Hawks get big lead before keeping Falcons at bay
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Writer
October 05, 2013 03:03 AM | 2673 views | 8 8 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Behind the protection of lineman Kelland Priest, Hillgrove running back Richardre Bagley takes the ball. Bagley ran for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Hawks won ahead of next week’s anticipated shooutout with North Cobb. 
<BR>Special photo by John Silas
Behind the protection of lineman Kelland Priest, Hillgrove running back Richardre Bagley takes the ball. Bagley ran for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Hawks won ahead of next week’s anticipated shooutout with North Cobb.
Special photo by John Silas
MABLETON — Hillgrove used a dominating first-half performance — including three more touchdown passes from Elijah Ironside — to earn a decisive 35-21 victory over Pebblebrook on Friday night.

The seventh-ranked Hawks (5-0, 3-0 Region 4AAAAAA) outgained the Falcons 276-15 in the first half, allowed only one first down on defense and took a 28-0 lead into halftime.

“Our defense played well and got some turnovers,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “They gave our offense a short field to work with, but Pebblebrook played hard and didn’t quit. This was one of those games that you have to grind through, and we did that (Friday).”

A 16-yard touchdown pass on a slant route from Elijah Ironside to Omar Black with 6 minutes left in the first quarter gave the Hawks an early 7-0 lead.

Ironside and Black hooked up for their second score of the evening, this one on a 47-yard bubble screen, increasing the lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Pebblebrook (2-4, 0-4) finished the first quarter with no first downs.

The Hawks continued the offensive onslaught when Richardre Bagley scored a 75-yard rushing touchdown down the left sideline to make the score 21-0 in Hillgrove’s favor midway through the second quarter.

Bagley finished the night with a game-high 190 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The second quarter featured a unique sequence with interceptions thrown on three straight possessions between the two teams. Linebacker Tyler Young and defensive back Devin Knight got the picks for Hillgrove, as did Pebblebrook’s Jarrett Sharp.

Hillgrove’s final score of the first half came on Ironside’s third TD pass of the game, this one on a 13-yard toss to Zach Katz.

In addition to the three touchdowns, Ironside passed for 116 yards in the victory. One week after throwing for seven touchdowns in a win over Campbell, the senior now has a county-best 18 touchdown passes in five games.

Pebblebrook attempted to mount a comeback in the second half and outscored Hillgrove 21-7.

The Falcons’ scores came on a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dezmon Huntley, a 52-yard TD catch by Justin Simms and a 19-yard touchdown reception by Jarvis Ruff.

Huntley had a game-high 120 yards passing in the loss.

“We stopped making mistakes in the second half and showed we have a good football team,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We have to work hard on both sides of the ball, especially on offense, to put our defense in better positions and score some points. We also can’t give up 35 points in a game. That’s too many.”

Hillgrove finished the contest with 331 total yards of offense.

“We’re at the halfway mark undefeated, which is good,” Phil Ironside said. “We’re still healthy, kids are playing good and we’re excited about our start.”

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Well let's see...
October 05, 2013
That isn't comparing apples to apples so- if bagley was the only offense Hillgrove had he would stand out (even) more. Mike Rogers is without a doubt an amazing talent and will be successful at the next level. One player might be the best talent the team has but that doesn't make him better than the TEAM. as a parent your kid is #1 and that is your job but a disservice to your child to ever condone "unsportsmanlike" behavior!
October 05, 2013
Richardre Bagley is the best player in Cobb County.
Reality check
October 05, 2013
Mike Rogers 526986
October 05, 2013
That's what Wheeler's Elijah Staley was thinking a week ago. Bagley is a very good player who plays for one of the best offensive coahcing minds in the state. Get a little perspective.
Dwayne G
October 06, 2013
Best offensive coaching minds in the state is laughable. HHS has amazing talent. Hill grove is known for underachieving on offense.
Eagle Dad
October 07, 2013
Ah, yes. Clearly a supporter of R. Bagley. Maybe even a family member. Richardre is indeed an excellent player and easily the one player Hillgrove could not function as well without. That was made clear last season, when they struggled big time while he was out but then turned it up several notches when he returned. But saying he is the "best player in Cobb County" lets us know you see the world through Hawks glasses. How about Tyler Queen at North Cobb? That stud RB or MLB at Marietta? Clemons or Griffin at McEachern? Bagley is one of the best but I do not see how anyone can honestly say he is THE best.
Film crew
October 08, 2013
You'll see the best player in Cobb Friday, #6 for NC. Just trust me, ask HG Def coaches.
October 08, 2013
Would you call that offensive line amazing talent? Hillgrove has great speed at the skill positions, but will be hamstrung by lack of size and a QB that will be exposed when forced to carry the offense.
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