Spartans boosted again by Rogers
by Chase Wallace
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 12, 2013 02:02 AM | 2302 views | 4 4 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Campbell’s Mike Rogers added to his impressive rushing totals, running for another 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ Region 4AAAAAA win Friday night at Pebblebrook.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Campbell’s Mike Rogers added to his impressive rushing totals, running for another 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ Region 4AAAAAA win Friday night at Pebblebrook.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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MABLETON — Behind 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns from star running back Mike Rogers, Campbell beat Pebblebrook 35-26 and picked up its first Region 4AAAAAA win of the season.

Rogers, who entered the night as the leading rusher in all of Class AAAAAA, toted the ball a season-high 28 times while pushing his rushing total for the season to 1,129 yards.

“Mike Rogers is a really good football player, and we are very happy to have him on our team,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said of the Central Florida commitment. “The game was ugly at times, so we just rode him a little bit, and managed to come out with a win.”

Rogers’ 4-yard touchdown came on the Spartans’ opening drive of the game, and it was followed by a 76-yard touchdown pass from Ricky James to Marlon Horne that gave Campbell a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But as the Spartans seemed poised to run away with things, costly mistakes by Campbell (3-4, 1-4) kept Pebblebrook (2-5, 0-5) in the game.

The Falcons moved 82 yards on 12 plays to open the second quarter — with the help of three Spartan penalties — and cut the lead to 14-7 on the first of three Dezmon Huntley touchdown passes, a 6-yarder to Kendall Quarles.

Pebblebrook safety Perry Seldon then picked off a James pass on the Spartans’ next possession and returned it 88 yards for a score, sending the game into halftime knotted 14-14.

“Give (Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon) and his staff credit, because they made it really hard on us and forced us into mistakes,” said Rainbow, who was already thinking ahead to next week’s home game against Marietta. “But we have to clean things up this week in practice before we play a great team next Friday or we’ll get blown out of the water.”

With Pebblebrook hanging around in the first half, Rogers put the team on his shoulders in the third quarter and seemingly put the game on his own.

He opened the second half with a 56-yard kick return to the Pebblebrook 36-yard line, then carried the ball three straight times before finding the end zone from 17 yards out.

A Falcon fumble gave the ball back to the Spartans deep in Pebblebrook territory moments later, and a 9-yard Rogers run set up a 1-yard Kahj Huitt touchdown that gave Campbell a 28-14 advantage with 7:30 to play in the third quarter.

Cameron St. Cyr’s 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter pushed the Spartans’ lead to 35-14 before Huntley threw touchdowns to Justin Simms and Anthony Mitchell in the waning minutes, bringing the game to a 35-26 final.

Simms led all receivers with 83 yards on two receptions. Dontra Hall led Pebblebrook’s ground game with 59 yards on 13 carries.

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Awesome RB
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October 14, 2013
Even though the talent level is down across the board in Cobb County I think Mike Rogers is a bright spot. He is the best player in region 4 right behind Elijah Ironside, Richardre Bagley and Taj Griffin. Keep up the good work. Campbell usually doesn't make the playoffs and probably won't again this year but I'm sure Rogers will break 1500 rushing yards in a noble effort.
west cobber
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October 14, 2013
My goodness- your post definitely has a Hillgrove slant to it. You list TWO Hawks players but no mention of the QB from North Cobb who helped beat the Hawks this past Friday? Seriously?

I think many people would say Rogers shouldn't be listed behind ANYBODY on a best player list. Most folks knowledgeable about Cobb HS football would say it's also a bit ridiculous to leave Ty Clemons off any listing of "best" players in Cobb this season. Easily the best dual-threat QB in the county and a huge game changer for that Mac team. It's pretty clear that Hillgrove is the team you've seen play the most- I'm sure that makes it tough to get outside of your Hawks love and make an honest, objective list.
Awesome RB
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October 14, 2013
Nah, you have your opinion and I have mine. If Ty Clemons gets to the playoff semi finals I might change my opinion. Ty Clemons had so much talent on his team it is hard for him to be called the best in Cobb County. The Harrison kid is much better than the N Cobb QB but he doesn't have the supporting athletes around him.
west cobber
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October 15, 2013
That is true about opinions. Mine is that you'll be closer to the truth if you are objective in forming one, but it looks like you don't deny that your opinion is strongly slanted toward Hillgrove. No other way to explain placing the Hawks QB so high on your list or giving different requirements for the Clemons kid to be considered. He's got to make the semifinals? Seriously? I never said he was THE best, just that he should be included on the list.

Ironside has just as many weapons around him as the Mac QB does, because he's got the best running back in the county according to you, and Denton, Black and Beal all at receiver. After writing that out, it actually appears he has MORE weapons than Clemons does.

You're free to have your opinion, of course. It just doesn't make any sense.
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