Myers Park High’s football team has gotten incrementally better in each of coach Scott Chadwick’s first two seasons.
But the Mustangs appear poised to make a big leap forward this season, rolling past Charlotte Country Day 34-7 Saturday night in the Charlotte Kickoff Night game at Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Jack Davidson threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns for Myers Park, which used a 24-point second quarter to put some distance on the Buccaneers to win its third straight season opener.
Davidson, a Division I college prospect who led the Southwestern 4A in passing last season with more than 2,200 yards, completed 13 of 24 attempts against Country Day.
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That included touchdown passes of 4 and 31 yards to Elijah Bowick in the second quarter, and a 24-yard touchdown to Joshua Curry in the third quarter.
Aaron Jordan added 127 rushing yards and a touchdown, a 4-yard run to kick off the Mustangs’ second-quarter scoring run.
Kicker Tyler Dameron connected on two field goals – a 31-yarder in the first quarter for Myers Park’s first score, and a 43-yarder to end the first half for a 27-0 Mustangs lead.
Country Day, which finished 3-7 in Drew Witman’s first year as coach in 2015, finally broke the shutout midway through the third quarter on Deangelo Epps’ 14-yard touchdown pass from Wes Bingham.
Records: Myers Park 1-0, Charlotte Country Day 0-1.
Worth mentioning: Bingham had 158 yards total offense for the Buccaneers, running for 39 yards and throwing for 119. He completed 11 of 28 passes. … Jacquez Robinson added 86 rushing yards for the Mustangs. … Bowick finished with four receptions for 77 yards and the two scores, while teammate Emanuel Alston had two catches for 73 yards. That included a 71-yard catch that set up Dameron’s first field goal. … Myers Park finished with 439 yards total offense (219 rushing, 220 passing) and Country Day had 170 yards (51 rushing, 119 passing). … One down side for the Mustangs was penalties: 11 for 105 yards in all, including three straight personal foul and unsportsmanlike penalty calls late in the fourth quarter that had Chadwick yelling at the officials.
What’s next: Both teams have home games Friday night: Country Day hosts Robbinsville and Myers Park is home against Ardrey Kell.
MYERS PARK 34, CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 7
Country Day; 0; 0; 7; 0;–; 7
Myers Park; 3; 24; 0; 7; –; 34
MP—Tyler Dameron 31 FG, 3:11.
MP—Aaron Jordan 4 run (Dameron kick), 10:25.
MP—Elijah Bowick 4 pass from Jack Davidson (Dameron kick), 5:27.
MP—Bowick 31 pass from Davidson (Dameron kick), 2:25.
MP—Dameron 43 FG, 11.5.
CCD—Deangelo Epps 14 pass from Wes Bingham (Alexander Drew kick), 7:58.
MP—Joshua Curry 24 pass from Davidson (Dameron kick), 6:25.