Active Gibbs leads Warriors with four interceptions
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North Cobb’s Latrell Gibbs leaps in the air to pick off a pass intented for Harrison’s Teyvon Benjamin. Gibbs had four interceptions on the night — two returned for touchdowns — and the Warriors cruised to the lopsided Region 4AAAAAA victory. 
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
North Cobb’s Latrell Gibbs leaps in the air to pick off a pass intented for Harrison’s Teyvon Benjamin. Gibbs had four interceptions on the night — two returned for touchdowns — and the Warriors cruised to the lopsided Region 4AAAAAA victory.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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KENNESAW — The last time North Cobb cornerback Latrell Gibbs guarded Harrison receiver Drevon Jones was this time last year.

In that game, Jones caught eight balls for 83 yards.

Based on Gibbs’ performance Friday night, he must have a long memory.

Assigned to guard Jones a second time, Gibbs knew he was going to get picked on a little. He responded with four interceptions — two of them returned for touchdowns — en route to a 46-14 win in a Region 4AAAAAA contest at Cobleigh Stadium.

This time, Gibbs held Jones to four catches for 37 yards.

“Drevon had a big night at our place last year, and Latrell took that a little personally,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “He may be only 5-9, but he plays like a Division I player.”

Gibbs could have had six interceptions, but one was called back on a penalty and he dropped the other.

A would-be pick on Harrison’s first drive was the one called back. Gibbs snagged Lorenzo Nunez’s throw to Jones, but that was called back for pass interference. Two plays later, Nunez went deep to Teyvon Benjamin, and this time Gibbs stole it without interfering.

North Cobb (3-1, 2-0 Region 4AAAAAA) scored five plays later.

Gibbs’ second interception came late in the first quarter, with North Cobb leading 13-0. Harrison was pinned deep in its own territory when Gibbs intercepted Nunez again near the Harrison 25 and returned it to the 3. Quarterback Tyler Queen then ran it in for a touchdown on the next play.

Gibbs’ third pick came midway through the second quarter, when he anticipated a 10-yard out pattern, jumped in the way to pick it off and return it for a 30-yard touchdown that gave the Warriors a 32-0 lead.

The final interception capped North Cobb’s scoring barrage early in the third quarter, when Gibbs picked off a deep ball and used the whole field to zig-zag his way through Harrison defenders for an 80-yard return.

“I’ve been watching a lot of film this week,” Gibbs said. “When you do that, you pick up a lot of tendencies.”

North Cobb got away with being careless in the first half when it fumbled three times, though it recovered the ball each time. Two of the fumbles came on the Warriors’ opening drive, and they were lucky enough to get a touchdown out of the second drop.

Lining up as a receiver, Gibbs lost the ball after making an 18-yard catch — his only offensive reception of the day. The loose ball jumped around in traffic among both teams before escaping in front of Cam Albright, who picked it up and ran it in untouched for a 10-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Queen lost the ball after a 20-yard run, and after both teams chased the ball around the Harrison 20, it ended up in Devin Granville’s hands, and he ran it to the 8. That drive ended with Queen’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Torrance McGee.

North Cobb’s J’Vonte Herrod had eight carries for 141 yards, and his 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter gave the Warriors a 13-0 lead. Queen and McGee connected again at the end of the first half when Queen went deep and found him in the end zone

Harrison (3-2, 2-1) was kept off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when it scored pair of touchdowns on runs by Jonathan Fisher and Winston Boykin.

The game capped an emotional week for the Harrison football program, just three days after the death of former Hoyas star Paul Oliver. Oliver, who went on to play at Georgia and with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his east Cobb home.

Harrison players had affixed to their helmets a “7” decal — Oliver’s jersey number in high school — and a moment of silence was observed before the game.

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Hoyaking
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September 29, 2013
Same old same old Hoya dysfunction. Welcome to Cobb County football Dickman. That was the biggest beat down in the schools history. 46-0 after three quarters was simply an embarrassment.
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