West Mecklenburg upset No. 6-ranked South Mecklenburg in a battle of backup quarterbacks.
Richard Lattimore threw for 96 yards and a touchdown and the Hawks collected a 20-7 victory against the previously undefeated Sabres. West Meck starting quarterback Dyami Brown did not play in the second half because of a knee injury. Coach Jeff Caldwell said the hope is he just has a bruised knee, but he needs further tests.
South Meck played without quarterback Antonio Wallace, who had 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in the first six games. Coach Rocky White said Wallace sustained a broken wrist Monday against Berry and is out for 4-6 weeks.
AJ Elam, normally one of Wallace's go-to targets at tight end, moved to quarterback. He completed 7 of 17 passing attempts for 61 yard and threw two interceptions. West Meck's Justin Fields grabbed both, and returned the first 15 yards for the only touchdown of the first half.
Lattimore gave West Meck a 13-7 lead on a 43-yard touchdown pass to Kahfre Brown, and then completed two key passes during a late touchdown drive to seal the victory.
"Richard Lattimore came in and just did a great job," Caldwell said. "There was no drop off. He was really focused. We're a young team and we're still growing. The kids responded to adversity in a big way."
South Meck is 6-1, 2-1 in So. Meck 8 4A. West Meck is 3-4, 1-2 in the conference.
▪ South Meck struggled to move the ball, but had its chances. Jonathan Doerer had enough leg on field goal tries of 47 and 52 yards, but missed both. Chance Kennedy returned a kickoff 90 yards for a potential touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty.
▪ West Meck's defense allowed 175 total yards, and stopped South Meck for 2 yards or less on 20 of 35 rushing attempts.
South Meck plays host to No. 2 Charlotte Catholic in a So. Meck 8 4A showdown. West Meck is home against Olympic.