HUNTERSVILLE Over the years, Myers Park and North Mecklenburg have played their share of close games, and had a few blowouts.
Turns out that Friday’s game between the Mustangs and Vikings was another one of those close ones – maybe the closest one yet.
Myers Park scored quickly in the second overtime period, then got key stops from its defense to pull out a 31-24 victory over North Mecklenburg in the final tune-up game before conference play begins next week.
Clay Norris threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner to Jontavious Hall in the second overtime, and Jaquavion Alexander added a pair of touchdown runs for the Mustangs (2-3), who have won three straight against the Vikings.
And Myers Park did it despite having almost as many penalties as first downs (10 penalties, 13 first downs), blowing several scoring opportunities, or even having its head coach on the sidelines.
“It’s a testament to the character of our kids, and to the character of their kids,” said Mustangs defensive coordinator Rocky Richar, who took over as head coach after Scott Stein had back surgery on Monday.
“Both teams fought, because both teams had to have a win tonight.”
Norris – who finished 20 of 34 with an interception – had scoring passes of 6 yards to Scottie McDaniel in the second quarter that left the game tied at 7 at the half, and a 10-yarder to Hall on the first play of the second overtime to put Myers Park ahead.
Alexander finished with 71 rushing yards, scoring on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to put the Mustangs ahead 17-10, and a 10-yard dash in the first overtime to tie the score again at 24.
While North Mecklenburg’s offense struggled at times, it came up with one big play to force overtime. Nolan Beasley, who went 9 of 30 for 164 yards, hit Devon Sutton on an 80-yard completion in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 17.
Corey Manning hit a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter for Myers Park, while Bryce Cracknell followed with a 20-yarder for North Mecklenburg (2-2).
Beasley finished with three touchdown passes for the Vikings. He hit TayRey Tabron for a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put North Meck ahead early, and Stephen Langford on a 10-yarder in the first overtime.
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