North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen passed for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the Warriors opened their season with a 42-3 win at Starr’s Mill.
Queen completed 9 of 21 passes for 242 yards, including two long touchdown passes to Xavier Borishade. Queen also rushed for 64 yards on six carries in the win, which came in the first meeting between the two schools. Nick Miller rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown in the third period.
Starr’s Mill (0-1) was held to less than seven points in a regular-season game for the first time since 2008, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. North Cobb (1-0) outgained the Panthers 458-171.
Queen got off to a fast start, passing for 168 yards in the first half as North Cobb, which went 5-6 in 2011, needed just two plays to reach the end zone in 2012.
Queen connected with Borishade for a 57-yard touchdown. Borishade, who finished with three catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, caught the ball in the right flat, made one defender miss and sprinted the final 40 yards.
The Warriors upped their lead to 15-0 with an 11-play, 63-yard drive, capped by Queen’s 1-yard run at the 1:23 mark in the first period. A.J. Borduin missed the extra point wide left, but Starr’s Mill was penalized for being off side, and Queen passed to J’Vonte Herrod for the two-point conversion.
Starr’s Mill got on the board early in the second period, moving from their own 20 to the North Cobb 23 before stalling, and Daniel Rorick booted a 40-yard field goal.
Other than that drive, Starr’s Mill had a difficult time getting started, managing just 8 net rushing yards in the first half. Quarterback Kyle Mosley passed for 86 yards.
Miller’s big run put the game out of reach. He took the handoff from Queen off right tackle, then cut back to the middle of the field and sprinted past three Panther defenders to the end zone.
The Warriors capitalized on a Starr’s Mill turnover for their next score. Starr’s Mill quarterback Kyle Mosely was sacked and fumbled inside the Panther 10, and North Cobb’s Trenton Preuett recovered at the 6-yard line. Two plays later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Queen stepped in from a yard out.