The Eagles (2-2, 0-2) overcame another big performance from Spartans running back Michael Rogers, who rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns.
“You have to give credit to those Campbell kids, they never gave up and if there is a better player than (Rogers), I really want to see him,” South Cobb coach Michael Youngblood said. “He is a (Division I), SEC player.”
Turnovers made the difference for Campbell (2-2, 0-2), which had three interceptions thrown by quarterback Ricky James and also lost two fumbles.
“You can’t turn the ball over five times and win in our region — it just ain’t gonna happen,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said. “I was shocked it was even this close. We’re going to get back to work on Monday and get ready for Hillgrove next week.”
South Cobb got a strong effort on the ground from John Brown, who rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries.
“I felt like we could run the ball and we put in a couple of things offensively that we can run the ball and if we had caught the ball a little better (Friday), we would have been a little bit better.”
South Cobb got on the scoreboard first when Michael Lapeyrolerie scored on a 13-yard run and Carlos Saldona kicked the extra point with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles added to their advantage early in the second quarter when Saldona booted a 20-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 10:37 left in the first half.
Campbell struck back on the next offensive series when Rogers broke loose for a 75-yard kickoff return to take the ball to the South Cobb 15, with Cameron St. Cyr scoring on a 4-yard run three plays later and Gerardo Escobedo converting the extra-point kick with 8:44 left to cut the Eagle lead to 10-7.
Rogers came through again on Campbell’s next series as he ran 20 yards on the first play to take the ball to the South Cobb 40 and then finished it off with a 40-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left in the first half to give the Spartans a 13-10 lead.
However, the Eagles managed to even the score at halftime when Saldona kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.
Another Saldona field goal, this one from 25 yards, put South Cobb back in front, 16-13, with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter.
The Eagles got a big opportunity when they blocked a Campbell punt and recovered the ball at the Spartan 3-yard line with 4:58 left.
Kylil Carter proceeded to score on a 3-yard run and Saldona made the extra-point kick with 4:45 left to increase South Cobb’s lead to 23-13.
Campbell got back within striking distance when Rogers scampered into the end zone on a 5-yard run and Escobedo booted the extra point with 6:26 left to help the Spartans cut their deficit to 23-20.
That was as close as Campbell would get, however, as the Spartans fell short on fourth down and 3 at the South Cobb 34 with 3:47 left in the game.