Hillgrove 31, Westlake 15

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

It took a while, but Hillgrove woke up.

The Hawks shook off a shaky first half offensive performance, and rolled to 31 points in the second to put away a game Westlake squad, 31-15. The Hillgrove win spoiled the debut of Westlake head coach Stanley Pritchett, who left North Atlanta last spring to take over the Lion’s program last spring.

“It was just jitters, and we didn’t have that ball a lot – only three possessions I think,” said Phillip Ironside. “I told them it’s a long second half. Settle down. We’re going to score. Let the game come to you, and we did that.”

Westlake led 7-0 at the half, after scoring on their second possession of the game. The Lions took advantage of a short field after their defense throttled Hillgrove’s first offensive possession. Westlake took over on the Hillgrove 34 yard line, and two plays later, quarterback Renard Battle hit Kaleb Green in the right front corner of the end zone to give the Lions the lead.

The Hawks managed just 86 yards in the first half, as the Westlake offense kept the Hillgrove offense off the field.

“A lot of [Hillgrove’s offensive struggles] was a credit to them,” Ironside said. “Westlake has a good team and they’re doing things right and headed in the right direction.”

Hillgrove wasted little time in getting its offense on track in the third quarter. After the Westlake kickoff sailed out of bounds, the Hawks took possession on their 40 yard line. On the first play, quarterback Troy Thompson hit running back Richardre Bagley in the left flat, and the junior did the rest, slipping a tackle and bolting 60 yards down the sideline to knot the score at 7.

A 38-yard field goal by Andrew Gaughn put Hillgrove on top for good, 10-7, with five minutes left in the third quarter. Westlake went three-and-out on its next possession, and junior Errol Breaux returned the ensuing punt 27 yards to the Westlake 28 yard line. On the second play of the drive, Thompson hit Omar Black along the far sideline, and Black broke a tackle, cut back across the field and danced into the end zone to push the Hawk lead to 17-7.

Hillgrove put the game away for good on it’s first possession of the fourth quarter, driving 76 yards in just seven plays. Bagley took a short dump pass from Thompson and skipped in from four yards out to make the score 24-7.

Thompson finished the game 16-of-23 passing for 274 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

For Westlake, sophomore running back Jorden Thomas was the games leading rusher with 113 yards on 18 carries. Battle connected on 12-of-24 passing attempts for 168 yards and an interception.

Hillgrove 0 0 17 14   31

Westlake 7 0 0 8         15

W – Kaleb Green 33 pass from Renard Battle (DeAndre Mathis kick)

H – Richardre Bagley 60 pass from Troy Thompson (Andrew Gaughn kick)

H – Gaughn 38 fg

H – Omar Black 25 pass from Thompson (Gaughn kick)

H – Bagley 4 pass from Thompson (Gaughn kick)

W – Eric Hines 25 pass from Battle (Battle run)

H – Zach Katz 48 pass from Thompson (Gauhn kick)

27 comments Add your comment

only a matter of time

August 25th, 2012
7:17 am

Grove is young and small this year. This will be a rebuilding year.

Coach

August 25th, 2012
9:33 am

Rebuilding?? Keep thinking that!

Coach

August 25th, 2012
9:35 am

The only time you rebuild is when you had nothing in the pipeline! and Hillgrove’s JV, Freshman and Middle school teams have Dominated for 6 years. We wont be rebuilding for a while!

Rock 96

August 25th, 2012
9:57 am

Y’all are focusing on the wrong team. Westlake???????????? They have everything and they still can’t get it done! Why would they not get a more seasoned coach instead of a 3 year head coach that’s riding off others players… Will Westlake be another 1 and done for him too???????????????????????

Chris

August 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

I have seen the Pritchett train at Washington up close and personal. Nice guy but that doesn’t buy you wins and if the OC that I seen on tv last night he was at Washington with him. Pritchett needs to change or he is going to get the same results. His defenses give up way to many points also look back to when he coached at BTW.

Watching from the Sidelines

August 25th, 2012
1:22 pm

I atteneded the game, Westlake is a very young team with only 8 maybe 9 seniors. For a very young team they are talented. There coaching staff is experienced. Coach Pritchett is coaching these guys well, look to see Westlake make a name for themselves in the next few years

Chris

August 25th, 2012
2:01 pm

@ Watching from the sidelines , He has had experienced teams in the past and the same thing has happened. don’t be fooled i have watched his teams for 4 years 3 at washington and 1 at n. atlanta.

only a matter of time

August 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

@Coach…9:35am, well better call up some of those JV LBs and RBs. Running game is non existent. Your homerun hitter is in Tuscaloosa now. Grab a middle school QB while you’re at it too. Lassiter will expose the weaknesses. Grove JV won how many games last year? Talent pool will take a two year hiatus. Till then 3rd or 4th in region for you.

Mbeezy

August 25th, 2012
3:21 pm

Man, watch us.spank on Lassiter. We will shut do.
wn Eddie

Chris

August 25th, 2012
3:39 pm

If Hillgrove is that bad what does that say about westlake?

LTrojan Fan

August 25th, 2012
4:35 pm

After a slow start in the first quarter, Lassiter looked very strong on both sides of the ball in the scrimmage against Flowery Branch last night. The varsity players Their team speed is incredible and Printz’s passes were on target every time. He has a plethora of receivers that are fast and athletic. The new running back needs to hang on to the ball…if he does, he will be a beast for teams to deal with. Looks like it will be an exciting season for the Trojans.

Jeff Jenkins

August 25th, 2012
4:42 pm

only a matter of time, you sound like you don’t have a clue about the Grove, they have one of the biggest play makers on the team at the running back position (Richardre Bagley)23. Ask around, they will tell you. Played behind Drake last year. Explosive kid. The running game is well in tack. Get your popcorn ready.

only a matter of time

August 25th, 2012
4:56 pm

J.Jenkins. I know enough to know 8 carries for 26 yds against Westlake is playmaking. The kid is good in space but you only have the lil screen pass to highlight his strength.

Watching From the Sidelines

August 25th, 2012
4:57 pm

Coach Pritchett has more athletes at Westlake than he has had in the past years it will be interesting to see what he does with these guys. They still have some important guys out with injuries. Once those few get back on the field it will a good year for the Lions.

Jeff Jenkins

August 25th, 2012
5:44 pm

only a matter of time, just keep watching, nothing else has to be said.

Chris

August 25th, 2012
8:02 pm

@ Watching from the sidelines he also has Branden Smith (UGA) and Zack Witchett and Quadral Forte at Washington to name a few and did nothing with it. All those players were top recruits.

Chris

August 25th, 2012
8:04 pm

If westlake lose to south cobb next week it will be a long year still got to play a tough region sch.

class of 10

August 25th, 2012
8:32 pm

can someone tell me what happen to Joshua Poole ppl was telling me he was the best player on the team did he get hurt or transferred

canewest

August 25th, 2012
10:33 pm

JPoole has a shoulder injury. Maybe out 2-3 weeks.

HillgroveParent

August 25th, 2012
11:11 pm

The Westlake team has some very good athletes and Coach Pritchett will do a very good job there. I would not want to face the Westlake team towards the end of this season as they will improve and be very competitive!

Hillgrove has some work to do on offense. However, next week against Lassister will be a great bench mark for our secondary which is one of our challenge area’s.

The East/West games next Friday will be fun to watch. Hillgrove vs Lassister and then McEachern vs Walton. I can’t wait!

only a matter of time

August 26th, 2012
12:34 am

HGrove Parent, you’re right. I was talking some noise on here earlier, but I wish both sides good health coming into this one and coming out of the game. It should be a good start to what I hope is a long time tradition.

OMG

August 26th, 2012
2:02 pm

coach? Hillgrove is probably in reload mode…but I don’t know anyone with a lick of sense who would use last year’s JV record as evidence. Might want to familiarize yourself with the Hawks’ football program a bit more before posting such brash proclaimations.

coltluv

August 27th, 2012
12:38 am

We at the W-lake could care less about what coach P did at BTW,At westlake he has brought disipline accountability and dedication.He is leading a 6-a team with maybe 5 starting seniors total and they are competing with very good programs,we might take some lumps this year but this is just year 1 of a new W-LAKE.

classof10

August 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

@coltluv everything you said was stupid that all black coaches can bring to the table is disipline now a days

coltluv

August 27th, 2012
11:43 pm

@classof10 never once did I mention race, what does being a black coach have to do with anything? I would think any coach would have to start there,And my point was people saying because of his record at BTW he is doomed for failure at westlake which is a stupid statement,different school different resources,different kids.Where you got the ideal that I said that is all black coaches can bring to the table is beyond me.

Chris

August 28th, 2012
11:55 am

@ coltluv different school same results. Just because he out there at Westlake don’t mean nothing. He was in Buckhead @ N. Atlanta they had a losing record and they had talent on their team. Westlake got some of the same coaches he had @ BTW and those coaches imo can’t coach. Again I watched his teams for the last 4 years his defenses suck. they don’t make the neccessary h.time adjustments either. Pritchett is a nice guy he preached the same song at Washington but that don’t get the wins…………. And ya quarterback Battle was at Washington when Pritchett was there also. Don’t be fooled …………………….

sportsfan

August 31st, 2012
6:45 pm

westlake is a very young team with alot of talent they have a solid d and they are still missing key players like senior wideout Thomas Reese and joshua poole who is 1 of the fastest runner is Georgia and the game was closer than the score showed