Region trophy won by Trojans
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Lassiter’s Will Anderson flirted with a 300-yard passing night Friday, as he and the Trojans wrapped up their Region 5AAAAAA championship with a win against fellow contender Etowah.
<BR>Special photo by Sam Bennett
Lassiter’s Will Anderson flirted with a 300-yard passing night Friday, as he and the Trojans wrapped up their Region 5AAAAAA championship with a win against fellow contender Etowah.
Special photo by Sam Bennett
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MARIETTA — Lassiter outscored Etowah 28-14 in the second half and pulled away for a 37-20 victory that gave the Trojans the Region 5AAAAAA title.

Etowah (7-3, 4-3) didn’t leave empty-handed, however, as it was able to advance to the state playoffs with Wheeler’s win over Cherokee.

Had Cherokee been able to maintain what was a 20-point lead, Etowah would have missed out on the playoffs altogether.

Etowah coach Dave Svehla said it didn’t feel good to leave his team’s fate in the hands of another team.

“You want to control your own destiny, and we did,” Svehla said. “We came up short against a good team. I’m proud of our kids. Our kids played hard. We fought back through some adversity.”

After the game, Lassiter coach Jep Irwin dodged a pair of water buckets, but his players successfully doused him on the third attempt, as they celebrated their second straight region title.

“It feels great,” Irwin said. “We made the plays when we needed to (Friday night) and got the job done.”

The No. 1 seed in hand, Lassiter (7-3, 6-1) will host Peachtree Ridge, the No. 4 of Region 7AAAAAA next week.

Etowah will be forced to travel to the region’s top seed, Norcross.

Etowah shut down the Trojans’ running game after a big first quarter, which saw Lassiter jump to a 10-0 lead.

The Eagles got themselves back in the game midway through the second quarter.

Etowah returned a kickoff to the 15, but was backed up to its own 8 after a holding call. With plenty of space to go to work, senior quarterback John Oliver connected with tight end Bronson Rechsteiner off the corner. The sophomore — on offense for the first time this season after spending most of the year on defense — broke away for a 92-yard touchdown, which made the score 10-7.

Etowah had a chance to tie it near the end of the first half, but a 47-yard field goal attempt by Edwin Alfaro was slightly off the mark, and the score stood.

The Trojans, who were held to fewer than 40 rushing yards in the final two quarters, began airing the ball out for big plays.

Corey Johns was on the receiving end of a short pass by Will Anderson, but he broke free and turned it into a 62-yard touchdown less than 2 minutes into the second half for a 17-7 advantage.

On the ensuing drive by the Eagles, Brandon Engle cut into the lead when he ran around the end untouched for a 16-yard touchdown run.

But Lassiter was able to string together three touchdowns over the next 9 minutes, including two in a span of 42 seconds.

Johns scored on runs of 9 and 2 yards to push the score to 30-14. On the kickoff following the second touchdown, Etowah fumbled the ball, giving possession back to the Trojans on the Eagles’ 18. Three plays later, they were back in the end zone, with a 2-yard touchdown run by Derion Cannon.

Irwin said the string of big plays was just what the Trojans needed.

“We need to make some big plays against man coverage when we weren’t able to run the ball,” Irwin said. “We made the plays we needed to in the second half.”

With 4:22 to play, Engle scored on a 64-yard touchdown run, but Etowah would get no closer.

Oliver was 8-for-18 passing for 190 yards and a touchdown.

Anderson had a big night for the Trojans. He finished with nearly 300 passing yards, including plays of 62, 44, and 63 yards. Duby Nwaubi, his primary target for the night, finished with four catches for 109 yards.

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Erik Kaminski
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November 13, 2013
Good win Trojans! I feel like Peachtree Ridge will be a good test to see where we stand against out-of-region opponents at this point in the season. We're definitely a different team from the one that played in the first three non-region games this season. Additionally, PTR is not your normal #4 seed. Good luck guys!
slim065
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November 10, 2013
Congrats to the Trojans on their 2nd straight region title! Now to focus on PTR next week and hopefully have Reg 5 shock some teams in Reg 7.

Not knowing the final stats until the Sunday paper, but Corey John had himself one heck of a senior night in all phases of the game. Big congrats to him.
Thanks Coach Roelle
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November 09, 2013
I know I post this for a lot of people in the Lassiter Community.

The guy who is most responsible for making the best 6 years of Lassiter Football possible is Roger Roelle. He prepared, conditioned and coached many, if not most, of the players who made the last six years the winningest time in Lassiter Football History. Both of his sons along with numerous players he coached from East Cobb Vikings, Blackwell Bears and the Lassiter Junior Trojan Football Program are the reason Lassiter has won 3 Region Titles.

We all know Chip Lindsey and Jep Erwin get quoted in the paper but if you ask the players who is the biggest football influence in their life they would tell you Coach Roger Roelle. Matter of fact, many are still playing in spite of the current coaches because Coach Roelle has taught them how to persevere through difficult and sometimes unfair situations.

I for one appreciate everything Coach Roelle has done for these boys and even though he won't be recognized officially by the program it doesn't go unrecognized.

Thanks Coach Roelle
JISD
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November 11, 2013
Excellent Post!
Lassiter12123
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November 09, 2013
Mason waters scored the 62 yard touchdown not Corey john
Jackets Mania
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November 09, 2013
OUTRAGEOUS!!!

Who decided that Lassiter should be region champs??? WHERE WAS THE COMPETITION??? Yes, Lassiter won more region games, but what about the things that really matter? I want 40 times, GPAs, bench press maximums, and results from the three cone drill!!! That will show who is REALLY the best team in the region!!

Why is this interloper school even allowed on the field in the first place?? While Lassiter, a school that is relatively new to the area, is in the playoffs next week, schools that have paid their dues and awaited their time (like Cherokee, Roswell, and Wheeler) are forced to sit at home. Not to mention the other schools that have also been here much longer than Lassiter (Walton, Milton, and Etowah) are relegated to taking the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, positions in the region instead of the 1st place spot that their dedication and longevity should have earned them!!! WHO DECIDED THIS WAS FAIR??? WHERE IS THE GHSA? WHERE IS THE GOVERNOR? DOES NOBODY ELSE SEE THE OUTRAGE??!!!

Finally, we need to look at money. Money is needed to provide for the schools and athletic departments throughout the state? What schools pay the most in taxes from region 5AAAAAA? Clearly the tax base from Walton, Milton, and Etowah are ALL higher than the one for Lassiter!!! If these schools are the ones that provide the money then should they not be the ones that receive the playoff priority???!!! This is outrageous.

JUST ASK THE PLAYERS!!!!! Did you not see the scene after the game last night??!! Players with their arms around each other, wrestling in anger because they were so disgusted with the entire system. THE PLAYERS WERE SO ANGRY WITH THE HEAD COACH THAT THEY TRIED NOT ONCE BUT THREE TIMES TO THROW WATER ON HIM!!!! Obviously trying their best to cause a George Allen type death from pneumonia by getting him wet in the cold weather!!!! It is a program in turmoil and out of control!!!

STOP THE MADNESS!!!!! FIRE SOMEBODY!!! CHANGES MUST BE MADE!!!
Reflexive Gag
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November 09, 2013
@Jackets Mania

You continue to make a fool of yourself even though many of us can tell by the tone of your comments that you just keep changing your name. Starting up the fire, again, is uncalled for! LET IT GO!

The damage has already been done this year and the kids are coping through it as best as they can...winning the region is good for them, especially the seniors. The boys DO like each other, and no one ever said that they didn't. However, just because they won the region doesn't mean that the problems are gone!

Your sarcasm and BS does nothing constructive for the future players, they are still not happy with the program. I'll come and talk to you in a few years; until then you can continue to justify this can of worms any way you want to, but, like all of the criticism that has been mucked around, your inane mocking of the problem is just as destructive, if not more so!

Since you SEEM to have your finger on the pulse of the community (and no kids in the program), why don't you see if YOU CAN AFFECT A POSITIVE CHANGE in this arena by researching and analyzing the real reason that people are upset, and not just what you believe to be true.
JackLambert
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November 10, 2013
You guys haven't been keeping up...Jackets Mania's real name is A**H***
Xstarter
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November 10, 2013
I would have LOVED to dump cold water on him-even if it took 1,000 tries!!!
High School FB Fan
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November 10, 2013
Your post is a joke...right? You can't be serious?
Kybamafan
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November 10, 2013
Wow Jackets! What kind of koolaid are you sipping?

Lassiter EARNED the #1 seat! Etowah played hard but just didn't have the stuff - as neither did Roswell, Wheeler, Milton, etc. Looking forward to playing all of you next year.
high school grad?
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November 10, 2013
Doubtful...you don't pay attention. Money isn't taxes, it's booster club...weren't there some personal loans taken out to pay for turf or something a couple years ago? Wonder if those got paid off this year.
Right On!
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November 09, 2013
It's a dog-eat-dog world, and EVERYONE'S wearing milkbone underwear!!!
Mr. Sample
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November 09, 2013
Your sarcasm is very entertaining. However it does not hide the fact this was a dirty deal and you know what I'm talking about.

The better player didn't get the job.
URANIDIOT
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November 09, 2013
And you're probably one of the idiots who said to stop making inflammatory, bullying, character assassination, name-calling comments.

Grow up! Your sarcasm is ridiculous. And you still don't get the point. Bet you would if it were your kid. You're probably the same guy who said the coach was justified in benching your son on senior night last year. I heard from people sitting around you that you were actually pretty pissed off. Guess it's always easy to show your support when it isn't your kid or a kid you know is better and got screwed.

Congratulations to the team on their region title! They reacted the way they did because they love the game - in spite of the decisions that were made by the coach that had nothing to do with who the better player is.
Greg Hunt
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November 11, 2013
@URANIDIOT

Hate to break it to you...but this idiot (Jackets Mania) posting above is not me. As everyone will attest, I do not hide behind fake names. If I have something to say then I will be right out front for everyone to see and hear.

Yes...my son was benched (2 Years Ago) on Senior night and yes at the game...I was not happy about it. But, like I have said before, I knew then that there was nothing that I could do because it was between my son and his position coach. That doesn't mean that I can't be disappointed and show a little bit a emotion.

We love the Lassiter community! We really miss being a bigger part of it. Our youngest son graduated 2 years ago but...we still go to every football game and are very excited to see the success continue.

GO TROJANS!!!
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