The Mercedes-Benz Stadium came alive early on Saturday. The Kell Longhorns took the field for the first game of the day against the Mays Raiders. Kell controlled most of the game, but made a few mistakes that allowed Mays to stay in it. Freshman running back David Mbadinga was the star of the day, rushing for 108 yards and nabbing a critical touchdown reception. Conditioning was obviously a factor as both teams were winded by the fourth quarter, but Kell held on to finish the game on top 17-12.
The Walton Raiders took the field next against the Norcross Blue Devils. Walton took the lead early with a TD, but couldn’t find any more points during the next 3 quarters. Norcross capitalized by scoring three TDs of their own. The score was 20-7 going into the final quarter. It looked like Walton was on the ropes until a 75-yard pass play for a TD that woke up the Walton faithful. Once the crowd was back in it, there was no stopping the Raiders as they ate up yardage on the field again for a rushing TD late in the fourth to make it 21-20. Norcross wasn’t quite done, however, and took the kickoff down the field to get in field goal range to make one last bid for a win. It wasn’t to be, though, the kick didn’t have the distance and Walton ran out the clock to become the second winner for CCSD at the Saturday games.
The McEachern Indians closed out the day for Cobb County with a battle against the Brookwood Broncos. McEachern started strong and dominated the entire game, only allowing the Broncos a glimmer of hope with two scores in the third quarter. Carlos Del Rio-Wilson had a nearly flawless day with two touchdowns and 251 yards, going 15 for 18 on the day. The Indians coasted to victory 48-10. And just like that, the #CobbTakeover was complete.