North Cobb, Herrod run over Hughes
by Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer
November 24, 2012 01:34 AM | 6193 views | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Cobb at Langston Hughes

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FAIRBURN — Owning just a seven-point lead at the half, North Cobb held Langston Hughes scoreless in the second half while J’Vonte Herrod scored three of his five touchdowns en route to a Warriors’ 42-14 victory in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs Friday.

“This win is unbelievable,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “You can see how hungry our community and our fans are to come out an hour away from home and support these kids.”

Herrod rushed for 153 yards on 19 carries and Tyler Queen threw for 194 yards and a score for North Cobb (10-2), which will host Mill Creek in the quarterfinals next week.

After the defense stuffed Langston Hughes on a fourth-and-1 at the Warriors’ 47-yard line, Herrod gave North Cobb a double-digit lead for good. On the fifth play of the drive, Queen found Herrod wide open down the sideline for a 15-yard score and a 28-14 advantage with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

Then on the Warriors’ next drive, Herrod burst up the middle for a 38-yard sprint to the end zone, capping a 12-play, 90-yard march for a 35-14 cushion with 16 seconds left in the frame.

Following another Panthers’ punt, Herrod pushed his way into the end zone for a 3-yard TD with 9:22 remaining in the game to cap the scoring.

“We’ve known that (J’Vonte’s) got that capability,” Queen said. “He’s finally believing in himself and pushing himself. When he goes, we can go on offense. Just an amazing effort by him, the offensive line, Tom Clark and the coaching staff.”

Xavier Borishade, who finished with eight receptions for 109 yards, made amazing catch after amazing catch in the Warriors’ fifth straight win.

In the first half, it didn’t take long for North Cobb to build a 14-point lead. Herrod capped a 14-play, 77-yard no-huddle filled drive with a 3-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 edge with 8:32 left in the quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors forced a fumble by Keion Davis and Nick Miller returned it to the end zone from 25 yards out 14 seconds later.

But Langston Hughes would cut the margin in half 3 minutes later, thanks to a 62-yard touchdown completion from Kenny Moxey to Davis.

Before the midway point of the second quarter, the Panthers would pull even when Moxey zipped a pass over the middle to Bingo Morton for a 35-yard score.

With 3:43 left in the half, North Cobb would regain the lead on a 2-yard run by Herrod for a 21-14 advantage.
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Abu Dhabi
November 27, 2012
Good morning. Good morning. In less than than 36 hours, the unstoppable North Cobb Offense will join the equally dynamic Warrior Defense, and together will be launching the largest football battle in the history of the Warrior Nation. Warrior Nation... that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by which teams were championed in the past, what Gwinnett teams have done, what happened in a different era... a different time. Our focus is Friday Night. We WILL be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that it is the season of Thanksgiving and gratitude...of blessings and cheer. Of renewal and blessed assurance. At 7:30 Friday night, we are fighting for something that has never been done before. It's a freedom. The freedom to sit in the Dome. Eat in the Dome. PLAY football in the Dome. A freedom to play with the best of the best. Freedom, not just from tyranny, oppression, or persecution from haters, but from annihilation of mediocrity. We are champions. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist�and should we win the day, the 30th of November will no longer be known as any ordinary day, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.' Friday night WE WILL WIN!
Power Of Dixieland
November 24, 2012
Impressive performance on both sides of the ball by the Warriors. Offensive and defensive lines were dominant. Stay focused and leave no doubts, your region four neighbors are pulling for you.
NCHS Player Dad
November 24, 2012
OH YEAH!!!!! These NCHS boys are showing what people (at any age) can do as a team when you have a common goal, respect for each other, respect for the leadership, respect for the community, and a will to succeed!!!! We have no “superstars” like some of the other teams, just good ole fashioned “git er done”. GO WARRIORS – FULL THROTTLE!!!!!
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