The Falcons endured the first strike from the Mustangs’ option attack, a 14-play opening drive capped off by quarterback Nigel Hayes’ 2-yard touchdown plunge, but their offense came alive thanks to a strong night from quarterback Dezmon Huntley and fullback Dontra Hall, who shined under the pressure of a heavy workload on Friday.
“The offense finally got cranked up for the first time this year, I think,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We threw the ball pretty decent, and our quarterback and fullback ran the ball pretty well on our own options, so they played good defense and then the second half it broke open a little bit for our offense scoring against them.”
Kennesaw Mountain had its chances in the fourth quarter, tying the game on a touchdown run by senior Bryan Bell before the Falcons responded with a touchdown of their own to reclaim the lead. On the Mustangs’ ensuing drive, a zone read play went awry, leading to a lost fumble that Pebblebrook turned into six points on the next play.
“If we were able to drive down and score at that point, we could have tied the game and hopefully sent it to overtime, but we weren’t able to do that,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott said. “They took tremendous advantage of opportunities that we gave them, and hats off to them. They did a great job on that.”
During the team’s draining six-game losing streak, Pebblebrook had lost by no less than nine points each outing, and Macon was encouraged by his team’s resiliency in responding to Friday’s lead changes and momentum swings.
“We’ve been in some of them, we’ve not been in some of them, but we just kind of took the thinking that we have a new season this last part of the year, with three games starting with the North Cobb game,” Macon said. “This was the second game of our new second part of our season, and we’re going to try to do the best we can.”
Meanwhile, the Mustangs could only take solace in their productive night on the ground in which seven different ball carriers combined for 286 rushing yards and look ahead to their final opportunity to notch their second win of the year.
“We’ve got to finish strong,” Scott said. “We’re trying to build a program here that hasn’t been very successful, and we took a step back this year, but we have an opportunity this week to pick up a win to close the season, and that’s what our goal is, to win and try to go into the offseason with some momentum.”