However, it wasn’t easy.
Down 17 at the half, the Falcons drove 56 yards on the first possession of the third quarter to cut the score to 17-7. Dezmon Huntley finished the drive with a 2-yard run.
After forcing a punt, Pebblebrook drove 82 yards, 76 coming on a Perry Seldon run, to close the gap to 17-14.
The Falcons had one last gasp, driving the ball all the way to the Eagles 22 with 7 seconds left in the game. Instead of trying a potential game-tying 39-yard field goal, Dezmon Huntley completed a pass to Romello Stafford. The completion only went for 5 yards and time expired.
The Pebblebrook defense was effective in stopping the Eagles spread offense, forcing five turnovers on the game, including four in the second half.
South Cobb quarterback Kylil Carter went six of 12 passing, accumulating 236 total yards for the Eagles.
“Kylil has really grown in this offense but he’s our leader and I look for big things out of him next year,” South Cobb coach Michael Youngblood said, “We have to teach him to manage the game better and how to win ball games for us.”
Huntley finished the night rushing for 223 yards for Pebblebrook.
“This win spring boards our season for next year and we’re going to get in to these morning workouts and we’re going to accomplish some things and get stuff done,” Youngblood said.
The victory sends the 16 seniors of the 2013-14 class out on a high note, after finishing the season 3-7.
“They’ve laid a great foundation,” Youngblood said, “I’ve always preached to them to do things the right way and I just appreciate everything those guys have done this year.”
After Dorquincy Jordan returned the opening kickoff 38 yards to give the Eagles good field position, Carlos Saldona capped the six-play drive with a 33-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Two possessions later, South Cobb quarterback Kylil Carter broke off a 42-yard run to set up the Eagles in Pebblebrook territory. Jordan finished the drive six plays later with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Linebacker Nate Jones made the score 17-0 on the following Pebblebrook drive, stripping Seldon and returning the fumble it 79 yards for the touchdown.
“You could say that was the game winning touchdown,” Youngblood said. “(Jones) is only a freshman but I just look for great things to come out of him.”