Hoyas in thick of playoff contention
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Writer
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South Cobb’s Michael Lapeyrolerie finds his path stopped by Harrison’s Jalen Penn for a big loss in the first quarter of Friday’s game at Clay Stadium.
<BR>Special photo by John Silas
South Cobb’s Michael Lapeyrolerie finds his path stopped by Harrison’s Jalen Penn for a big loss in the first quarter of Friday’s game at Clay Stadium.
Special photo by John Silas
AUSTELL — Harrison made its postseason intentions known Friday night with its 42-17 victory at South Cobb.

The Hoyas (5-2, 4-1) Region 4AAAAAA) outscored the Eagles 28-14 in the second half. Junior quarterback Lorenzo Nunez had 251 total yards, including a game-high 102 rushing, and four touchdowns in the victory.

“We’re trying to become a consistent team on offense, and we were able to do that (Friday),” Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said. “We were a little sloppy in the first half, but I’m proud of our guys like Lorenzo for sticking in there and making big plays.”

The Hoyas have won four of their last five games. They are in a three-way tie for second in the region with McEachern and Hillgrove, one game ahead of fifth-place Marietta — all three of which remain on Harrison’s schedule.

The Hoyas are in the running to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

“We’re still in the driver’s seat to make the postseason,” Dickmann said. “We still have three big games and, hopefully, we can win those and get into the playoffs.

The Hoyas held a 14-3 lead heading into the third quarter and wasted little time adding to that margin as Nunez took the first offensive snap in the second half and ran down the middle for a 33-yard TD score to make the score 21-7.

Harrison’s other three touchdowns in the second half came on a 43-yard reception by Drevon Jones, a 14-yard run by Hayden Messina and Nunez’s second rushing score, this one from 46 yards out.

South Cobb (2-5, 2-3) had moments of offensive success in the second half with a 7-yard touchdown catch by John Brown and an 8-yard TD run by Sam Jackson serving as the highlights.

Michael Lapeyrolerie had a game-high 61 yards rushing for the Eagles, while quarterback Kylil Carter finished with 84 yards passing.

“We had some defensive letdowns, but the kids kept fighting all night,” South Cobb coach Mike Youngblood said. “The team kept competing, but we have to do a better job of executing. Harrison has a good group of kids that were physical.”

Both teams’ offenses struggled into the early portion of the second quarter, but a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle by Jonathan Fisher gave the Hoyas the 7-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first half.

South Cobb responded on its next possession with a 27-yard field goal by Carlos Saldana, cutting Harrison’s lead to 7-3.

Harrison’s Tayvon Benjamin had the play of the first half when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass over an Eagles defender near the right pylon of the end zone on the final play of the second quarter, making the score 14-3 heading into halftime.

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