After four region games, the Spartans and Falcons are both 0-4 in region play and stuck in losing streaks.
Pebblebrook remains winless at 0-6 overall and has now lost seven consecutive games dating to last season following last week’s 37-0 setback to Hillgrove.
“(Pebblebrook) not winning a game is the most baffling thing I’ve seen in a long, long time,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said. “They were within a touchdown of McEachern. They were within three points of Marietta at halftime and they should’ve beaten Harrison.”
Meanwhile, Campbell suffered its fourth straight setback, a 49-3 shortcoming, to McEachern last Friday.
“The biggest thing we’ve got to learn is to execute,” Rainbow said. “We’ve been giving effort but effort without execution in our region ends up the way it ends up. Our big focus this week is just playing hard and executing. Playing hard is not good enough.”
But as far as the Pebblebrook-Campbell series goes, the Falcons have had the upperhand of late, winning two straight including a
44-12 decision last season.
C.J. Goodman rushed for three touchdowns and 152 yards but will not be able to repeat his performance since he was a senior.
“Pebblebrook traditionally has been better than Campbell in the past,” Rainbow said. “We’re just going to go out there and play hard and see what happens.”
Overall, the Falcons own a 9-7 edge in the all-time series against the newer Campbell school.
But Rainbow believes his team’s success tonight will depend, along with execution, on the containment of quarterback Dezmond Huntley and running back Perry Seldon.
“Their quarterback and running back could start and play quarterback and running back for anyone in our region,” Rainbow said. “They are just dynamic. No one has stopped them yet so we’ve got our hands full.”
Rainbow also believes just like against Hillgrove and McEachern, putting points on the board against coach Tommy Macon’s squad will be just as tough a task for the Spartans.
“Defensively, they are always tough,” Rainbow said. “It’s hard to move the football and hard to get in the end zone versus them.”