Trojans win to keep pace in region logjam
by Adam Carrington
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Lassiter quarterback Will Anderson built off his teammates’ defensive successes, passing for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
<BR>Staff photo by Erin Gray
Lassiter quarterback Will Anderson built off his teammates’ defensive successes, passing for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
Staff photo by Erin Gray
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MARIETTA — Lassiter needed a clutch win if it wanted to defend its Region 5AAAAAA title, and it got just that Friday night.

The Trojans clamped down defensively in the second half and made the plays needed offensively to come from behind and beat east Cobb archrival Walton 28-21 at Raider Valley.

Both teams now have identical records — 3-3 overall, 2-1 in region play — going into their bye weeks. Along with Milton, they are both stuck in a three-way tie for second in the region behind undefeated Etowah.

“We pulled out a gritty, tough win, and that’s something that we haven’t done all season,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We didn’t have a ton of penalties, we didn’t give up the big play, and when you’re on the road, that’s what you got to do.”

The Trojans evidently had plans to contain K.K. Brooks and Walton’s running game, making the Raiders beat them with the pass.

That plan of attack worked as Walton quarterback Price Wilson came away with 317 passing yards, and the Raiders were held to 65 rushing yards as a team — including 14 yards of negative ground. Brooks, who came into the game averaging 137 yards, was limited to 77 yards on 27 carries.

With Brooks kept in check, Walton passed the ball effectively in the first half and had 217 yards through the air at the break. But once Lassiter played tighter coverage in the second half and applied more pressure in the backfield, the Trojans held the Raiders scoreless until their final drive.

Once the second half began, Lassiter quarterback Will Anderson, who was 12-of-17 for 275 yards and three touchdowns passes, began showing what he could do.

Every time Anderson appeared beaten on Lassiter’s opening drive of the second half, he answered with a big play.

Facing a third-and-19 from his own 20-yard line after getting sacked for a 9-yard loss by Walton’s Kyle Whitaker, Anderson went deep to Duby Nwaubi for a 69-yards that put the Trojans on the Walton 11. After getting sacked again on the next play for another 9-yard loss — this time by Ryan Bell — Anderson hit Quincy Perdue for a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-all.

And after two Walton drives stalled with a punt and a missed 52-yard field goal attempt, Anderson threw a screen pass to Oris Lawhorn, who turned it into an 80-yard score that gave Lassiter its first lead with 3:32 left.

Walton made more mistakes in the second half to benefit Lassiter, but its most serious one came early in the fourth quarter, and it helped the Trojans gain separation.

After Walton appeared to recover a muffed punt by Lassiter, it turned out that the Raiders had been flagged for interfering with the punt returner. The subsequent 15-yard penalty put the Trojans on Walton’s 29, and Anderson hit Perdue for a 29-yard touchdown on the next play.

“They did a great job in the second half,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “We made too many mistakes to win this game, and that’s what it came down to.”

With nearly 9 minutes left in the game after Lassiter’s final score, Walton couldn’t close in on the Trojans until Wilson hit Maurice Gibson for a 22-yard touchdown at the 1:20 mark.

Lassiter recovered Walton’s onside kick and ran out the clock.

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Aarons Family
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October 17, 2013
Dear Lassiter Fans,

We are Russell Aarons' parents. It has been brought to our attention that there have been discussions going on here over the last few weeks. We would like to make a statement for the record and then respectfully request that the discussion be dropped for the remainder of the season.

Most importantly, we want it to be clear that none of the comments have come from the Aarons family or were solicited by anyone in our family.

We do not know any of the people who have posted comments either by their real or fictitious name.

Thank you for all the support for Russell and the flattering comments about him and our family. We are confident that Russell will go far in life regardless of when and what position he plays on the football team.

That said, Russell is a team player and we feel that the discussion is affecting him personally, the team members individually, and the team as a whole.

While we will never all be in agreement with coaches, players, other parents, or Lassiter supporters, we feel it is time for the community to come together and support ALL of the players on the team.

For the sake of all of the players, please respect our request to end this discussion.

Go Trojans - BEAT MILTON!!!

Patrick and Holly Aarons
niceletterbut
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October 19, 2013
Nice letter and all but the fact remains that we only seems to win with the transfers. 7 last year and Quincy Perdue and Chris Murphy remain this year. Add Will Anderson and those three continue to be the playmakers. I'm glad my son is gone because I would be livid if I were a parent in the junior program or had a player in the high school program. Do the fundraisers, be a team player, pay your dues but know that you'll most likely get bumped out by a move in during your junior or senior year. You're handling the situation with class. I'm not so sure others would be as gracious. Why were Lassiter fans up in arms when Tyren Jones left a passing team for a running team yet it's okay for us to get 7 transfers the very next year? Double standard.
vivienne1932
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October 15, 2013
Why aren't everyone's comments posted?
Panning
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October 15, 2013
MDJ, May 26, 2013

"Football fan"

"Anderson didn't transfer to Lassiter to be a "back up" QB. I understand coach speak. It doesn't matter how good Aarons plays. Anderson will "emerge" as the starter."

MDJ, May 28, 2013

"Mike Hunt"

"You had better believe that the better QB will win that position by mid-season. If Aarons performs then he will be the starter because he is the future. I believe there may be a rotation to start, but if Anderson is not head and shoulders "better" then Aarons will be the "guy"."

MDJ, July 10, 2013

"highschoolnfl"

"This one transfers here, that one transfers there...no loyalty by coaches, parents, or students. I'm for the local kid whose got plenty of talent and knows the system. Have watched practices and the only major difference (when Aarons gets to play the "A" team) is that Anderson can throw the bomb and it's exciting to watch...as long as it makes it to the right hands! Football is like a game of chess and having a vision of the field can be just as exciting."

MDJ, 12:23 am, Saturday, July 20, 2013

(end of day 1 of 2, Lassiter 7-on-7)

"Irwin also offered a preview of his starting rotation Friday, confirming that off-season transfer Will Anderson would be the Trojan's first string quarterback, beating out Russell Aarons for the job. Anderson, who came from Wesleyan, quarterbacked Lassiter's "A" team Friday."

I tried posting something similar last night, but for some reason it didn't pass the editor's test. We'll see if this makes it. If not, I think I'll be driving over to their office tomorrow.

Mr. Hunt:

Your last response motivated me to do some research a little further back. What I posted above is just a fraction of what I found. I didn't even know those comments were out there and none of them were posted by me. If you don't believe me, let me know and I'll show you how they can be traced.

I don't want to publicly bash your kid, but I don't think his high school career as an offensive lineman and being benched his senior year on senior night validates Coach Irwin's integrity nor is it comparable to the QB position or the starting QB position for the entire season.

I'm not sure what your gain is in all of this since you don't have any kids at Lassiter, other than to draw attention to yourself. Believe it or not, not everyone knows who you are and there are many who have had kids at Lassiter before you and after you.

My purpose, message, and disgust is not only for you, but all who have participated in this injustice and all previous injustices.

Shame on all superintendents, athletic directors, principals, coaches, and parents (NOT JUST IN COBB COUNTY) who perpetuate this!!!!!

If nothing else, maybe the next family will think twice before they change schools for selfish reasons.

To quote HS Player:

"I know the world's not fair-I don't have to like or agree with it, but I can try to make it better. That's why we are allowed to express our opinions, no one said you had to like it, just like I don't have to like yours.

At least read the blogs and understand that the argument is about displacement, not who has the county's leading passer. There's been only one decisive win this season and who knows how the other QB would have done if given a chance.

Adults are so obsessed with the win that they forget how the game is supposed to be played. Leave us alone and let us play. We're smart and we can tell you who can play and who can lead."

AMEN!
Panning
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October 14, 2013
Mr. Hunt:

P.S.

Even though you haven't responded to my last post, just for fun, and because I find your over-inflated ego so irritating, I went back and did some more research. Here's what I found...

1. Your son Tim, offensive lineman, #59, class of 2011...not sure how Tim being benched on senior night is a testimony to Irwin's integrity or how 1 lineman (of 5-7) sitting out one game compares to a move-in QB getting the starting position for the whole season.

2. Talked to several friends who have been in the Lassiter district for 20 years or more. None of them know who you are. Not clear why you think you're so important or what sort of influence you think you have.

3. You're not the parent either of a current player or kid at Lassiter. Why do you care so much? Why are you so defensive of Anderson? Especially if you've been in the Lassiter district for any period of time, one would think you would have more allegiance to Aarons.

4. I am ECSTATIC that I am stirring up emotions!!!

Do you know what social change is? I won't bore you with a long, drawn-out definition, so here it is in a nutshell:

"The struggle between the movement and the powerholders to win the hearts, minds, and active support of the great majority of the populace, which ultimately holds the power to either preserve the status quo or create change."

So I guess if people had listened to you 100 years ago, and not stirred up peoples' emotions for no reason, women still wouldn't be allowed to vote and Blacks would still be sitting at the back of the bus.

5. MDJ, May 26, 2013

"Football Fan"

"Anderson didn't transfer to Lassiter to be

a "back up" QB. I understand coach speak.

It doesn't matter how good Aarons plays.

Anderson will "emerge" as the starter."

6. MDJ, May 28, 2013

"Mike Hunt"

"You had better believe that the better QB

will win that position by mid-season. If

Aarons performs then he will be the starter

because he is the future. I believe there

may be a rotation start, but if Anderson is

not head and shoulders "better" then Aarons

will be the "guy"."

7. MDJ, July 10, 2013

"highschoolnfl"

"This one transfers here, that one transfers

there...No loyalty by coaches, students, or

parents. I'm for the local kid whose got

plenty of talent and knows the system. Have

watched practices and the only major

difference (when Aarons gets to play the "A"

team) is that Anderson can throw the bomb

and it's exciting to watch...as long as it

makes it to the right hands! Football is

like a game of chess and having a vision of

the field can be just as exciting!"



8. MDJ, 12:23 am, Saturday, July 20, 2013

(At the end of day 1 of 2, Lassiter 7-on-7)

"Irwin also offered a preview of his starting

rotation Friday, confirming the off season

transfer, Will Anderson, would be the Trojan's

first-string quarterback, beating out Russell

Aarons for the job. Anderson, who came from

Wesleyan, quarterbacked Lassiter's "A" team

Friday."

"Life isn't about the hand you have been dealt by the world. It's about learning to play your hand well and succeed despite the circumstances.
Panning
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October 14, 2013
Mr. Hunt:

Go back and read what "sad" wrote on Oct. 11...

The decision wasn't and shouldn't be based on 7-on-7 - especially since Aarons got almost NO playing time. And who are you that the coach would explain the reason for his choice?! And if it was a political decision do you really think he/they would come out and say so?!

I'm not hiding. I have taught and coached in the public school system and I know how political sports are, which this situation clearly illustrates. Why would anyone talk to you about it? Are you some sort of expert? Besides that, you seem stuck on your opinion, so what would be the point? Even your son's friend said you don't know what you're talking about.

I have a right to post on here like everyone else. If you don't like it, stop reading. As someone else said, this is an injustice and to keep quiet about it is to condone it. You think Aarons doesn't have some emotion about not only not having a fair shot at being the starting QB, not being the QB, barely even getting to play, and when he's in as a receiver doesn't get the ball thrown to him even when he's wide open.

Don't know if the stats "sad" posted are accurate, but I found them interesting...

"Why wouldn't Aarons, based on an equally impressive record against 6A metro, freshman and JV programs be the next Mason or Printz. He's played the spread offense longer than Anderson, he's faster than Anderson, he knows progressions better than Anderson, he has more poise in the pocket than Anderson and he runs the ball-straight up the middle. He had better stats in 1 game than Anderson did in 3 and in 5 minutes of the McEachern game rushed for a touchdown. Next game, Aarons had 2 passing and 3 rushing touchdowns against Sprayberry and he wasn't even in for the whole game. Finally, for his "some talent" he was recognized by the MDJ as "Player Of The Week"." I'd love to hear your response to that.

Also as someone else said, there has been only one decisive win. "There were times" when you thought Anderson was struggling? This is my opinion - I think he's struggled every game and the best game for the team as a whole was against Sprayberry.

I'm only one person - clearly several others who feel the same way - even a high school player. Would be interesting who the team would pick if they had a choice.

Fan of HS player
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October 13, 2013
Kudos to HS Player! Hope Irwin is paying attention!!!

Guess cry baby didn't do so well in grammar! (Bet most hs girls could kick your...!)

Still not sure why anyone is supporting this arrangement. Can't imagine it would be someone outside of Lassiter...why would they care? Must be someone with a different agenda...
Sad :(
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October 12, 2013
Really SAD :( when no one can can put their money where their mouth is. Great comment by HS Student!

Think about this the next time YOU have to tell YOUR child or grandchild that "life's not fair." They learn it on their own soon enough; let's quit pushing it at them!

Go Russ Aarons! You'll blow the socks off of them next year!
Panning
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October 12, 2013
I've sent in three comments in the last 2 days, but none of them made it...seems I'm being censored...guess someone who doesn't like me has connections at the MDJ...so much for freedom of speech!!!

Thank you "sad" and "HS Player" for backing me up!

Sorry mr. not panning, I am not more than one person. I guess it's tough to swallow that I'm not the only one who knows what's going on.

If I'm a weirdo stalker, I'm not sure what that makes you...family member, coach, booster club member?...definitely someone close to the deal...certainly not a team member or parent of a team member. Otherwise, as "sad" said, why are you such a fervent supporter of Anderson?

I haven't said anything negative about Anderson. All I said was he didn't earn the job, which I know is a fact and no one has yet to come forward stating anything else other than "I think" or "I would hope" or "It's my understanding".

There are many others who are backing me up. You can tell yourself I'm the one making all these comments...who is delusional?!
Panning
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October 12, 2013
sad:(

THANK YOU!!!
Sad :(
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October 11, 2013
Why do you have that feeling? I guess because ignorance is bliss. I am not any of the people you mentioned and you assimilate everyone based on the fact that they contradict YOUR opinion. Who are you? Why do you care so much? Why are you stalking this?

Below, please find the definition of fair competition:

Sports are based on the fair enforcement of rules. At a first approximation, this means that every contestant (being an individual player or a team) has the right to see the rules of the game applied in equal measure to each and every contestant, while having the duty to try and respect the rules as best as possible. The educational importance of this aspect, not just for children and young adults but for everyone, can be hardly overstated. Sport is a critical tool to teach justice, the respect of rules for the benefit of a group (the contestants as well as the spectators), and honesty.

I do know what happened, I was there and you are wrong and everyone but you and Kaminski seem to know it. All you have to do is ask the community and the players on the team. It's easy to have the most yardage in the county when you are the only one throwing. Why wouldn't Aarons, based on an equally impressive record against 6A metro, freshman and JV programs be the next Mason or Printz. He's played the spread offence longer than Anderson, he's faster than Anderson, he knows progressions better than Anderson he has more poise in the pocket than Anderson and he runs the ball - straight up the middle. He had better stats in 1 game than Anderson did in 3 and in 5 minutes of the McEachern game rushed for a touchdown. Next game, with no varsity experience (Printz was the QB) Aarons had 2 passing and 3 rushing touchdowns against Sprayberry and he wasn't even in for the whole game (JV QB/2nd string and played for either 1 or 2 of Sprayberry's last touchdowns). Finally, for his "some talent" he was recognized by the MDJ as Player Of The Week - was that conspired as well?

If you are watching the way you said (I feel you are protecting your self or your child somehow - my opinion), then you would know what a great leader, nice kid, good family and how physically and academically gifted Aarons is, well before Anderson ever came into the picture. Why aren't you as staunch in your support of Lassiter's own 16 year old instead of some kid YOU don't know - feeling threatened somehow?

The Panning person didn't need to stir up trouble where trouble already was. Know your facts.
not panning
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October 11, 2013
Wow! Just Wow! Why do I have a feeling that applesnoranges, Not Your Neighbor, RiverinEgypt, Joe Bloe, and Panning are all the same person?

First, the Anderson kid is leading the county in passing and has thrown 8 touchdowns and probably about 800 yards or more in the past 3 games...and you STILL think he isn't the better one for the job? The Aarons kid seems to be a great kid, with some talent, but come on, be reasonable. OK, you can have your opinion...strange and delusional as it may be.

Concerning competition, how long did you want the competition to last? From my understanding both kids split time pretty equally during spring practice and throughout most of the summer in 7 on 7s. Did you really expect the team to enter the season without a true #1, but with a continued competition? Teams need to know who is leading them and don't need to be caught up in a qb controversy entering a season.

I do think the absolute most hilarious comment I have read on here was the one by "panning" saying he/she is not a parent of a lassiter player, or even a cobb county student. If that is the case, you must be some kind of wierdo stalker to be chasing down articles about high school students and bashing them. Either that or you are a current or past player. If you are a past player, you probably have no real idea about what is going on currently. If you are a current player, you should probably just quit since you are trying to stir up trouble.
Panning
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October 11, 2013
not panning-

I am just me. Guess I'm not the only one who thinks doing the right thing is right. I am not a weirdo stalker, I have not been chasing down articles-I have been reading other articles to support the facts. Sounds as if you have been doing a lot of research as well. And I don't recall saying anything that was bashing a student.

Why is it stirring up trouble to ask what the "competition" was that determined who the starter should be?

Still the question goes unanswered. Your words, "Concerning competition, how long did you want the competition to last? From my understanding..."

The competition never started. And "your understanding" is simply that - your understanding. Doesn't make it a fact or the truth.

WSB, Wednesday, August7, 2013. "High school football transfers to watch in 2013...Will Anderson, Lassiter: Anderson passed for 2,264 yards last season for class AA private school Wesleyan. Now he's the successor to Missouri signee Eddie Printz at Lassiter. Anderson will have Division 1 receiver prospects Duby Nwaubi and Quincy Perdue to throw to."

Maybe it's just my weirdo, stalker mind, but sounds like a done deal to me.

Even though Lassiter is 3-3 for the season, congratulations to Will Anderson for leading the county in passing! I'm sure the entire team is thrilled that they have been a part of Will Anderson realizing his dream!
applesnoranges
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October 11, 2013
Going to college knowing you'll have to compete for your position is quite different from selling your six-figure house on the CHANCE your kid MIGHT get the HIGH SCHOOL starting position!

Six-figures is a HELLUVA lot of confidence!
Erik Kaminski
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October 09, 2013
I haven't read all of the comments because I don't have that much time this morning, and my post will sound scatter-brained because I'm sure I'll be jumping from topic to topic just to get this out. I'm not sure what determined who the starter would be, but unless you were at every practice, film session, workout, etc. then you can't be sure there wasn't a competition. It's speculation to think that Will's parents aren't confident enough in their child to move here. Don't get me wrong, I personally think Russ Aarons is going to be one hell of a QB next year, and teams will have an extremely difficult time stopping him. He makes solid decisions, anticipates receiver's routes well, and he can run! I'm excited about watching him on the field. That being said, Anderson has a cannon, and I think anybody that thinks he hasn't played well over the past four weeks isn't being honest. Lassiter is 3-1 in the region, and Will Anderson is playing well. I'm just happy for these boys because I know the hard work they've put in. We can argue all day about our opinions, but unless we are AT LEAST high school coaches that have placed QB's at a D1 level (UGA & MIZZOU), or have college QB experience ourselves, then I think we are outmatched by the Lassiter coach's credentials. I'm at the field everyday picking my son up. If anybody would like to have a respectful debate, then just come talk to me. Please leave any macho attitude in your vehicle. Thanks and GO TROJANS!
Not your neighbor
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October 09, 2013
Every time you post I think, "Wow, what an idiot!"

Lassiter is 2-1 in region play, not 3-1. The previous staff put HM at UGA and EP was D1 bound no matter who coached at Lassiter. Aarons is better but never had a fair chance to compete.
regioncorrection
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October 09, 2013
Lassiter is 2-1 in the region. Wins over Walton and Cherokee and a loss to Woodstock. They are 3-3 overall with a win over Sprayberry and losses to McEachern and Kell.
RiverInEgypt
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October 09, 2013
I'm sure there wasn't a competition-ask the coach when you pick your kid up tomorrow-all the players know it.

How can you know the hard work these boys have put in and not know there was no competition for the starting QB position???

High school coaches don't place kids anywhere-the only thing they control is how much playing time a kid gets.

Not even going to bother addressing the rest of your stuff.
Erik Kaminski
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October 10, 2013
I have a chance to go back, make some corrections and additions: I meant to say it's speculation to think that Will's parents wouldn't be confident enough in their son to move here knowing he still has to win the job. Kids go to college all the time knowing a recruit ranked higher than them just committed that same year. See: Tyren Jones, Kenyon Drake, Hudson Mason. Also, Lassiter is 2-1 in the region not 3-1 (I was getting a little ahead of myself).
Cry Babies
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October 11, 2013
What a bunch of whinny old women! Why are you girls are upset when you have the county's leading passer? I guess some people just aren't happy with their life at home and will complain about anything. Go buy another pair of shoes. It's a tough world out there, and not everybody will see things as fair because not everything IS fair.
HS Player
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October 12, 2013
Cry Babies - A horse whinnies ("whinny old women"), losers are whiny.

I know that the world's not fair - I don't have to like or agree with it, but I can try to make it better. That's why we are allowed to express our opinions, no one said you had to like it, just like I don't have to like yours.

At least read the blogs and understand that the argument is about displacement, not who has the county's leading passer. There's been only one decisive win this season and who knows how the other QB would have done if given a chance.

Adults are so obsessed with the win that they forget how the game is supposed to be played. Leave us alone and let us play. We're smart and we can tell you who can play and who can lead.

Joe Bloe
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October 08, 2013
not panning

It is evident that you are NOT the parent of a Lassiter football OR baseball player (that seriously narrows the field of who you are). Otherwise you too would be upset.

The entitled ones are the ones who think they can show up and be a star.

The entitled ones are the ones who change schools simply for their own benefit.

The entitled ones are those who make no financial contribution to the American economy, yet collect food stamps or receive medical care.

The entitled ones are those who pass laws and bills and then "opt out" of them.

Our country is in such a mess because there isn't any personal integrity. People are no longer willing to do the right thing regardless of consequences.

And people aren't willing to take a stand for those who stand up for what's right.

So, who is the best person for the starting QB position and how did you come to that conclusion?
bad move for kid
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October 08, 2013
I actually feel bad for the Anderson kid. I hope he doesn't read the blogs.

Why would his parents and the Lassiter coaches put him in this situation? You big dummies!
not panning
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October 08, 2013
Panning, so now it is evident that you are actually a disgruntled baseball parent with an axe to grind. Lassiter had no starting 3rd baseman going into last season because the previous 3rd baseman was in college. Just because you were the previous backup doesn't mean you are the new starter. Maybe the coach made the wrong decision (maybe not), but nobody was entitled to that spot on the field.

I just have to wonder, what kind of parent lives so vicariously through his kid that he hates the other kid so much?

As for your comment "and we wonder why our country is in such a mess", its because of people like you who feel entitled to something because you've been there and put in the time, even if you still aren't the best person for the job.
Sad:(
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October 08, 2013
This is ridiculous! There should be, like you said, "no entitlement" for the job - either way - and it was given to kids who didn't necessarily earn the job. I have no cards in the deck, but what has happened is wrong. Just because the position, in any sport is open doesn't mean there shouldn't be a FAIR COMPETITION for the job. That wasn't done and that's the whole problem in a nutshell. It's not, nor ever has been, about "hating a child" - shame on you for that misstatement!

Which parent is living vicariously through their child???

There are many supporters of this injustice and not just at Lassiter. This particular example was just very obvious in a region of kids who have played sports together and against each other for years. It's not just the parents who know what's going on and it's not just this year.
Panning
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October 08, 2013
To mr. not panning:

I keep trying to make this relatively civil, but I'm really starting to get irritated with people who apparently don't comprehend my comments AND have either avoided or not answered my question...

WHAT/WHO/HOW WAS IT DETERMINED THAT WILL ANDERSON SHOULD BE/EARNED/IS BETTER FOR THE STARTING QB POSITION?????

To show you how stupid you are, mr. not panning:

Not only am I not the parent of a Lassiter student, I'm not the parent of a student in Cobb county, and I don't have a kid playing baseball OR football.

I don't live vicariously through my kids and I don't hate ANY kid.

I NEVER said Will Anderson wasn't a good ball player!

And I don't think or ever said anyone was entitled to a position because they have put in the time.

THERE WAS NO "COMPETITION" TO DETERMINE WHO THE STARTING QB SHOULD BE!!!!!
Panning
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October 07, 2013
lassitertransfers and slim065:

"I know the best player should win out, but I have friends who were very upset at the turmoil that was caused."

My interpretation is that Anderson is "the best player". How was that determined?

"...Aarons getting pushed out by Anderson"

There was no where to be pushed out of because the position had already been GIVEN to Anderson. Go back and read Irwin's comments last spring.

And if that doesn't convince you...would a family sell their house and move across 2 counties on the CHANCE their kid MIGHT get the starting QB position? I can't believe anyone would be that stupid, especially in this economy.

"...said awful things about a 17 year-old boy and felt bad for Aarons."

The 17 year-old is Anderson.

1. What about the comment on September 25th from Trojan2017 (who has not resurfaced)...

"If that player is better than the current player it seems to me that it wouldn't be fair to play the less-talented player."

AGAIN-who decided Anderson was better, by what means, and that Aarons is "less talented"?

2. You wanna play with the big boys, you better put your big-boy pants on.

You don't think a QB, let alone a D1 QB, isn't under a microscope?!

BOTTOM LINE AGAIN...There was no competition! Anderson was given the starting position before the season started!!!
Panning
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October 07, 2013
slim065!!! There you are! I've been waiting for your answer to my question last week about what determined who the starting QB should be...You've been in hiding with Greg Hunt, Erik Kaminski, and trojan2017!!!

I thought maybe you were staying off the internet since you said a lot of things said in these types of situations are better left off the internet.

"Not sure there's a single team in any class that is a perennial playoff contender that doesn't get a move-in/transfer/etc. at some point that ends up contributing every year. Happens at most schools every year."

Reminds me of a saying my mother had..."If all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?"

Or the updated version...kid gets caught smoking pot by a parent...kid says to parent, "But dad, everybody else is doing it!"

As I've said repeatedly, my issue isn't with the "move-in/transfer" - although I think it's wrong, parents who do this should be ashamed-regardless if rules are followed- (and don't kid yourself it "would take a very, very large budget to investigate every claim made"...just a few curious people following the money...it always knows,) , and if you have to move to get noticed, maybe you just aren't that good!

My issue is kids who have been there, worked hard, and earned their spot being benched to make room for someone who hasn't proven himself and there's no reason for him to get the position over anyone else.

Check out last season's baseball...short stop comes in, but that's taken by a kid who already has a scholarship, so move the new kid to third base (bench the current 3rd baseman)...Lassiter baseball has its first losing season in what, 20 years?!

Regardless of what the rules say, this isn't right and isn't what high school sports are about. There's no integrity here.

...and we wonder why our country is such a mess...
slim065
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October 07, 2013
Didn't even see your last post in the other discussion. Been in and out for the past week.

I do not know what went into deciding who the starter at QB was going to be. I would hope it was as open and fair (I hate using that word) as possible. I would hate to think that someone's graduation year would have a bearing on a decision like this...but I think that is what many people have inferred since the start of the season. I am not sure there would have been a "wrong" choice at the position though.

Watching the game on Friday on TV I think it is easy to tell the skills Anderson has at the position. I have seen very little video of Aarons at the position to see what he does (I am hoping to watch the Sprayberry game on-demand this coming weekend). He is obviously talented with how their JV team did last year. So I would hope next year he goes out and shows that he should have been a 2 year starter and not just a one year.

I agree with you on the transfer/move-in issue. HS sports overall has become too much of a business and political that it hurts kids who will not be playing at a higher level. And I blame parents more for it than kids. I do not fault them if it puts the kids in a better position to succeed, especially academically, in college. But a move for athletic reasons (see Milton basketball) stretches many ethical/moral/etc lines.

As you said though, just because others are doing it doesn't mean you should as well. But partially going back to my point above, with many HS sports across the nation being seen as a business, you can lose your job if you aren't doing what boosters/principal/school boards/etc think you should. And this normally means you are going to play the best (perceived) talent to win...no matter if it means benching players who have been in the program for years.

Though I do wonder if in general there is a perceived bigger issue of this in GA than in other states because we see people going from public to public or private to public schools here a lot. Whereas in many states the best teams, especially football, are private/prep/boarding school-types. I would look at some of the powers up in NJ or out in Cali, etc as examples.

Hopefully I didn't double talk or misrepresent what I was trying to say. I think overall you and I are of the same or very similar opinions on many issues...just a slightly different way of looking at it.

I think what gets under my skin are the accusations thrown out on other blogs, etc that will see adults go after HS kids' character/integrity/threaten them or their families/etc because of issues the kid has basically no control over.
pnm50
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October 08, 2013
@slim065 @lassitertransfers - stating the truth is not mean or awful. I've not seen any threatening remarks to the Anderson family or Will, nor has Will's integrity been questioned. There are consequences, both good and bad, (there's no way Will DIDN'T have a say-so in leaving Weslyan) when you and your family make choices...that's the way life works for all of us, not just them. At best, their choice, to move to Lassiter for one year, was selfish. There was no TEAM interest in their decision and no TEAM interest from anyone who may have encouraged or influenced the move. This holds true for every transferee... and then we're surprised by what happened at Wheeler?

Make an informed decision to support your opinions. Watch the Sprayberry game...take it a step further; ask around. Maybe you'll feel sorry for some other teenage kids who have gotten the short end of the stick instead of the ones who have been on the gravy train, without competing for the position. People are mad and they have a right to be.
slim065
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October 09, 2013
There were comments made on other blogs and sites in the spring/summer regarding the transfer. Nothing in any of these here that I recall seeing, but elsewhere it did go on.

I really think there is an old-school vs new-school philosophy going on nowadays. Some say that the kids and their parents should look for the best opportunities for the kids and family regardless of what the cost may be to someone else, and then others are of the opinion you need to pay your dues and that loyalty should be rewarded.

I can see the arguments from both sides on these issues. Some people though seem to take decisions/results too personal or are willing to throw out rumors that may or may not be true in hopes of smearing a program (this comment is not directed at any program or comments specifically. I have seen comments on the AJC blogs and elsewhere going after programs/those involved with them across the state...and many of these are teams that have recently won and/or competed for a state title).

That is the worst part to me. You can say whatever you want on the internet and it can be true/false/somewhere in between. And from there things can spiral out of control.

I hope I have chosen my words carefully in what I have said and nothing is misconstrued. I am not sure I will be involved with this specific discussion for the rest of the season. I will still comment on games, but I can see this topic devolving very quickly and getting ugly.

Hopefully Lassiter can put together a nice little run and surprise some people the rest of the regular season and if they can get there, the post season. Reg 5 may have the best race for a playoff spot in the state this year, so should be an exciting last 4 games for all teams when they get back from the bye.
RSBC
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October 06, 2013
@lassitertransfers or Coach (I know who you are)

That was a glowing endorsement of the legal players in the Lassiter program. It just goes to show how a successful program will attract great families that will move into a great school district with a great administration who follows the rules and in turn creates a great football program.

Lassiter doesn't make exceptions for bullies, academic casualties, jaw breakers, or players who use PEDs. It just won't happen there. They do things with class.

Lassiter also has a coach who knows how to lead with class and integrity. Who doesn't berate the players, coaches, officials, etc. on television or any other competitive forum.

Again, Thank you for recognition of the fine Lassiter players who will be playing football next year on Saturdays because they have proven themselves on the football field, in the community and in the classroom.

Character, it goes a long way.
lassitertransfers
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October 06, 2013
I don't have ties to either program and I'm not a coach. I thought the fumbled punt was a big turning point but wasn't saying it was the difference in the game. The defenses on both teams need to go a million miles if they are to get anywhere in the playoffs. Region 7 is very tough. I am a parent of a player at another Cobb school but we usually finish about 500. Both Lassiter and Walton have successful and established coaching staffs.

I understand that parents move their kids around for a better situation but that doesn't mean it's right. I remember a couple years ago when Tyren Jones left for Walton, posters on this website and others were up in arms and complained constantly. It was obvious that Tyren's family made the best decision for him as he left a program that was known for passing to one that runs the ball. The point I was trying to make is that Lassiter had 7 transfers last year and I would be upset if I were a parent of a player who had paid their dues and then lost his position to a one year player. I know the best player should win out but I have friends who were very upset at the turmoil that was caused. This year it started up again with Aarons getting pushed out by Anderson. In the past few weeks, Lassiter posters said awful things about a 17 year old and felt bad for Aarons. Slim065 is about the only one who posts positive and constructive comments about the program and his answer below was fair.
HS Football Fan
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October 06, 2013
@lassitetransfers:

I kinda thought both teams looked pretty good for a couple of High School Football teams. The Lassiter and Walton QBs both had a 71% pass completion and 0 interceptions. Anderson threw for 275yds, 3 TDs and the Walton QB threw 317 yds, 2 TDs. Not bad for a couple of 17-year old boys. Arron Murray's pass completion yesterday against TN was 54%, 196 yds. I think it must be a lot harder than it looks...
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