Cross Campus Rivals Tangle Saturday

Douglass High loses tough one to Haralson County, 27-25

By Hal Lamar Contributing Writer | 10/4/2013, 11:58 a.m.
What may be the most significant game for both the Clark Atlanta University Panthers and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers ...
The Panthers, under first year pilot Kevin Weston are badly seeking their first win under his watch and Morehouse Head man Richard Freeman is looking to extend his two game win streak to three and with it his first eastern division and conference victory plus challenge current leader Fort Valley (2-0,2-2).

This week’s Games and Picks

Kentucky State over


Miles over Benedict

Lane over Stillman

Tuskegee over Fort Valley

Morehouse over Clark Atlanta

Last week’s predictions outcome:

4 right, 2 wrong 

Morehouse College: www.morehouse.edu

Clark Atlanta University: www.cau.edu

Douglass High loses tough one to Haralson County, 27-25

Despite questionable officiating, Douglass High of Atlanta (1-3) fought like bulldogs against the visiting rebels of Haralson County but wound up losing, 27-25 last Friday (Sept. 21) at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta

The Astros who haven’t had a winning season since their 8-4 mark in 2007, are now coached by Rodney Cofield (Fulton High School) who is no stranger to rebuilding ailing programs. In 1996, he took over football operations at Booker T. Washington High School and within two seasons, took the Bulldogs to their first undefeated regular season since 1951.

Cofield is facing a similar situation at Douglass with half its 40-person roster freshmen and sophomores but Friday’s game against Haralson County of Tallapoosa County showed Cofield’s influence.

For every touchdown that Haralson County scored, Douglass High followed likewise and by halftime, trailed 20-19 largely due to their junior quarterback Tyquan Rucker who rushed 96 yards and threw for 72 more and scored all three of the Astros’ touchdowns via a run of 15 yards and two end zone strikes of 66 and 6 yards to senior wide receiver Quinterrius Riley. Rucker also completed a 67-yard TD strike in the second quarter that was called back on an illegal participation penalty, one of several questionable calls in the game.

“One of our players got excited about the play and ran out onto the field,” Cofield said.

After Haralson County scored early in the third period on a 10 yard blocked punt return for a score by sophomore Brandell Bentley, Douglass took advantage of a Haralson County turnover when senior Anthony Houseworth recovered a loose ball in the end zone. Douglass’ attempt to tie the game at 27 via a two-point conversion failed however, allowing the Rebels to run out the remaining 5:50 of the game.

“After a five year absence, it’s good to be back on that sideline,” Cofield told AV after the game.” It’s a challenge. We don’t have the numbers and a lot of kids are opting to attend BEST Academy or Mays.  We have to make the program attractive again.  When we do that, we’ll get a lot of those youngsters back.”

In other city high school action, number 2 Jackson lost its first game of the year to Callaway 39-14, number 5 BEST Academy was blanked by Central Carrolton 14-0 and number 4 Mays shut out North Atlanta 43-0.




  1. Washington (4-0) vs. South Atlanta  (0-3) 7:30 p.m. Lakewood (South Atlanta homecoming)
  2. Mays (4-1) idle
  3. Grady (3-1) vs. Therrell (0-4) 5:30 p.m.

Henderson  (Grady)

  1. Jackson (2-10 vs.

Rockmart (1-3) 8 p.m.

Henderson  (Grady)

  1. Carver (2-2) vs. Banneker  (1-2-1)-7:30 p.m. Banneker
  2. BEST (2-20 vs. Haralson Coiunty (2-3)-7:30-

Haralson (Tallapoosa Ga)

  1. Douglass (1-3) idle
  2. South Atlanta (0-3) vs. BTW  (4-0) 7:30 p.m.


9.Therrell (0-4) vs. Grady (3-1) 5:30 p.m.

Henderson  (Grady)

  1. North Atlanta (0-50) idle