Eagles flying high again
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 16, 2010 12:00 AM | 2358 views | 14 14 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW - Visiting South Cobb spoiled Kennesaw Mountain's annual homecoming game on Friday night, defeating the Mustangs 24-6 in a Region 4AAAAA contest at Cobb Energy/Mustang Stadium.

"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.
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EaglesSc
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November 12, 2010
I guess someone one is mad about the Homecoming defeat.... Try take a lose like man and not a little Midtown Pansy. South Cobb having favor in this county is HILARIOUS!! As funny as Sarah Palin as President...SNL Funny!!! Those boys worked HARD all Spring and Summer, you have not idea. If you want KM to win, try putting in the work on and off the field, support your coaching staff and let you play do your talking....I'm just saying. That is something to look into, a formula for winning.
former kmhs player
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October 21, 2010
yeah Coach Scott Jones was a very good guy off the field. On the field he was nice as well, even if his assistants were not.

I agree. While in the past Kennesaw lost games we should have won thanks to poor offensive production that lacked creativity and innovation we always played hard, fair, were good sports, and played tough. This season the identity of the team has changed and not for the better.
KMHS ABM
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October 21, 2010
Hands down, "Former KMHS Player" wins this argument. He speaks with facts, not emotion. Scott Jones was a nice man too, but that didn't seem to matter. If nice were the primary job requirement, Scott would still be here. In addition to being nice, Scott worked tirelessly to give his players the best facilities, equipment and support. In addition to his coaching duties, Scott built numerous facilities, supported the youth program, was a constant and major fundraiser, worked hard to involve the local business community, rallied the local restaurants to feed our players, etc., etc. Scott worked endless/extra hours for free. No one will ever match his "total" involvement with our football program. Above all, Scott was a first-class role model.

Our current coach is a very nice and first class man too, but if you are the person chosen over 100 other applicants, expectations are high in year one, no matter what other distractions have occurred. As they say on the battlefield, "improvise and overcome". It seems as if our players are not being taught basic fundamentals. Turnovers and penalties are out of control, as well as other errors.

This season, communications to the parents have ceased. We are used to having a vocal and passionate leader, who constantly kept parents in-the-loop. Without a strong and vocal leader, the program will continue to collapse.

Hopefully, our Seniors can hold their heads high for the rest of the season.
former kmhs player
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October 20, 2010
@ kmhs fan

enlighten me what has he faced? Maybe the fact that he isn't cut out to be a head coach?

Last year: lethal combo of bad offensive playcalling and injuries. But at least last year the D was better and the team looked decent not a mess like this year.

how do I not have anything constructive to say? I've said plenty of constructive things. KMHS is going backwards not forwards like it should.

@ to former kmhs

haha most of the ones in this game were well earned as KMHS played as sloppy, stupid, not fundamentally sound as almost any team I've ever seen.
to former kmhs
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October 20, 2010
So many penalties so you stopped counting? Don't take it personally -- most opponents of South Cobb this year have charged with numerous and often completely bogus penalties. Someone should look into it -- if it happened once in awhile, that would be one thing. But it's pretty much every game. I'm beginning to think that's the only way South Cobb manages to survive against much better opponents.
kmhs fan
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October 20, 2010
you sir know not of what you speak. you have no idea what this coach has faced. Were you writing the same thing last year?? What was wrong then??? If you don't have anything constructive to say, do all of us a favor and don't say anything!!
former kmhs player
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October 19, 2010
It has nothing to do with them. What it has to do with is that something is obviously very wrong. Tons of players have quit or are sick of the coach already and the results are not going very well. It doesn't matter if they're good men. Most football coaches are good men and that doesn't matter. Character aside the new coaches haven't proven at KMHS they can coach.
toformerplayer
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October 19, 2010
Why don't you tell us what you do for a living and where you work. We'll come and hover over you and criticize everything we think you're doing wrong. I'll bet you're a young know-it-all punk without a job but if you do have a job, I'll bet you don't have to rely on 15, 16 and 17 year olds to do their job right in order for you to look good. Shut up and let the coaches coach. They're good men.
former kmhs player
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October 18, 2010
They were alot better than now. 6 wins> 1 win against an annually horrible Campbell team.

The new coach isn't working well that's the point.
Glory Days
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October 17, 2010
How did you all do in the playoffs? Oh yeah never been there. No one wants to get back to the days of old because they were no good. Leave the coach alone and let him work.
former kmhs player
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October 17, 2010
@ Glory Days

We won 6 games smart one. What team did you play for?
Fan of KC Riley
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October 17, 2010
The Eagle's Defensive End Kinyarda "KC" Riley is really turning up the heat! Good Job D-end!!
GLORY DAYS????
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October 16, 2010
Back to when you use to win four games take up equipment and go lift weights and tell everybody how good you are going to be.
former kmhs player
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October 16, 2010
what an embarrassment my old school has become. 3 players ejected, so many personal fouls I stopped counting, less than 100 yards offense, no passing yards the entire night that I remember, and running the goal line formation almost the entire game. Last night was an embarrassment to the game and it's clear this new coach is a full blown disaster. Getting no passing yards the whole night is inexcusable and giving up when the game still had promise in the 4th quarter is just terrible. Alot of changes need to happen to get KMHS back to where it was when I played there.
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