Needing to stay within a game of the MECKA 4A lead after a loss last week, Vance didn’t take winless West Charlotte for granted.
The Cougars posted a 42-16 victory to rebound from last week’s loss to Kannapolis A.L. Brown.
“We wanted to get back on the winning track,” Cougars coach Keith Wilkes said. “We’re just trying to get the guys to get better every week.”
The Cougars (5-2, 2-1) were very good in all phases, with 382 yards of offense and turning three West Charlotte turnovers into touchdowns to keep the Lions at bay. Vance’s rushing attack rolled up 279 rushing yards with tailbacks Kydrian Green and Donavon Spencer combined for 180 yards and a score each to offset West Charlotte’s Pralowe Grier, who ran for 129 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. Grier also added an 87-yard kick return for another score.
“We definitely have to improve our defense, and they played a lot better tonight,” Wilkes said. “But we’ve got to keep improving on our fundamentals with what we’re trying to do.”
Vance made quick work of the Lions, rolling up a 35-8 halftime advantage behind a punishing rushing attack and opportunistic defense.
The Cougars scored on their second possession via a Donavon Spencer’s 9-yard run, and used a turnover for their second touchdown. R.J. Bryant recovered a fumble at West Charlotte’s 44, which set up Green’s 1-yard plunge for a 14-0 advantage. Oquan Bratton scored on runs of 24 and 26 yards in the second quarter, and Myles Dorn had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown three seconds before halftime.
Vance tallied 204 yards on 19 carries in the half.
“We’ve been able to score all year long,” Wilkes said, “but we’ve got to get better defensively.”
West Charlotte moved the ball in the first half, but couldn’t turn opportunities into points. Grier provided a spark with 121 rushing yards on 12 carries, but a pair of turnovers didn’t help.
“We’re getting better,” Lions coach Marcus Surratt said. “It hasn’t transitioned to a win yet, but our kids fought tonight, they didn’t give up and we eliminated some of the turnovers. “Just not making some the plays when we had the opportunity.”
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