North Mecklenburg quarterback Aaron Scott threw three touchdown passes and ran for a 71-yard score to help the Vikings stay undefeated and beat visiting Cox Mill 43-24 on Wednesday night.
North Meck couldn’t put away the Chargers for good until the Vikings put together three unanswered touchdowns later in the third quarter.
The Vikings rolled to a 16-0 first quarter lead. But as it did until the fourth quarter, Cox Mill stayed within striking distance. The Chargers went to halftime down 23-17 on Carson Burt’s 38-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Cox Mill took its only lead of the game 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, on quarterback Dane Horton’s second touchdown pass of the night to Tyler Jackson, a 20-yard catch-and-run.
But North Meck struck back with three straight scores, including touchdown passes of 44 and 35 yards from Scott to Da’Quon Stewart and a 15-yard touchdown run by Fabian Duncan in between.
Records: Cox Mill 3-2; North Meck 4-0
Three who mattered
Scott, North Meck: The senior quarterback completed 16-of-23 passes for 276 yards and ran 71 yards for another score.
Justin Olson, North Meck: Wide receiver caught five passes for 67 yards, including a 48-yarder for North Meck’s first score, and ran a kickoff back 90 yards for another touchdown
Dane Horton, Cox Mill: Chargers quarterback threw three touchdown passes, including two on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter to get his team back in the game.
▪ North Meck is off to its second straight 4-0 start.
▪ A lot of yards, a lot of penalties. It was true for both teams on this wide-open evening, with Cox Mill and North Meck combining for more than 800 yards total offense. But the yellow flags just as frequently slowed both teams’ momentum.
Cox Mill plays host to West Rowan on Sept. 21. North Meck travels to Mooresville for a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 21.
Cox Mill 0 17 7 0-24
North Meck 16 7 20 0-43
NM-Justin Olson 48 pass from Aaron Scott (pass failed)
NM-Scott 71 run (Randy Martinez kick)
NM-Martinez 25 FG
CM-Tyler Jackson 33 pass from Dane Horton (Carson Burt kick)
CM-Davonte Dillard 3 pass from Horton (Burt kick)
NM-Olson 90 kickoff return (Martinez kick)
CM-Burt 39 FG
CM-Jackson 20 pass from Horton (Burt kick)
NM-Da’Quon Stewart 44 pass from Scott (Martinez kick)
NM-Fabian Duncan 15 run (Martinez kick)
NM-Stewart 35 pass from Scott (kick blocked)