The win was No. 5 North Cobb’s sixth consecutive victory and allowed it to stay alone in first place of Region 4AAAAAA with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Warriors (7-1, 6-0) can win the fifth region championship in program history, and first since 2007, if they can beat Marietta next Friday.
After falling behind early 3-0, Gibbs nearly single-handedly took over the game for the Warriors.
He started the performance by returning a short punt 15 yards to the Pebblebrook 12. North Cobb took the lead two plays later when Tyler Queen completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to J’Vonte Herrod.
Herrod had a game high of 136 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Gibbs intercepted consecutive Pebblebrook passes in the second quarter, and caught two passes on offense, for 19 and 10 yards respectively, to help set up the Warriors second touchdown. Queen connected with Torrance McGee with 4 seconds left in the half to give the Warriors a 14-3 lead.
“He’s a huge part of our program,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said about Gibbs, who now has the Cobb County lead with six interceptions on the season. “He plays both ways. (He) plays every special team, and we always look for our seniors to provide a spark. He kept us in the game when they could have probably been up at halftime. Obviously, he was one of the bright spots in the game (Friday).”
North Cobb took a 21-3 lead late in the third quarter when Cameron Albright returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown.
The Warriors closed the scoring in the fourth quarter as Tyler Queen threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this one to Devin Granville for 31 yards to make the score 28-3.
“I don’t think we prepared for this football game and I told our kids we didn’t have a great week of practice,” Queen said. “And that’s my job to get them ready for a football game on Friday night and we weren’t ready (Friday). We played like we practiced this week.”
As for Pebblebrook, its sixth straight loss dropped the Falcons to 2-6, and 0-6 in region play.
“We just got to keep continuing to grow as a football team.” said Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon. “These last two football games, we have to try to get all the mistakes ironed out.”