The South Mecklenburg’s Sabres trailed upstart East Mecklenburg 10-0 in the second quarter, but recovered to score 28 unanswered points in knocking off the Eagles 28-10 at Fred Boger Stadium.
East Mecklenburg scored the first 10 points on a Khalil Gilliam run and a field goal following an interception by Sabres quarterback Antonio Wallace.
But Wallace responded, hitting Soloman Ogina for a 67-yard pass on the next possession that led to running back Travis Prince scoring. Jonathan Doerer kicked a 41-yard field goal to give South Mecklenburg an 11-10 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Sabres’ defense took over, holding the Eagles scoreless and containing star running back Khamal Howard. With just over four minutes, left Prince put the game away with a 49-yard touchdown reception.
scamper and South went on to the win.
Quote: “Antonio wants to make plays,” South Meck coach Rocky White said. “He’s a leader and we knew he’d come right back. I think he’s not only one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the area, but in the state.”
Records: South Meck improves to 2-0. East Mecklenburg is 1-1.
Worth mentioning: When Wallace threw his interception, he was 3-for-7 passing for 10 yards. After the pick, he went 11-for-15 for 210 yards and a touchdown. ... Howard finished with 121 yards on 28 carries for East Meck, but ran for just 29 yards in the second half, 13 on his final rush on a fake punt. ... South Meck’s Travis Prince gained 133 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns and seemed to get stronger throughout the game.
What's Next: East Mecklenburg will travel to North Meck next Friday, and South Meck will play at Rock Hill Northwestern.