The Myers Park Mustangs scored on every first-half possession on the way to an easy 56-6 home victory over non-conference rival South Mecklenburg on Friday night.
Quarterback Drake Maye passed for 127 yards and three touchdowns in just one half of play to help the Mustangs top the 50-point mark for the third straight game.
Aided by a defense that held the Sabres to less than 30 yards total offense until the final minutes of the game - including just 8 in the first half - Myers Park rolled to leads of 21-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime.
The Mustangs scored touchdowns on all five possessions and returned punts for scores the other two times they would have had the ball. The longest scoring drive was for 70 yards.
Records: South Meck 0-3; Myers Park 4-0
Three who mattered
Drake Maye, Myers Park: Sophomore quarterback didn’t get big yards in his two quarters but slew the Sabres with efficiency, completing 13-of-16 passes, including nine in a row.
Elijah Bowick, Myers Park: Senior wide receiver had touchdown receptions of 11 and 8 yards on two of the Mustangs’ first three possessions.
Myers Park punt returners: Senior Trey Bly and junior Muhsin Muhammad each broke returns for touchdowns in the second quarter of 52 and 50 yards, respectively.
▪ Running back Jatoine Fields rushed seven times for 79 yards for Myers Park, including touchdown runs of 4 and 40 yards.
▪ The Sabres avoided the shutout with an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Grier to wide receiver Tigo Moss with about seven minutes left in the game. It was set up by a 62-yard kickoff return by Jalen Leonidas to the Myers Park 28.
▪ The second half was played with a continuously running clock after the Mustangs passed the 40-point lead threshold on Bly’s punt return score about halfway through the second quarter.
South Meck is at Vance at 7 p.m. Friday, and Myers Park plays host to Garinger.