Senior receiver Johnny Delahoussaey caught a pair of touchdowns from a pair of quarterbacks as the Kannapolis Brown Wonders pulled away from the visiting North Mecklenburg Vikings in the second half Friday for a 30-14 MECKA 4A Conference win.
Kannapolis’ defense dominated, except for a long second half scoring drive by North Meck after the Wonders had taken a commanding lead. Brown limited the Vikings to minus-1 yard rushing and sacked North quarterback Nolan Beasley eight times.
Brown (4-1, 1-0) won its first conference game in the 4A classification since the 1980s. In between, the Wonders have played at the 3A level, mostly in the South Piedmont Conference.
North Meck (2-3, 0-1) suffered its first road loss of the season. Both of the Vikings’ victories have been away.
Delahoussaey had 10 catches for 147 yards including scoring passes from Damon Johnson in the first half and Andrew Ramirez in the second half. Ramirez, a senior, started the game and took most of the snaps, but sophomore Johnson completed all five of his passes for 79 yards.
Knotted 7-7 at halftime, Delahoussaey gave Kannapolis the lead for good on a 28-yard touchdown to complete Brown’s opening drive of the second half. Facing a fourth-and-two situation at its own 28-yard line, the North Meck defense anticipated a running play and ignored Delahoussaey who was wide open in the end zone to catch Ramirez’ (10-21, 97 yards) pass.
Brown doubled its lead to 21-7 on its next possession when Maliek Patterson completed a 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with three minutes, 58 seconds left in the third quarter. Two minutes later, the Wonders added a safety when Vikings punter Robbie Quinlan tracked down a high snap across the North goal line and pitched it through the back of the endzone.
The Vikings closed the gap when they marched 87 yards on 14 plays and scored on William Santiago’s dazzling 28 yard run. Brown’s Sandon McCoy, who had a game-high 79 yards on 16 carries closed the scoring with a 2-yard run.
Despite an 81-yard return on the opening kickoff by Gabe Lucero that set up Kannapolis at the North 18-yard line, the first quarter ended scoreless.
North’s defense netted the game’s first points when senior TayRey Tabron scooped up a Brown bumbled snap and raced 49 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.
A Vikings turnover indirectly led to the Wonders’ only points before halftime. Hayden Taylor intercepted a North pass midway through the second quarter to set up Kannapolis at the Vikings’ 41.
On the next play, Johnson took a snap and immediately rolled to the right. He launched a strike to Delahoussaey who hauled in the bomb inside the 5. Defensive back Javonty Hunter latched onto Delahoussaey but couldn’t prevent him from crossing the goaline.
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