Lassiter too much for Warriors
by Zac Diodati
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 22, 2012 03:07 AM | 3717 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lassiter at Cherokee

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CANTON — After scoring more than 50 points in each of its last two games, second-ranked Lassiter was only slowed down slightly Friday in a 41-6 victory over Cherokee at Tommy Baker Field.

Senior quarterback Eddie Printz passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns on 19 completions, overshadowing an impressive performance by Lassiter’s defense in the Region 5AAAAAA game. The Trojans (4-0, 1-0) sacked Cherokee quarterback Spencer Ashley eight times and forced four turnovers.

“We had a few guys hurt, and a few guys suspended because of disciplinary reasons, so we were kind of short-handed,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “But we had a lot of young guys step up — some were getting their first varsity action.”

The Trojans may have been short-handed, but it was Cherokee (1-3, 0-1) that faced a quick deficit from the game’s early going.

Lassiter opened with an eight-play, 64-yard drive, culminating in a 24-yard scoring run by Willie Police. Irwin elected to try for a 2-point conversion, which proved successful as Printz found Police in the corner of the end zone to put the visitors up 8-0 less than 2 minutes into the game.

Police led the Trojans in rushing with 64 yards on eight carries, and he also caught four passes for 81 yards and another touchdown.

Cherokee started its first offensive possession in frustrating fashion, losing a fumble at its own 27. Four plays later, Lassiter kicker Luke Hardin connected on a 33-yard field goal to put the Trojans up 11-0 before Cherokee could even run its second offensive play.

“You just can’t make turnovers against the second-ranked team in the state,” Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said. “That’s something we have to improve on. We also missed some tackles, and they caused us some problems when they got in space. They are great athletes.”

Cherokee’s athleticism was on display later in the second quarter, when Ashley found Andrew Harris on a slant route in the end zone for the Warriors’ only score of the night, briefly cutting the Lassiter lead to 21-6.

Ashley finished the game 13-of-18 for 67 yards.

Just before halftime, Printz contributed to the running game when he fooled the Cherokee defense with a fake handoff and waltzed into the end zone for a 1-yard score, putting the Trojans ahead 27-6 going to the locker room.

Lassiter was on cruise control in the second half, adding a 7-yard touchdown run by Hakim Shahid and a 63-yard scoring pass from Printz to Police.

Both coaches took time to look ahead after Friday’s contest as play continues in the region.

For Lassiter, the next test comes with

Woodstock.

“I have a lot of respect for coach (Brent) Budde and his staff,” Irwin said. “It’s region play. It’s going to be like this from here on out. There are no weak sisters in this region we play in.”

For Cherokee, it must face another powerhouse program in Walton.

“We need to focus on tackling a lot better, especially when we’re getting ready to face Tyren Jones,” Shaw said of the Raiders’ talented running back.
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easy peasy
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September 24, 2012
go to class and then you get to play, go to practice and then you get to play. You made a commitment, now stick to it. Go to school all day as a student and then to practice and there isn't a problem.
AF Pilot
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September 22, 2012
Another good win for Lassiter.

slim065
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September 22, 2012
Good win for the Trojans. Need to make sure the players keep their heads and don't have any discipline issues going forward. The road will only get tougher, but hopefully the coaching staff will get the kids get them focused.
Sasha Kohen
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September 24, 2012
If the kids played at any other school in the county it wouldn't be considered discipline issues. It sucks that a coach makes rules that aren't consistent with the rest of Cobb County.
slim065
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September 24, 2012
So are you saying the kids should not have sat out this game? Just curious, don't know any reason(s) behind who all was sitting out. the way you wrote that makes it sound like they would have played on Friday night at any toehr school.
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