In Region 6-6A, Kennesaw Mountain had cruised out to a school-best 6-0 record before a stunning loss to South Cobb in Week 8 knocked the Mustangs out of first place behind Pope. The Mustangs responded well, beating Pope last week 21-17 and handing the Greyhounds their first region loss.
Kennesaw Mountain trailed 17-7 at halftime, but quarterback Cayman Prangley ran for one touchdown and threw for another in the third quarter, and the Mustangs held on. Prangley also threw a touchdown pass in the first half.
Kennesaw Mountain, Pope and Allatoona have one region loss each with three weeks remaining in the regular season. However, the Mustangs hold the tiebreakers, having beaten both teams, and can claim their first region championship with victories in their two remaining games, against Wheeler and Osborne.
“Our goal here has been to host a playoff game, and you only host a playoff game if you’re the 1 or the 2 seed,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Caleb Carmean said after the game. “We want to be that 1 seed and we want to host a playoff game, but if you don’t finish out these last two weeks, none of that matters. This can’t be the highest point of our year.”
Elsewhere in Class 6A, Lee County and Northside-Warner Robins won their Region 1 openers last week and will face off Friday in Leesburg in a game that likely will decide the region title. Lee County, the four-time defending champion, beat Houston County 29-9, and Northside defeated Valdosta 13-10.
The biggest Class 6A victory of the week not involving first-place teams belonged to Effingham County, which defeated Glynn Academy 20-14 in a Region 2 game. Glynn won four of the previous five region titles but currently is tied with Richmond Hill for fourth place. Effingham County is tied for second with Statesboro, a game and a half behind Brunswick, which appears destined to win the region title.
The Rebels, in their first season under former Roswell and Buford coach John Ford, are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in region play. They were a combined 5-15 the past two seasons, missing the playoffs each year.