Defensive back Jerry Jacobs scored the lone touchdown for the Eagles (0-2) on an interception return, but from there on Juanya Smith would reach the end zone four times. He had rushing touchdowns of 1, 9 and 18 yards, and a reception for 50, as Douglas County improved to 2-0 this season.
Fortunately after Kylil Carter threw an interception on South Cobb’s first drive, Jacobs returned the favor by intercepting Douglas County’s Jared Askew, and raced into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown with 6:23 left in the first quarter.
But the Eagles’ offense would continue to struggle, punting away their next four possessions of the half. South Cobb managed just 94 yards of offense and five first downs in the first half.
“They just stuffed us up front,” Youngblood said. “They won the ball game in the trenches. We never got a chance to move the football. We had some things we thought were open in the passing game but we couldn’t hit it. You just have to give Douglas County credit.”
Meanwhile, Douglas County would take the lead for good early in the second quarter when Smith capped an 11-play, 86-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Juan Serna would add the extra point for a 7-6 edge.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to punt and Douglas County’s Smith and TJ Beaird continued to wear down South Cobb’s defense.
“We never could get anything going offensively and defensively we just got worn down because they kept handing it off,” Youngblood said. “They got a first down here and a first down there so we never could give our defense a break.”
After Carter was picked off early in the third, Askew connected with Smith for a 50-yard touchdown. Then later in the frame, following a 40-yard run by Beaird, Smith reached pay dirt on a 9-yard sprint for a 21-6 advantage with 1:06 remaining.
Late in the fourth, Smith would cap the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown for a 31-6 lead.
South Cobb would finish the contest with just 199 yards of offense.
“Right now we’re going through a process, but the good thing about it is we’re 0-0 in the region,” Youngblood said. “We just got to go back to the drawing board and make sure we get everything ready for the region games.”