Trojans can’t stop bruising back’s attack
by Adam Carrington
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November 16, 2013 02:21 AM | 3093 views | 19 19 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lassiter was almost single-handedly beaten by Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis (1), who ran for 262 yards and six touchdowns in Friday’s first-round playoff game.
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Lassiter was almost single-handedly beaten by Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis (1), who ran for 262 yards and six touchdowns in Friday’s first-round playoff game.
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MARIETTA — Lassiter knew Jordan Ellis would cause problems, but the Trojans couldn’t have expected the Peachtree Ridge running back to have his way with them Friday.

The Virginia-bound Ellis finished with 262 yards — all but 10 before halftime — and ran for a school-record six touchdowns, en route to a 59-20 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs at Frank Fillmann Stadium.

Most of Ellis’ lengthy runs of the first half came through the middle, and Lassiter (7-4) had no answer. He had bursts of 47, 28, 54 and 78 yards to throw the Trojans off balance.

“He was certainly faster than he appeared on film,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said of the 5-foot-10, 216-pound Ellis. “We lost some gap control and had problems adjusting to the size, and that’s how they were able to get up the middle so many times.”

Ellis’ 28-yarder on Peachtree Ridge’s first drive set up his own score from 3 yards. With the score tied at 14-all early in the second quarter, he opened another drive with a 54-yard run and, four plays later, scored again from 13 yards to give the Lions (8-3) their first lead at 21-14.

The lead just kept growing.

Ellis’ next score came on a 78-yarder with 3:23 left in the half to extend Peachtree Ridge’s lead into double digits, and he cashed in again from 1 yard after the Lions blocked a Lassiter punt and recovered it on the 2.

Once the second half began with a 45-20 Peachtree Ridge lead, the Lions scored on their first two drives of the third quarter, with Ellis punctuating them with a pair of 1-yard touchdowns.

Ellis may have had his way with Lassiter’s defense, but the Trojans’ offense came out clicking in the first quarter.

The third play of the game was a 27-yard touchdown strike from Will Anderson to Quincy Perdue. After the Lions tied it, the Trojans took the lead again when Anderson hit Blake Wilson for a 26-yard touchdown with 4:23.

That lead was short-lived, however. Three plays later, Peachtree Ridge quarterback Chance Thrasher connected with Tyler Campbell on a screen pass that turned into a 65-yard touchdown.

Lassiter methodically moved the ball down the field on the ensuing drive but it stalled on the Peachtree Ridge 38 when the Lions applied extra pressure to Anderson, forcing him to miss receivers. The Lions continued to pressure Anderson and sacked him four times before the first half expired.

The Trojans kept themselves in contention late in the second quarter when Anderson hit Purdue on a slant that became an 18-yard touchdown, cutting the Peachtree lead to 31-20.

But Peachtree seized control for good late in the half on Ellis’ 78-yard touchdown and the blocked punt.

“We started strong but gave up too many plays and didn’t score enough points,” Irwin said. “But we had a great season. We were region champs and I can’t say enough about our seniors.”

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Erik's smarter half
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November 21, 2013
HELLO! Class is in session! Pay attention everyone!!!

Think outside the region? Ok, let's review...Lassiter wins region 5, is number one seed, and loses to number 4 seed in the first round of region playoffs...isn't that outside the region?

And if you win your region, why would you continue to compare your team to your region? You're talking circles around yourself, "Erik".

And what minus one for LHS said was,"Lassiter is a terrible TEAM". (As in "group of people linked for a common purpose".). Not that the Lassiter football team was terrible.

So now that the season is over, let's put all our cards on the table..

Will Anderson and family decide in December 2012/January 2013, to move to Lassiter to give Will more exposure to D1 schools, and Eddie Printz has graduated, so there is an "opening" at the quarterback position at Lassiter. Is this the only "opening" at the quarterback position in the Atlanta area, or, for that matter, the state of Georgia? If you're willing to sell your house and move 3 counties over, why not go anywhere in the state?

And how exactly did Anderson "emerge" as the "better" quarterback? Emerge as in "become evident"...how subjective is that?

And then there's Quincy Perdue...I hope his mamma smacked him up one side and down the other! Steals a cell phone, gets 10 days OSS, misses 2 games, and is still on the team? And the kid with fishing gear in his car was almost faced with a FELONY charge? Does anyone understand what that means for a 17 or 18 year-old kid? Yet it's ok to steal a phone and still play football? Am I crazy? Or is there a little bit of INCONSISTENCY here?

So back to the beginning...TEAM..."group of people linked for a common purpose"...so the majority of the kids have grown up together, played football together, love the game, just want to play high school football, most know that will be the end of the line.

Then throw in a few players who have moved/transferred to Lassiter with higher aspirations.

Then throw in a coach who allows a player who has not proven himself to be a better player to be the starter and a player who has not only broken school rules, but broken the law to play on the team.

Now you have a group of people linked together for at least 3 (if not more) DIFFERENT purposes...that's how you get to a terrible "team", not a "team" that is terrible.
Not to be rude
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November 20, 2013
...but curious, Trojan2017 and slim065-

Is there a point to your comments or is it just a pat on the back, work harder, and try again next year?

Trojan2017 - you go from "we" to "they" and then talk about taking responsibility...are you part of we or they? Not to mention the fact that the majority of the players are doing everything in their power to be the best they can - some decisions and choices (bad) are out of their hands.

You and slim065 sound like a couple of really bad cheerleaders (NO slam on cheerleaders) who are just out there smiling, cheering, and clueless!
vivienne1932
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November 19, 2013
Just curious...since everything these days is measured in money and/or test scores, how much money does the band bring in-net?
Trojan2017
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November 16, 2013
Wow...... fuel for the offseason? I think we just got some. I hope the players challenge themselves to take responsibility to get better this offseason and not just expect things to be given to them. Hopefully they will think outside of the region, and at the big picture for next year. PTR is a really good team, and I think they could make a real run at the dome. Great season Trojans! Great Region Title for a second year. Take a few weeks off, and then get back to work!
Minus One for LHS
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November 17, 2013
Think outside the region? Is this an advertisement for move ins?

PR isn't a really good team, Lassiter is a terrible TEAM. Not because of the talent but because of the recruited players that caused a huge divide on the team. It's a shame the coaches feel they have to bring in players to compete.
Erik Kaminski
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November 21, 2013
@Minus One for LHS: I took it as somebody who is telling the players to compare themselves to the state's best teams rather than just comparing themselves to their opponents within the region. I told my son a very similar thing after the game was over, and for you to say PTR isn't a good team shows your lack of knowledge about football. They are a top 10 team in AAAAAA. Their only losses came against Norcross, NG, and Collins Hill. For you to call a team that won region "terrible" is flat out wrong. Go Trojans!
Gentle Kisses
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November 21, 2013
Kaminski is smart. This is the way to get your kid playing time in the Lassiter system. Please keep posting Erik K. I enjoy watching you work. LOL
slim065
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November 16, 2013
Congrats on the region championship Trojans and a good overall year!

PTR just imposed their will in the trenches and had size like Lassiter (and most teams) do not see, especially on the o-line. Lassiter also had a few too many dropped balls and just couldn't get the screen game going with the blitz packages PTR was running.

While it is an upset based on seedings, if you saw both teams getting off a bus PTR would be favored. Didn't expect a blowout like this and thought it was going to be a 10 point game regardless of the winner.

The team will be graduating a lot of seniors, but just have to hope the underclassmen step into roles and show the talent they have...especially if the past couple years of JV and Frosh ball would have you believe.
slim066
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November 17, 2013
I think we learned how weak region 5 is compared to the rest of the state. The Trojans were embarrassed, out coached tossed around like they didn't belong in the play offs. Region 5 is winless in post season play again. Lassiter was the #1 seed and got beat by 39 points?

Slim 0065
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November 16, 2013
I am so glad this season is over. What a debacle. Highlight of the evening was watching coach erwin tell perdue how to run a route and the kid just turned around and rolled his eyes. And even with game out of hand the coaches didn't put in Russell Aarons at QB. Classless act.

It looked like the coaches had their bags packed for vacation at the start of he second half. No adjustments made, kids were flat, same predictable plays, etc... It is going to be interesting to see who transfers in for 2014. After watching this game I wouldn't be surprised if lassiter didn't have one move in.
M. Jackson
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November 17, 2013
Hopefully the coaches have their bags packed for good. Losing 30 some seniors, I'm sure Irwin won't want to be around when he might actually have to do some work and be held accountable.

Anderson is a flash in the pan-only good for about one quarter, then his passes are all over the place.

Embarrassing game - predictable play-calling, lots of talent not utilized - very one-dimensional.

I was glad Aarons wasn't put in - why should he have to clean up Anderson and Irwin's mess?
First Chair
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November 16, 2013
Lassiter is a Band School. If it wasn't for the band and their parents there wouldn't have been anyone in the stands last night.
No Class!
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November 17, 2013
I was in the stands and I'm not a "band parent".

Might want to check with the softball, baseball, and swim teams before you insert your foot further down your mouth.
First Chair
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November 18, 2013
I guess I didn't see or hear you guy with "no class" screen name. Oops I think Peachtree Ridge just scored another TD. Post all you want on here but don't say a word when the band is playing.

Lassiter is a band school and you know it.
Chairinthecorner
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November 19, 2013
Don't even touch this "First Chair" comment! Lassiter has been a very well-rounded school in sports, band, academics and extracurricular endeavors. There are politics and bad seasons for all! "First Chair" is either not from the school or doesn't realize that the band wouldn't be playing much if we didn't have a "FOOTBALL" field. Our band is second to NONE and the band members/parents are great supporters of the football team and vice-versa. Don't take the bait!

Art Freckleface
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November 19, 2013
Hey Chairinthecorner,

The only thing consistent on Friday nights is the Band. Always has been and always will be. We would be participating in plenty of venues if we didn't have a "High School" field. Our Band and the Band families were the majority of people left in the stands Friday night. Make no mistake about Lassiter being a Band School.
Chairinthecorner
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November 19, 2013
@ Art Freckleface you can think what you want to...I think if you look at what I said, and I CAN say it as I have children in both band and football and have for years, they are both great programs and they both have issues and politics that we would all like to avoid, which you jumped right into.

Your opinion, and you may have it, is not supported by very many people. I know many band parents who come for football and football parents who sit through the rain at halftime and cheer on the band. It's not a competition!
First Class
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November 20, 2013
Right on chairinthecorner!!!

@frickle and firstchair-front row or first chair in 3rd class...still 3rd class!
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