Ardrey Kell methodically dug itself out of an early hole Friday night and rallied for a 30-27 victory over visiting Weddington in a game decided on a 33-yard Jarrett Wright field goal with 12 seconds left in the game.
Wright’s decisive kick capped a drive that started at the Knights’ 30-yard line with 3 minutes, 50 seconds remaining.
The big play in the drive was a 32-yard run by Merrick Haston, who shredded the Weddington defense with several big second-half runs. After missing on a pair of passes into the end zone, Ardrey Kell settled for Wright’s field goal.
The visiting Warriors had built a 14-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes on a 65-yard touchdown dash by running back Wil Brunson and a 9-yard run by quarterback David Bayha.
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But Ardrey Kell battled back, scoring three touchdowns on passes from Luke Hafferly, in his first varsity start at quarterback, to Cade McDonald. Hafferly also threw a touchdown pass to Jaylen Erwin.
Quote: “We’ve got a group of resilient kids. When Weddington got up, I never thought for one minute that we wouldn’t come back.” – Ardrey Kell coach Joe Evans.
Records: Ardrey Kell is 1-0 overall; Weddington is 0-1 overall.
Worth mentioning: Weddington kicker Matt Peterson kicked field goals of 39 and 48 yards. The second kick, in the fourth quarter, hit the crossbar and bounced over … Weddington’s Wil Brunson rushed for more than 100 yards and had several big plays on defense … Each team was whistled for more than 100 yards in penalties.
What's Next: Weddington is home next Friday against Forest Hills; Ardrey Kell travels next Friday to Myers Park.
Weddington 14 10 0 3 -- 27
Ardrey Kell 0 20 7 3 -- 30
(W) – Wil Brunson 65 run (Matt Peterson kick)
(W) – David Bayha 9 run (Peterson kick)
(AK) – Cade McDonald 42 pass from Luke Hafferly (kick blocked)
(AK) – Jaylen Erwin 21 pass from Hafferly (Jarrett Wright kick)
(AK) – McDonald 9 pass from Hafferly (Wright kick)
(W) – Brunson 1 run (Peterson kick)
(W) – FG Peterson 39
(AK) – McDonald 17 pass from Hafferly (Wright kick)
(W) – FG Peterson 48
(AK) – FG Wright 33