"We're very excited but we didn't play very well in the second half," South Cobb coach Ed Koester said. "Our defense rose to the occasion and it was another fantastic job by Coach (Alan) Gordon and his assistant coaches."
On the first possession of the game, Kennesaw Mountain (1-6, 1-3) punted, giving the Eagles (4-3, 2-2) the ball at their own 21-yard line.
South Cobb also punted on its opening possession, but a fumble by the Mustangs was recovered by the Eagles' Christopher Beck at Kennesaw Mountain's 35-yard line.
From there, it took South Cobb five plays to reach the end zone with Demarcus Adkins scoring on a 13-yard run. Jorge Saldana's extra-point gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 3:53 left in the first quarter.
After the teams traded punts, the Mustangs put together a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Will Campbell. The point-after was no good, but Kennesaw Mountain trimmed the deficit to 7-6 with 3:11 to go in the second period.
Following a 61-yard kickoff return by Gary Jones, South Cobb moved just eight yards before missing a 43-yard field attempt as the first half was coming to a close.
On the third play of the second half, the Eagles' Marlon Patterson pulled in a 74-yard touchdown pass from Johntavious Mullins, Louis Alvarez added the first of his two successful extra-points and South Cobb led 14-6 with 10:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Kennesaw Mountain fumbled the ensuing kickoff with the Eagles' Herschel Banks recovering it inside the Mustangs' 10-yard line. Personal foul penalties by South Cobb pushed the ball back to 26-yard line and the Eagles settled for a 42-yard field goal from Alvarez, upping their advantage to 17-6 with 8:36 left in the third period.
After a Kennesaw Mountain punt, South Cobb started at its own 44-yard line before the drive ended with an interception by the Mustangs' Christian Fleming. The hosts moved 20 yards before trying a fake punt and giving the ball up on downs at their own 48-yard line.
Four snaps later, the Eagles were unsuccessful on a fake punt and Kennesaw Mountain got the ball back at its own 46-yard line. The Mustangs gave the ball up on downs, however, but then forced a South Cobb punt.
Starting at its own 31-yard line, Kennesaw Mountain gained 11 yards before again losing a fumble, this one recovered by the Eagles' Charles Robbins at the Mustangs' 41-yard line. South Cobb moved to Kennesaw Mountain's 28-yard line before giving the ball back to the Mustangs on downs.
On the next play, Kennesaw Mountain committed its fourth turnover of the night when the Eagles' Kinyarda Riley came up with an interception and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, putting South Cobb on top 24-6 with 2:35 to go in the contest.
"Special teams really hurt us tonight," Kennesaw Mountain head coach Chad McGehee said. "You can't do that against a good football team.
"The defense did well tonight. We put them in some really bad spots with our special teams play, but the defense was a positive and they've gotten better each week."
Patterson finished with five receptions for 96 yards to lead the winners on offense while the leading rusher in the game was the Mustangs' Rashaud Moore, who had 49 yards on 12 carries.