High School Sports

South Mecklenburg 35, East Mecklenburg 10

The South Mecklenburg Sabres’ football rebuilding effort that started last season with an 8-4 record is picking up where it left off in its second season under coach Rocky White.

South Mecklenburg recorded its second win in as many starts with a dominant 35-10 victory at East Mecklenburg Friday night.

Sabres junior quarterback Antonio Wallace sparkled going 12-of-17 for 266 yards including four touchdown passes. Wallace threw touchdown passes of 18, 4, 25 and 60 yards, with his favorite targets being senior tight end AJ Elam and senior wide receiver Moryah Johnson. Elam had four grabs for 92 yards and one touchdown while Johnson had four catches for 67 yards and one touchdown.

South Meck senior Chance Kennedy also scored on a 60-yard catch-and-run TD, with sophomore running back Deangelo Blair-Young catching a score for 25 yards. Junior running back Travis Prince ran 15 times for 84 yards and also had a 1-yard touchdown.

Coach Barry Shuford is in his first year of his rebuilding effort at East Meck after several successful seasons at Olympic. The Eagles’ chances of a comeback were derailed in the second half with three third-quarter turnovers.

QUOTE: “Antonio (South Meck quarterback Wallace) and I have been playing together for three years now, so that chemistry has built up pretty strong,” said Elam. “It feels pretty good to be 2-0, especially coming out of these last four years. I’m pretty excited for this season.”

WORTH MENTIONING: East Meck was held to 85 yards in the first half as South Meck built a 28-7 halftime lead……..Eagles kicker Christian Thomas booted a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter…..South Meck kicker Jonathan Doerer barely missed a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter.

RECORDS: South Mecklenburg 2-0, East Mecklenburg 0-2

WHAT’S NEXT: The Sabres will look to stay unbeaten next Saturday against Porter Ridge at noon at Monroe. East Meck will host North Mecklenburg Friday at 7 p.m.