High School Sports

Myers Park defense gets ball rolling with touchdown, shuts down South Meck

Coming off a short week, the Myers Park Mustangs offense struggled early at South Meck. But the defense shut down the host Sabres, scoring the game’s first touchdown and pitching a shutout in a 41-0 victory Friday night.

Myers Park was coming off an exciting 41-38 victory over Providence Monday and had little practice time this week. After a scoreless first quarter, Myers Park got on the board thanks to the defense, which forced a fumble by Anthony Sharper, which Todd Hartert scooped up and went 47 yards for a touchdown.

A Khamal Howard 1-yard run late in the second allowed Myers Park to take a 13-0 lead to the half. In the second half, the Mustangs dominated both sides of the ball. Myers Park scored on all four of its second-half possessions, two on runs by Jaquez Robinson, a touchdown pass from Brayden Hawkins to Mushin Muhammad and a Howard run.

Defensively, Myers Park held South Meck to 111 total yards on the game (46 in the second half) and two second-half first downs. Howard led the rushing attack with 123 yards while Hawkins was 17-of-24 passing for 168 yards.

Quote: “I was proud of the kids because physically we couldn’t do much to prepare for tonight,” head coach Scott Chadwick said. “We needed to be there mentally and I thought for the most part we did that. Tonight was a real step forward for us.”

Worth Mentioning:

▪ Penalties have been a problem for Myers Park and were again early as the Mustangs were flagged six times for 60 yards in the first half. But in the second the Mustangs cleaned it up and had no penalties called against them.

▪ Despite all the talent (and a lot of it new) on Myers Park’s roster, Chadwick has been quick to point out that it takes time for a team to come together. The Mustangs are looking more comfortable, as Hawkins spread passes out to five different receivers while Howard and Robinson combined for 168 rushing yards.

Records: Myers Park improves to 4-0. South Meck drops to 0-4.

What's Next: Myers Park, which has a bye Friday, opens Southwestern 4A Conference play Sept. 22 at Garinger. . South Meck hosts Vance Friday.