As well as Pebblebrook played Friday, it could've very well been Mableton.
For the second straight week, the Falcons' defense yielded just a single field goal as they took an early lead and held on for a 13-3 victory over Harrison in the Region 4AAAAA opener at Bruce Cobleigh Stadium.
"The defense did a tremendous job (Friday)," Pebblebrook coach Randall Smith said.
C.J. Goodman threw a touchdown pass, Sertonuse Harris ran for a score and Charles McCline had two sacks and a forced fumble for Pebblebrook (2-2, 1-0), which won its second straight game.
The Falcons' defense held speedy running back Ryan Godhigh (12 carries, 42 yards) and the rest of the Hoyas (1-3, 0-1) to less than 100 yards on the ground.
"The scheme is the scheme, but the kids limited (Godhigh)," Smith said. "They came in this week with the mindset that we were going to stop him, and they did. They had a purpose to stop him and not let him beat them, and that's what they did. That's a testament to the kids."
Pebblebrook capitalized on the second play of the game, recovering a fumble by Godhigh at Harrison's 35. After first-down runs by Goodman and Harris, the Falcons took the lead for good on a five-yard TD run by Harris with 10:30 left in the first quarter.
Harrison responded with a 12-play drive on its ensuing possession, shaving 6 minutes off the clock, but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Darren Parkinson.
After a pair of punts by each team, Pebblebrook stretched its lead to 10 when wide receiver Dontavious Heard made a leaping catch - on a well under-thrown pass - over a Harrison defender and sprinted the rest of the way for a 76-yard touchdown with 3:15 left before the half.
In the second half, the Falcons' defense wasn't on the field as long, but they still came away with one huge stop in the fourth quarter. After a long drive by the Hoyas, linebacker Khalid Henderson stopped Harrison quarterback Sean Skradis at the 2-yard line on fourth down.
"We gave up some big plays, but we didn't break," Smith said.
The Hoyas had a chance to cut into the lead once again after Harris lost a fumble on the Falcons' 9-yard line, but Parkinson missed a 27-yard field goal with 5:23.
Harrison forced Pebblebrook to punt with less than 3 minutes to go, but turned the ball over on downs after four plays deep in its own territory.
Skradis had 109 passing yards for Harrison, which, like Pebblebrook, is off next week.