Lassiter wins behind Printz’s 268 yards and four TDs
by Carlton D. White
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September 08, 2012 03:10 AM | 4567 views | 13 13 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lassiter at Sprayberry

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MARIETTA — Lassiter coach Jep Irwin wanted to see his guys play 48 minutes of football in its “Backyard Brawl” against Sprayberry.

He certainly got his wish as the Trojans raced out to a 42-3 halftime lead and kept the pressure on in the second half en route to a 49-10 non-region victory at Jim Frazier Stadium.

Quarterback Eddie Printz completed 16-of-24 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns, while Juwan Dickey had seven catches for 123 yards and a score for fifth ranked Lassiter (2-0). Ryan Jenkins totaled three receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and Hakim Shahid rushed eight times for 46 yards and a score. Willie Police had five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. Lane Jackman carried the ball 14 times for 106 yards and a score.

Defensively, Patrick Levandoski intercepted Torrey Richardson’s pass and ran it back 42 yards for a touchdown that put the Trojans in front 14-0 with 7:24 left in the first quarter.

“We didn’t have to punt until late in the second half, and I wanted the guys to start fast like we did last (week) and they did,” Irwin said. “The defense played well and held them right up until they scored at the end.

“I wanted them to play a 48-minute game, and that’s what they did. It’s about wanting to get up on people and staying up on them and we did that (Friday).”

The Trojans scored on six of their first eight drives, including touchdown passes of 46, 49, 33 and 11 yards, en route to the 42-3 halftime lead.

A 28-yard run from Jackman set up a 46-yard touchdown reception from Printz to Jenkins that put the Trojans in front 7-0 with 8:52 on the clock.

It took two plays and 15 seconds for the Trojans to go up 21-0 when Printz found Jenkins wide open for the 49-yard touchdown completion at the 5:36 mark of the first quarter.

Sprayberry got on the board with a 46-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship to trim the Yellow Jackets deficit to 21-3 with 7:07 in the second period.

Dickey’s fingertip 39-yard catch set up Shahid for a 1-yard touchdown run and a 28-3 margin with 4:52 remaining in the half, and a 12-yard sack from John Corey forced Sprayberry to punt the ball with just over 2 minutes left in the half.

Printz capped an 8-play, 1:09 minute drive with a 33-yard toss to Dickey to extend the margin to 35-3, and Moe Nyang’s fumble recovery off a bad Sprayberry snap led to Police’s 11-yard touchdown reception that gave the Trojans their 42-3 lead with 46.3 seconds left until halftime.

Lassiter’s defense, led by linemen Nyang, Corey and Trenton Gantt, yielded only 68 yards of offense to Sprayberry, and constantly interrupted the Yellow Jackets’ backfield of Richardson, quarterback Shane Young, and running backs Corey Cooper and Rakeem Myricks.

“We just wanted to get after the quarterback and keep plugging the gaps,” Nyang said. “We have some good guys on defense and did what we had to do.”

Sprayberry’s first drive of the second half included a 12-yard run from Richardson and a 32-yard scamper from Young, but stalled at the Lassiter 22 after the Trojans’ defense kept the Yellow Jackets from converting a fourth-and-2.

On its first second half possession, Lassiter marched 67 yards on 16 plays — including 15 rushes plays — and scored off Jackman’s 2-yard score for a 49-3 margin.

Sprayberry failed to convert another long drive after it was stopped at the 1-yard line on a tackle for loss from Nyang, but the Yellow Jackets finally got in the end zone on their final possession when Young connected with Miles Wallace for a 27-yard touchdown with 21.6 left in the game.

Young rushed 14 times for 79 yards and Richardson had 15 carries for 68 yards. Young was 3-for-9 for 46 yards and a touchdown.

“Mistakes are magnified against good teams,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “And when you miss some coverages, blocks, reads and tackles, this is what happens.

“We have a bye week this week, and we’ll keep working. Every game is important, but the region games trump them all. We’re 0-3 now, but we were 0-3 in 2008 when we won the region championship, so we’ll keep plugging away.”
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Scratching my head
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September 11, 2012
What in the world does any of this have to do with Tyren? Lassiter has played an entire season of football post Tyren Jones and folks are still inserting this kid into Lassiter discussions. Again, what does any of this have to do with Tyren?

This whole discussion is stupid. Every school has transfers. Lassiter, Walton, McEachern, Kell...every program worth a darn got a move in probably because parents wanted to get their kids in a better situation. For example, I would have a hard time leaving my kid in a program like Sprayberry when the coach decides its better to quit and not finish a game than to have the kids keep fighting from some sense of pride and dignity. If that Coach will be their the following season then if I have the means my son will not..I'm just saying!
Walton Dad
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September 11, 2012
I couldn't agree more. It isn't Lassiter or Walton fans. It is a couple instagators.
Bull88
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September 09, 2012
I have no problem with a player moving to a school if that is the parents and his parents decision in high school. I do however have a major issue when a player at the high school level is recruited by a HIGH SCHOOL coaching staff to form an all star team. I have no respect for the Lassiter Football program for what they have formed this year and I hope Kell gives it to them this week. If you want to recruit then join the college ranks. This is ruining high school football.

When it comes to Tyron....where did he begin??? Oh year he was a promised starter as a Frosh at Lassiter and that is where he elected to go and then ended up at Walton.
TrojanMan123
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September 09, 2012
Really you are going to sit here and get upset at Lassiter when the samething happened with Tyren as you clearly pointed out? I didn't see anyone mentioning when Tyren transferred to Walton and he all of a sudden became a huge star. It goes for both sides of the equation. And I am not trying to take anything away from Jones at all because he deserves all the credit he gets but don't try to point out something that happens at ALL high schools.
MuchBull
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September 10, 2012
Bull is an appropriate name

No one respects a troll who hides behind a keyboard and attacks a program. It is cowardly. Coach Irwin does things the right way. Success is the thing people want to be part of and for you to accuse the staff of recruiting behind a computer is cowardly. It is funny you pull for Kell with your high moral ground stance. Get your facts in order chicken liver.

Tyren is in a great program and the people at Lassiter wish him well. No hard feelings.

Rodney Garner
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September 09, 2012
I lost my title to a dad from Lassiter, he know is known as the best. My guess is he'll get him an apartment out west next year so he can drive recruits up and down rodeo dr.
Rocky Jones
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September 10, 2012
Don't feel bad. You go after the kids that end up incarcerated. Lassiter doesn't attract the same student-athlete.

Wow36
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September 08, 2012
It is so nice to see Lassiter win with all of these move ins...amazing how all of that talent showed up and nothing dirty went on with the coaching staff recruiting players....amazing that it's illegal in the NCAA but the GHSA continues to turn a blind eye to this
USMC VET
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September 08, 2012
HOW MANY TIMES HAS TYREN MOVED TO AN OFFENSE SUITED TO HIS ABILITIES??
slim065
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September 09, 2012
EVERY school that is good at a sport/activity/etc gets transfers/move ins. Walton had people move in, Kell, Lassiter, Milton, McEachern, Hillgrove, Wheeler, Grayson, Colquitt, Camden, etc, etc, etc. It doesn't matter what sport, what fin arts program, etc EVERY school that is a contender in anything will always get them.

The school and district has to approve the request and everyone must have proper documentation and then the GHSA looks at it. And 95% of these kids every year are cleared to play. You can't blame the aprents if they see an opportunity that might get their child a chance at attention from a college or put them in a position to succeed better academically. If it was approved on 3 different levels, then no one anywhere should complain.
Wow37
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September 09, 2012
It is nice. People can move wherever they choose. There isn't a blind eye being turned by anyone. Mr Wow36 should change his name to "Trojan Envy"
Trojan Envy
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September 09, 2012
It is nice.

Bananas
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September 08, 2012
This game should have been a shut out. Lassiter coaches caused a second sideline warning penalty after the defense stopped Sprayberry on fourth down. The result of the penalty gave sprayberry 4th and inches and sprayberry got the first down. Sprayberry kicked a field goal. It stinks when your players play their hearts out and get let down by the coaches. Good thing this wasn't a close game like last week. I hope Lassiter gets it together.
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