If the Mustangs do prevail against North Springs at home in a non-region game tonight, they would have won more games than the last three seasons combined.
And their chances took good, facing a winless team that hasn’t won an official game since November of 2008. The Spartans did beat Stone Mountain in 2009 by forfeit.
According to first-year coach Andy Scott, Kennesaw Mountain scheduled a game with the last-place Region 7AAAAA (A) team.
With both halves of the region playing each other this week for a playoff position, one team in North Springs’ subregion would be left out because the other subregion has one fewer team.
“My understanding it was done before we even got here,” Scott said. It was a situation where our former AD knew someone in (that subregion) and they had (too many) teams, they were looking for someone with an open date and we were fortunate to schedule them.”
Scott has transformed the Mustangs to be a physical running team and it has come together over the last two games over Campbell and Pebblebrook, having won each by three touchdowns. He took the helm of a program that had lost 14 straight games before beating Sprayberry 28-24 in the season opener. Kennesaw Mountain lost six straight games afterwards, most of which came against the top four teams in Region 4AAAAAA.
Jamari Carter, Marcus Brown and Eric Monts has anchored Kennesaw Mountain’s ground game with Carter leading the way with 515 yards and four touchdowns.
Brown has 412 yards on the year and Monts is at 308 and four touchdowns. Dallin Finley began the season as the the starting quarterback but now sophomore Nigel Hayes is getting the bulk of the snaps under center with Finley playing a more active role in the secondary.
Hayes and Carter are expected to be back but other skill players such as Finley, Brown, Monts and receiver Maurice Phillips will graduate after laying down the groundwork for the younger players coming up.
Another one of Kennesaw Mountain’s offseason plans is being more physical on defense.
“As a coaching staff, we’re excited about next year,” Scott said. “Our seniors have done a great job of doing everything we asked them to do. It has been discouraging at times but they’ve worked hard to keep us together. They helped start it and lay the foundation for future success here.”