KENNESAW- The Mustangs’ dangerously fast running backs help bring in the win against Sprayberry in the California Dreaming Bowl.
Senior Tony Mack and junior Keyon Brooks ran the Mustangs to victory with 245 combined rushing yards, ending the game with the score 31-14, Mustangs.
Coming out of the gates hot in the first quarter, Mustangs quarterback Jarrett Guest handed the ball off to senior Tony Mack, who rushed 54 yards resulting in a Kennesaw Mountain touchdown.
Sprayberry came right back with a touchdown; quarterback Will Hudson completing a pass to Myles Worthy who drove the ball 79 yards all the way down to the end zone.
Keyon Brooks had the play of the game, with an 88-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. He broke several tackles and crossed the field, taking it all the way back to the Mustangs’ end zone for Kennesaw’s third touchdown of the night.
“I think he’s [Brooks] got a lot of potential, he’s a tremendous kid,” said head coach Andy Scott. “He works extremely hard, got high academic standards, good mom and daddy to take care of him, make him do right. He’s got a tremendous future.”
Jarrett Guest ran in a touchdown himself, rushing 28-yards into the end zone. A pass to Ryland Geode during a 2-point conversion left the score 28-14 at the second half. Guest relied mostly on his running backs, using the two-headed running game to the Mustangs advantage.
“Our running worked really well this game,” said Mustangs tight end Ryland Goede. “Their [Sprayberry] defense didn’t seem as good as it was last year, and we just kept pushing through.”
The Mustangs made up for their past defeat to Sprayberry last year, 23-15. The win improved Kennesaw Mountain to 2-0; Sprayberry dropping to 1-1.
“Well this is the California Dreaming Bowl, and we’re 4-2 against Sprayberry so this is a pretty big win, I’m very pleased with my boys,” said coach Scott. “Keyon works hard, he’s extremely committed.”
In the third quarter both teams slowed down, the Mustangs only scoring again on a 36-yard field goal by kicker Baylor Cantrell, with the final score of 31-14.
“It had a slow start, but I feel like as the game progressed I got a lot better,” said Keyon Brooks. “Going into the second half I had to tuck the ball a little more, I was running the a little too loose, so I had to realize high and tight, straight down, downhill.”
The Mustangs gave up two turnovers in the fourth quarter with Jarrett Guest throwing one interception to Sprayberry’s Aaron Bibbins, and one fumble recovered by outside linebacker Kalleb Freier.
Kennesaw Mountain will face off against the Woodstock Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. September 8, at Woodstock.