Mustangs, Hoyas tussle in ‘Battle of the Bell’
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@mdjonline.com
October 04, 2012 11:37 PM | 2923 views | 7 7 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 11th edition of the “Battle of the Bell” takes place tonight when Harrison hosts Kennesaw Mountain in a Region 4AAAAAA contest at Bruce Cobleigh Stadium.

The Hoyas (3-2, 2-1) currently lead the series 8-2 over the Mustangs (1-3, 0-3), and there is a lot at stake as the teams jockey for region positioning with only a few more games remaining.

The communities and schools have a vibrant history and rivalry surrounding one another as Kennesaw Mountain was created to alleviate some of the problem’s stemming from Harrison’s growth.

New to the rivalry, however, are the opposing coaches, Kennesaw Mountain’s Andy Scott and Harrison mentor Marty Galbraith, who are in their first year as leaders of their respective programs.

Every week is a learning experience for them, and this week is no different as they, as well as members of their coaching staffs, begin to understand what this rivalry means.

“Our school was cut from Harrison from my understanding,” Scott said. “So, a lot of these kids know kids that go to Harrison. They go to church together. They played youth football together when they were younger. We share Kennesaw Due West road.

“It’s a tremendous battle for everyone involved.”

Galbraith shared the same view.

“It didn’t take long for us to understand this rivalry,” he said. “I have four guys on my staff that’s been a part of it for a while, and the kids have been a part of it for a while now, too.

“Kennesaw Mountain is a school that’s right down the road from us. When you build another school so close to one, it’s definitely going to mean something to both of them, and this one means a lot.”

Given the history of the teams, it’s understandable that preparing for tonight’s game would be different than most. But Scott and Galbraith don’t see it that way. While it is a rivalry, it’s also a region game, so the focus doesn’t change.

“We prepare for this game the way we prepare for any other region game,” Galbraith said. “Where we are in the season, this is an important game. The fact that it happens to be Kennesaw Mountain makes the game a little more exciting, but as far as preparation goes, it’s similar.

“Every team you play is unique, so what you do in practice changes for what you expect to see in the game that week. So, you have to prepare for that.”

“There’s no different preparation involved other than planning for what Harrison does,” Scott added. “We try to be as consistent as possible where we put more emphasis on what our kids need to do. The rivalry aspect means the kids play at a different level, but leading up to the game, we want to be consistent in our preparation.”

Leading up to tonight’s game has been difficult for Kennesaw Mountain, which has dropped three straight to region championship contenders South Cobb, North Cobb and McEachern. After tonight, the Mustangs also face difficult opponents in Marietta and Hillgrove, so a win tonight would be significant in several ways.

“There’s no question it’s important for the community to get the ‘Bell’ back in our trophy case,” Scott said, whose team has lost two straight to Harrison. “This is also a big momentum swing game. We’re both battling to build momentum in our programs.”

Harrison, which has taken advantage of a front-loaded schedule that includes Campbell and Pebblebrook but closes with the region’s strongest teams, also see’s tonight’s matchup as one that can build momentum for the future.

“Based on where we are in our record, it’s an important game as we’re trying to improve the program,” Galbraith said. “This is a game that people projected and think will be an even matchup. So, it’s important to take advantage of that.”
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stayhome
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October 08, 2012
Hoya Parking Scam, you sound like a real bed of roses to be around. Why did you make such snide comments? The money goes to a general athletic fund, not to the coaches. It helps all sports. And where have you been? This practice has been going on everywhere for years, especially in Fulton County. Northview High School charges $10 to park in their lots that are close to the school. Roswell has charged for at least 5 years. Lassiter charges to park. Pope and Walton do not charge.
Hoya Parking Scam
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October 05, 2012
Harrison High School is trying to charge $5 to park at their school during football games. This school is owned by the taxpayers, not some out-of-control booster club nut. This is illegal, unacceptable and a huge scam. DO NOT pay the fee! They cannot force you to pay. The Principal should be fired for allowing this to happen. I suggest that all other schools hosting Harrison sports, charge Harrison fans $20 to park. It's amazing how stupid adults can be at times. Suggest that everyone send an email to our school board rep, Lynnda Eagle, expressing your outrage.
Not a fan of fee
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October 05, 2012
Why not be upfront say you need to raise double funds and raise the admission fee instead of charging two fees. Maybe that is not very PC but same result.
Not the only one
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October 05, 2012
Harrison is not the only school charging a parking fee. We've paid fees at both Woodstock & Campbell. There is free parking & shuttle provided at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church if you prefer not to pay.
Hawk Dad
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October 05, 2012
Campbell does the same thing. I'm sure they need the money worse than Harrison. Still not happy about being ambushed for a $5.00 parking fee!
Hoya Nation
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October 06, 2012
The moratorium was lifted on ALL schools for the parking fee. It is & can be charged at all Cobb schools. I know that there are other counties that have also implemented the parking fee.

I also know that it is split between the BAND and the FOOTBALL program. Why don't you research a little before shooting off your mouth!
Hoya Parking Scam
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October 07, 2012
@Hoya Nation: A parking fee cannot be imposed for sporting events. GHSA sets pricing for high school sporting events in Georgia. I have and will continue to drive into any school and refuse to pay a parking fee during a sporting event. So far, I have not paid a dime. Suggest you go and obtain a law degree before you shoot your mouth off.

$5??? Why don't you charge $30, so you can buy a BMW for all of your coaches? Heck, make it $50.
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