“We consistently made the plays there at the end when we had to have them,” South Cobb coach Ed Koester said. “We have some stars who made plays, but they made great plays because other kids did their job.”
Taking over at their own 5-yard line with 2:06 remaining after an interception by Chris Simon, the Eagles (3-0, 1-0 in Region 4AAAAAA) needed 15 plays to claim the victory.
Quarterback Stephon Masha’s 1-yard touchdown run put South Cobb ahead, completing a comeback from a 26-14 fourth-quarter deficit.
The Eagles began the comeback with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Masha to Jeremiah Alphabet, which pulled South Cobb to within 26-21 with 6:17 to go in the final quarter.
Masha finished with 287 passing yards and 51 rushing yards to lead the Eagles’ offense. Ryan Sumner caught six passes for 98 yards while Alphabet ended with 98 yards on five receptions.
“I cannot be more proud of our kids,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott said. “South Cobb is a tremendous football team, a playoff team from last year. Our kids competed until the bitter end.”
South Cobb took the early lead with it put together a six-play, 80-yard drive. Chauncey Ingram’s 3-yard touchdown run gave South Cobb a 7-0 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter.
The Eagles expanded the lead to 14-0 at the 5:29 mark of the second period after Masha scored a touchdown on a 7-yard run.
Kennesaw Mountain answered with a 3-yard run by Wayne Douglas with only 36.3 seconds left before halftime, making it a 14-7 contest.
The Mustangs opened the second half by catching South Cobb by surprise. Matthew Skaggs recovered an onside kick and Kennesaw Mountain took advantage of the good field position, moving 49 yards on nine plays. A 5-yard touchdown run by Douglas tied the score at 14-all with 6:50 to go in the third quarter.
Kennesaw Mountain took its first lead of the night on a 15-yard pass from Dallin Finley to Eric Monts, giving the Mustangs a 20-14 edge with 11:09 remaining in the contest.
Finley finished the night with 147 yards on 22 carries.
Kennesaw Mountain (1-1, 0-1) took its largest lead, 26-14, with 9:12 left in the fourth period on Finley’s 23-yard scamper into the end zone.