Thompson leads Hillgrove attack
by Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer
October 20, 2012 02:20 AM | 4903 views | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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POWDER SPRINGS — Hillgrove didn’t earn its third shutout in Region 4AAAAAA competition but the Hawks were just as dominant.

Troy Thompson rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and Elijah Ironside ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Hillgrove earned a 34-12 victory over Kennesaw Mountain at Cobb Energy Hillgrove Stadium on Friday.

Earlier this season against Campbell and Pebblebrook, the Hawks (4-3 overall, 3-2 Region 4AAAAAA) notched back-to-back shutouts of 38-0 and 37-0, respectively.

And even though Hillgrove didn’t keep Kennesaw Mountain (1-6, 0-6) off the scoreboard Friday, the Hawks didn’t need many snaps to prove they were the better team.

After the Mustangs used up much of the clock in the second quarter to pull even at 6-6, Hillgrove took the lead for good on Thompson’s 12-yard run for a 13-6 advantage with 51 seconds remaining in the half.

The senior quarterback also highlighted the 76-yard drive with a 19-yard completion to Errol Breaux and a 41-yard sprint.

After Travon Simmons returned the second-half kickoff 55 yards to Kennesaw Mountain’s 38, Elijah Ironside raced to the end zone three plays later for a 20-6 lead with 11:32 left in the quarter.

“It was a big momentum boost scoring right there before the half then getting the ball to start the second half,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said.

Hillgrove’s next two possessions ended in similar fashion to stretch the margin to 28 points entering the final period.

Thompson had a 3-yard touchdown run, and after the defense forced a turnover on downs, Elijah Ironside completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Donald.

Eric Montgomery started the scoring for Hillgrove with a 3-yard touchdown run.

“We got good kids,” Ironside said. “Not everything goes our way all the time but they hang in there, they practice hard and work hard.”

Dallin Finley, who replaced starting quarterback Nigel Hayes in the second quarter due to injury, and Wayne Douglas had rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs, who had the ball for 18 minutes in the first half.

“I thought both of their quarterbacks played well even though the kid got hurt,” Ironside said.

Hillgrove also blocked both of Kennesaw Mountain’s extra-point attempts and had a 232-167 advantage in rushing yards.
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common sense
October 22, 2012
I am very pleased with the win friday! I like the adjustment of eliminating the H and having 2 guys in the back field, I also like how they moved 15 around and found ways to get him the ball, if we take that same approach with 23 when he is back the sky's the limit! I know we didnt stretch the field with 1,6,4 but im confident we are going to be able to put it all together... defense did good, I like the fact that nix is holding these guys accountable on the spot, a little concerned with the Long drive KM had but overall GOOD JOB defense. Lets win these last three and control our own fate!
west cobber
October 22, 2012
I agree- it is completely in the hands of the Hawks. Next game is another Kennesaw Mountain type opponent and should be a good start. Those last two are WAY more iffy.

Hillgrove has struggled against well-coached athletic offenses all season (Lassiter, Marietta, North Cobb). South Cobb and Mceachern are as good or better than those and you're probably not going to outscore them, no matter how well the offense is clicking.
Where is JOBO
October 21, 2012
Good solid win against a team still trying to find it's way. Class of 2013 has never lost to Kenn Mtn. Did you hear how many time the Inman brothers, Miles and Maceo names' were said, on the tackle...? They are the DB and Safety for Kenn Mtn. Good job Hawks!
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