After suffering three straight close losses, the Myers Park Mustangs finally won a close one Friday night, beating the visiting North Mecklenburg Vikings 43-42.
The Mustangs led 29-7 late in the first half and 36-29 after three quarters. But North Meck (1-3, 0-0) refused to give up and battled back to within one point with a touchdown with two minutes left in the game. An extra point would have tied the game.
But Vikings coach Brad Baker went for the two-point conversion and a potential win.
Nolan Beasley’s pass attempt was incomplete, and with North Meck out of timeouts all Myers Park had to do was run out the clock, which they did.
“After suffering three straight by less than a touchdown it certainly feels good to get a win here,” Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick said. “I feel good for the kids; they’ve been through a lot of adversity over the last three weeks. To have to turn around and come back here and play on three days rest, I was glad we were able to finally make a couple of plays there at the end.”
Both quarterbacks had great passing nights. Despite the loss, Beasley had a monster game for the Vikings going 24 of 36 for 346 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. North Meck wide receiver Ledante Daniels had eight catches for 199 yards and two touchdown receptions.
Myers Park quarterback Clay Norris was 16 of 24 for 179 yards and threw two touchdown passes. The Mustangs rushing duo of Dominque Summerville and Jaquavion Alexander were a handful Friday night. Alexander carried 16 times for 78 yards and rushed for three touchdowns, while Summerville racked up 135 yards on 17 carries.
“It feels good to get a dub (win) and make plays at the end,” Norris said. “We haven’t been able to do that the past couple weeks. It feels good and I’ll take it.”
Myers Park (2-3, 0-0) got off to a hot start with a pair of touchdowns in the game’s first eight minutes. On their second offensive possession, Norris threw the first of two first-half touchdown passes as he hooked up with Ian Marr for a 12-yard score.
On North Meck’s next possession the Mustangs Emrys Calin intercepted a Vikings pass and rumbled 34 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Myers Park advantage.