Eagles’ Carter swarms Greyhounds
by E. Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Writer
August 30, 2014 02:02 AM | 3629 views | 11 11 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Cobb’s Justin Robertson was one of Kylil Carter’s many targets, helping the quarterback finish the night at Pope with 400 passing yards.
<BR>Special photo by Ted Mayer
South Cobb’s Justin Robertson was one of Kylil Carter’s many targets, helping the quarterback finish the night at Pope with 400 passing yards.
Special photo by Ted Mayer
MARIETTA — Last week, South Cobb quarterback Kylil Carter accounted for a total of 379 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ season opener at Creekside.

That provided Carter with a tough act to follow, but he managed to do so Friday.

The versatile senior passed for 400 yards, ran for 145 and totaled seven touchdowns in leading the Eagles to a 57-35 victory at Pope.

It was the second-highest point total in South Cobb’s 62-year history, only trailing the 68 points from a seven-overtime playoff game in 2004.

“We adjusted to Pope’s defense well in the game,” Carter said. “We have speed on our offense and wanted to throw deep, while running the ball as well. I tried to stay focused and this win provides us with a big boost.”

Leading 24-21 at halftime, South Cobb (1-1) scored touchdowns on all three of its third-quarter possessions to secure the victory.

The first score came on a 15-yard touchdown run up the middle by Carter, who ultimately ran for three touchdowns. The next second-half touchdown was on Carter’s 16-yard toss to Joseph Law, making the score 37-21 in the Eagles’ favor.

Dorquincy Jordan’s 8-yard touchdown run increased South Cobb’s lead to 44-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

“It feels really good to earn our first victory of the season,” said South Cobb coach Sherrod Rainge, who earned his first career win as a head coach after serving as an assistant to previous Eagle coaches Ed Koester and Michael Youngblood.

“When the clock winded down, it was a great feeling, and I’m happy I was able to share it with my players and coaching staff.”

Pope (0-2) was without the services of starting quarterback Taylor Wolf, who suffered a torn ACL during the week, Greyhounds coach Matt Kemper confirmed before the game.

Wolf’s replacement, sophomore Ben Bolt, had a strong performance, throwing for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Bryan Terry had a game-high 148 yards rushing.

“Our kids played hard and hung with them,” Kemper said. “We have some things to work on in our off week, but the effort tonight was tremendous.”

After South Cobb got points on its first possession of the game, Pope proceeded to score in its next two possessions, on touchdown passes of 73 yards and 28 yards, respectively, from Bolt to Carson Day, giving the Greyhounds a 14-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

Day had a game-high 163 yards receiving on five catches.

South Cobb responded with two touchdowns on its own to start the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 21-14 lead. The scores came on a 14-yard scoring run by Carter and an 81-yard catch by Fitzpatrick, who matched Day with a game-high 163 receiving yards.

Bolt threw his third touchdown of the contest with 3:53 left in the first half, this one a 53-yard toss down the right side to Joshua Lowe, tying the score at 21-21.

A 36-yard field goal by Carlos Saldona with less than a minute left in the second quarter gave South Cobb a 24-21 lead into the locker room.
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Reality check
September 05, 2014
This is just a high school game. You folks need to temper your expectations. Who cares about who is responsible? Did the kids have fun? That's all that really matters. I'm really just surprised that people are allowed to comment on this recap. My high school won one or two games a season when I was a student. We would have loved to score 35 points in a single game; unfortunately, it took our team at least three games to muster that amount. You can't win them all; just be glad that you had a competitive game.
Keeping it Real
September 08, 2014
Maybe it is "just a HS game" to you. I promise you that all involved coaches and players alike care about playing the game more than just to have fun. What I do know is that losing is NOT fun. You sound like a mom that is happy that his son gets to wear a jersey and be on the team. The difficult thing to take at Pope is that we have the players, we simply are not coached well. My hope is that the coaching staff simply tries something different on defense. . The status quo is obviously not working again this year.
Real World
September 10, 2014
Comon Reality Check are you kidding us. You really can't be serious.Did the kids have fun? Do they have fun going to math class? Just be glad there was a competitive game? Sorry, you didn't get the job...but you were close.I'm surprised people can comment on these recaps. Theres a blog for every article written on anything 24/7/365.

We're not living in the same world you grew up in. Times have changed and everything is hyper competitive. This coach and his staff are paid to do there job and that performance is open to criticism. Many of the people writing in including myself think they're failing miserably at it. We don't need juice boxes at the end of the game we need young men learning the sport from those paid to teach them.
Open your eyez
September 05, 2014
Hounds 2014 must be one of the coaches or coaches relatives. When high school defenses give up the kind of points that Pope has, it starts with coaching. And shame on any of you blaming the kids. How small of you. No one said Pope should be world beaters. If Pope would have just gotten 2 or 3 stops they would have been in position to win the game.
August 31, 2014
Coaching awful as usual. Have you ever watched a practice? It's no wonder we can't tackle or perform some of the other football basics. But what's new? This staff has the program 10 years behind in terms of where the high school football world is today. No words can describe this defense. And the offense is senior laden and should be doing good things. The head coach is going to leave after this year sand someone else will have to clean up the big ole mess he's leaving behind. Too bad.
September 02, 2014
So let me get this straight. When the defense doesn't play well 100% of blame falls on coaching and none on players. But when the offense does play well it's because players are good and none of it is due to coaching? It seems as though meeting your standard will be quite difficult. Anything that goes wrong will be the fault of the coaches but anything that goes right they have nothing to do with. Interesting.
September 03, 2014
Hounds2014, let me be clear. The coaches own the good and the bad. At this level a player's success is largely based on the training, encouragement, positioning, etc. of the coaches. So, credit to the head coach and staff for what is good. The problem as I see it,and as a longtime follower of the program, is that not much good is happening. This coach inherited a real star player when he came and a junior program heading in the right direction. As a result there were playoff years then. As the years go by what we see on the field is more and more reflective of his handywork. I for one think it is heading in the complete wrong direction. Feel free to disagree, but have your facts straight.
Here we go again...
August 30, 2014
Defense has given up almost 100 points in 2 games. Can't tackle, more personal fouls, players WAY out of position. Hard to watch. Offense looks good! Pope just can't stop anyone.
Old hound
August 31, 2014
Offense looked good and the new, young qb stepped up nicely. Unfortunately, the defense is the worst coached unit in the county and maybe even the state. It is very sad because there are plenty of talented, tough players on that defense, I have watched this group for years. The defensive coordinator should be ashamed of himself. Everyone out of position, no coaching of the players as a group on the sideline, no tackling skills from going half speed all week and very few and vanilla defensive schemes and sets. Pope should have hired a defensive coordinator before this season. 97 points in two games? Really? You might want to try something different now. What do ya' think? Poor kids. Smh.
Excuse Time Coming
August 31, 2014
The truth is, this guy and his staff never change anything from year to year. All the best players on offense, defensive scheme never changes, no consideration of two-way players and on and on.

The excuses will be coming. QB hurt - I thought back up was better than starter. 6A- so what, deal with it. Whining parents make it difficult to coach - please. No athletes at Pope - BS, we win at other physical sports.

The one constant - the Coach. Program is in bad shape.
September 02, 2014
I was in the stands Friday and we must have seen 2 different teams. To say that this defense is talented is a severely strong statement. This might be one of the most unathletic, overmatched defensive units I've ever seen. I agree we should play a few more kids both ways but overall this is simply a defense that is outmanned.
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