Warriors Clobber North Paulding
10/19/2016 2:46 PM

Article courtesy of Marietta Daily Journal - Jeff Dickinson. Originally published October 14, 2016. KENNESAW — In a key Region 3AAAAAAA game, 10th-ranked North Cobb made a statement with a convincing 42-10 victory over North Paulding on Friday night at Emory Sewell Stadium.

North Paulding (5-2, 1-2) came in averaging 33 points per game, but North Cobb’s defense had no part of that. The Warriors (5-2, 1-1), held the Wolfpack to a total of 16 yards on the ground.

North Paulding quarterback Ross Malmgren did throw for a game-high 198 yards, but that came on a 14-of-33 success rate with an interception. North Cobb sacked Malmgren four times on the night and consistently had him under pressure.

“Our kids seem to play their best football when their backs are against the wall,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “We challenged them coming into this game, because we knew that North Paulding is a very talented football team.”

After each team failed to move the ball on its first two possessions, the Warriors finally drove 80 yards and took a lead on Jai Erwin’s 2-yard plunge with 48 seconds left in the opening quarter. Will Horton’s extra point made it 7-0.

Following a short North Paulding punt, North Cobb then drove 58 yards in nine plays and scored on quarterback Will Lovett’s 1-yard run. After a bad snap on the extra point, Lovett connected with Erwin for a 2-point conversion and a 15-0 advantage with 8:25 left in the second quarter.

The North Cobb defense then scored its next touchdown when Hunter Parrish scooped up a Wolfpack fumble and raced 34 yards untouched into the end zone. Horton’s kick made it 22-0 midway through the second quarter.

The Warriors broke the game open in in a 5-minute span of the third quarter. Christian Singleton scored from 18 yards out on North Cobb’s opening possession of the third quarter. Lovett then hit Erwin on a 20-yard touchdown pass at the 4:44 mark of the third quarter, and Horton’s kick stretched North Cobb’s lead to 39-3.

The Warriors will have another region home game next Friday against Marietta, as both teams look to escape from a logjam in the middle of the region. Queen said that game is just the next step in the team’s playoff process.

“I am proud of our kids the way they played,” Queen said, “but after (Friday’s) win, now we have to focus on Marietta. They are a very good football team, and we need to play well against them to meet our expectations of making the playoffs.”

Lovett finished the game 14-for-17 passing for 174 yards and no interceptions. North Cobb’s C.J. Cole led all rushers with 73 yards on 12 carries.

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