The Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs thumped the Wheeler Wildcats 54-10 in a heated regional contest.
Going into the game, both teams had identical 2-5 records, and both were 2-3 in region play.
Each team’s first drives were indicators of how the rest of the game would unfold.
Wheeler received the ball to begin the game. After moving the ball downfield, Wildcats quarterback, Alex Stack, threw an interception.
After the interception, Kennesaw Mountain quarterback, Cayman Prangley connected with Jailen Taylor for a long reception. Shortly after, running back Tyshon Jenkins ran for the Mustangs’ first touchdown. Prangley, Taylor, and Jenkins were impressive throughout the night.
After a Wheeler field goal to close out the first quarter, the game was 7-3. The second quarter spiraled out of control for the Wildcats.
Kennesaw Mountain opened the quarter with a quick touchdown pass from Prangley to Jaylen Hill. The extra point was no good, so the score only escalated to 13-3.
Wheeler fumbled on their next possession, and Kennesaw State recovered it.
In a lightning-quick series of events, Tyshon Jenkins ran for another Mustangs touchdown, Kennesaw Mountain’s defense stymied Wheeler’s offense, and Prangley threw a lengthy touchdown pass to Jailen Taylor.
Within the blink of an eye, Kennesaw Mountain took a 26-3 lead. The rapid scoring didn’t end there though.
Wheeler fumbled on a kickoff return, and Kennesaw Mountain recovered. This time, Cayman Prangley ran for a touchdown himself, and the Mustangs took a commanding 33-3 lead.
The third quarter saw a similar outcome.
Prangley and Taylor connected for another Kennesaw Mountain touchdown to open the second half. With the lead increasing to 40-3, tensions between the teams started to boil over. Wheeler was understandably frustrated, and Kennesaw Mountain was feeling confident.
Wheeler threw another interception, but they managed an impressive goal-line stand that halted Kennesaw Mountain at the 1-yard line. Unfortunately for Wildcat fans, Wheeler promptly fumbled on their 3-yard line.
Jashon Welch ran for another Kennesaw Mountain touchdown, which gave them a 47-3 lead.
Wheeler’s Alex Stack carried for a touchdown, but Kennesaw Mountain quickly answered with a touchdown of their own. This sequence brought the score to 54-10.
For Kennesaw Mountain, everything was working tonight. For Wheeler, they need to clean up some of the turnover issues that plagued them; they finished with five turnovers.
Wheeler looks to close out region play strong as they visit South Cobb on Saturday. Kennesaw Mountain has a bye this weekend; they’ll finish region play on Friday, Nov. 20th at home against Osborne.