West Cobb hoping for better ‘Battle’ results in 2013
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McEachern’s Ty Clemons will try to throw and run the Indians to a victory tonight against Lassiter.
McEachern’s Ty Clemons will try to throw and run the Indians to a victory tonight against Lassiter.
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Game: Walton (0-1) vs. Hillgrove (1-0), 6 p.m.

Last year: First meeting

All-time series: First meeting

Prediction: Hillgrove 24, Walton 21

Hillgrove and Walton meet for the first time tonight with both programs looking to shore up some deficiencies in their style of play.

The Hawks opened the season last week with a

26-6 victory at Westlake, while the Raiders dropped a heartbreaking 23-17 decision to Peachtree Ridge at the Georgia Dome.

In both instances, the offenses failed to show up in the second half. Walton held a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter and was ahead 17-16 at halftime before being shut out for the final 24 minutes. Hillgrove was in front 26-0 at halftime, but failed to score in the second half.

Neither coach wants a repeat of that performance.

“We were up 14-3 and every offensive possession we had was stopped by penalities,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “The big thing we focused on (this week) was making sure we take care of the little things.

“Defensively, we didn’t do the little things in the second half and that allowed (Peachtree Ridge) to have success running the football. Obviously, as the season goes on, you hope to get in better shape. The big thing for us is doing all of the little things we need to do to win.”

While the Raiders hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2006, the Hawks are seeking a 2-0 mark for the fourth time in five seasons.

“We worked on correcting things we did that killed drives in the second half,” coach Phil Ironside said. “It was a good week of work with the kids because Walton is a high pressure offense and we’ll need to be able to match up with them.”

Hillgrove wants to maintain the strong start it had against Westlake throughout the matchup with the Raiders.

“When we got our tempo going, we were at our best,” Ironside said. “We were clicking in those first and second quarters and the defense got the ball back to us.

“In the second half, we couldn’t establish a rhythm. Part of that is mental, part of it is execution. Walton will be a good test for us and a good measuring stick to know where we stand.”

— By Carlton D. White

cwhite@mdjonline.com

Game: Lassiter at McEachern, 9 p.m.

Last meeting: Lassiter 20, McEachern 17 (Nov. 18, 2011)

All-time series: Lassiter leads 1-0

Prediction: McEachern 30, Lassiter 28

Lassiter opens its season tonight, while McEachern is on a short week after thumping Brookwood

31-10 in its season opener last Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

The Indians may have an advantage, having played a game to know what works well and what doesn’t. Coach Kyle Hockman praised his defense, which returns nine starters from last year’s team, or setting the stage.

McEachern found out it can run the ball. The Indians rolled up more than 300 yards on the ground behind Taj Griffin, who finished with 165 yards on 10 inclduing a 90-yard touchdown. Quarterback Ty Clemons ran for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Lassiter still has a few questions that need answered, the main one being the camaraderie between his new starting quarterback Will Anderson and the mostly new batch of receivers he will be working with.

The Trojans are having to replace Missouri freshman Eddie Printz and receivers Willie Police, Juwan Dickey and Ryan Jenkins.

But returning receivers Duby Nwaubi and Blake Wilson were contributors last year and should help Lassiter.

But Lassiter has made strides defensively, however, and stopping McEachern’s running game will be key. Clay Roelle and Chris Murphy are returning to anchor the secondary.

Corey John is one of Lassiter’s quicker defensive ends and while none of Lassiter’s linebackers were starters, they are seniors with varsity

experience.

However, if Lassiter’s offense doesn’t keep the chains moving against the McEachern defense the Trojans may have a short field to defend.

“The biggest thing for us is to not give up big plays,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “It will be an interesting challenge for us. Their No. 3 tailback is just as good as their No. 1 tailback.”

— By Adam Carrington

acarrington@mdjonline.com



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LHS Mom
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August 30, 2013
9:00 kick off??? Isn't curfew for our teens 11:00?
slim065
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August 30, 2013
Curfew only applies to Sunday-Thursday night games/activities and I believe it is 11:30. On Friday/Saturday time "doesn't matter".

I remember in HS a few times we got back from a couple games and other activities in fine arts/clubs/etc after 11:30/12 when we had to travel an hour or more north because of the funky region alignments or be in other parts of the state.

Students under 18 who are driving are also supposed to be given a "pass" by any police should they be asked why they are out.

I think if the East-West double-header continues going forward (depending on region alignments, region games, etc) you might see them try and move it to a Saturday so you can have maybe a 5 and 8 kick off or something like that.
LHS Parent
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August 30, 2013
I agree. I'm thinking the late start time at the other side of the county is silly for kids this age. They're not in college.
Another LHS Mom
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August 31, 2013
Dinner at 3 am? Not a very courteous "rivalry" since dinner wasn't offered after the lights went out! I'M not cooking at this hour and who pays the police tickets and who is responsible for driver's license revocation et. al. while these kids eat and then drive home??? Coaches...how old are your children?? Do you want this lifestyle for them when they grow up?!' You are all forgetting the kids...K-I-D-S. LOVE THEM, NURTURE THEM, TEACH THEM...THINK OF THEM AS YOUR OWN... Your children will be in the hands of others one day. Is this the way you want THEM to be treated :(
bandparentsareboring
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September 02, 2013
Another LHS Mom? Spoken like a true band parent. Why is it all of a sudden the COACHES who are at fault? They, organizers of football events, are trying to bill a fun showcase where 4 successful schools and football programs compete and entertain. The cause of the delay and length of these events is due to many factors. Last year Walton and McEachern didn't get off the field until 1:18 am. Why?! Because Lassiter didn't schedule their buses for a proper departure time and got stuck in traffic for their 6:00 start. There's a shocker. Friday...rush hour...Labor Day Weekend?! Someone didn't plan accordingly. (aka Lassiter) So everyone sat on their hands until your school arrived. Then the blowout game became close. Then the penalties came. Then a Hillgrove player suffered a serious neck injury and had to be put on a flatboard and transported. That took 30 minutes. Wouldn't you want that care of your child if they were injured? This year Walton and Hillgrove arrived on time and the game still went long. The officials at most every game so far this season are flag happy and keep calling penalties on stupid stuff. 20 total in Game 1 with Walton and Hillgrove. Throw in TV timeouts and cramping and injuries and the games go long. This year they let the Virginia Tech band perform their routine in between the games. Add FOUR other high school band performances and then the outage of the stadium lights (they were on a timer and it took 40 minutes to get them burning again) How about we eliminate the band performances? Hillgrove by far had the most exciting band of the 4 on Friday night. They were the only ones worth watching. The others were snoozers. I hope they keep doing this event but make the bands perform an abbreviated routine. Also tell the officials to let the players play and stop throwing the flag on every play. I guarantee you'd let your kid arrive home at 3 am if it was the Bands of America competition in the Georgia Dome. I'd even bet money that you'd FEED THEM, too!
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