Despite leading for nearly the entire game, the West Meck Hawks needed a late fourth-quarter rally, getting a desperation fourth-down conversion and a one-yard run in the final two minutes to defeat a game West Charlotte Lions team 22-20 at West Meck Friday night.
West Meck’s Jashawn Graham scored the Hawks’ first two touchdowns, a 31-yard run on the opening drive of the game and a 30-yard pass reception from quarterback Richard Lattemore with 45 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 15-6 lead at half.
West Charlotte fought back, getting a six-yard run from Quinton Mickerson with 11 seconds left in the third to cut into the lead. The Lions took the lead midway through the fourth when Izayah Cole threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Xavier McKoy that capped a six-play, 74 yard drive.
West Meck drove to the 11 where they faced fourth and two with just over two minutes left. Lattemore scrambled behind the line to the left and threw a desperation pass that Dyami Brown came back and caught at the seven. Two plays later and with 1:43 left Jarod Jones scored the game-winner on a one-yard run.
Quote: “We have a young team that needs to learn how to win, so this is a big step for us,” West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell said. “Hats off to Coach (Daren) Hart and West Charlotte. They made some big plays to come back and luckily we had some guys step up for us when we needed it.”
Records: West Meck improves to 1-1 while West Charlotte falls to 0-2
Worth mentioning: Lattemore was 11-for-17 passing but hit seven different receivers and the Hawks had six players rush for 153 yards total.
Cole completed just eight passes for the game but for 200 yards, an average of 25 yards per completion. McKoy caught four of those passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Despite both teams rebuilding and Caldwell saying are both very young teams, the game was played well. The teams combined for just nine penalties and there were no personal fouls called in the game.
What's Next: West Meck will play host to Garinger while West Charlotte will host Harding.