AUSTELL - Murray County’s defense is probably having nightmares after facing two of the top tailbacks in Region 5-5A on back-to-back Friday nights.

The latest sensation to hit the Indians was South Cobb’s Jeff Powers, who zigged and zagged his way to a career-high 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the unbeaten Eagles’ 31-3 victory over the visiting Indians at Clay Stadium.

Powers scored on a 63-yard scamper down the left sideline in the second quarter that capped a 94-yard, six-play drive that was kept alive when Murray County was called for roughing the kicker on fourth down when the Eagles were backed up to their 5-yard line.

In the fourth quarter, Powers bolted into the end zone from 4 yards out with 11:35 left in the game. He didn’t play in the final seven mintues.

“I had 187 yards against Marietta last week, so this was my career high,” said Powers, a junior. “I’ve done pretty good in the last two weeks.”

A week ago, Murray County yielded a career-high 211 yards to Campbell’s Hoppo Joseph in a 28-7 setback.

“Those two guys are about the same,” said weary Murray County lineman Allen Cantrell. “I think Joseph was bigger and stronger, but Powers is fast, strong and he can hit you pretty good, too. He never gave up on any play he ran.”

And Powers ran 24 times. He rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown in the first half when the Eagles struggled to build a 12-3 lead.

“We came out flat to start the game and there is no rhyme or reason for that,” South Cobb coach Derek Cook said. “We played two really (emotional) games the past two weeks. I told these kids that Murray County would come down here and play us hard, and they did. When we made a mistake they gashed us. They play tough football.”

South Cobb’s tenacious defense, led by linebacker Dorian Wood, completely shut down Murray County’s offense, holding the Indians to 64 total yards. That gave the Eagles’ offense plenty of offensive opportunities and the Indians‚ defense was on the field a long time.

“It sure felt like a long time,” Cantrell said. “That’s what’s killing us, being out there so long.”

South Cobb (4-0, 2-0) quarterback Austin Kelly, who has verbally committed to Duke University, got the Eagles on the scoreboard first with a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was a short 46-yard, seven-play drive set up by a 25-yard Murray County punt.

Midway through the second quarter, Kelly hit Cedric Wilson for a 41-yard touchdown pass, but the play was negated by a holding penalty.

Just before halftime, the Indians got their only points of the game on Michael Lopez’s 36-yard field goal with 1:04 left in the second quarter.

On South Cobb’s second possession of the third quarter, Kelly connected with a wide open Wood for a 22-yard scoring strike that pushed the Eagles’ lead to 18-3. Then Powers got his second score and the Eagles put an insurmountable distance between themselves and the Indians.

South Cobb’s Rick Nightingale intercepted a Chad Townsend deflected pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown with 4:55 left in the game.

Jeremy Norman, who had 168 yards rushing against Campbell, was held to 46 by the Eagles, including just 2 yards after halftime.

Nick Peden intercepted a pass for the Indians (0-4, 0-2).

“We just got outplayed tonight,” Murray County coach Bill Napier said. “We played a good football team, but we made some mistakes that put us in a hole early. We didn’t take advantage of a couple of opportunities. They just lined up and whipped us.”

South Cobb had 303 yards, including 255 on the ground.

In Murray’s last two games, its defense has yielded 565 rushing yards.

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