The South Cobb Eagles hosted the Osborne Cardinals tonight for a battle between hungry, unbeaten teams. In what could only be described as a heavyweight battle, the two teams punched each other with all that they had for four quarters of football and to the delight of the fans. It was a thrilling game, but the Cardinals just couldn’t muster enough strength in the late fourth quarter to finish the mission. The Eagles took the win, 22-19.
The celebrating began earlier in the day for the Eagles, with a homecoming parade straight down Austell Road.
Each team had some success in the first half, both putting more than a dozen points on the board to go in for the halftime break with a score of 16-15 in favor of the visiting Cardinals. Halftime had more celebrating with the introduction of the Homecoming Court, the King and Queen, and the Mayor of Austell proclaiming October 4 as South Cobb High School Day.
As the game resumed, it was clear that both teams were playing strategy and weren’t willing to take many chances with a long ball. A fumble from the Eagles midway through the third gave the Cardinals the ball, but they couldn’t get much going on offense and a missed field goal gave the Eagles decent field position. South Cobb worked the field to their advantage and put a TD on the board in the third to make the score 22-16.
A 44-yard Cardinal field goal in the fourth from Eric Hartbarger brought the score to 22-19, but several penalties late in the fourth took the Cardinals out of field-goal (and tying) range and that was the how the game ended. The chess match was over with the Eagles retaining their second half lead to the end.