Mustangs end 14-game skid
by Chase Wallace
MDJ Sports Writer
September 01, 2012 02:51 AM | 6300 views | 3 3 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sprayberry at Kennesaw Mountain

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KENNESAW — Kennesaw Mountain ushered in the Andy Scott era in style, rolling up 329 yards on the ground and scoring the game-winning touchdown with 5 minutes to play to beat Sprayberry 28-24 in front of a raucous crowd at Cobb Energy/Mustang Stadium.

“This is so huge for our program because ultimately you want to see a reward for all the hard work when you put it in,” said Scott, who replaced Chad McGehee after an 0-10 season last fall.

“Our kids committed to this team like crazy through the spring and summer and for them to come out and compete like this is awesome.”

Down 24-21 with just over 9 minutes to play in the game, Kennesaw Mountain did something they hadn’t done in nearly two years and made the clutch plays needed to win a football game.

Starting on their own 20 yard line the Mustangs’ option offense — that debuted with grand success — moved the ball the length of the field with 10 straight rushing plays.

Fullback Jamari Carter pounded out an 11-yard run up the gut to start the drive, slot back Wayne Douglas took a toss sweep 11 more yards near midfield, and after a few short gains Eric Monts rumbled 18 yards to the Yellow Jacket 24-yard line.

Dennis Bell gained 11 yards a play later, Monts tacked on nine more to move the ball inside the five and Carter bulled in the game winner from 4 yards out with 4:59 to play.

The final drive sealed the win and ended a 14-game losing streak for the Mustangs that dates back to October of 2010.

“I am so happy for this entire student body. They have been through a lot the past few years and to see these kids and these seniors celebrate on the field means a ton,” said Scott.

Scott’s team opened the game with touchdowns on the first two possessions, the first covering 80 yards on 12 plays and ending on a 7-yard option keeper by quarterback Dallin Finley.

Monts found the end zone on the Mustangs’ second drive from 29 yards out to give Kennesaw Mountain a 14-0 lead and again in the third quarter to push the home team’s lead to 21-0.

But just as Kennesaw Mountain looked as if they would cruise to victory Sprayberry inserted Torrey Richardson at quarterback.

The senior that split snaps with sophomore Shane Young brought the Yellow Jackets back into the game, leading three touchdown drives and scoring twice in a span of five minutes — including a 79-yard scamper that gave Sprayberry their 24-21 fourth quarter lead

“They played a more physical football game than we did,” said Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford. “We were able to match their intensity in the second half, but you can’t let a good football team jump out to a three score lead and expect to win.”
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Jacket Fan
September 02, 2012
I'm not mad about our lost, but I'am mad it took us to be down 21-0 to realize there's a game to be played. We lost to a team that's rebuilding and inexperienced, but they won and didn't panic. the key was moving the ball and getting first downs something we cant do. Jacket defense is still not getting rest because the offense is not productive and it proved to be a factor with 329 yds given up. poor preparation Billy, you got Lassister licking their chops!!!!! after losing Friday it look like a horrible season ahead with no region play. Osbourne is our only hopeful win, AGAIN STOP CALLING THOSE PEE_WEE LEAGUE PLAYS, THEY DON'T PRODUCE FIRST DOWNS, TOUCH DOWNS or WINS. THAT TTU MINDSET IS KILLING YOUR PROGRAM become a running back coach because our QB is not a factor with 13 of 28 for 98yds for the season and our star LB is the leading rusher with 209yds how can he give 100% to defense if he playing hard on offense riddle me that please? he gonna be worn out. our WR has 42 rec yds with 4 catches. practice throwing the ball. utilize the whole team and spread the field. you dont know how good those players are til you give them a shot at performing or you will use the same excuse next year that we're not experienced its the COACHES JOB to get players ready. THERE'S A TIME TO COACH AND A TIME TOO MENTOR PLAYERS..... BILLY IS responsible for the direction of the team, creating a winning attitude and being determined starts with the Head Coach PREPARATION PERIOD!!!!! BILLY just TALK GOOD
Mustang Students
September 01, 2012
The students won this game. They provided a college level atmosphere for the players. I hope Coach Scott and the administration appreciate what they did. A few students rallied the entire school. It was the most exciting game in the school's history.

The second most exciting part of the game was watching Shack lose his mind, while running up and down the sidelines and screaming at the officials the entire game. KMHS is officially a Bee Free Zone!
The Observer
September 01, 2012
Well, based on his comment in the preview article for this game, Billy Shackelford just proved that he can't coach. In the meantime, great win Mustangs! And thanks for taking my advice.
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