Senior defensive back Adam Smith broke up a pass in the end zone to preserve a wild 41-37 comeback win for Hough at home against Ardrey Kell.
Hough’s Jarrett Nagy, who played exclusively at linebacker in the first half for a Huskies defense missing four injured starters, scored four second-half touchdowns on offense. The sophomore rushed for 136 on 17 carries.
Nagy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run with 1 minute, 10 seconds left. Ardrey Kell senior quarterback Bryce Maginley then led the Knights to Hough’s 4-yard line before Smith’s game-ending play.
It was one of the few times Hough, ranked No. 6 in the Observer Sweet 16, stopped Maginley, who was 19 of 28 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 205 yards and another score for the No. 9 Knights.
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Quote: “They finally ran out of room so they couldn’t go deep. We knew it was going to be a short pass.”
– Hough coach Miles Aldridge on the last play of the game after Ardrey Kell had driven to Huskies’ 4-yard line in just over a minute.
Records: Hough is 4-0; Ardrey Kell is 3-1.
Worth mentioning: Hough kicker Zach Stearns made field goals of 47 and 46 yards, which accounted for all of the Huskies’ scoring in the half.
What’s next: Hough travels to Matthews for a nonconference contest with Butler. Ardrey Kell visits West Mecklenburg to open SoMeck 8 Conference play.