Despite a slow start and falling behind early, the West Meck Hawks were able to rally behind 279 total yards from star running back Shaun Wilson and defeat the South Meck Sabres 35-10 at Waddell Friday night.
South Meck (2-5 overall, 2-1 So Meck 8) was riding a two-game winning streak and shocked No. 8 West Meck (6-1, 2-1) early, as quarterback Stephen Griffin ran 67 yards up the middle on the Sabres first offensive play from scrimmage to give South Meck a 7-0 lead.
Despite the slow start, West Meck responded thanks to Wilson. The senior scored on an 11-yard run on West Mecks next possession to tie the game at 7-7.
South Meck kicked a field goal early in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead, but Wilson again responded, capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run and West Meck took the lead 14-10.
The biggest play of the game came in the final minute of the half. From the South Meck 44 Wilson caught a screen pass from quarterback Jalan McClendon that looked to go for a short gain. But Wilson saw a small hole between two defenders, sprinted through them and went 44 yards for a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the half to pad the lead to 21-10.
My team needed me to make a play, Wilson said. When I saw the hole I decided to hit it hard and was able to find daylight.
In the second half it was more Wilson, who scored his final touchdown on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter, and the West Meck defense, who allowed South Meck only 29 yards of offense in the second half.
Despite the victory, West Meck head coach Jeff Caldwell was not happy.
We just made too many mistakes and have to get back to doing the little things and playing for each other. Im not disappointed in them, but we have to do better and have to expect more from each other.
Wilson finished the night with 164 yards rushing on 30 carries and 115 yards receiving on five receptions for West Meck, who face Olympic next Friday at Waddell. South Meck will play host to Charlotte Catholic.
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