By DAVID SKAGGS
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Elijah Ironside broke a school record for touchdown passes in a game as Hillgrove High School cruised to a homecoming 63-28 victory over Campbell High School Friday night.
Elijah Ironside, son of Hillgrove coach Phillip Ironside, broke the school record for touchdown passes in a game with seven on Friday night, doing so with a 12-yard pass to Justin Denton, less than four minutes into the second half. The previous record was six.
“I didn’t know I was so close to breaking the record,” Elijah Ironside said. “But I give all the credit to the linemen and the receivers. They give me the time to put the ball in their hands. So I give all the credit to them.”
Having his son as the quarterback makes this a proud moment for coach Ironside, but he agrees with his son on giving the credit to his supporting cast.
“[Having Elijah break the record] was fun,” coach Ironside said after the game. “Obviously as a father that’s fun. It shows when you’re surrounded by good talent. He has got a lot of good play-makers around him.
“A lot of the kids were catching balls and hadn’t caught balls, ‘cause it has really been Omar [Black] and Justin [Denton] a lot. The slot guys really did good. Richardre (Bagley) only got five or six carries but still got a 100 yards. They’re really unselfish. You’re really proud of those kids.”
The Campbell Spartans (2-3, 0-3) were held to just 101 yards passing, but their running back Michael Rogers, who led Cobb County in rushing coming into the game, had 20 carries for 168 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Spartans in the loss.
“We tried to take the challenge and hold him down,” said coach Ironside. “[But] you can’t. He’s legit. They did a good job scheming up front, and he’s a great runner. Their coach told me he was good and he lived up to it.”
The Hillgrove Hawks (4-0, 2-0) also set a school record for points in a game with 63, breaking the previous record of 49.
Hillgrove next plays on Friday, Oct. 4, on the road against Pebblebrook High School (2-3, 0-3). Campbell will be taking on McEachern High School (5-0, 3-0) at home Friday, Oct. 4, as well.