It was a game that went back and forth during the first half, but it was all Kennesaw Mountain after the break.
“This is a great moment for our seniors who have face adversity over the last four years.” Mustangs’ coach Andy Scott said. “(They) stayed together and done their best to get better.
“Campbell held on to the ball a lot of the first half but our defense was outstanding and got some big stops. We felt that we could move the ball in the second half and was able to do that through our rushing attack.”
Kennesaw Mountain (2-6, 1-6 Region 4AAAAAA) began the second half and produced a 14-play drive that went 82 yards in 6 minutes, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run by Jamari Carter for a 21-14 lead.
An interception by Kennesaw Mountain’s Devin Putmon at the Mustangs’ 47-yard line on Campbell’s ensuing possession not only built momentum, but took the Spartans completely out of the game from that point on.
Kennesaw Mountain scored touchdowns on its next three possessions — a 1-yard run by Eric Monts, a 5-yard dash by Wayne Douglas and a 75-yard dive up the middle by Carter to secure the victory.
Carter finished the contest with a game-high 119 yards rushing for the Mustangs and Bell paced Kennesaw Mountain with a game-high 160 yards receiving.
“Kennesaw Mountain did a great job (Friday) and deserved the win,” said Campbell head coach Harris Rainbow. “We have to get better as a team and we’re going to do that by getting back to work.”
The Mustangs began the contest with a costly error on their first possession. A bad handoff exchange led to a fumble that was recovered by Campbell’s Monty Daniel who returned it 3 yards for a for an early 7-0 lead.
Kennesaw Mountain responded with a touchdown of its own, courtesy of a 1-yard touchdown run by Dallin Finley with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
Campbell (3-7, 1-6) retook the lead when Ricky James connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass down the left side to Kerheem Darrington to give the Spartans the 14-7 advantage.
The Mustangs ended the first half with touchdown on a well-executed play-action pass from Finley to Dennis Bell down the middle of the field for 94 yards, tying the score at 14-14.
James had a game-high 233 yards passing for the Spartans and Marlon Horne led Campbell with 122 yards receiving, including a 55-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.