Hillgrove goes to work early on South Cobb
by Greg Oshust
MDJ Sports Writer
November 03, 2012 02:48 AM | 5079 views | 6 6 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Cobb at Hillgrove

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POWDER SPRINGS — Hillgrove got most of the scoring it needed in the second and third quarter as the Hawks took a convincing 37-14 victory over South Cobb in a Region 4AAAAAA game Friday at Cobb Energy/Hillgrove Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hillgrove scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and three more in the third to take a 35-0 lead and put the game away. South Cobb put together a couple of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to close the gap at the end.

“We played well all night,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “We got rolling, got some scores and a lot of kids played well.”

South Cobb was missing one of Cobb County’s leading passers in quarterback Stephon Masha, who was out with a hip pointer, and the Eagles were unable to generate much offense through most of the game.

The win put Hillgrove

(6-3, 5-2) in a three-way tie for second place with North Cobb and Marietta heading into its regular-season finale at home against McEachern.

Meanwhile South Cobb (6-3, 4-3), which finishes the regular season next Saturday at Pebblebrook, is in fifth place in 4AAAAAA, and will need to win and get help next week to make the postseason.

Troy Thompson completed 13 of 17 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for Hillgrove.

Hillgrove got its first big break of the game when it recovered a fumble by South Cobb’s Chauncey Ingram at the Eagle 22-yard line with 3:46 remaining in the first half.

It took only two plays for Hillgrove to get in the end zone as Elijah Ironside threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Justin Denton and Andrew Gaughn kicked the extra point with 3:16 left in the half to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.

South Cobb turned the ball over again on its next possession as sophomore quarterback Malik Carter, who was starting in place of the injured Masha, was intercepted by Hillgrove’s DyKari Hickey and the Hawks took over at the Eagle 44 with 1:45 left in the first half.

Hillgrove needed only four plays to score as Thompson fired a 17-yard scoring strike to Marcus Bowens with 42 seconds left and led 13-0 after missing the extra-point kick

Hillgrove forced another turnover early in the third quarter when Carter was sacked at the Eagles 19 by Cameron Kowalewski, who grabbed the ball out of the Eagle quarterback’s hands to give the Hawks possession with 10:56 remaining in the period.

Six plays later, Hillgrove was in the end zone again as Richarde Bagley scored on a 1-yard run and then threw a pass to Evan Engram for the 2-point conversion to stretch the Hawks’ advantage

to 21-0 with 8:06 left in the third quarter.

Hillgrove took possession after Carter was sacked for a 7-yard loss on fourth down and 16 at the Hawk 45 with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

Thompson hit paydirt as he threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Engram with 3:17 left, then Gaughn added the extra point to put Hillgrove ahead 28-0.

The defense provided Hillgrove its final touchdown as Aaron Bailey knocked down a pitchout by Carter, picked up the ball and ran it back 40 yards for a score with 1:47 left. Gaughn’s extra point made it 35-0.

The Hawks added a safety with 7:07 remaining in the game to push their lead to 37-0.

South Cobb would cut Hillgrove’s final margin of victory at the end as Chris Simon intercepted a Thompson pass and ran it back 75 yards for a score with 2:13 left and Ingram scored on an 11-yard run with 12 seconds left.
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common sense
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November 04, 2012
let me start out with get well soon #2...hawks played well I was concerned at first with the senior day stuff, thought we gave away 2 poss. but the coaching staff did great the three man front #1 at end #9 middle #26 outside and working #7 back in rotation Ironside called a good game and again was intense and so was the team good job Hawks! the only thing I ask is with the recent injuries lets get behind #11. #11 if your reading go out there and have fun! you can throw the deep ball take a chance and slang it!dont play the game not to make a mistake, play the game to win!you have the ability to do somthing special with this team! Lets Beat the indians!
west cobber
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November 05, 2012
I think #11 (or whomever plays QB) will absolutely have to throw the deep ball this Friday, just to keep that Indian defense honest. They absolutely fly to the ball and the short passing game alone will not work like it has in other games. Great thing for the Hawks that Bagley is back- he is definitely a play-maker.

The Hawks seem to be improved on defense since the North Cobb and Marietta games and they will definitely be needed to limit the possessions Mac gets on offense. Harrison friend of mine said they put it in the end zone 4 times in about 3 minutes, all on plays that went 40 yards. Explosive indeed.
polish falcon
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November 03, 2012
Hillgrove defensive 11 playing as one works well. Kowalewski had a good night two fumble recoveries and two tackles for losses. Offense gets all the credit.
Come on Man
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November 05, 2012
He made up for all the missed takles in the West Forsyth game last year and all the off sides this year.
Flip Flop Hawk Fan
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November 03, 2012
Our coaches are bad, they don't know what they are doing.

oh wait, we won?

Our Coaches are great, they are so smart. Go hawks!
Coach S
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November 04, 2012
LOL you hit the nail on the head Flip Flop Hawk Fan! Just support your school!!
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