With the game on the line, Kannapolis A.L. Brown finally found a way to box in the Vance Cougars Friday night in a battle of high-powered MECKA8 4A offenses.
A big special-teams play finally swung a back-and-forth game toward the Wonders (5-1, 2-0), who pulled away in the second half for a wild 55-40 victory at Vance.
Running back Sandon McCoy rushed 19 times for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns for A.L. Brown, and quarterback Andrew Ramirez completed 9-of-13 passes for 165 yards and two more scores. But the game was still up for grabs late in the third quarter when the Wonders, leading 41-34, punted to Vance from their own 32. Cougars running back Oquan Bratton signaled for a fair catch, but the ball glanced off of him and was recovered by A.L. Brown at the Vance 29.
Maliek Patterson scored on a 13-yard touchdown run three plays later to give the Wonders a 48-34 lead with three minutes left in the quarter. Bratton scored on a 50-yard run for Vance on the next Cougars possession to cut the margin to 48-40 early in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars couldn’t get any closer.
It was a disappointing finish for Vance (4-2, 1-1), which was led by running back Donavon Spencer’s 116 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries.
All of those scores came in a frantic first half. The teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter and 34-34 at halftime.
The Cougars scored first on a quick drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown run by Spencer, but spent the rest of the half in comeback mode after Brown responded with touchdowns on consecutive possessions – on a 51-yard pass play from Ramirez to Johnathan Bryant and and a 10-yard run by Daveon Perry.
Spencer ‘s 38-yard touchdown run tied the game again at 14-14 near the end of the first quarter and the teams spent the second quarter trading touchdowns.
Vance grabbed its last lead at 34-27 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Spencer with with 4:49 left, set up by an interception and 27-yard return by the Cougars’ Myles Corpening to the Brown 3.
But the Wonders sent the game to halftime deadlocked again on a 7-yard scoring pass from Ramirez to Johnny Delahoussaey with 24 seconds left.
Vance, which had won its previous three games, is at West Charlotte on Friday. Brown, which has won five straight after an opening loss, plays at Concord Robinson on Friday.
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