Engram’s role continues to grow with Hawks
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@mdjonline.com
October 04, 2012 11:34 PM | 2543 views | 7 7 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Evan Engram isn’t hard to miss, which is why he’s been such a good wide receiver for Hillgrove over the years.

A full-time varsity starter sinch his sophomore season, Engram has played a key role in the Hawks’ growing success the past couple of seasons.

At 6-foot-4 and weighing 210 pounds, Engram garners a lot of attention from opposing coaches and defensive backs attempting to eliminate his big-play ability.

Guarding Engram tonight will be Pebblebrook, which takes on Hillgrove in a Region 4AAAAAA battle at Cobb Energy/Hillgrove Stadium.

Denying Engram a prominent role in the Hawks’ offense will be difficult. Just last season, he caught 18 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns as Hillgrove, which was primarily a running team, finished 11-1 with a region championship and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

This year, the Hawks are using more of a spread offense that has already paid big dividends for the speedy wideout. Engram has already totaled 12 receptions for 335 yards and three scores and he has a verbal commitment to play at Ole Miss.

Engram likes what he brings to the field for every Hillgrove game.

“I’m very physical,” he said. “I’m able to go inside and block cornerbacks. I can throw them around because of my size and strength. I have good hands. Plus, I think I have pretty good speed, and I ran a 4.57 40-yard dash. I feel like I can bring anything down that’s thrown in my direction.”

Engram’s production has varied over the years, much like his quarterbacks and the success of the program. As a sophomore, Gage Henry proved to be a strong signal-caller who anchored Hillgrove’s strong running game en route to a state quarterfinal appearance.

Last year, Engram took the same approach with quarterback Elijah Ironside and running back Kenyan Drake. However, this season, his numbers are improving as Hillgrove has turned into more of a spread offense led by Troy Thompson.

“We leaned a lot on Kenyan last year,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “Now, we’re running more of a spread offense, and (Engram’s) presence give us more to see.”

Most of Engrams’ success has come with patterns across the middle, but he also gets lots of work downfield.

“We wanted to use Evan in the slot,” Ironside said. “That guy got hurt, so we’re using him on the outside. He can play either position well, but most of his mileage has come from having plays across the middle.”

Engram has benefited from having different quarterbacks in each of his three seasons. There hasn’t been a lot to adjust to each season because each quarterback has been productive.

“I haven’t had to adjust to anything that those guys have done,” Engram said. “They put the ball where it needs to be. They’re great players who have made plays for us, and I come in and do my part.”

Engram will continue to do his part for Hillgrove as it attempts to win its second straight region championship.

“I lost a lot of games playing rec-league football growing up,” he said. “But, at Hillgrove, I’m winning a lot which is good. I’m not use to that, so being a part of such a successful program is great.”

Engram’s play-making abilities have contributed to that success, and Ironside is grateful that he’s been a part of the program.

“Most people don’t have the type of 6-4, 210-pound receiver that I have in Evan,” he said. “His big frame is great for the spread. Plus, he’s a kid who plays hard and goes to work everyday. He’s the kind of kid you want in your program.”
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Momma Hawk
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October 10, 2012
Here we go again! You should be ashamed of yourself! You do not know what you are talking about! E is one of the most humble kids you could ever meet AND deserves everything coming his way! He had on pink!!! I saw it at pregame! You know...the meal before the game! The one that E stands up and gives a prayer for the TEAM! Asking for no injuries to the TEAM! Asking for the TEAM to give it all they have and to leave it all on the field! Shame on you for saying negative things about this great young man! You're right about there being lots of great players on this team, but the article is about him and his accomplishments! You were right about another thing...there is an I in team! The I stands for your idiotic comments! Please stay home the rest of the season! Go E!! Go Hawks!! Go Hillgrove!!Just a Momma Hawk's opinion...
WatchedHim@FairOaks
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October 09, 2012
I think those comments are a little harsh. The young man didn't single out any names when he spoke of 3 different QB's. He said it's great to be a part of a winning program. He said he just tries to do his part. Besides the article was about him and the questions were phrased in a way that he had to refer to himself. Heck, the coach referreed to him because that was the nature of THIS article. Gimme a break. We all know some parts of the interviews are not printed due to space limitations. You don't know what else the kid said. Grown folks shouldn't air their dislike of a CHILD on this forum. And he's always been a beast. We hated to see HIM coming when we coached against Fair Oaks in rec-league football. I'm glad to see the kid getting recognized.
cobb watcher
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October 08, 2012
I, I, me, me is the nature of the beast. They hear it growing up "it's all about you" and "you are the team"and before you know it you're doing an interview and you forget it's a team thing. The kid is a beast though. The QB should be riding this kid every Friday night. I haven't seen a secondary this year that can double him. Lucky for the state he's not in a Lassiter uniform this year. He's probably the last of the true SEC playmakers that Hillgrove will see for a while.
No I in a team
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October 07, 2012
There is no "I" in a team. The TEAM lost in rec league and the TEAM is winning now. The TEAM is putting forth alot of effort. Finally the Hillgrove TEAM is counting on more than just one person to make it happen. There are several great players on the TEAM who deserve just as much credit. If you want to be the head of the TEAM, you should lead by example and change I to WE. The only person who did not support breast cancer awareness month on the TEAM was I. The TEAM members were wearing their pink laces, wrist bands, and socks which shows they are about helping others! Congrats to the TEAM for ALL of their efforts in making Hillgrove successful!
Kevin P
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October 09, 2012
I pray that you are not an adult or, more importantly, a parent to actually take time out of your day to bash a high school student and an article written about him. If you re-read the title of the article, it does not say “Hilgrove’s role…”, it does not say “Engram and team’s role…”; it specifically is titled about the young man. I am sorry that in the real world everyone doesn’t get trophies at the end of a game, there are actually scores where people win and some kids are better athletes than others. It’s a bummer that your kid didn’t get an article written about him and now you have to have the awkward conversation where you inform him that life is not fair and he cant be anything he wants to be when he grows up. You know what, there is an “I” in team, and 9 times out of ten the kid that realizes he is the “I” is the one winning the trophy for everyone else.

Here’s the real deal behind Evan. He is a phenomenal kid. He has worked is tail off in the gym and all off-season to become the next level athlete that he is striving to become. He thanks the Lord every chance he gets for every opportunity before him and I have never seen him take a thing for granted. He has EARNED every ounce of publicity he gets as well as the scholarship he was awarded. He is an amazing role model for my kids and it is disgusting that you would take such a positive article and try to demean it.

Rather than hiding behind a witty screen name, do some soul searching and decide if this angry little person you are acting like is the example you want to set for your kids…after you have the whole “real world” conversation with your son, obviously.

Father!!!!!!
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October 09, 2012
To the COWARD that wote this if you don't know my son then don't open your mouth. It's real simple for me Bo Cat is a TEAM player that's the way he was raised. The only child you should be worried about is your own, COACH him up. And if you have anything else to say about my son. Please find me at the game Friday night, I will be the tall half way hamdsome young man with sandals and white socks on.

BTW: He did wear pink.
common sense
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October 16, 2012
This sounds personal! does your wife have a crush on #1? or is it your daughter? this kid can flat out play and should be the centerpiece of our offense, and the article was about him,, he doesnt get nearly enough balls thrown his way and i dont see him pouting,, and if he chooses not to wear pink so what, this is America, and most of the TEAM wear the pink cause its cool and they see the NFL players wearing it! @noIinateam eat a fat one
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