KENNESAW — Kennesaw Mountain wasn’t about to give winless Murray County a chance to break into the victory column Friday night.

The rough-riding Mustangs pummeled Murray with a devastating 28-point first half and went on to drub the Indians, 55-7, Friday night in a Region 5-5A football game that became a rout in fewer than 18 minutes.

Kennesaw running back Justin Farmer scored two touchdowns on runs of 6 and 53 yards and rushed for a season-high 137 yards to lead the blowout. Farmer also caught three passes for 48 yards and ran just three times in the third quarter.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Farmer, a speedy 6-foot, 166-pound sophomore. “We wanted to sustain drives and score every time we had the ball.”

The Mustangs (5-4, 3-4) were almost perfect, scoring touchdowns on eight of their nine possessions.

“We’re a better football team than that 55-7 score,” Murray County coach Bill Napier said. “We’ve got one more chance (to win a game this season) and we’re going to do what it takes to play our best football game of the year next week.”

The Indians (0-9, 0-7) wind up the season next week against Woodstock in Chatsworth. An Indians victory would avoid the team’s first 0-10 season in 39 years. Murray also went winless (0-7-1) in 1951, the program’s second season, and 0-8-2 in 1952.

“This was pretty tough,” Murray’s Zach Baggett said. “Any loss is tough whether is one point or 50. But none of us ever gave up.”

On this Friday night, however, the Indians were no match for the Mustangs.

“They ran the option pretty good early, but we made some adjustments and we started to run the ball well,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Scott Jones said. “If we can’t run the ball we’re out of our element. Some good things happened to us tonight.”

The Mustangs rolled up a whopping 358 yards on the ground and finished with 425 total yards. The Indians managed just 95 yards of total offense and their only score came in the fourth quarter when Brent Reece rambled 18 yards with 5:38 left.

It was another demoralizing start for the Indians, who for the second straight week fell behind 28-0 in the first half. Marietta had a 28-0 first-half advantage last week before winning 35-14.

Murray County took the opening kickoff and drove methodically downfield. But on third-and-five from the Mustangs’ 25, Kennesaw’s Eric Elliott intercepted Cody Hardy’s pass and returned it to the Indians’ 41.

That opened the Mustangs’ touchdown floodgate.

Quarterback Christian Lewis hit Bryce Ros with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 5:10 left in the first quarter and the Mustangs were off and running with a 7-0 lead.

Kennesaw forced a Murray punt and needed just three plays to march 73 yards, with Farmer scoring from the 6. Nick Brown’s PAT pushed the Mustangs’ lead to14-0 with 2:57 left in the first quarter.

After another Murray punt, the Mustangs, who can register their second winning season in the school’s short seven-year history with a victory over South Cobb next Friday, went right back to work.

Farmer again blasted into the end zone from 53 yards out, Brown kicked the extra point and Kennesaw went up 21-0 with 9:02 remaining in the first half.

Murray’s woes mounted when Josh Hensley fumbled on the ensuing kickoff return and Kennesaw’s Elliott recovered at the Indians’ 35.

Four plays later, Dwight Woodruff capped the short four-play drive by scoring from the 1. Brown made it 28-0 with 7:33 left in the half.

In the second half, the Mustangs got touchdown runs of 5 and 3 yards from Kevin Pena, an 8-yard scamper by Justin Krueger and Devon Jones rambled 28 yards with 24.4 seconds remaining.

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