawl’
by Carlton D. White
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September 06, 2012 06:57 PM | 2380 views | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
08-31-12 --Hillgrove at Lassiter 17-- Willie Police evades the Hillgrove defense as he looks to run for a first down during the first half of Lassiter's game against Hillgrove. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
08-31-12 --Hillgrove at Lassiter 17-- Willie Police evades the Hillgrove defense as he looks to run for a first down during the first half of Lassiter's game against Hillgrove. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
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Separated by roughly 3 miles along Sandy Plains Road, Lassiter and Sprayberry continue their fierce rivalry — the “Backyard Brawl” — tonight at Jim Frazier Stadium.

Both squads enter the contest with question marks regarding their ability to play a full 48-minute game. Fifth-ranked Lassiter started with a strong first half in its season-opening win against Hillgrove last week, but nearly let the lead get away.

The Trojans jumped out to a 37-0 halftime lead, only to see the Hawks storm back with 29 unanswered points. Lassiter managed to hold onto the ball for the final four minutes of the contest to keep Hillgrove at bay and claim a 37-29 win.

“I hope they learn that as good a first half as they played,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said about his team. “They need to maintain that focus throughout the game and the second half. The final score is what matters, and Hillgrove was making a big run at us.

“So, scoreboard watching isn’t something I want going on. The kids have to be focused and not get complacent because they have a lead. I’m pleased with how we finished the game, but we need to play better early in the second half.”

According to Irwin, the Trojans didn’t play poorly as a whole. He likes that the team was able to start fast and generate points in bunches, but he would also like to see more consistency.

“The middle of that game was dicey for us,” he said.

Sprayberry has had its issues too. In a 10-7 loss to Wheeler two weeks ago, the Yellow Jackets scored their lone touchdown in the third period.

Problems continued in a 28-24 loss at Kennesaw Mountain last week. Sprayberry trailed 21-0 in the third quarter before finally springing to life. The Yellow Jackets came all the way back to take a 24-21 fourth quarter lead, but saw it slip away and fell 28-24.

“The way I see it, we’re like 0-2 in the first half and 2-0 in the second,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “We’re doing the right things in the second half, but we have to work on not starting the game so slowly. We have to play and coach with a sense of urgency right out of the gate and sound the alarm from the start.

“We’re a few points away from being 2-0. We’re a good team. We just need to learn to play four quarters of football and treat every quarter as if it’s the last.”

Winning tonight’s matchup could prove problematic for Sprayberry, which has been outscored by Lassiter 32 - 17.3 over the past four seasons. The last time the Yellow Jackets opened the season at 0-3 was back in 2008, but they ran off seven consecutive wins en route to a region championship.

So, while another loss would signal a bad start for the Yellow Jackets, it

wouldn’t signal a bad season.

“I don’t see Sprayberry as reeling even though they’re 0-2,” Irwin said. “They lost two close games with a young group of players. They’re a capable team, just inconsistent like we were last week.”

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Jacket Fan
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September 08, 2012
Shack did a awesome job tonight and controlled the offense at will. he put our team in position to win and score all night. our play calling was stellar as our mighty jackets scored at will and dominated on defense. we averaged 5 first downs each time we had the ball. the defense had tons of turnovers and our crowd was going crazy. and then I woke up. if anyone think shack had plans to win or a playbook to put up a fight your are sick dumb or blind. bye bye shack, even your past players came by to see if you were calling the same wack plays, you are now demoted to head janitor for the SHS and must pay full price for lunch. NO SHACK IN 2013!!!!!!!! Down a ton of points and still ran the ball NOT FAIR TO THE DEFENSE sustain a drive Coach!!!!! Hats Off TO Band AND CHEERLEADERS YOU GUYS KEPT THE FANS EXCITED!!!!!! The Team was lead down a dark road to Trojans in Armour with SWORDS to be SHREDDED. THE TEAM DO AS THERE TOLD BY THEIR COACH AND PERFORM AS THEIR COACHED IN PRACTICE
Gray Matter
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September 09, 2012
Shack should walk up into the stands each game. I believe I saw Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Bill Parcells sitting up there. With all of that Coaching advice sitting on the concrete Sprayberry should never lose another game.

Can't make chicken salad...
ComeOnNowCoach
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September 08, 2012
now coach shack should know if the run game isn't working. Lassiter wins games by the pass but Sprayberry never passes but they honestly have a good receiver who rarely drops balls. If you were smart you would used him in the beginning. We understand you like to run your quarterback but he cant do it all. All i'm saying is use the talent you have don't just run 150/5 times a game that's how losses are made.
Jacket Fan
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September 07, 2012
Shack did a awesome job tonight and controlled the offense at will. he put our team in position to win and score all night. our play calling was stellar as our mighty jackets scored at will and dominated on defense. we averaged 5 first downs each time we had the ball. the defense had tons of turnovers and our crowd was going crazy. and then I woke up. if anyone think shack had plans to win or a playbook to put up a fight your are sick dumb or blind. bye bye shack, even your past players came by to see if you were calling the same wack plays, you are now demoted to head janitor for the SHS and must pay full price for lunch. NO SHACK IN 2013!!!!!!!! Down a ton of points and still ran the ball NOT FAIR TO THE DEFENSE sustain a drive Coach!!!!! Hats Off TO Band AND CHEERLEADERS YOU GUYS KEPT THE FANS EXCITED!!!!!! The Team was lead down a dark road to Trojans in Armour with SWORDS to be SHREDDED. THE TEAM DO AS THERE TOLD BY THEIR COACH AND PERFORM AS THEIR COACHED IN PRACTICE
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