North Cobb 42, Langston Hughes 14

North Cobb running back J’Vonte Herrod scored five touchdowns in leading the Warriors over Langston Hughes 42-14 Friday night in Fairburn.

The junior’s third rushing touchdown came with 16 seconds left in the third quarter, when he sprinted past the Panther defense from 38 yards out to put his team ahead 35-14. He caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Queen earlier in the quarter to go along with two rushing scores in the first half.

“We thought he could do that all along,” North Cobb head coach Shane Queen said. “In the last few games he’s really grown up. His potential is sky high.”

His fourth rushing touchdown, a 3-yard plunge, came with 9:22 to play. Herrod finished 158 yards rushing on 21 carries and helped the Warriors (10-2) reach the state quarterfinals in football for the first time since 1979.

“This is great for the school and the community,” Queen said. “We pulled up tonight and 200 fans were waiting on us. That fired the kids up.”

North Cobb took the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards on 10 plays to go ahead after Herrod scored from three yards away. On the ensuing kickoff, Langston Hughes returner Keion Davis was met by the North Cobb kickoff team at the 25 and fumbled, where it was picked up by Latrell Gibbs and returned for a touchdown.

Hughes pulled with 14-7 when Davis took a swing pass from quarterback Kenny Moxey and broke two tackles before going 62 yards for a score.

Moxey threw a second touchdown pass to Bingo Morton early in the second quarter, tying the score at 14. The 35-yard strike completed a 75-yard drive for the Panthers kept alive by a North Cobb pass interference penalty on third down.

North Cobb retook the lead on the next drive behind Herrod’s second touchdown run, from two yards out. Herrod accounted for the last 35 yards on the nine-play drive.

Moxey finished the game 6-for-13 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 89 yards. Hughes (10-2) played host to the school’s first-ever second-round playoff game after eliminating Rockdale County last week.

NC – 14 – 7 – 14 – 7 – 42
LH – 7 – 7 – 0 – 0 – 14

NC – J’Vonte Herrod 3 run (A.J. Borduin kick)
NC – Latrell Gibbs 25 kick fum return (Borduin kick)
LH – Kenny Moxey 62 pass to Keion Davis (Stefan Whitehead kick)
LH – Moxey 35 pass to Bingo Morton (Whitehead kick)
NC – Herrod 2 run (Borduin kick)
NC – Tyler Queen 15 pass to Herrod (Borduin kick)
NC – Herrod 38 run (Borduin kick)
NC – Herrod 3 run (Borduin kick)

15 comments Add your comment

Olde Towne guy

November 24th, 2012
12:15 am

These boys are making Kennesaw & Acworth very proud


November 24th, 2012
3:50 am

Langston Hughes made Fairburn and Fulton County very proud as well. Good season, gentlemen!

NCHS Player Dad

November 24th, 2012
7:40 am

You said it “Olde Towne guy”… These boys are showing what people (at any age) can do as a team when you have a common goal, respect for each other, respect for the leadership, respect for the community, and a will to succeed!!!! We have no “superstars” like some of the other teams, just good ole fashioned “git er done”. GO WARRIORS – FULL THROTTLE!!!!!


November 24th, 2012
7:46 am

Congratulations to Coach Queen and the team for a fine victory and a special season.

Abu Dhabi

November 24th, 2012
7:47 am

It was an awesome game. So proud of both teams. North Cobb will be playing at the Dome this year. We’ve known this for 4 years. We have an amazing coaching staff, an unstoppable Offense, an undeniable Defense, and a Warrior Nation who passionately supports our boys. This is happening, one game at a time. I LOVE IT.

Ball State Parent

November 24th, 2012
8:00 am


Yvette Daniel

November 24th, 2012
8:02 am

I am so proud of these young men, they give their all and so do we! The supporters of North Cobb football team are ride or die!!!!

New Kids on the Block

November 24th, 2012
8:03 am

As a Langston Hughes fan, I would first like to say congratulations to North Cobb. You made the plays when you had to. I wish you nothing but the best as you continue your drive to the Dome. To all of the Langston Hughes players, coaches, parents, fans, and supporters, kudos, as well, for a great season. Hopefully our players, and coaches (OC) learned a valuable lesson last night. If you are going to get beat, get beat doing what got you there!!! The playoffs is not a place or to experiment with new philosophies or schemes.

Cheryl Yoast

November 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

New kids on the block,

Also need to freshen up on step one. That was some of the worst sportsmanship I’ve ever seen! A shame.

New Kids on the Block

November 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

@Cheryl Yoast

The cheap shots, your Defensive Lineman (I won’t mention his number because he is a kid) and trash talking went both ways. Your guy was the one who got a couple of personal fouls penalties called against him. Again you are talking about kids and heat of the moment emotions. Best of luck to you next week

Front row seat

November 25th, 2012
9:09 pm

@new kids,
Can you explain what your four TEAM CAPTAINS did at the coin flip. A NC parent has it on video if you want to take a look, but as the coin flip process came to a close, the white hat always has the captains shake hands one last time, your 4 captains, stepped forward, put their hands out, as the 4 NC captains did as well, your 4 players swooped away at the same time(Planned) as they did the old “sike’d” and left the 4 NC captains in shock standing there ready to shake hands AND the white hat was in awe. Ive been in and around the game for 40 years and have never seen that type of disrespect for the game. One would think a young JV kid would do such a thing out of not knowing any better, but to have your 4 leaders do it???

Hopefully your players learned a valuable lesson due to the fact that it was 14-0 about 5 minutes after their planned “dissing”. All it did was tick NC off, and the rest is history, 450 yards in offense and 42 points.

I dont believe your head coach new of this, as he is a class act.

South Fulton Parent

November 26th, 2012
11:36 am

@Front Row Seat: As a parent of a graduate of a South Fulton high school (now a freshman in college) and a high school student at non-South Fulton high school, I would like to apologize for that “stunt” pulled by the Hughes captains.

That is a microcosm of why our high schools — Banneker, Creekside, Hughes, Tri-Cities, and Westlake — are among the most underperforming schools in the state, and that’s on the field AND in the classroom. Our kids are woefully under coached, and quite frankly, under parented at home.

I hope Coach Cannon didn’t know his “captains” were about to do that. Still, he should have yanked their butts off the field and planted them on the bench for the first quarter – seniors or not.

Until we get respect and discipline under control with our kids learning and competing in South Fulton high schools, and until we rid ourselves of “ignorance” on the sidelines and in our homes, our schools will NEVER reach their full potential — academically or athletically. And yes, I say “WE” and “OUR” because I live in South Fulton and I know how much the truth hurts. But it has to be said and dealt with.

A South Fulton Parent

NCHS Band parent

November 26th, 2012
1:51 pm

what happened to the ROTC color guard at the game??!
we were left standing and saluting an empty flag pole as Hughes band played the national anthem

Cheryl Yoast

November 26th, 2012
2:13 pm

@ New Kids,

Just go to YouTube and type in North Cobb vs. Langston Hughes and watch it to remind yourself. After that stunt they pulled, they deserved every bit of trash talking that got sent their way. I hope your head coach wasn’t aware of this. And if he was, he ought to be ashamed of himself, just like the boys, and their parents. But it sure says a lot of the “Senior Leaders” and for the program. What a joke of role-models the underclassmen had to look up to. What goes around comes around. Thanks for the well wishes.

South Fulton Parent

November 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

@Cheryl Yoast: I can assure you that there are better, more mature and respectable kids and parents in South Fulton schools than the four “captains” on the Langston Hughes team. On behalf of those of us in S. Fulton who know better and teach our kids better, I apologize. Good luck to North Cobb the rest of the way.