The Hillgrove Hawks might be new to the scene in the state of Georgia, but after advancing to the second round of the state playoffs in Georgia with a very young team, it's easy to see that they could be a new force to be reckoned with in 4A.
Leading the charge against Loganville were junior quarterback Synjyn Days and
freshman, yes freshman, running back Kenyan Drake. Hillgrove runs a triple
option directed by Days with powerful sophomore fullback Jabari Hunt and speedy
senior Randall Cooper, but it's the Days to Drake combination that made
Hillgrove so effective against Loganville.
Synjyn Days has good size, listed at 6-1/185. He runs with a nice
blend of power and speed, and he directs the option offense efficiently. Georgia Tech uses a similar offense as Hillgrove and is apparently already interested in
Days. I'm not sure Days throws the ball well enough to keep defenses honest on
the college level, but he's an excellent athlete that also lines up on defense
for the Hawks.
Days showed off his athleticism against Loganville, including an 81 yard
touchdown run that put the Hawks ahead after trailing much of the game.
#3 QB Synjyn Days
Kenyan Drake would be a college prospect if he were part of this year's
Class of 2009. The fact that he's a member of the Class of 2012 means he'll be
on the radar of every college coach in the country by the beginning of his
Drake has tremendous size for a freshman at roughly 6-0 and 200 pounds. He runs
with great power and strength. His balance and use of his stiff arm is
incredibly advanced. I've seen speedy freshman make an impact, but it's rare to
see a freshman with the blend of size, power and speed that Drake brings to the
#17 RB Kenyan Drake
Hillgrove was eliminated from the playoffs in round two by perennial power
Tucker, but with Drake and Davis leading the way next year, expect to hear more
from Hillgrove in 2009 and beyond. They're not going away any time soon.
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