Missed chances almost hurt Hoyas
by Matt Nascone
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 14, 2013 02:34 AM | 2709 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Harrison quarterback Lorenzo Nunez gets stopped by a group of Campbell defenders on a keeper Friday. The Hoyas withstood a scare from the Spartans and won the region game.
<BR>Staff photo by Katherine Frye
Harrison quarterback Lorenzo Nunez gets stopped by a group of Campbell defenders on a keeper Friday. The Hoyas withstood a scare from the Spartans and won the region game.
Staff photo by Katherine Frye
KENNESAW — Missed opportunities nearly cost Harrison in Friday night’s region-opening 28-26 victory over Campbell.

But the Hoyas (2-1, 1-0 Region 4AAAAAA) pulled out the win with a little help from two crucial penalties on the Spartans’ final drive of the game.

Despite that, Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said the game should not have been that close in the fourth quarter. The Hoyas fumbled the ball twice inside the Campbell 2-yard line.

“The biggest thing, like I told the kids, is we have to eliminate the mistakes,” Dickmann said. “When our playmakers start to make plays, good things will happen, but the problem is we turned the ball over twice inside the 10 and still scored 28 points.

“It was a lot closer than what it should have been, but I give (Campbell) credit. At the end there, they were the ones that were not giving up.”

On the Spartans’ second play of their final drive of the game senior tailback Michael Rogers busted a run 68 yards for what looked like a touchdown, but a holding penalty negated what would have been the lead-changing score. Two plays later, Malcom Perdue caught a pass over the middle for a 32-yard gain and a first down, but not before taking a bone-jarring hit.

A penalty for blocking below the knees pushed Campbell (2-1, 0-1) into third-and-29. The Spartans couldn’t convert, turned the ball over on downs and Harrison ran out the clock.

Aside from a 73-yard run by Rogers, Campbell could not move the ball on the ground, gaining a mere 49 yards on 16 carries. Harrison’s defense intercepted Spartans quarterback Ricky James once and limited him to 68 yards through the air in the first half.

Seth Cowan recorded the interception and was deflecting James’ passes all night.

“That is just what he does in the secondary,” Dickmann said. “He is like the swarm of bees that won’t leave you alone. He is that type of player that is all over the field. He makes the big hits, and we just need to keep him healthy.”

James found some openings in the Hoyas’ defense in the second half with a 10-for-17 performance for 152 yards and two touchdowns. But Rogers couldn’t find any holes in the Harrison front seven and had just 8 yards on six carries in the second half.

Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said he tries to get the ball to Rogers as often as possible. The Central Florida commitment, also a standout on defense, added a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception to his 73-yard rushing score.

“Mike Rogers is probably one of the best players in the country,” Rainbow said. “I think people are starting to figure it out. We have known it for a while. I am glad he is on our team.”

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Spartan Fan
September 16, 2013
I wonder if this reporter was actually at the game or if Harrison just called in their own report? This story is so one-sided; I thought reporters were supposed to be neutral. Harrison's secondary "held" the Campbell receivers all night and were NEVER called for holding or pass interference. The holding penalty mentioned in the article on Campbell's final drive was a terrible call. The so-called hold took place when Mike Rogers was 20 yards downfield, and in no way had any effect on the play. The chain crew was also very quick to move the chains when there should have been a measurement. The media and the officials always seem to "write-off" any chance of Campbell actually winning! This reporter says the only reason the game was this close was because of Harrison's mistakes, and that is NOT true. In addition to Mike Rogers 4th Qtr TD called back for the questionable hold, CHS also had 2 TD passes dropped in the end zone. Campbell's kicker was out for the game, so no PAT attempts or a field goal attempt when inside the 10 yard line. Each team scored 4 TD's. This outcome could have (and should have) been a lot different. Campbell had some huge plays and deserves the respect they are due!

I must say that the players for both teams played quality ball and there was no trash talking. They also helped each other up. Can't say so much for the Harrison fans, who continually taunted the Campbell players during pregame warm-ups. No class! The things coming out of their mouths go totally against the GHSA rules. Where was their Administrator? But hey, they are Harrison; they do no wrong.
The Knower
September 14, 2013
The officiating left much to be desired. Harrison committed the same penalty that Campbell did in the fourth quarter but was overlooked by the referees.
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