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Ware County made a huge splash by hiring coach Franklin Stephens from Lamar County. Read Craig Sager II's story on the hiring below. Also check out a recap from a huge soccer match from last night as well as the hoops all-state teams, which are featured on the left panel. 

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All-State Teams
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Lambert-Walton recap
Ware County Coaching
Hawks School of the Week
Score Poll
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How many state championships did Franklin Stephen win during his five years at Tucker?
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Buford handed the Lovett girls soccer team its first loss of the season. 




All-classification player of the year: Tadric Jackson (Tift County)




Player of the Year: Jaylen Brown (Wheeler)


Coach of the Year: Eric Holland (Tift County)




Player of the Year: JaKeenan Gant (Effingham County)


Coach of the Year: Jamaal Garman (Warner Robins)


Class AAAA


Player of the Year: Hassani Gravett (Alexander)


Coach of the Year: Dan Maehlman (Jonesboro)


Class AAA


Player of the Year: Tookie Brown (Morgan County)


Coach of the Year: Charlemagne Gibbons (Morgan County)


Class AA


Player of the Year: Isaiah Wilkins (GAC)


Coach of the Year: Vince Layson (Calhoun)


Class A


Player of the Year: Ahmed Hill (Aquinas) 


Coach of the Year: Cabral Huff (St. Francis)







All-classification player of the year: Kahlia Lawrence (Kendrick)




Player of the Year: Te'a Cooper (McEachern)


Coach of the Year: Phyllis Arthur (McEachern)




Player of the Year: Erykah Davenport (Tucker) 


Coach of the Year: Robin Potter (Tucker)


Class AAAA


Player of the Year: Brea Elmore (Redan)


Coach of the Year: Jerry Jackson (Redan)


Class AAA


Player of the Year: Asia Durr (St. Pius)


Coach of the Year: Kyle Snipes (St. Pius)


Class AA


Player of the Year: Brianna Cummings (GAC)


Coach of the Year: Sterling Hicks (Kendrick)


Class A


Player of the Year: Brandi Buie (Randolph-Clay)


Coach of the Year: Jackie Cowan (SW Atlanta Christian)


*First/Second Team selections



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Friday, March 28, 2014

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By Stephen Black 
Longhorns upset No. 2 Walton in OT thriller



Lambert finally got the big win it coveted. Senior midfielder Zack Davis scored off a loose ball

Photo by Mike Kelly

with 13 seconds left in the second overtime period to give Lambert a dramatic 2-1 win at No. 2 Walton tonight in Raider Valley. The No. 3 Horns can now enjoy spring break feeling good about themselves.


"You don't want to go into spring break with a loss," said Lambert head coach Chris Wilson. "It was the biggest game for both teams as far as rankings, so you don't want to go into a week off without having a good result. For us, it's a great win."


Wilson's squad has dropped two games this season, each by 2-1 scores, and earned by far its most impressive victory of the season by knocking off the previously-unbeaten Raiders.


Lambert got on the board first when senior midfielder Cooper Coughlin scored on a cross with 18:36 left in the first half. Walton then spent much of the night trying to even the score before a Charlie Williams  shot deflected off a Lambert defender and into the back in the back of the onion bag with 19:47 left in regulation to pull the Raiders even.


The two five-minute overtime periods were largely uneventful until Davis' goal. A cross into the penalty area got loose from Walton's defense and Davis was there with essentially an open net to win the game for Lambert.


"We talked about and we work on when the ball goes to one side, obviously, what's available and most open is the backside," said Wilson. "We got lucky, to be honest. (Davis) moved into the right spot and finished it off."


The Longhorns (11-2) have now won six straight and will face North Forsyth on April 11 after the break.


The Raiders (13-1), who had won their last four games by a total of five goals against unranked opponents, seemed to struggle getting anything together on the offensive side of the field.


After spring break the Raiders will host east Cobb-rival Lassiter on April 12, likely for the Region 5 title.




By Craig Sager II
Gators land championship head coach



Ware County will fill its head coaching vacancy with Lamar County head coach Franklin Stephens- first reported by The Herald-Gazette. Stephens led the Trojans to the Class AA state championship game last season and guided

Photo by Craig Sager II

the program to a 26-2 record in his two years at the school. Stephens served as Tucker's head coach from 2007-2011 and led the Tigers to their only two state titles. 


The defensive-minded Stephens has built a 90-8-1 record in his seven seasons as a head coach and was named this year's South team head coach in the Elite Junior Classic slated for Dec. 29.


Stephens is a Keysville, Ga. native that is a proven winner and rising star in the coaching industry. Stephens played his varsity football at Burke County before winning Southern Conference lineman of the year at Georgia Southern in 1994. With Tucker, Stephens coached more than 13 all-state selections.


The Ware County job opened up last month when Ed Dudley left to accept the position at Carrollton High School. Losing Dudley was a disappointing day in Waycross, Ga., but hiring a championship coach with the level of success that Stephens has seen is his short career is a reason for Gator Nation to be celebrating.


By Robert Tinter
Tucker celebrates state title with Hawks 



On Friday, the Atlanta Hawks continued their outstanding work in the community by honoring Tucker High School as the Atlanta Hawks' and National Guard's School of the Week. The festivities took place inside the Tigers' gymnasium on the Tucker campus.


Sgt. Shannon Byrd of the National Guard spoke to the students and was joined by former Atlanta Hawk Rick Brown and Atlanta Dream mascot "Star" in presenting an

Photo by Marcus Nabors

autographed ball to women's basketball coach Robin Potter. Coach Potter's acceptance of the ball was a token of gratitude to honor her and the rest of the 2014 AAAAA State Champion Lady Tigers' basketball team. The March 7 triumph over region-rival Southwest DeKalb gave the Lady Tigers' their first title in program history.


Potter very humbly accepted the award, and introduced each player on the team and presented them with an Atlanta Dream bag. Potter then surprised her team with tickets to a Dream game where they will not only attend the game but also be recognized for their work on the court. The celebration continued as two Hawks cheerleaders energized the crowd with a spirit contest; the senior class narrowly escaped the rowdy junior class with the spirit stick.


To keep the crowd energy high, a raffle was conducted with a t-shirt give-away. The pep rally marched on as a male and female student from each class were selected from the crowd to compete in a free throw contest. After the first round of the contest, only a junior and freshman were left standing. 


Both students hit three in a row, which led to a best-of-three final round, and much to the dismay of the crowd, the freshman student won. The event's highlight came during the student slam dunk contest when one student threw down a windmill dunk that had the whole gym rocking.




Dear Coach,

We wanted to provide an update regarding the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Coaches Clinic hosted by Head Coach Mike Smith. Due to the NFL Draft which is now in May and required commitments, the next Coaches Clinic will be held in March 2015. Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


For other Atlanta Falcons youth and prep football program information, please visit or on twitter @AFPlayFootball


Thanks so much for your support of the Atlanta Falcons. 


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