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Vance rebounds against West Charlotte in 48-0 romp

Vance High isn’t feeling sorry for itself.

The Cougars, who opened the week with a 31-14 loss to Kannapolis Brown, closed it with a 48-0 win against West Charlotte in a MECKA 4A game at Jack Martin Stadium. Vance, depleted by injuries, was dominant from the outset, rolling up 449 yards of total offense with quarterback Kingsley Ifedi accounting for 363 yards and five touchdowns.

“We really didn’t get to prepare for this game like most teams get to prepare,” Cougars coach Aaron Brand said. “We played on Monday night after 17 days of rest, and we had to come out here and kind of show what we’re made of.”

Vance’s offense did its part with Ifedi hitting 27 of 40 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns and running for 51 yards on six carries and another score. The Cougars successfully challenged West Charlotte on the perimeter with three receivers catching at least three passes, led by Myles Dorn with 11 receptions for 179 yards and two scores.

“The quarterback is really starting to get it,” Brand said. “He’s a big old fellow back there with a big old strong body and strong arm, and he’s still a work in progress. But he’s doing a really good job of trying his best to master what we put out there.”

Vance controlled the offensive pace early, outgaining West Charlotte at intermission 278 yards to 47. Ifedi was efficient, hitting 19 of 28 passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns in addition to rushing for 38 yards and a score on four carries. Dorn was Ifedi’s top target with eight receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown on a 9-yard strike that was set up by his first-quarter interception return. Jeremiah Hall (six catches, 71 yards, 2 TDs) had the other score on an 18-yard reception that pushed the score to 21-0.

“When you’ve got Dorn and (Jonathan) Ifedi (four catches, 25 yards) on the edges and Jeremiah Hall in the middle, you’ve just got a bunch of options,” Brand said.

West Charlotte moved the ball in stretches but couldn’t crack Vance’s defense. The Lions managed 28 rushing yards on 10 first-half carries, while the Cougars limited them to 19 yards passing.

Quote: “We’re so banged up, we kind of have to piece everything together, just like everybody else at this point. We’re tired of crying about being hurt, and we’re tired of whining about being banged up, because everybody is.” – Vance coach Aaron Brand

Records: Vance is 5-2, 1-1 in MECKA; West Charlotte is 1-7, 0-3 in MECKA.

Worth mentioning: Vance had more yards in penalties (70) than West Charlotte gained on offense (57).

What’s next: Vance hosts Mallard Creek in a conference game. West Charlotte hosts Hopewell in a conference game.

Vance

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West Charlotte

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V-Myles Dorn 9 pass from Kingsley Ifedi (Osmin Alvagrenga kick)

V-Ifedi 1 run (Alvagrenga kick)

V-Jeremiah Hall 18 pass from Ifedi (Alvagrenga kick)

V-Alvarenga 35 FG

V-Hall 21 pass from Ifedi (Alvagrenga kick)

V-Dorn 48 pass from Ifedi (Alvagrenga kick)

V-Ifedi 1 run (Alvagrenga kick)

V-Alvarenga 24 FG

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