Soccer Fridays In Georgia: Turkey Traditions and a Pair of ‘Epic’ 5A Playoff Battles

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Soccer Fridays In Georgia: Turkey Traditions and a Pair of ‘Epic’ 5A Playoff Battles


On this Thanksgiving version of the Soccer Fridays In Georgia podcast, GPB Sports activities’ Hannah Goodin and Jon Nelson are joined by Calhoun’s Clay Stephenson and Mike Chastain from Jones County to debate their large wins within the second spherical of the Class AAAAA playoffs. Additionally they discuss slightly Turkey about their favourite Thanksgiving traditions.

TRANSCRIPT
Jon Nelson;  Welcome to a different spherical of the Soccer Friday’s and Georgia podcast right here at Georgia Public Broadcasting, thanks for accessing us. Nevertheless, you might be doing so giant gadget or small on all of our social media platforms and on our YouTube channel. Beginning this season as effectively, it’s Thanksgiving week and if you’re a coach that’s training Thanksgiving week, that implies that you are within the quarterfinals right here this season. Within the state of Georgia, we’re all the way down to the ultimate eight in every of the eight Championship video games, so the sector has gone from 250 plus all the way down to 64. Jon right here, Hannah there, and it is a journey into 5A this time. However I do know that you simply needed to speak about another stuff earlier than we get into our dialogue about 5A soccer this time.
Hannah Goodin;  Nicely, I am again. I imply, that is a very powerful half. I am again in studio. Sure, sounding slightly bit extra clear. Uh huh.. So after which pleased Turkey Day week, all people. Sure. It is a particular week.
Jon Nelson;  Particular week for me, and we’ll speak about our turkey weeks and the way unfold to the 4 winds. They’re in just a bit bit. However what’s in your thoughts earlier than we dove into 5A? You need to speak about 7A? You need to speak about something throughout the board? What had been a few of your high takeaways from our recreation of the week?
Hannah Goodin;  Our recreation of the week.
Jon Nelson;  And within the different recreation of the week that pops into your head?
Hannah Goodin;  Second spherical showdown between one seed Milton and two seed Marietta on the Eagles Nest, the Eagles and senior working again Jordan MacDonald had been simply an excessive amount of for the Blue Devils. John Remaining Rating 28 to 21 Milton wins it. McDonald on fireplace
Jon Nelson;  had the massive proper right here, had the massive run working for, you realize, had 248, principally averaged about 10 yards per carry, however had the 80 plus yard run developing of their first possession. And I believe that sort of set the tone. There have been instances I imply, it was a frantic recreation within the first, you realize, first quarter two turnovers both sides. I do know that Adam Clack will likely be that this week and sitting there saying this can not occur. This will likely be one of many issues that we repair. However it was a forwards and backwards recreation. Marietta got here again, second half made it shut, and then you definitely see Milton put the pedal all the way down to win by 17, 38-21. Devin Farrell rushed for 157 handed for 104 for Jordan McDonald used that run, for 248 heading to UCF, so this go spherical will get into the entire match ups. On the flip facet, after our interviews, however Millcreek and Milton developing within the seven eight quarters this week,.
Hannah Goodin;  I’ve to say among the finest postgame interviews. Nicely, the one with all the blokes within the background, what recreation was that? Once more, that was the very best
Jon Nelson;  that was of Cambridge. Cambride and Johns Creek.
Hannah Goodin;  Yeah, Coach Clack telling all of his gamers on TV to not overeat on Thanksgiving again and again and over was hilarious. After which McDonald, in his postgame interview, gave a shout out to UCF, saying they had been the nationwide champs and UCF retweeted it.
Jon Nelson; Yeah,.
Hannah Goodin;  And apparently it is going slightly viral on social media.
Jon Nelson;  Nicely, that is what it is there for. , you sit
Hannah Goodin;  There, GPB simply viral.
Jon Nelson;  Sure, we’re so and also you added a syllable there. GPB is vi-ral
Hannah Goodin;  vir-al!
Jon Nelson; I really feel like I really feel like Commander Sandy. I really feel like Pauly Shore. Unexpectedly. It is like, you realize, chill it with the weasel, however
Sandy Malcolm;  Hannah has snapped to life.
Hannah Goodin;  And I am again, child. Should be the tea. Tea is lastly working.  
Jon Nelson; So she’s gone to tea this week, and he or she was questioning the place the caffeine was, however she’s she’s like, she’s dragging as a result of the tea apparently was not caffeine tea.
Hannah Goodin;  I believe it simply takes longer, possibly to kick in than espresso. OK, I am feeling it now.
Jon Nelson; Are you a tea particular person?
Sandy Malcolm: I like each tea and low. Any caffeine I am good with. 
Jon Nelson; Okay, Yeah. So as a result of I imply me historically, you realize, being a Pepsi man in a Coke city or in a Coke state,.
Sandy Malcolm; The Mountain Dew man,.
Jon Nelson; it. I imply, it is proper right here, truly.
Hannah Goodin; And disclaimer, I am allowed to have some caffeine being pregnant, all people.  
Jon Nelson: OK, I used to be going to ask about that.
Hannah Goodin; Hey, I received my first soiled look the opposite day. Oh, why I used to be within the Starbucks line late. OK. I had my espresso within the morning, did not have something all through the day and I used to be dragging. We had some stuff to do within the night whereas we had been placing up all of our Christmas decorations went into Starbucks. OK, in order that’s I received some soiled seems and soiled seems and stuff.
Jon Nelson; All proper, so I’ll offer you a grimy look proper now.
Hannah Goodin; I may’ve been ordering a decaf, hich I wasn’t, may have been ordering these little, these little fruity drinks that they’ve.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, the dragon fruit. Yeah, ardour fruit.
Jon Nelson; Ardour fruit. Yeah. All proper. So that is the place I’ll offer you a grimy look. OK, now I need to make it possible for your sentence that you simply had been appropriate together with your sentence, you’ve got already began placing up your Christmas decorations.
Hannah Goodin; Up, Achieved.
Sandy Malcolm; Oh my
Jon Nelson;  OK. See, now we’d like like a penalty flag or one thing.
Hannah Goodin; You guys throwing the flag on me?
Jon Nelson; It isn’t even Thanksgiving.
Hannah Goodin; Oh, however it’s so enjoyable. It is festive.
Jon Nelson: Do this the day after Thanksgiving, the weekend after Thanksgiving is once you begin placing up your Christmas stuff
Hannah Goodin; You’d be you would be pleased to know we wait to place the skin lights up till after Thanksgiving, however every part else is finished.
Jon Nelson;  Excuse me, I am sorry. That is a thumbs down from the Nelson family
Hannah Goodin; giving the skin
Jon Nelson:  the boss has the the orange lights up. And till after Thanksgiving, after we come again then, that is after we do all of our Christmas stuff, it is like your bounce on holidays. Why do not you simply go forward? She ought to simply go forward and have the Christmas decorations up all 12 months lengthy. That is that is the way it needs to be. Then in the event you’re simply going to go forward and do this. Be like all of the shops which can be simply promoting issues for Christmas beginning like, Oh, I do not know, Christmas in July.
Hannah Goodin; A interest Foyer begins in October.
Sandy Malcolm; Mariah Carey enjoying. That is the important thing.
Hannah Goodin; I have never been listening to any Christmas songs but. No, no, no.
Sandy Malcolm; Yeah, that is an actual foul.
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, no. That is too early. Most likely ought to have performed some whereas we had been placing up the decorations, however we did not.
Jon Nelson; I am sorry. That is a penalty flag for me.
Hannah Goodin:  So no Mariah Carey but.
Jon Nelson: One vacation at a time, you are leaping vacation, so that you bounce on the vacation 
Hannah Goodin; Excited. I am simply excited.
Jon Nelson; However being excited and being caffeinated a few future vacation.
Hannah Goodin; Excited and caffeinated, excited, its nice
Jon Nelson; Excited and caffeinated a few future vacation. You are not allowed to skip holidays.
Hannah Goodin; Nicely, I did. We did. We do.
Jon Nelson: All proper. So, you need to go forward and tease our friends and go forward and discuss to our friends
Hannah Goodin: Let’s tease our friends, and here is what we’ll do. We will do numerous 5A.
Jon Nelson; Mm-Hmm.
Hannah Goodin; They’ve had some epic playoff battles.
Jon Nelson; Epic playoff battles.
Hannah Goodin: We’ll have two coaches on at the moment from that classification to speak all about it. Calhoun superior to the quarterfinals by beating area champs, Ware County so we’ll hear from head coach Clay Stephenson will ring the upset alarms on that one. And Jones County put up 66 towards East Facet to advance, so we’ll additionally discuss to Coach Mike Chastain. So we’ll be heavy 5A. We will have a look at the brackets earlier than we convey them on. Bracket 5A bracket after which after the interviews, we’ll undergo all the opposite brackets. So Jon’s greatest surprises, takeaways, craziest matchups.
Jon Nelson; Certain.
Hannah Goodin; Nicely, we’ll recap. We’ll preview. So stick round after the interviews.
Jon Nelson; All proper. So we received 5A. We’re locked into 5A for this present, and I do know that you simply need to have a look at what occurred in 5A with Jones County of their offense and the insanity that occurred down in Waycross.
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, I imply, I received I received my brackets from the present on Friday, proper? I introduced all of them with me.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, see, now you may go forward and flip them so all people can see you on the market.
Hannah Goodin; The notes are so embarrassing, although,
Jon Nelson; Bu that  that reveals you ways a lot hen scratch. However not less than you may learn it, and that is what issues.
Hannah Goodin; So we’ll be speaking about backside left and backside proper for our interviews. Why do not we begin with high left, Jon?
Jon Nelson; OK, so high left you are wanting facet by facet in Creekside- Whitewater, Creekside in a shootout knocked off St. Pius 41 -34, and Whitewater beat Lithia Springs, nice story with Lithia Springs, making it to the second spherical of the playoffs. They gained by 16 Whitewater 49- 33. So Creekside and Whitewater two excessive powered offenses are higher left.
Hannah Goodin; All proper, higher proper. Villa Rica defeated Harris County 34-21. Blessed Trinity beat Woodward 28- 13. So Villa Rica vs. BT (Blessed Trinity) within the quarterfinals.
Jon Nelson; And I believe that that is one of many surprises on the board was Blessed Trinity knocking off Woodward Academy as a one seed and so BT with their working recreation. Everyone knows what their working recreation is all about. BT makes it to the subsequent spherical. They make it into the quarters. Taking up a Villa Rica group, head coached by Tim Barron and Tim is popping issues round. He is aware of what it means to be within the final recreation of the 12 months and win the final recreation of the 12 months just lately with a championship at Heard County and knocking off Rockmart a few years in the past downtown. So you have got the playoff expertise of Villa Rica and a stern check coming with them as BT heads to VR this upcoming weekend.
Hannah Goodin; Let’s go backside left. Warner Robins beat area champ Cartersville 24-17 and Jones County beat East Facet 66 – 42. We will discuss much more about that recreation developing. So Warner Robins vs. Jones County within the quarters.
Jon Nelson; That one’s going to be enjoyable. We meet up with Mike Chastain right here in slightly bit to search out out. Two cities 30 miles aside. Get your tickets now or like yesterday. Get and get your tickets yesterday, principally.
Hannah Goodin; And at last, backside proper. Clark Central vs. Calhoun.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, Calhoun wins the 91 level principally area soccer recreation. Whoever had the ball final or was going to make that one cease, and we’ll get into that with Clay Stephenson right here in just a bit bit. Clark Central. We all know how stout they’re defensively holding Starrs Mill to seven factors, profitable 24-7. Dave Perno and Clay Stephenson with Calhoun going to Athens, and it is a acquainted matchup with these two colleges.
Hannah Goodin; It’s. Let’s go forward and convey on Calhoun head coach Clay Stephenson to speak all about his playoff run and that vast win towards Ware County. Hey, coach, welcome in. You edged out Area Champs, Ware county 49 -42 by stopping the Gators contained in the 5 yard line with 12 seconds left. Take us by way of what you had been pondering in that second and and discuss in regards to the recreation total.
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah, no. The way in which you stated it received me chills yet again. It was a… It was an thrilling recreation. It was forwards and backwards between two nice groups. Coach Strickland at Ware county is. , they’re they’re able to making a run within the playoffs yearly and it is a credit score to him and his workers and it was only a knockdown drag out. I’ve a ball recreation and, you realize, neither group deserved to lose, it was in all probability going to return all the way down to who had the ball final. And, you realize, we had been fortunate sufficient to make a fumble there and received the ball again with 12 seconds to get it final and win the sport.
Jon Nelson; How loopy was it contemplating it was a ninety one level recreation? I imply, we had been watching it. You had been. Keep watch over it up right here in Atlanta and it was forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards. When you have got a tennis match like that. What’s it like being a coach in a tennis match?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah, you are simply going to remain within the second and know that each possession is an important possession in your offense the place you have to have the mindset you bought to attain each each time you get it in their very own protection. You need not cease them each time, however you have to belief, you are going to cease them. , a couple of times. And I believe we received two stops within the second half, and that was just about the distinction within the recreation.
Hannah Goodin; Nicely, you probably did all of it by touring over 300 Miles Calhoun to Waycross. You bought again at like 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Speak in regards to the journey. I suppose first discuss in regards to the journey to the sport and what that was like on your gamers. And on the flip facet of that, what it was like coming house. I am guessing that was a fairly quiet bus experience.
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah, it is a robust journey. And simply the the precise mileage and distance of every part. I am making an attempt to get 100 folks fed 4 instances in a day. It is robust and the journey and the place are you going to remain? However what is the mindset that we needed to embrace it. And I discuss with Coach Foster that that they had at Cartersville. They needed to make the journey final 12 months, and we sort of stored just about the identical itinerary as they did. We stopped a few instances. We took some cornhole boards to attempt to cross a while at one of many stops simply to get out and stroll round after which went out of Tifton. And so, you realize, the journey down there it’s what it’s, and the journey again was brutal. , we received again about 4:30- 5am and we received to get every part executed. The jerseys put within the washer and stuff. So, I believe we laid our head on the pillow in regards to the time the solar was developing. So, the entire weekend was simply sort of a mush. After which swiftly its Monday.
Jon Nelson; And yeah, and swiftly it is Monday, and everyone knows that coaches sit there and say, Nicely, you realize, if we’re training Thanksgiving week, that is an awesome factor as a result of it means we’re in no matter spherical of the playoffs we’re in. However you are speaking a few vacation week coming off of every week the place many weekend the place you are having to journey 300 plus miles, you go to sleep possibly six o’clock Saturday morning, then you definitely’re having to get proper again at it. I imply, that is it is a grind and a half on a on a vacation schedule too.
Coach Clay Stephenson; It’s, , fortunately, the vacation works in our favor with this case as a result of, you realize, we did not should go to highschool for seven hours at the moment after which attempt to apply after we received by way of the week. We practiced this morning and you realize, we have tried to verify we stress the message this morning to a transfer that was over. Sure, it was a enjoyable journey and pleasant, however let’s not indulge in that after which reminisce about it after the season. We have to make it possible for we’re we’re ready and able to go this week or final week. That meant something.
Hannah Goodin; So when we now have our broadcast on Friday, we do the upset alert sirens and 2two seed beating one seed Ware County was undoubtedly had had our I imply, not an enormous upset, however had our upset, alert graphic ringing. What have you ever realized about your self as a two seed all through the playoffs up to now?
Coach Clay Stephenson; I’ll say what our senior class is is superb and I’ve realized one thing from them that they by no means get too excessive or too low, and so they simply come about their enterprise daily and know that they have a job to do. Win, lose or draw. They present up on Monday evening, able to work out and able to apply. And you realize, one thing that as coaches should do as effectively. You do not let reward or criticism will get too far up, too far down. Identical factor occurred within the recreation. You do not let good issues. Are unhealthy issues affecting you as a result of it would not matter the way it received to be 21-7. It was 21-7. We had to determine a option to come again at halftime. , the message was simply, let’s determine a option to be within the recreation within the fourth quarter. And we got here out and received a few stops and it was time you are within the fourth quarter. And, you realize, I figured I knew our youngsters knew precisely the place we needed to be and so they had been they went out making performs within the fourth quarter.
Jon Nelson; As we’re speaking, it is early within the week. What have you ever what have you ever realized about Clark Central? What was what was Research Corridor like on Sunday, preparing for Clark Central out of the blocks?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah. Nicely, after we needed to get out of sleep of our eyes, it was a tiring Saturday. However they are a large, robust bodily soccer group. Quick. , we we performed them final 12 months within the second spherical. So we’re pretty aware of them the place their coached very well. It will be a completely totally different sort of ball recreation than it was final final week. They are a very bodily soccer group that run at in all probability 80 p.c of the time. So ensuring we put Friday evening and Saturday morning handed us and sit up for Clark Central. It is big for us this week, however they’re they’re an awesome soccer group. Their two losses are a Buford and Oconee County. And that is just about all I needed to inform our gamers and received their consideration there. They’re, you realize, two high groups in state in any classifications most of years. In order that they undoubtedly have our full consideration and hopefully we will have week of apply and be able to go on Friday.
Hannah Goodin; So I am placing it in my GPS. This one’s 127 miles, two hours and 17 minutes to Athens. How are you making ready for an additional highway journey?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah, that is going to be like going, you realize, going to the grocery retailer.
Jon Nelson; Hahaha!
Coach Clay Stephenson; It’s not a tough journey in any respect. We made it final 12 months. My dad and mom and household reside within the Commerce, Jefferson space, so it is not a tough journey in any respect. We will go and and cease someplace close to Jefferson, Commerce and sort of do our walkthroughs and stuff after which head on over to Athens. And so it’s a, it is so much logistically so much simpler journey than final week.
Jon Nelson; All proper. So, because you talked about your loved ones, let’s get into Thursday. We would cycle again to some Friday questions, however let’s get into some Thursday.
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, Let’s get into the vital stuff. Thanksgiving.
Jon Nelson; Yeah. So what’s Thanksgiving like on the Stephenson family?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Nicely, the problem is all the time, you realize, after we’re enjoying soccer, the problem is all the time to not eat as a lot as I need to eat as a result of we’ll go away right here after morning apply and drive to Commerce and spend one Thanksgiving there. After which we go to a different household Thanksgiving that night. Then we flip round and drive again house. After which paradoxically, this 12 months,
Jon Nelson; you realize, you gotta drive again.   
Coach Clay Stephenson; Proper again to precisely the place we simply had been. So it is a good time and it is numerous journey, however it’s I do not get we do not get to see that a part of our household an excessive amount of. So we’re wanting ahead to it and after which actually wanting ahead to get again over there Friday and attending to play.
Hannah Goodin; So your message to the group is don’t overeat.
Coach Clay Stephenson; That’s appropriate. Sure, we had been. That is that is an enormous factor as a result of all of us, you realize, will not sit down and eat all day and watch soccer. And, you realize, hopefully we will. The children particularly can obtain a plate or two and transfer on.
Jon Nelson; All proper. So once you’re fixing your plate and it may be at both cease one, cease two or cease three, what’s in your plate? What is the go to meal for you?
Hannah Goodin; You’re about to make us hungry Jon.
Jon Nelson; What? What’s what your go to play?
Coach Clay Stephenson; I’m a meat. I am a .. I received to have some turkey. The dressing needs to be made the suitable method. I do not like many onions in it. So, like one among my aunts makes it a technique. And after I was making the opposite method, so I am not going to inform you which occurring.
Jon Nelson; So are you? Are you the man that sort of sits there and appears for the onion and also you sort of take the spoon and also you sort of carve across the onion simply so you will get that part?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah. Nicely, you bought to get one thing of every part to make you all your loved ones members pleased, after which you may sort of dissect them when you get again to your plate, however not not a cranberry sauce man in any respect.
Jon Nelson; No?
Coach Clay Stephenson; In order that I’ll, I’ll cross up. So aside from that, and I’ll put it on my plate not less than strive it
Hannah Goodin; Sounds scrumptious. Abdomen is growling.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, effectively, it is growling and likewise and earlier than we began taping, there was the opposite aspect in all of that is that Hannah might be going to have championship infants.
Hannah Goodin; Sure, that’s what Jon is predicting
Jon Nelson; I’m predicting Championship child.
Hannah Goodin; Coach Stephenson had Championship infants, too. Who knew?
Coach Clay Stephenson; It was thrilling. Yeah.
Jon Nelson; How did you spend your first Christmas with newborns? That is that is the recommendation column part. That is why I needed to sort of ask this query
Hannah Goodin; All the boys Tune out right here. I’m simply joking.  
Jon Nelson; What sort of recommendation would you give Hannah and her husband for the primary Christmas with newborns?
Coach Clay Stephenson; Yeah, I believed it was superior. 2014 was our first one. We, my spouse was very pregnant, as you had been describing after we went to the Washington County soccer recreation and we weren’t certain if we’ll have it there or what we’re going to take action anyway. She had it three days later and Christmas time was superior. It was. It was good for us as a result of we’re academics and we had been out of college, so we get to spend as a lot time as we may with them. However it’s a it is an superior, superior expertise and particularly, you realize, round Christmas time, you realize, your feelings and your emotions are already already in your sleeves and having to have a child, thats gonna be superior
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, you stated December seventeenth, proper?
Coach Clay Stephenson; That’s appropriate.
Hannah Goodin; And we’re December twentieth. So, it will be. We will be shut.
Coach Clay Stephenson; Superior, it’s gonna be thrilling.
Jon Nelson; All proper. So again to again to Friday, let’s we push by way of Thursday and get to Friday. One of many issues that we love to do right here on the present, on the present and with our programing on the TV facet is the Make that Child An Supply phase. We do this on Recruiting 2021. And I do know that we have had an opportunity to give attention to Cole with how unimaginable the expertise he’s and the way integral he’s to your offense with regards to your roster. Is there anybody that you may sit there and wave your hand up within the air and for no matter motive, missed, understaffed, underappreciated, not getting the seems that you simply suppose? Is there anybody in your roster that you may sit there and say, I would like so that you can make this child a suggestion or make this child a greater provide who qualifies for that
Coach Clay Stephenson; Our proper guard Jace Warren. He is a superb offensive lineman, nasty he will get after em and finishes his blocks, and he is one which I really feel like getting slightly bit missed. I believe he’ll, he’ll get his his due, however it’s a really feel like he’s missed,for certain.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, coach, clearly you’ve got received a shorter highway journey this week going up towards Clark Central within the 5A quarterfinals. Thanks for hanging out with us on the Soccer Fridays In Georgia podcast. Thanks for letting us know what’s in your go to plate for Thanksgiving. We figured since that is the Thanksgiving episode, we have requested some Thanksgiving questions. Nice win towards Ware County on an incredible highway journey. Good luck this week towards Clark Central. Thanks for hanging out with us on the present.
Coach Clay Stephenson; I recognize it guys, and I recognize the entire the protection you give the highschool sports activities. We recognize it.
Hannah Goodin; Coach Chastain, you set up 66 factors towards Eastside within the second spherical final Friday. How had been you ready to try this and take us by way of your recreation?
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, to start with, it wasn’t me, and it wasn’t any coach. We received actually good gamers, however our offense coordinator, protection coordinator, they each do an exceptional job and and so I need to tip their hat. However John Alan, as we name him Jar, he is a he is enjoying actually good ball proper now. I believe he was 81 p.c the opposite evening within the recreation and threw it 40; 40 instances, I consider. And so he performed actually good. Our working again had an exceptional recreation. He rushed for over 200 yards in a recreation, so our guys simply began executing and hit every part on the proper time. So we’re actually hitting on all cylinders proper now. We received all people wholesome and simply simply glad to see what what can occur over the subsequent few weeks.
Jon Nelson; Once you’ve received a quarterback like John Alan Richter.
Hannah Goodin; JAR JAR. I do know it is JAR. I like that.
Jon Nelson; So when when you have got as jarring a quarterback as you have got,.
Hannah Goodin; Thanks.
Jon Nelson; there at Jones County this 12 months, I imply, what’s it been like since we caught up with you at your spring recreation? And I do know that it was getting him built-in into the offense, getting him snug? What’s it been prefer to see his his recreation develop this 12 months to the place it’s proper now?
Coach Mike Chastain; It’s actually been superior. He is he is blossomed in so some ways. When he was within the ninth grade, numerous people did not suppose he would. I imply, simply all people sort of mature earlier than him, sort of. Perhaps in he is simply bodily beginning to hit every part, going on the proper time and he is arm. He is had two actually, actually good years. And this this senior 12 months within the off season has been superior for him and and he is only a nice child, to start with and a soccer junkie. He loves it. Toledo simply supplied him. Lehigh has already supplied him. There’s been a number of different guys which can be concerned with him. I believe he’ll be an exceptional present for whoever finally ends up getting him over the subsequent few weeks. So,            he is only a nice younger man, and when he is on, it is fairly exhausting to cease.
Hannah Goodin; I simply pulled up his recruiting profile in 247 sports activities must get with it as a result of I’ve no provides on right here.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, they get with it. I imply.
Coach Mike Chastain; All proper.
Jon Nelson; So then let’s let’s get into this. , historically on our Friday evening programing, we now have the Recruiting 2021 present that precedes our recreation of the week. And there is a phase on the finish of the present that we name Make That Child an Supply. And for no matter motive, missed, underappreciated, underneath starred. And I believe that JAR in all probability suits into this. We all the time prefer to ask the query make this child a suggestion or make this child a greater provide who in your roster this 12 months would qualify for that? And would John Alann be in that class too?
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, JAR has already received a suggestion, however sure, little question if he did, he would undoubtedly fall in there, however I believe I believe we now have a pair guys. We have now a middle that that could be a strongest child on our group is he is  375 cleaner, which is on the state meet if that they had a state meet, which we do not compete in. However he in all probability would win it most years at that quantity and actually robust, actually sensible. He desires to be an engineer, so he is in all probability not going to take a suggestion. However however as a result of he desires to go to Georgia Tech, be an engineer, but when it had been to occur, I imply, he is he is undoubtedly a man that I believe considerably ought to provide. He is solely 5′ 11, however he’s a very good heart power and has been the anchor for workplace line this 12 months. After which after which we now have one other man that is a 3 12 months starter for us within the secondary, however once more, just a bit bit undersized, little quick. However folks strive all of them 12 months lengthy and and the percentages are he is he is come out more often than not and he is a he is a very good participant. That is TayJativus) Whiple (And the middle was Grayson Dugger.
Hannah Goodin; Love an instructional man. I imply, engineer at Georgia Tech. That’s one thing particular. That is robust. Yeah. Nicely, I need to get again into the playoffs. You are placing up some severe numbers, 56 factors towards Griffin. Like I stated, 66 factors towards Eastside. You bought Warner Robins developing who simply beat the area champ Cartersville. What are your expectations for that recreation? I imply, you are averaging averaging.
Jon Nelson: 61.
Hannah Goodin; 61 factors. So excessive expectations for you Coach
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, it will be a tall job. They’re actually good and so they’re not giving up factors, nowhere close to that all through the season and and they’re placing up large numbers themselves. They’re actually good group and every part as marketed and and I Coach Westbrook over there and and people guys do an exceptional job. I imply, they play with phenomenal tempo on offense and and and within the blink of a watch, I truly watched the Lee County recreation and I watched a number of video games now, however I watched that reside and I used to be simply sort of amazed at how briskly they scored and so they simply do job. They are a actually good job. And so we received a really robust job in entrance of us and hopefully get on the market and do the very best we will do.
Jon Nelson; And it is two nice soccer cities and that is one thing that, you realize, we talked about on the final week after your win, however I needed it to handle it once more right here. It’s that it is two nice soccer cities which can be about 30 miles aside. I suppose my first query is have tickets gone on sale and have you ever already offered out?
Coach Mike Chastain; No, I have never gone on sale or they could have been on sale. Simply often go promote round 12 or one o’clock on Monday. So being that it is Turkey week and I do not know if we’ve already received them up but or not, however I am certain it’ll promote out quickly or no matter. They’re going to be an enormous crowd. I do know that. I do know Warner Robins travels effectively and its superior so I’ve little question it will be a be an exceptional ambiance.
Jon Nelson; What’s it like with these two soccer cities that you’ve got frolicked in- Warner Robins you realize what Warner Robins soccer means to Warner Robins, and now you are spending time in Grey and know what it means to Jones County. What does soccer for somebody who’s by no means been in Center Georgia to see a recreation. What does soccer imply to those two soccer cities?
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, I imply, you realize, and at Warner Robins, I imply, it is what the group does just isn’t soccer, simply soccer is baseball, basketball something right here. I imply, the group loves the sports activities right here and and I believe I believe our college does an exceptional job a getting make it making sports activities vital. And and you may inform with the group, we usually put a fairly good crowd in within the stands for each recreation. And it is not. It isn’t simply due to what we’re doing proper now, it is the folks, individuals are nice they’re superior and so they love the sports activities and so they come out in a mighty option to assist, assist each sport, not simply soccer.
Hannah Goodin; You’ve been with Jones County for 3 seasons since 2019 made it to the semifinals every year. So in the event you beat Warner Robins on Friday, you’ll go to the semifinals for the third 12 months in a row. What’s what’s been the the key behind having success proper off the bat there at Jones County?
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, I used to be very lucky to observe Coach Rogers and have been very lucky to be round numerous actually, actually good head coaches all through the state. I have been in numerous locations and and I believe I believe there is a bunch of keys that it’s important to have to have the ability to get issues going. And one, at first is the assist from the central offense and it’s second to none right here in Jones. And and I inform folks on a regular basis, if you cannot achieve success right here, it is in all probability received one thing to do with the teaching. This as a result of they’re they actually do an awesome job of providing you with what you want and to achieve success and nonetheless nonetheless sustaining the respect of lecturers. And I simply suppose it is an awesome place. It truly is. And we now have good gamers. And once you’re in a one horse city the place all of the gamers come to you on a regular basis, is that this superior, superior deal. So we now have actually good gamers. We received good coach, we received good admin supoort, we received good services. That is that is key to having the ability to have success, to start with. And after which simply then simply having the ability to discover a option to keep wholesome lengthy sufficient to play good within the playoffs. I believe that is that is large, too. So. And lastly, and positively, actually not least, however the Good Lord has received to bless you and I thanks for that on my method. So we have given Him glory and honor for letting us play this far.
Jon Nelson; Mike Chastain, the pinnacle coach of Jones County, hanging out with us for an additional couple of minutes on the Soccer Friday’s and Georgia podcast. Now it is a vacation week. It is Thanksgiving week. Sure, you need to be training and no, there isn’t any college, so that you’re considerably you may sort of have a singular focus. However how tough is it to apply throughout a vacation week with household calls for and all this sort of stuff? How tough is it to apply on every week like this?
Coach Mike Chastain; I believe its robust a lil bit, generally I believe you bought you bought folks that have stuff occurring, however however numerous instances in soccer to make it to have the ability to play on Thanksgiving week, it is a large honor and lots of people do not ever get to try this. So. So it is slightly simpler on this week than it’s most. After which clearly, once you’ve received an enormous recreation like this week that we now have, I do not suppose it will likely be exhausting of our guys fired up able to apply this week.
Hannah Goodin; Nicely, let’s discuss slightly bit extra about Thanksgiving. What’s Thanksgiving like there on the Chastain family? What do you guys do?
Coach Mike Chastain; Nicely, often we spend time with household and buddies, and this Thanksgiving Thursday we’ll have some household over at our home. After which Saturday, which is sort of neat after the sport. Nicely, we’ll meet at Warner Robins and eat at my brother’s home. However after we do this, we now have our all of our household from South Georgia come up and. And Kelly Chastain is the offensive line coach at Warner Robins. He was there with me at Warner Robins and he he’ll be there Saturday after which we’ll see him and his household from South Georgia, from Thomasville, who will likely be there. So it is it’s going to be neat. We truly truly spent Thanksgiving or Saturday at Thanksgiving consuming Thanksgiving dinner with a with one of many opposing group coaches.
Jon Nelson; So once you fill out your plate and it is a query that we requested Clay Stephenson of Calhoun. So, once you’re filling out your plate, what’s on it?
Coach Mike Chastain; So much, so much.
Coach Clay Stephenson; An excessive amount of. Yeah, actually. There’s there’s one factor I do not like, and that is olives. So if it would not have olives is in I am good.
Jon Nelson; OK. So cranberry selfmade or out of the can?
Coach Mike Chastain; Once more if it ain’t olives, Ailing be trustworthy, I do not often seize the cranberry an entire lot. however as I grow old, I begin grabbing slightly bit extra. So I am not an skilled.
Jon Nelson; OK, so mild meat or darkish?
Coach Mike Chastain; I’m a lightweight meat man. I’m, yeah,.
Jon Nelson; OK. Stuffing, is it dressing or stuffing?
Coach Mike Chastain: Dressing.
Jon Nelson: OK. Let’s examine what’s your desserts?
Coach Mike Chastain; ouuu.
Hannah Goodin; You’ve received to have a pecan pie in there.
Coach Mike Chastain; Pecan pie, Yeah, that is it.
Jon Nelson; OK. Is there one thing that’s made contained in the Chastain household tree that is sort of a selfmade dish that is introduced in as a result of my spouse,
Hannah Goodin; That is the turkey interrogation.
Jon Nelson; It’s. It is Thanksgiving interrogation as a result of that is what’s vital. Is there a selfmade dish that’s introduced into the equation or is there one thing that is slightly off the overwhelmed monitor? As a result of the boss in my family has a dish that could be a rice dish that’s straight up, it is like consommé and white rice, and it’s the most fattening factor ever, and it’s the most superb factor ever that she provides to our Thanksgiving meals. Is there something that is out of out of the overwhelmed monitor that is delivered to the desk from the Chastain family?
Coach Mike Chastain; I might say. Most likely not, but when there was right here these days, my mother has been bringing brisket from a, from a spot in Warner Robins referred to as Martin’s, it has been it has been phenomenal
Jon Nelson: Martin’s.. scripting this down
Hannah Goodin; I have never heard of brisket for Thanksgiving earlier than.
Coach Mike Chastain; That’s yeah. Yeah, I hadn’t both until she introduced it again. The place she brings it. Positively all gone as a result of its phenomenal. However however now, however I do not suppose we do an entire lot actual totally different, to be trustworthy with you.
Jon Nelson; OK.
Hannah Goodin; Our staple is a broccoli casserole. It sounds gross, however it’s so good. A lot of cheese.
Coach Mike Chastain; We’ve had broccoli casserole loads of instances. I would not say that it is gross. That is , good selection.
Jon Nelson: okay
Jon Nelson;  All proper. So final final query for you, and thanks for hanging out for all of those extremely insightful questions, contemplating it’s Thanksgiving week.  Hannah has already put up her Christmas tree in her home.
Jon Nelson; All of the decorations are up, aside from the skin portion of the home with regards to placing up vacation decorations. Have you ever skipped a vacation and also you already headed towards Christmas? Or are you ready till after Thanksgiving to place up your Christmas stuff?
Coach Mike Chastain; I might say I might guess that we might be paying we however we have had our Christmas decorations up for in all probability three or 4 weeks.
Hannah Goodin; They’ve me beat, Jon.
Jon Nelson; Wow!
Hannah Goodin; We did ours final week.
Coach Mike Chastain; My spouse loves and we now have. We had fall break. I do not know every time that was, and I needed to get one thing out of our afterwards stated. And whereas we had been on the market, she stated, Go forward, get the the Christmas tree.
Hannah Goodin Whilst you’re on the market, honey, go forward and get all of the packing containers in. Like it.
Coach Mike Chastain; We have had it out for bit now.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, coach, thanks for hanging out with us and giving us a little bit of a preview together with your recreation towards Warner Robins. The sport that’s going to be the central focus of all of Center Georgia. It will be an awesome recreation in 5A. Nice to meet up with you. You’ve got Had a improbable season up to now date. Thanks for hanging out with us for all of the insightful Thanksgiving questions and previewing what is going on to occur with Warner Robins this week. Thanks for hanging out with us on the present.
Coach Mike Chastain; Thanks for having me.
Hannah Goodin Each coaches had been such good sports activities with our Turkey interrogation
Jon Nelson; yeah, effectively the vacation interrogation and to search out out that Coach Chastain truly beat you hanging up the vacation, the Christmas decorations.
Hannah Goodin;  Folks love Christmas.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, and so they additionally like making Christmas in July, we’ll sit there and purchase issues in July, and so they put up their Christmas decorations, why do not we simply go forward, make it a 12 month vacation then?
Hannah Goodin; and we do not need to miss another vacation break vacation celebrations. So we’re saying pleased holidays. Sure, to the entire holidays.
Jon Nelson; Sure. Blissful holidays to all of you. Holidays, all of them. Sure. All proper. So what’s in your thoughts earlier than we go?
Hannah Goodin; All proper. Nicely, as promised, let’s get by way of a few of these brackets, Jon, and we’ll skip over 5A as a result of we have been speaking about that fairly a bit, huh? Let’s go to 7A. We took a have a look at our recreation of the week, which was Milton vs. Marietta. So Milton will play Mill Creek. Right. Let us take a look at what about Grayson and Roswell? High proper of 7A bracket.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, Roswell with the massive come from behind win towards North Cobb, and they’ll be internet hosting Grayson. I do know numerous people are Collins Hill and Lowndes down on the Concrete Palace. Our recreation on Soccer Friday’s, by the way in which, is Walton at Brookwood, Recruiting 2021 at Seven O’Clock and our kickoff from a Brookwood Group Stadium at 7:30.
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, that is going to be an awesome recreation. Hmm. Let’s go proper forward to 6A.
Jon Nelson; A variety of numerous people are gravitating towards Buford and Lee County in that one as a result of the 2 heavyweights low proper. Dacula’s received a house recreation with Johns Creek vs. Northside, Warner Robins at Hughes, Westlake and Carrollton as effectively.
Hannah Goodin: Skipping over 5A, 4A…
Jon Nelson: Marist at Benedictine.
Hannah Goodin; That’s the place I used to be going.
Jon Nelson; Marist and Benedictine and numerous people are that one with Holden Geriner  at quarterback for Benedictine and placing up some ridiculous numbers offensively as a group. Stout protection for Danny Britton and the cadets. However Marist and Alan Chadwick having to go to the coast to tackle Benedictine and numerous people additionally Cedar City at Perry, Doughtery over at Carver and North Oconee and Bainbridge. That is a pack, a lunch and dinner and a midnight snack journey for North Oconee having to go to Bainbridge. Robust check for them going to go up towards the Bearcats.
Hannah Goodin; AAA I am going Cedar Grove, Crisp County.
Jon Nelson; No query. And the attention-grabbing subplot there with Miguel Patrick. The previous head coach at Cedar Grove, now the pinnacle coach at Crisp, and we have had him on the postgame present for a few weeks in a row. That is going to be an enormous recreation down in Cordele. And as soon as once more, if you do not have your tickets but, you in all probability ought to get them like now, get them. Now, as we are saying, Peach and Pierce regulate Peach after knocking off Monroe space, having to go on the highway all the way down to Blackshear to tackle the defending champs.
Hannah Goodin; All proper. AA, the place are you going, Jon?
Jon Nelson; Rabun County in Thomasville. I believe with Gunner Stockton, with every part that he is been in a position to do offensively, we had Jaybo Shaw on the present a few weeks in the past going up towards a stout protection at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Zach Grage, you may have him prepared. However Rabun County in Thomasville, that one’s going to be stout low, proper
Hannah Goodin; All proper, Class Single. A Public, Macon County vs. Irwin County.
Jon Nelson; Yep, and that one’s going to be in Ocilla. But in addition, you realize, you bought to regulate Turner County and Metter. A variety of people had been that one. Our pal Maurice Freeman, having to go to Warren County to tackle the screaming devils of Warren County, Manchester and Wilcox. Manchester makes it by way of as a 4 seed once more, and so they now get to go to Wilcox County and tackle the Stowe present there in Rochelle.            
Hannah Goodin; And at last, Class Single A Personal. Fellowship -Christian Calvary Day
Jon Nelson; yeah, and you are going to should go to the coast once more in the event you’re Tim McFarland having to go all the way in which from Fellowship all the way down to Calvary Day, so. Mark Stroud, we have seen what they have been in a position to do ranked quantity two quantity three within the polls many of the season for GPB and Gpb.org. However regulate Holy Innocents and Eagles Touchdown Christian as effectively got here into the playoffs at 4 and 6, however not essentially a shock contemplating how people should schedule round Eagles Touchdown Christian. That is going to be a stout one as effectively on the left hand facet, higher left.
Hannah Goodin; So 64 groups appropriate, narrowing it all the way down to 32.
Jon Nelson; Sure,.
Hannah Goodin; Woo. What in regards to the coin flip this week? How did all that go down?
Jon Nelson; Coin Flip went to the higher bracket, if I am not mistaken, so we’ll regulate that. And so as soon as once more, for the semifinals, it is the higher bracket that’s your coin flip winner. Keep watch over that on your house area benefit and all your your house seeds in the event you’re tied, when you have the identical seeding. If you happen to’re a primary or two seed or no matter it’s within the higher and the higher part of the bracket will win.
Hannah Goodin;  All proper. Nicely, we skimmed by way of these brackets. You guys watch Countdown To Kickoff on Thursday at midday. Wed Wednesday!
Jon Nelson; Wednesday, at midday. I am in all probability in transit to Alabama for Thanksgiving,
Hannah Goodin; Wednesday at midday. We’re going to break down all of this much more so. Be a part of us on GPB Sports activities Fb Reside.
Jon Nelson; Yep.
Hannah Goodin; Rely on the kick off Thursday at midday. True for full bracketology. Correct. I imply, we’d simply make it like an entire bracketology present, an entire bracketology.
Jon Nelson; So. However Commander Sandy would not care about that. She’s like, , I am already executed. This reveals the podcast is within the can. I am doing, Oh, so what are you guys doing for Thanksgiving now that we’re asking?
Sandy Malcolm; Simply  Stayin right here. Low key, My mother will come over.
Jon Nelson; So, OK, so is there. Is there a particular commander sandy household dish that is launched into it? Is. Or is it just about the traditional,
Sandy Malcolm; Yeah Simply the traditional stuff
Sandy Malcolm; My mother makes a very good lemon meringue pie.          
Jon Nelson; Oh, I am going to see that. That is not truthful. That’s completely not truthful. Yeah, lemon meringue pie. Whoa. I imply that I imply that for me, it is like actually it is like, I do not know what y’all are having for dessert. However you realize, if I used to be over at your Thanksgiving, I might undoubtedly be like, it is like, Oh, there’s the lemon meringue pie, and also you simply sort of slide it off the desk and sort of stroll out the entire with the entire thing, not simply the slice, however the entire thing. And actually,
Hannah Goodin; There it’s there. There It is not.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, precisely. It is prefer it’s on. It is just like the scene in Beverly Hills Cop. It is like there’s one thing in your hand over right here and then you definitely’re wanting over right here and this hand, and it is similar to, you are not listening to what is going on on over right here. Unexpectedly, that lemon meringue pie simply sort of disappears and walks out the door. And I’d simply stroll out the door with it, similar to, try to monitor this lemon meringue pie down. Good luck on.
Sandy Malcolm; pie? What pie?
Jon Nelson; Precisely.
Hannah Goodin; One thing on my on, my in-laws facet. Yeah, that is not. Not essentially a dish that I like, however it’s very attention-grabbing. They’re from Indiana, OK? And she or he does an oyster stuffing.
Jon Nelson; Yeah, Not having it.
Hannah Goodin; No, it is not my favourite. No. And it is no. However all people, you realize, places slightly on their plate.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, that is a courtesy.
Hannah Goodin; In order that’s one of many weirdest issues
Jon Nelson; that’s the Thanksgiving, courtesy of placing slightly little bit of one thing. It is like, Oh, you introduced the regardless of the dish was that
Hannah Goodin; you introduced the
Hannah Goodin; oyster stuffing. And it is nice. Yeah.
Jon Nelson;  smells scrumptious.
Sandy Malcolm; The odor alone is.
Jon Nelson; I’ll go get some. I will be proper again.
Hannah Goodin; However effectively, we hope all people has an awesome Thanksgiving that. Sure. And we’re proper again to work on Friday. Yeah, it’s.
Jon Nelson; Brookwood. Yep. Recruiting 2021 at 7:00 and kick off slightly after 7:30. And when the sport is over, it is not over as a result of Hannah and I’ll have the postgame present delivered to us by our buddies of the Governor’s Workplace of Freeway Security to take you thru the quarters and get you prepared for the semis on a vacation weekend.
Hannah Goodin; Yeah, and it will be good 32 groups. It will be simpler to speak about.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, it is all the time straightforward to speak about these items.
Hannah Goodin; i do know, however man, that will get jumbled. It does. The present’s enjoyable, although, love the post-game present.
Jon Nelson; Nicely, as soon as once more, due to Clay Stephenson, the pinnacle coach at Calhoun, due to Mike Chastain, the pinnacle coach of Jones County, for taking a peek on the 5A quarterfinals. Due to Commander Sandy, King James and Jake the snake for hanging out with us right here, ensuring that those and twos are what they’re all the time purported to be. So as soon as once more, like pal, be part of the dialog on all of our social media platforms throughout the board. And in the event you’re watching us on YouTube, tell us what you consider the present being on YouTube this 12 months. So, for everybody behind the glass and for Hannah play it protected, all people. Take pleasure in your quarter finals will meet up with you subsequent week.



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