KENNESAW — Kennesaw Mountain ushered in the Andy Scott era in style, rolling up 329 [gross] yards [291 net yards] on the ground and scoring the game-winning touchdown with 5 minutes to play to beat Sprayberry 28-24 in front of a raucous crowd at Cobb Energy/Mustang Stadium.
“This is so huge for our program because ultimately you want to see a reward for all the hard work when you put it in,” said Scott, who replaced Chad McGehee after an 0-10 season last fall.
“Our kids committed to this team like crazy through the spring and summer and for them to come out and compete like this is awesome.”
Down 24-21 with just over 9 minutes to play in the game, Kennesaw Mountain did something they hadn’t done in nearly two years and made the clutch plays needed to win a football game.
Starting on their own 20 yard line the Mustangs’ option offense — that debuted with grand success — moved the ball the length of the field with 10 straight rushing plays.
Fullback Jamari Carter pounded out an 11-yard run up the gut to start the drive, slot back Wayne Douglas took a toss sweep 11 more yards near midfield, and after a few short gains Eric Monts rumbled 18 yards to the Yellow Jacket 24-yard line.
Dennis Bell gained 11 yards a play later, Monts tacked on nine more to move the ball inside the five and Carter bulled in the game winner from 4 yards out with 4:59 to play.
The final drive sealed the win and ended a 14-game losing streak for the Mustangs that dates back to October of 2010.
“I am so happy for this entire student body. They have been through a lot the past few years and to see these kids and these seniors celebrate on the field means a ton,” said Scott.
Scott’s team opened the game with touchdowns on the first two possessions, the first covering 80 yards on 12 plays and ending on a 7-yard option keeper by quarterback Dallin Finley.
Monts found the end zone on the Mustangs’ second drive from 29 yards out to give Kennesaw Mountain a 14-0 lead and again in the third quarter to push the home team’s lead to 21-0.
But just as Kennesaw Mountain looked as if they would cruise to victory Sprayberry inserted Torrey Richardson at quarterback.
The senior that split snaps with sophomore Shane Young brought the Yellow Jackets back into the game, leading three touchdown drives and scoring twice in a span of five minutes — including a 79-yard scamper that gave Sprayberry their 24-21 fourth quarter lead.
“They played a more physical football game than we did,” said Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford. “We were able to match their intensity in the second half, but you can’t let a good football team jump out to a three score lead and expect to win.”