“I tell our guys we’re a solid team,” North Cobb head coach Shane Queen said. “These guys enjoy hanging out together and they look at each other like family. It’s been a fun team to watch develop.”
Taking over at Kennesaw Mountain’s 28-yard line after an unsuccessful fake punt by the Mustangs, the Warriors needed just one play to score as quarterback Tyler Queen connected with Xavier Borishade on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead.
The Warriors (3-0, 1-0) added to their lead 14 seconds into the second period. A.J. Borduin’s 39-yard field goal gave North Cobb a 10-0 advantage. That was followed by J’Vonte Herrod’s 1-yard touchdown and the rout was on.
North Cobb forced a punt by Kennesaw Mountain (1-2, 0-2) on the ensuing possession and Borishade responded by returning it 53 yards for a touchdown, giving the Warriors a 24-0 edge with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter.
When North Cobb got the ball back after a short punt, the Warriors concluded the drive on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Queen to Nick Miller, putting the hosts up 31-0 with 3:50 to go before halftime.
North Cobb moved 67 yards for another score on its first drive of the second half. A 2-yard touchdown run by Quentin James upped the Warriors’ lead to 38-0 with 7:55 left in the third period.
Kennesaw Mountain began its next drive with good field position and had the ball at North Cobb’s 34-yard line before losing a fumble that was picked up and returned 72 yards for a touchdown by the Warriors’ Cameron Albright, increasing the margin to 45-0.
North Cobb capped its scoring with an 88-yard drive at the start of the fourth period. Herrod’s 55-yard touchdown scamper made it a 52-0 game with 7:52 to play.
Kennesaw Mountain avoided a shutout after its eighth punt of the night was fumbled by the Warriors and recovered by the Mustangs. On the first play following the turnover, backup quarterback Nigel Hayes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Phillips.