Hillgrove records second straight shutout
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 06, 2012 02:51 AM | 5966 views | 6 6 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pebblebrook at Hillgrove

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POWDER SPRINGS — Solid all-around play by Hillgrove helped the Hawks secure a 37-0 win over Pebblebrook in a Region 4AAAAAA game Friday night at Cobb Energy/Hillgrove Stadium.

“We lost about seven or eight starters this week — sickness, injuries, whatever — and we had some kids step up and play tremendous,” Hillgrove head coach Phil Ironside said. “We’ve had a lot of adversity the last couple of weeks but we overcame it.”

The Hawks (3-2, 2-1) started quickly as Travon Simmons took the opening kickoff at the goal line and returned it 78 yards. It took Hillgrove only three plays to get on the scoreboard when quarterback Troy Thompson found the end zone on a 13-yard run for a 7-0 lead just 1:30 into the game.

Following a Tolando Cleveland interception, the Hawks moved 19 yards in five plays, concluding with an 8-yard touchdown run by Eric Montgomeryfor a 14-0 lead.

Hillgrove extended the lead to 17-0 late in the second quarter, going 26 yards in six plays, settling for a 30-yard field goal from Andrew Gaughn.

Hillgrove made another big defensive play to start the second half. Peyton Hewitt intercepted a pass and returned it seven yards for a touchdown and the Hawks had a 23-0 advantage just 63 seconds into the second half.

Four possessions later, the Falcons’ Kasey Richardson recovered a Hillgrove fumble following a sack and Pebblebrook had the ball at its own 44-yard line. However, the Falcons could not turn the miscue into points and turned the ball over on downs at the Hawks’ 21-yard line.

Hillgrove answered by going 79 yards on only five snaps for another touchdown. A 2-yard run by Bakari Oxendine made the score 30-0 at the 11:02 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Hawks concluded the scoring after a nine-play, 52-yard drive. Sam Peterson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Ironside to put Hillgrove in front 37-0.

Oxendine rushed for 99 yards on nine carries for the Hawks while Thompson was an efficient 8-of-10 passing for 76 yards.

For Pebblebrook, quarterback Dezmond Huntley ran for 69 yards in 11 attempts while Justin Simms had four receptions for 51 yards.
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common sense
October 07, 2012
Great game HAWKS! Let me say Im one of the people that got on the coaches,I have to praise them now. These coaches are doing a wonderful job! If you look at what was out this week, DE, linbacker #1 and #2 running back, starting reciever, kicker.... these guys have made major adjustments on defense #9 at middle brilliant, im seeing Ironside coaching on the sideline the line coach making adjustments it was great. lets get our guys back and coaching like the last couple of weeks and the sky is the limit.LETS GO HAWKS!
cobb watcher
October 08, 2012
Ease up Common...we're talking about beating the likes of Pebblebrook and Campbell. The JV could handle them. I'll refrain from throwing the coaches bouquets after they play N. Cobb, S. Cobb and McEachern. Those are the 3 games left on the schedule that should require input from the coaches.
Common sense
October 09, 2012
Cobb watcher I believe Campbell played south Cobb pretty close and the Indians had a close one with pebblebrook I have to like our odds in those games. I guess cause north Cobb beat a Walton they suppose to be good? Who do you like to win the division? Cause I think we have as good a chance as anybody!
Power Of Dixieland
October 06, 2012
Was Engram one of the starters that was out last night? Dude averages 30 yards a catch and they can't get the ball to him.
October 06, 2012
No he played last night. Offense is looking better but to compete with the top teams they must get him the ball.
common sense
October 07, 2012
#1 had a great game without touchdown catches, he is constantly double and triple teamed which opened up the running game and other reciever, and the coaches moved him around and tried to get him the ball but if you can run the ball like we did and the defense plays that way why pass? its like if you can get lay ups why shoot three's...we know what #1 can do if we can get the running game to compliment him we can compete with the best.
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