Coming into this game, many felt that this would be a defensive knockdown drag-out battle. It lived up to the billing. The Mavericks would get things started offensively. Quarterback Casey Kelly would throw a long 48-yard pass to Elijah Metcalf to set up the Maverick’s first score. Kelly would connect with Nick Treco for a ten-yard touchdown pass (PAT good) to give the Mavericks an early 7-0 lead.
That would be pretty much all the offense we would see in the first quarter. Vance would answer that score in the second quarter when Nigel Summerville connected with Power Echols for a three-yard touchdown pass (PAT good). The Mavericks would go back on top when Kelly hit Coleman Jeffcoat for a 14-yard touchdown reception (PAT good). The Cougars would make a critical mistake with less than two minutes to go in the first half. They muffed a punt near their own 40-yard line. But the Mavericks were unable to capitalize as time would run out.
The third quarter would be a stalemate. The Cougars were knocking on the door in the third quarter as they made it inside the Mavericks’ 20-yard line. But a fumble kept them from putting points on the board. In the final quarter, the Mavericks would put the game away with a two-yard touchdown run by Kelly (PAT no good). That would make the score 20-7. The Cougars appeared to get within striking distance when Nyier Clark ran 85 yards for a touchdown. But a holding penalty brought it back and Vance would not get another chance. The Cougars lose for the first time this year and the Mavericks remain undefeated.
Mallard Creek will host Lake Norman. Vance will travel to Hopewell.