By Ricky Dimon
An offensive explosion turned into a defensive battle as visiting North Cobb held on to defeat Hillgrove 27-17. The victorious Warriors trailed 7-0 early in the first quarter before scoring 14 unanswered points to take the lead after the first 12 minutes. They ended up going on a 27-3 run following Hillgrove’s initial touchdown. The Hawks answered by pulling to within 27-17 at halftime, but could get no closer. In fact, not a single point was scored by either team after the intermission. North Cobb’s defensive heroics included an interception in the endzone to help preserve the lead.
Tyler Queen led the Warriors by completing 11 of 20 passes for 303 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Tony Perkins had two touchdown catches for North Cobb, while Queen’s other scoring pass went to Cameron Albright. Jevonte Herrod added a touchdown on the ground for the Warriors, who rushed for 97 yards as a team to give them exactly 400 yards of total offense.
Hillgrove lost for the first time after starting the season 5-0, but it was not for lack of effort from Elijah Ironside, Justin Denton and Richardre Bagley. Ironside completed 21 of 45 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. Denton had six receptions for 110 yards and hauled in Ironside’s lone scoring strike. Bagely rushed 13 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Hawks racked up 127 yards on the ground to give them a total offensive output of 357 yards.
Both teams are now 5-1 overall. North Cobb improves to 4-0 in Region 4-AAAAAA while Hillgrove falls to 3-1.