Queen’s reign ends, but Warrior legacy stands strong

Andrew Lubbers, Reporter

The Warriors’ season came to a disappointing end Friday night, as the team fell to the Langston Hughes Panthers, 42-28. The Panthers outscored NC 21-7 in the second half, as turnovers and dropped passes proved the difference.

The game tied at 28 in the third quarter after senior quarterback Tyler Queen 33-yard touchdown run. But the Panthers’ rushing attack proved to be too much for the Warriors to handle, as Panther running back Demetrius Whitmore ran for four touchdowns to put NC away.

Langston Hughes took an early 14-0 lead, but junior cornerback Gilbert Blow put the team on his back and returned two interceptions for touchdowns to tie the game at 14.

“It gave us a shot,” Coach Queen said of Blow’s interceptions. “That is something we always do. We always fight and play hard.”

After another Hughes touchdown, Tyler Queen connected with senior receiver Jordan McCray for an 11-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the half, tying the score at 21.

North Cobb finished the season 7-4 and made the playoffs for a school-record fourth consecutive year. Queen finished his decorated career as Cobb County’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, with 88 under his belt.