High School Sports

Vance’s Nyier Clark returns kick for TD, has 200 yards receiving in playoff win

Nothing and no one could stop Nyier Clark, or the Vance Cougars when they decided to get going.

The Cougars’ receiver racked up 172 yards receiving and lit the spark to a second half explosion in a 50-7 win against Northwest Guilford in the first round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs at West Mecklenburg.

Clark, who grabbed 11 passes for 200 yards scored twice, broke the game open with an 87-yard kick return to open the second half for a 21-7 Vance lead. Nine seconds later, Solomon Sutton returned a fumbled Northwest Guildford kick return for a score, and the rout was on.

Clark caught eight passes for 172 yards in the first half, but Vance led by 14-7 at intermission when Northwest Guilford’s Johnny Pogano hit Cam Cloud on a 12-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.

That changed in the third quarter, when the Cougars outscored Northwest Guilford 22-0 to turn the tide.

Records: Vance 11-1; Northwest Guilford 4-8.

Three who mattered:

Clark: The Vance receiver/kick returner was everywhere with 200 yards receiving and a game-breaking kick return for a touchdown to open the second half.

Nigel Summerville: Vance quarterback hit 16-of-20 passes for 247 yards and a score.

Andre White: Vance running back rushed for 103 yards and two scores, including a 70-yard run in the third quarter to make the score 36-7.

Worth mentioning

▪ Johnny Pagano it Cam Cloud on a 12-yard scoring pass to pull the Vikings to within 14-7 in the second quarter. He finished 8-of-24 passing for 92 yards and added 24 yards rushing.

▪ Northwest Guilford was 0-for-4 on fourth-down attempts.

▪ Vance racked up 493 yards on offense, split nearly evenly between passing (247) and rushing (246).

▪ Power Echols, Vance’s best defensive player, added a 21-yard reception in the second half.

What’s next

Vance moves on to the second round of the 4AA playoffs.

Northwest Guilford 0 7 0 0-7

Vance 7 7 22 14 -50

V-Jaliek Cooper 11 run (James Palacios kick)

V-Nyier Clark 23 pass from Nigel Summerville (Palacios kick)

NWG-Cam Cloud 12 pass from Johnny Pagano (David Phillips kick)

V-Clark 87 kick return (Palacios kick)

V-Solomon Sutton 13 fumble return (Andre White run)

V-Joseph Morris 70 run (Palacios kick)

V-White 6 run (Palacios kick)

V-White 31 run (Palacios kick)