“(Running the ball) was a big focus of ours,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott said. “We said when we came in that we were going to try and establish a tough, physical football team and here in the end it’s coming together.”
The Falcons (0-9, 0-7 Region 4AAAAAA) were down 22-7 at halftime, but made it a one possession game early in the third quarter when Dezmond Huntley ran for his second rushing touchdown of the evening.
The Mustangs (3-6, 2-6) fumbled the ball away on their first possession of the second half, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty set the Falcons up at the Mustangs 30-yard line. Another unsportsmanlike penalty gave the Falcons a first down at the Mustang 13 setting up Huntley’s score two plays later to close the gap at 22-14.
Pebblebrook forced Kennesaw Mountain to punt on its next possession, but, after gaining 13 yards in three plays, the Falcons fumbled away a handoff on first down.
Kennesaw Mountain’s Jamari Carter went 39 yards on the ensuing play to extend the Mustangs’ lead to 29-14 with 3:10 left in the third quarter. Carter finished the game with 140 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
Huntley marched the Falcons’ offense downfield with completions of 24, 10, and 14 yards before a high snap netted a 22-yard loss.
The Falcons were forced to punt the ball away, and the ensuing 14 play drive lasted nearly 7 minutes as the Mustangs ground attack gained 80 yards before turning the ball over on downs at the Falcon 1-yard line with 4:48 remaining in the game.
“We had no bad snaps all night and the second half we had a snap over (Huntley’s) head when we were in scoring position,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “(Huntley) threw the ball well for us but we’ve just got to shore up the line so we can get the play off every time.”
Pebblebrook took the early lead when Huntley ran a draw play up the middle for a 30 yard score on the Falcons’ third play from scrimmage.
Kennesaw Mountain answered on its following possession with a 10-play drive that was capped by a 39-yard touchdown run by Marcus Brown. The Mustangs scored on their next two possessions on their way to a 22-7 halftime lead.