Jakobe Burke threw a touchdown pass and Javion Lawson ran for a score in the second quarter to put the Falcons ahead, but Miller Grove scored the final 13 points to take down Pebblebrook 20-14 at Panthersville Stadium on Friday.
Sedric Jefferson threw two of his three touchdown passes to Jerico Carmichael for the Wolverines, who improved to 2-0 despite 17 penalties for 150 yards.
“I thought we played terrible (Friday),” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “My kids didn’t come to play. I don’t know what the problem is, but we are going to find out this week. I thought we were going to come make a good show.”
Even though Burke threw an interception midway through the fourth quarter, the Falcons (0-1) still had a chance to tie and take the lead with the extra point when the defense forced a punt with 4:25 left.
After beginning the drive on their own 20 and moving up to the 40, the Falcons’ chance of a rally ended when Burke’s pass to Quantavious Arnold fell incomplete with 1:04 left to play.
Pebblebrook lost its seven-point advantage midway through the third when Jefferson connected with Carmichael on a 15-yard TD pass.
On the Falcons’ ensuing possession, Javon Haskell was picked off by Johnathan Mitchell. Five plays later, the Wolverines took the lead for good on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson to Brian Reed.
In the first half, Ezekio Gouch returned the opening kickoff 54 yards to Pebblebrook’s 25. Then Jefferson found Carmichael in the end zone six plays later for a 4-yard score and a 7-0 Wolverines’ lead.
“We told the kids the kicking team was going to be the difference in the football game and it was,” Macon said. “We just got to go work. They had a game up on us, but there are no excuses. We had a scrimmage last week and the kicking game wasn’t live so hopefully we will iron those mistakes out this week.”
But the Falcons dominated the second quarter.
Pebblebrook pulled even on a 7-yard touchdown completion from Burke to Kendall Quarles, who hauled in the catch in the corner of the end zone.
Then with 3:32 left before halftime, Lawson put the Falcons in front with an 85-yard sprint up the middle to pay dirt for a 14-7 edge.
Hakeem Bailey had an interception for the Falcons.