The Warriors improved to 6-2 and 4-2 in Region 4AAAAAA, keeping them in the mix for one of the four region playoff spots, by overcoming a mistake-filled first two quarters to put the game out of reach early.
The victory win sets up North Cobb’s showdown at Marietta for second place in the region standings.
“We were sloppy in the first half, had a ton of penalties that took away some big plays for us,” said North Cobb coach Shane Queen. “But, our kids were resilient, they played hard.
“And, our defense played well. Anytime you get a shutout it’s very impressive.”
Junior running back J’Vonte Herrod scored on a 2-yard run to put North Cobb on the scoreboard first, 7-0.
The Falcons could not muster a response.
After North Cobb’s James King blocked Pebblebrook placekicker Eric Mendez’s field goal attempt one Falcons’ possession, and then Jalil Kuku put the Warriors up by two touchdowns on a 31-yard interception return on the Pebblebrook’s subsequent possession.
Kuku and the North Cobb defense kept the Falcons offense out of sync all night, intercepting quarterback Dezmond Huntley twice and hurrying him seemingly at will.
The Warriors’ own passing game picked up by the end of the first half as Tyler Queen marched the team down the field.
“We like to attack — see what the defense gives us and get our feet wet, find the weak spots,” the North Cobb signal caller said. “Our coaches do a great job of getting us prepared during the week … and our playmakers like Nick (Miller), Leon (Jordan), and J’Vonte do the rest.”
Miller added two rushing touchdowns and racked up 100 yards in total offense to help lead the North Cobb effort.
“We were able to run the ball and (Tyler) ran our 2-minute offense really well to end the first half, but we still made a lot of mistakes,” the elder Queen said. “We’ve got to fix those types of things next week before we go to Marietta.”