Rogers, leading Cobb County’s and Class AAAAAA’s leading rushing coming into the game, pushed his year total to 1,556 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rogers scored on runs of 19, 24, 30 and 51 Friday night.
After the win, a smiling Rogers gave the praise for his big game to his teammates.
“I really wasn’t keeping up with how many yards I had (Friday), but I have to give credit to my offensive lineman,” Rogers said. “On those long touchdown runs, they just gave me a hole and then I took it to the house. I felt good out there, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Despite the outburst by Rogers, he still needed plenty of help.
Quarterback Ricky James completed all five of his passes on the night for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The last touchdown pass went to Marlon Horne for 91 yards with just over a minute left to seal the game for the Spartans, who improved to 4-5 on the season. Horne finished the night catching three passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
When he was informed of the rushing total that Rogers accumulated, Campbell coach Harris Rainbow shook his head, but like his star running back, quickly gave credit to others.
“Mike obviously had a great night, but he is just the tip of the offensive iceberg for us,” Rainbow said. “Ricky and Marlon also give us a lot of offensive weapons. This victory was because of our 2014 senior class. They came up big (Friday).”
The game looked like it was all but over for Kennesaw Mountain (1-7) after James connected with Horne on a 31-yard scoring strike late in the game to put the Spartans up
43-21. But, Dennis Bell returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Jordan Saunders followed that by recovering the onside kick.
Three plays later, the Mustangs’ Nigel Hayes scored from 36 yards out to trim the Campbell lead to 43-33. A 2-point scoring pass from Bell to Brian Piejak then brought Kennesaw Mountain to within 43-35.
Hayes paced Kennesaw Mountain offensively with 126 rushing yards and 105 passing yards.