Hoyas humbled in Cobleigh’s return to reins
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 27, 2012 02:29 AM | 7226 views | 5 5 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hillgrove at Harrison

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KENNESAW — In a game between two Region 4AAAAAA rivals fighting for contention, Hillgrove claimed a 41-14 win over Harrison on the Hoyas’ senior night Friday at Bruce Cobleigh Stadium. One day after first-year Harrison coach Marty Galbraith left his position just seven games into his debut season, the stadium’s namesake, longtime former coach Bruce Cobleigh, took over the reins on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

“We’ve had a little adversity, but we could have played better,” said Cobleigh, who had returned to the Harrison staff this
 season to serve as Galbraith’s offensive coordinator. “We played hard and had a tough week, but we’ll try to get them together and do a better job next week.

“I bleed blue and green so if they asked me to do it, I was going to do it,” Cobleigh added about being named interim coach. “I just feel bad for the kids.”

On the game’s third possession, the Hoyas’ Bradley Mell intercepted a pass and returned it to Hillgrove’s 2yard line, setting up as short touchdown run by Jonathan Fisher. Cooper Largent kicked the first of his two extra-points and Harrison (4-4, 3-3) had a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

Hillgrove (5-3, 4-2) answered with an 80-yard scoring drive. Richardre
 Bagley caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Ironside, Andrew Gaughn added his first of four extrapoints and the score was tied at 7-all with 5:03 to go in the first period.

Hillgrove’s next possession resulted in a touchdown, and the Hawks never trailed again. A 43-yard pass play Ironside to Omar Black put Hillgrove up 14-7 with 7:48 left in the second quarter.

With 1:07 left before halftime, the Hawks increased their advantage to 21-7 after Ironside hooked up with Bagley on an 85-yard touchdown,
 the longest pass play in Hillgrove history. “I thought our kids played hard,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “It was probably the most physical we’ve been.”

Following a scoreless third quarter, the Hawks’ LeMarkus Bailey came up with an interception and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown, making it a 28-7 game with 10:27 to go in the
 final period. After the Hoyas gave the ball up on downs, Hillgrove’s Bagley found the end zone again, this time on a 15-yard run. Aaron Aghai converted the point after for a 35-7 lead.

Harrison scored its second touchdown of the night on Andrew Brock’s 1-yard plunge, making the score
 35-14. Fifteen seconds later, the Hawks’ Tolando Cleveland concluded the scoring with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
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Sad Harrison team
October 30, 2012
It is sad that Harrison had hired an outstanding coach and then ran him off. The boys loved the coach and now they are stuck with Cobleigh. Sorry for their program and Coach Cobleigh should be ashamed of himself for making it appear that coach left them high and dry. The parents and boys know better! They should just all not show up to practice or games to send a message they have had enough!
common sense
October 29, 2012
Lets go Hawks!!!! Great all around game!
Internal Combustion
October 27, 2012
“I bleed blue and green so if they asked me to do it, I was going to do it,” Cobleigh added about being named interim coach. “I just feel bad for the kids.”


I heard he never really left, what was Galbraith supposed to do, stick around and deal with him meddling after he was supposed to be out?
October 30, 2012
I felt sorry for the head coach because I think that Cobleigh and half of the coaching staff along with the AD threw him under the bus and they should really be ashamed of themselves. What goes around comes around and God don't like UGLY. At the same time, this article should not have been about bleeding blue and green Cobleigh but it should have been about the outstanding job the Hillgrove hawks did in this game against the Hoyas. Once again MDJ missing the important facts of the game.
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