“I’m happy to get a win against anybody but to get one over a high-caliber team like Southwest DeKalb shows that our hard work has been paying off,” said Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon, whose team broke an 11-game losing streak. “I’m proud of my team’s effort.”
Pebblebrook got on the board courtesy of a 18-yard touchdown pass to the middle by Dezmon Huntley to Kendall Quarles late in the first quarter, giving the Falcons an early 7-0 lead.
The only other score in the first half came on a 25-yard field goal by Falcons’ kicker Eddie Castenada with 7 seconds left in the second quarter to extend Pebblebrook’s lead to 10-0 heading into halftime.
The Falcons held the Panthers to 35 total yards in the first half.
Southwest DeKalb finally scored its first points of the game on a misdirection run by Cameron Strickland down the right side for a 10-yard touchdown, cutting the Falcons lead to 10-7 in the third quarter.
A prompt response by Pebblebrook with a 19-yard touchdown pass down the middle by Huntley to Ruff sealed the victory.
Huntley finished the contest with a game-high 132 yards passing and had 28 additional yards on the ground.
Perry Seldon led all rushers with 54 yards for Pebblebrook.
“Dezmon can throw the ball and if the offensive line can continue to protect for him, he can have an excellent season,” Macon said.
The Falcons’ defense concluded the contest with allowing only 68 total yards to the Panthers’ offense.
“We had some kids going both ways but our defensive line, especially the interior, was able to get a good push up front with our young players stepping up,” Macon said. “This was excellent preparation for region play.”