South Cobb’s Carlos Saldana sent the game into overtime with a 39-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining and then won it with an extra point in the extra period to lead the Eagles to a 27-26 victory Friday over sixth-ranked North Cobb.
South Cobb (5-0, 3-0) rallied from an early 14-0 deficit and overcame four turnovers that North Cobb turned into points to keep pace with McEachern at the top of the Region 4-AAAAAA standings.
North Cobb (4-1, 2-1) scored first in the overtime period on a 1-yard run by quarterback Tyler Queen, but the Warriors missed on the extra-point attempt when Queen rolled out with a mishandled snap and threw an incomplete pass. South Cobb then got the ball for its possession and scored on the first play, a 15-yard run up the middle by quarterback Stephon Masha. Saldana’s kick then completed the comeback.
With the score tied 17-17 in the fourth quarter, South Cobb appeared to be going in for the go-ahead score, but North Cobb’s James King intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 79 yards to the South Cobb 21. Five plays later, A.J. Borduin kicked a 24-yard field goal to give North Cobb a 20-17 lead with 2:54 to play.
South Cobb drove from its 20 to the North Cobb 22 in the next two and a half minutes to set up the tying field goal. South Cobb originally lined up for a 44-yard attempt, but an offsides penalty on North Cobb moved the ball five yards closer.
South Cobb dominated on offense in regulation, outgaining the Warriors 431-189, but two fumbles led to two North Cobb touchdowns and two interceptions led to two Warriors field goals.
North Cobb took advantage of the fumbles to take a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, but South Cobb quickly recovered. On the third play of the Eagles’ next drive, Masha threw an 80-yard pass to Chauncey Ingram to cut the lead to 14-7 with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. A 34-yard field goal by Saldana made it 14-10 heading into the second.
South Cobb controlled the second quarter, running 19 plays to the Warriors’ 10 and outgaining North Cobb 89-14, but the only points came on Masha’s 1-yard run with 18 seconds to play in the half, giving South Cobb a 17-14 lead.
North Cobb – 14-0-3-3-6 – 26
South Cobb – 10-7-0-3-7 – 27
N – J’Vonte Herrod 2 run (A.J. Borduin kick)
N – Xavier Borishade 31 pass from Tyler Queen (Borduin kick)
S – Chauncey Ingram 80 pass from Stephon Masha (Carlos Saldana kick)
S – Saldana 34 field goal
S – Masha 1 run (Saldana kick)
N – Borduin 24 field goal
N – Borduin 24 field goal
S – Saldana 39 field goal
N – Queen 1 run (pass failed)
S – Masha 15 run (Saldana kick)