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Ardrey Kell 23, Myers Park 17

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Ardrey Kell holds off Myers Park

By Tyler Everett By Tyler Everett
Correspondent Correspondent

Ardrey Kell traveled to Myers Park Friday night and prevailed 23-17, with a pair of big plays on special teams helping the Knights seal the victory in the final minutes. Ardrey Kell led for nearly the entire night, but the Mustangs stayed within striking distance throughout.

After a Mustangs punt early in the fourth quarter, the Knights took over at their own 30. Ardrey Kell managed to grind out a 17-play drive – without taking to the air a single time – that culminated with a 40-yard field goal by kicker Jonathan McDaid with less than two minutes to play.

“It’s a good feeling when you line up and say, ‘Alright, let’s just run the rock,’ ” Ardrey Kell coach Adam Hastings said of the Knights, who picked up five first downs on the series.

On the ensuing kickoff, Myers Park defensive back Cortarvis Lawrence-Gaddy, who found the end zone earlier in the night on a long return, fumbled after hurdling a defender just shy of midfield, and Knights defensive back Anthony Williams secured the victory by falling on the loose ball.

Williams’ recovery helped Ardrey Kell overcome three turnovers to improve to 1-1. Hastings said his team displayed its maturity by fighting through in situations that overwhelmed last year’s squad.

“This year, even last week, bad things happened to us and we found a way to bounce back,” Hastings said. “That’s kind of the maturation process for the team, and I’m glad we’re continuing to not let those bad things get us all the time.”

The Mustangs moved the ball at will on their first two drives and throughout much of the first half, but came up with just one offensive touchdown on the night. Myers Park quarterback Clay Norris found wide receiver Tadarin McNeill for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter to make it 14-10 at halftime.

The Knights defense stiffened after the break, and Myers Park’s only other score of the night came on a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Lawrence-Gaddy.

“I would not want to see them later on this year,” Hastings said. “Their best football is well ahead of them. I’m glad we got them early.”

Ardrey Kell traveled to Myers Park Friday night and prevailed 23-17, with a pair of big plays on special teams helping the Knights seal the victory in the final minutes. Ardrey Kell led for nearly the entire night, but the Mustangs stayed within striking distance throughout.

After a Mustangs punt early in the fourth quarter, the Knights took over at their own 30. Ardrey Kell managed to grind out a 17-play drive – without taking to the air a single time – that culminated with a 40-yard field goal by kicker Jonathan McDaid with less than two minutes to play.

“It’s a good feeling when you line up and say, ‘Alright, let’s just run the rock,’ ” Ardrey Kell coach Adam Hastings said of the Knights, who picked up five first downs on the series.

On the ensuing kickoff, Myers Park defensive back Cortarvis Lawrence-Gaddy, who found the end zone earlier in the night on a long return, fumbled after hurdling a defender just shy of midfield, and Knights defensive back Anthony Williams secured the victory by falling on the loose ball.

Williams’ recovery helped Ardrey Kell overcome three turnovers to improve to 1-1. Hastings said his team displayed its maturity by fighting through in situations that overwhelmed last year’s squad.

“This year, even last week, bad things happened to us and we found a way to bounce back,” Hastings said. “That’s kind of the maturation process for the team, and I’m glad we’re continuing to not let those bad things get us all the time.”

The Mustangs moved the ball at will on their first two drives and throughout much of the first half, but came up with just one offensive touchdown on the night. Myers Park quarterback Clay Norris found wide receiver Tadarin McNeill for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter to make it 14-10 at halftime.

The Knights defense stiffened after the break, and Myers Park’s only other score of the night came on a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Lawrence-Gaddy.

“I would not want to see them later on this year,” Hastings said. “Their best football is well ahead of them. I’m glad we got them early.”

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