By Steve Ruthsatz, Marietta Daily Journal
KENNESAW – Forsyth Central experienced its second straight overtime loss on Friday night, falling 49-42 to Kennesaw Mountain.
Kennesaw Mountain got a 25-yard touchdown run from Keyon Brooks on the first play of overtime and Baylor Cantrell kicked his seventh straight successful extra point – making him 27-of-27 on the year – giving the Mustangs the edge they needed as the Bulldogs lost a fumble inside the 5-yard line on the ensuing possession.
Central, which never led and fell to 0-5 on the year, tied the game at 42-42 with 1:39 to go in the fourth quarter on a two-point conversion run by Devran Orsan, which followed a 43-yard touchdown scamper from Brad Thiltgen.
Kennesaw Mountain built a 35-7 lead with 3:14 left before halftime.
Mack reached the end zone on a 6-yard run before Zach Brooks pulled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Guest, putting the Mustangs on top 14-0. The hosts scored just 13 seconds later on the ensuing kickoff when Tyler Fields scooped up a fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown, upping Kennesaw Mountain’s advantage to 21-0 with 1:15 left in the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs responded when Thiltgen ran 69 yards into the end zone on the first snap of the second period. Michael Corona’s first of four made extra points put the score at 21-7.
Two more touchdowns, one on Keyon Brooks’ 16-yard run and another on Guest’s 27-yard strike to Nevarie Soloman, gave the Mustangs a commanding 28-point lead.
A 2-yard burst into the end zone by the Bulldogs’ Orsan capped off the first-half scoring, making it a 35-13 game at halftime.
Central carried its momentum into the second half with a pair of early touchdowns. Thiltgen hit Mark Heard with a 35-yard pass and then ran 84 yards for another score, trimming the Bulldogs’ deficit to 35-27.
A Keyon Brooks 10-yard touchdown run gave the Mustangs a 42-27 lead, but Forsyth Central came right back when Orsan found the end zone from a yard out, making it a 42-34 contest early in the final period.
For the winners, Mack rushed for 227 yards on 28 carries while Keyon Brooks added 171 yards in 21 attempts. Guest, who became Kennesaw Mountain’s career leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns on Sept. 15, was 17-of-22 through the air for 178 yards.
The Bulldogs’ Thiltgen ran 13 times for 275 yards and completed 20 of 39 passes for 267 yards.