High School Sports

South Mecklenburg won’t give up late lead to Berry

Travis Prince scored on a pair of touchdown runs and junior Jonathan Doerer booted three field goals to help South Meck overcome a slow start and beat Berry Academy 31-20 Monday night in a matchup of penalty-prone SoMeck 8 4A teams.

The game, which was postponed from Friday because of bad weather, was played at Mallard Creek.

Prince’s 3-yard scoring run and Doerer’s first field goal, from 32 yards, sparked a second-quarter rally which broke a 7-7 tie and ended with the Sabres taking an 18-7 halftime lead. The South Meck defense also contributed a key stop, squelching a long drive by the Cardinals at the Sabres 5. Beni Kinsemi’s 23-yard field-goal attempt was no good.

Senior quarterback Bryan Digsby completed 23 of 47 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns for Berry. Penalties hampered both teams, with a total of 29 for 253 yards.

The Cardinals were within 18-14 midway through the third quarter after Digsby’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Kusegi Cureton finished a 15-play, 80-yard drive that the Sabres kept alive with a roughing-the-kicker penalty

But South Meck struck right back with a quick drive, which ended in a 14-yard touchdown run by Prince with 5 minutes, 9 seconds left in the quarter for a 25-14 lead.

Field goals of of 33 and 28 yards by Doerer gave the Sabres their largest lead at 31-14 with 2:52 left.

But the Cardinals weren’t done, getting a second Digsby-to-Cureton touchdown connection of 50 yards with 1:18 left. South Meck, however, recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Records: South Meck 6-0, 2-0; Berry 3-3, 0-2.

Observations: Of 66 offensive snaps by Berry, 47 resulted in a pass. Apparently that’s not unusual for the Cardinals, who don’t have much size and experience along the offensive line. … The penalty fest that was the first three quarters finally subsided in the final 12 minutes, with a relatively insignificant four penalties for 24 yards on the two teams.

What’s Next: South Meck is at West Meck and Berry hosts Providence at 7 Friday, both in conference games.