Second-year coach Harris Rainbow inherited a program that was in shambles, having won just six games in a span of three years before he arrived in the spring of 2011.
One of the things he’s established as the latest coach was continuity. He said one of this year’s seniors told him different stories on the bus tonight, one of them being that the Spartans (3-5, 1-5 Region 4AAAAAA) tried as many as four different offenses his sophomore year.
Rainbow has stuck with the spread option offense since he implemented it two years ago and it has come to life over the last two weeks — scoring 31 points in Campbell’s win over Pebblebrook and 36 in its loss to Marietta. The Spartans need it to be productive for a third straight week on the road tonight at Kennesaw Mountain in a region game.
“We have scored a lot of points and part of it is being in the same offense two years in a row,” Rainbow said. “We’ve been able to build on it since last year. They’re buying in to what we’re asking.”
Quarterback Ricky James has already passed for 1,092 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. Darius Harris is on track to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground with 811 yards, and he already has 10 touchdowns on the year.
Last week, it was Josh Miller and Jamez Taylor who wreaked havoc in the backfield for Campbell. Miller finished with 122 yards and a score and Taylor added 93 yards and a touchdown.
Now, the Spartans, will go up against a Mustangs defense Rainbow describes as one of the most physical teams in 4AAAAAA, despite the team’s 1-6 overall record.
“We got to match up with their intensity on the line of scrimmage,” Rainbow said. “They are so physical everywhere. We’ve got to be physical on the offensive and defensive lines. We got to be physical. I can’t say it 800 million times. They can beat everyone up.”
Kennesaw Mountain is also a program in transition under first-year coach Andy Scott and is a year behind Campbell. The Mustangs are looking for their first win since beating Sprayberry in their season opener.
Scott said his Mustangs can hit, but tackling has been one of their struggles this season. He said they will have to be better tonight if the Mustangs are to slow down Campbell’s offensive bursts.
“Any team that scores 36 on Marietta is prolific offensively,” Scott said. “Rainbow has improved that program in his second year. They are able to move up and down that field against anybody. It will be a good game.”
One of the bigger changes Kennesaw Mountain has made this season was was Nigel Hayes in at quarterback and moving Dallin Finley to safety. Scott said it has been a productive move.