North Cobb turns up Region 4AAAAAA heat
by Carlton D. White
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November 03, 2012 02:52 AM | 6500 views | 9 9 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Cobb at Marietta

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MARIETTA — North Cobb’s Tyler Queen rushed 20 times for 147 yards and one touchdown and completed 18 of 24 passes for 267 yards and two scores to lift the Warriors to a 45-32 victory over Marietta in a Region 4AAAAAA game at Northcutt Stadium.

The victory moved North Cobb (7-2, 5-2) into a three-way tie for second in the region race with Hillgrove and Marietta (6-3,

5-2) with one game remaining. The Warriors close out the regular season next week at Campbell.

“This region is unbelievable,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “Every week there is a shakeup. Marietta played their tails off and fought us every play. We were on pins and needles down to the last play because of their high-powered offense. I’m proud of our kids for persevering, getting the early lead and hanging on late.”

North Cobb scored 17 points off turnovers, including a 25-yard fumble return for Eghosa Agbonghae on the game’s third play and Hakeem Sawyer’s 10-yard interception return that gave the Warriors a 21-7 lead with 1:30 left in the first quarter. Emmanuel Slaughter sacked Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Jennings to cause the fumble.

Marietta got in on the turnover act as well when Chavez Hemphill recovered Andrew Thomas’ blocked punt and returned the ball 5 yards for a touchdown on North Cobb’s first possession.

“Those turnovers were huge,” Shane Queen said. “Our defense got off to a fast start, but in the first five minutes it looked like neither team wanted to win it.”

That changed for North Cobb, which ran a no-huddle offense in the first half and, defensively, blitzed Jennings on multiple occasions, putting pressure on the LSU commitment.

“We like our kids to play fast because when they play fast we tend to make more plays,” Shane Queen said. “We get in a groove and it puts the defense on their heels.”

Tyler Queen completed a 10-yard scoring strike to Xavier Borishade with 2:14 in the first quarter. That started a wave of offense for the Warriors who outscored the Blue Devils 31-7 through late in the third quarter. Queen also ran in from 5 yards out and connected with Cameron Albright for a 31-yard touchdown. AJ Bourdin’s 22-yard field goal put North Cobb up 38-14 with 4:31 left in the third.

“Tyler isn’t the fastest thing in the world, but he’s a smart football player, and he reads things well,” Shane Queen said of his son. “He runs our option-type offense that makes the defense defend 11 guys. He manages our offense well.”

Jennings, who was 24-of-40 passing for 323 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, completed two fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Jordan Mathis and Hemphill, while KirVonte Benson ran in for a 6-yard touchdown in the third.

Albright had five catches for 99 yards and Borishade caught seven passes for 70 yards for North Cobb.

Harris had six receptions for 137 yards to lead Marietta, while Benson had 13 carries for 90 yards.

“We certainly ran into a buzz saw and North Cobb beat us in every way, shape and form,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “When you contribute to your own beating with turnovers, that’s a tough pill to swallow. We

couldn’t move the ball very well on them, and they were able to move the ball well on us.”
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The Spike
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November 07, 2012
To Murph31

Your guess was wrong! My son is a starter and one of the best at his position. The mantle is filled with trophies and accolades, both of academics and athletics and plenty of interest letters from colleges across the nation. My comments were not intended to take anything away from N. Cobb's win. Having played and coached the game, I accept that fact that we lost and why and trust me, it wasn't just because N.Cobb was so much better than Marietta. We have a lot of talented players that can produce but only if they are incorporated into the game! Yes it its true that Marietta has improved over the last few years and that's a step forward. To continue moving forward, we have to make adjustments each and every game. Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. Step back and trust your assistant coaches, you might discover something refreshing! Have a great day Murph31.
BigBlueCaddy
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November 05, 2012
No question that losing this game is a tough pill to swallow. But hats off to North Cobb for their great game and effort. To the disappointed Blue Devil fans, great things are ahead for this team. Yes, the early turn-overs hurt and MHS dug a deep hole. But they never quit. For those thinking that weapons were overlooked, check the stats and see how many different Blue Devils touched the ball. And also reflect on where this team was prior to Coach Burton's arrival. In just his second year, MHS was second in the region, losing to power house Camden County in the second round. This season, MHS is in the thick of it. Lost to region champ McEachern on the road by 1 pt. Growing pains, certainly. Mistakes, yes. But this team is developing the right way and will only get better.
BIG BLUE
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November 06, 2012
Yes, prior to Burton's arrival, MHS lost to the number #1 team in the state Grayson 21-14.MHS HAS A SEC QB and ACC wide receiver and #3 ranking in the Region. How often are we going to have those type of players?
Blue Devil
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November 05, 2012
Can't get over the 500 yards NC put up on us. We need some changes on that side of the ball.
Better QB Won
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November 04, 2012
Blame Burton? I guess your all world QB's turnovers are the coaches fault? He was outplayed by a sophomore QB. The marietta game plan was solid.
The Spike
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November 03, 2012
No Burton, they did not beat us! YOU beat us by not utilizing the weapons we possess at the appropriate times during the game! I think it's called "being "out coached'. Not taking anything away from N. Cobb because they do have a good squad, however this is one game we should have definitely won! Adjustments, Adjustments, Adjustments! It is obvious from the stands who your preferred athletes are. Spread the ball around, you have many talented players that can produce if you just use them more often. Hats off to KirVonte Benson, your last two games were great.... keep at it, you're a star back in the making!!!
Murph3I
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November 04, 2012
Let me guess Spike, your son was one of those underutilized weapons? North Cobb beat Marietta in every facet of the game. Last time I checked a team that was up 28-7 early isn't a team that should have definitely lost. Take the loss and tell your kid to practice harder, maybe then he will get the ball.

Great job Warriors and good luck in the playoffs.
Expert in the stands
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November 04, 2012
Give me a break! Let me guess, you are a wannabe coach who doesnt really have the experience or resume to be hired as a coach? There's always an abundance of experts in the stands who have a tenth of the knowledge and the facts. The blue devils have improved greatly in the last three years. This MHS fb mom of a player who is always on the sidelines wants to thank our coaches for working so hard, improving our team, and enriching the lives of our players - those who play in the games on Friday night and all those who are growing as young men even if they are only a part of the practice squad.
TruFan Undiscovered
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November 06, 2012
To Murphi & Expert In The Stands,

It is evident that Coach Burton is not a good in game coach. KirVonte Benson is probably the best pure talent running back in the league. He averages 17.9 yards per carry and averages only 13 carries a game. Simply put Mr. Jennings as well as coach Burton lost this game and Burton loss the McEachern game. Both games neither team had an answer for Benson's running. Mr. Benson needs to move on from Marietta and go to a program that will allow him to flourish. Coach Burton will undoubtedly use him heavy next season becuase his team will be lack luster by then but he should show more respect to the best player on his team instead of the so called stand out quaterback that cracks under pressure. The rumor mill has it that Mr. Benson father has trained him thus far. Coach Burton needs to beg him to assist with training him in coaching a game. I give Mr. Jennings one season at LSU as a quarterback then he will be a special team’s player, defending punt returns. Too much hype for mediocre quarterback. Point blank!

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