By Ricky Dimon
Hillgrove erased a 13-7 third-quarter deficit and scored the game’s final 14 points to get past visiting Marietta 21-13 in a Region 4-AAAAAA battle. The victorious Hawks were led by Richardre Bagley, who scored bookend rushing touchdowns—a 3-yarder in the first quarter to put his team ahead 7-0 and the game-winner from five yards out with 4:01 remaining. Bagley finished the night with 19 carries for 62 yards and three touchdowns.
KirVonte Benson helped Marietta to a mid-game surge that started with 10 unanswered points in the second quarter. Benson rushed for a 39-yard touchdown and ended up with 89 yards on 14 carries. Ian Shannon kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 29-yarder in the third for the Blue Devils.
Hillgrove’s defensive effort included interceptions by Justin Denton and Eric Jackson. Denton halted a Marietta second-quarter drive by picking off quarterback Brenton Martin in the endzone. Martin completed 12 of 27 passes for 130 yards.