High School Sports

Mallard Creek rolls to convincing victory over Hough

Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri and the Mavericks clinched the I-Meck 4A championship and a probable first-round bye in the playoffs.
Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri and the Mavericks clinched the I-Meck 4A championship and a probable first-round bye in the playoffs. WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

Mallard Creek’s 41-7 victory Friday over visiting Hough was true to the formula the Mavericks have depended on this season as they look to get back to the 4AA state football championship game after a year’s absence -- stifling defense and a workmanlike offense of which it takes advantage.

The Mavericks got touchdown runs of 32 yards from Nasjzae Bryant and 64 yards from Melvin Davis and limited the Huskies to 5 yards rushing in the victory. It clinched the I-Meck 4A championship for the Mavericks, as well as a probable first-round bye in the playoffs, which begin Nov. 10.

Records: Hough 7-3, 5-1 IMeck 4A; Mallard Creek 10-0, 6-0.

Three who mattered

Kalen Allen: Mallard Creek’s senior linebacker set up a pair of first-half touchdowns. He stripped the ball from Hough quarterback Kennique Bonner-Steward to set up Jordan Davis’ 25-yard scoring run with the fumble recovery in the first quarter and a last-minute interception set up Mallard Creek’s 28-0 lead at halftime.

Jadyn Washington: The Mavericks junior quarterback’s numbers were modest, 10-of-13 passing for 126 yards. But all his completions were big, including touchdown tosses of 14 and 10 yards to Knowledge Gainey.

Kennique Bonner-Steward: Hough’s junior quarterback completed 14 of 23 passes for 182 yards and his 81-yard touchdown pass to Austin Robinson in the first minute of the second half gave the Huskies their last shot at staying in the game.

Worth mentioning

▪ The Huskies reached the Mallard Creek 2 in the game’s final minute, but fumbled the ball away to end a frustrating evening.

What's next

▪ Both teams end their regular seasons with I-Meck 4A games Friday. Hough hosts Vance at 7 p.m. and Mallard Creek travels to Mooresville for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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