The Myers Park offense was slow to get going in the Mustangs’ opening-round NCHSAA 4AA West playoff game at home Friday night against East Meck. But four touchdowns in the game’s final 25 minutes were enough to put away the Eagles as Myers Park rolled 28-6.
The Mustangs advanced to the second-round next Friday night when they’ll travel to Butler to meet the Bulldogs, who had an opening-round bye.
East Meck had a great chance to grab the early lead as it took the opening kickoff and reeled off a 22-play, time-consuming (8:30) drive and got inside the Myers Park 5-yard line. Eagles’ running back Khalil Woods scored a rushing touchdown but the score was called back on a holding call.
On the next play, Myers Park’s Jake Harkleroad intercepted an East Meck pass at the goal line, and the Eagles came away with nothing.
The Mustangs finally broke a 0-0 deadlock with just 48 seconds remaining in the first half. Myers Park quarterback Brayden Hawkins found Emmanuel Alston for a 19-yard TD pass and the Mustangs led 7-0 at the half.
On the first play after the second-half kickoff, Mustangs’ wide receiver Joshua Curry hauled in a 45-yard TD pass from Hawkins for a 14-0 lead.
Records: East Meck (5-7) Myers Park (11-1)
Three Who Mattered
Khamal Howard (Myers Park): Senior running back and former East Meck back scored a pair of rushing touchdowns of 11 and 2 yards, respectively, while rushing for 78 yards on 16 carries.
Brayden Hawkins (Myers Park): Mustangs’ quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes of 19 and 45 yards while going 17-of-26 for 267 yards.
Khalil Woods (East Meck): Senior running back led the Eagles’ offense with 77 all-purpose yards (52 passing and 25 rushing) and had a rushing TD that was called back.
▪ Myers Park won the turnover battle (3-1) over the Eagles. The Mustangs got a pair on interceptions from Cameron Roseman-Sinclair and Harkleroad, while also recovering a fumble. East Meck’s lone turnover was a recovery of a Mustangs’ fumbled punt return.
▪ Both teams had a touchdown called back due to penalty.
Friday’s 28-6 win was the Mustang’s second win of the season over East Meck. Myers Park beat the Eagles 36-13 in the regular season at East Meck.
Myers Park will play at Butler Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a second-round NCHSAA 4AA West playoff game.