Eagles, Mustangs trying to remain undefeated
by Adam Carrington
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September 14, 2012 12:16 PM | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The triple option installed by first-year Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott is off to a great start.

It already helped give the Mustangs their first victory in 14 games when they defeated Sprayberry 28-24.

After another week of mastering their offense, they hope it can help them win their first Region 4AAAAAA game tonight when South Cobb visits Cobb Energy/Mustang Stadium.

And the Eagles expect to be ready for it.

“You defend the option like you defend the option,” South Cobb coach Ed Koester said. “Everybody has an assignment and it becomes critical that everyone fills that assignment. (Kennesaw Mountain gets) off the ball well.”

Using the option out of a multiple formation, according to Scott, Kennesaw Mountain rolled up 329 rushing yards against a Sprayberry defense that returned most of its starters. Six different rushers touched the ball, with Eric Monts leading the way with 93 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

Dallin Finley, who is predominantly a running quarterback, added 63 more yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.

With the Mustangs trailing by four late in the fourth quarter, Finley orchestrated the game-winning drive of 80 yards on 12 plays that ended with Jamari Carter’s 4-yard run.

The victory was satisfying, and Kennesaw Mountain had two weeks to enjoy it.

“The biggest thing I was excited to see was the return of investment of the kids and how hard they worked since I’ve gotten here,” Scott said. “As a new coach, you want to see some return for your players. And to have a come-from-behind win was inspiring to them.”

Another positive for Kennesaw Mountain against Sprayberry was turning the ball over just once in its first attempt at the option.

Now the Mustangs are game-planning for South Cobb’s defense, which seems to possess speed at all positions. Scott said the Eagles bring team speed, particularly at the line of scrimmage.

“It’s almost scary to watch them and (see) how fast they are and the way they run around,” Scott said. “We will have to do a good jog sustaining our blocks and running proper angles. They have good linebackers and secondary players who run and chase the ball. We really have to be on our game (tonight).”

Defensive tackle Terrance Wells will also be in the mix up front for South Cobb after a quick start. Brice Conner has been a force at defensive end while Jordan Harton will help anchor the

secondary.

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