With Hunter Huss having won the conference outright with an undefeated season. The Kings Mountain Mountaineers and the Crest Chargers were battling for second place and a better playoff position. It would be a defensive slugfest for most of the first half.
Crest would hold a 3-0 lead after the first quarter with an Evan Davis 23-yard field-goal. Kings Mountain would tie it up in the second quarter with a 21-yard field-goal by Austin Browning. The Chargers would retake the lead midway through the second quarter with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Kemmerlin to Landon Zanders (PAT good). The Mountaineers would tie it again with a seven yard touchdown pass from Kaylon Wade to Ricaylen Mack (PAT good). The Chargers tried to retake the lead with a late drive that made it inside the Kings Mountain 30, but a bad snap would push them back and they were unable to get closer.
In the second half, the Chargers retook the lead with a five-yard touchdown run by Kemmerlin (PAT good). The Mountaineers answered it later in the quarter with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Wade to Kobe Paysour. The kick was blocked however so the Chargers maintained a 17-16 lead.
But late in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers took the lead with another touchdown pass from Wade to Paysour. The two-point conversion failed however. But it would not matter as the Mountaineers would keep the Chargers from scoring as time ran out. Kings Mountain won 22-17.
Raw-Kwon Young-Turner amassed 156 yards rushing for Crest (8-3)(5-2) while Peyton Kemmerlin passed for 82 yards and a touchdown along with his rushing touchdown. Ricaylen Mack amassed 124 scrimmage yards (111 rushing and 13 receiving) and a receiving touchdown for Kings Mountain (9-2)(6-1). Kaylon Wade passed for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Kobe Paysour was his top receiver with 98 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was quite a ball game. Crest has an excellent team. I thought we played well. It came down to the very end.” Said Kings Mountain head coach Greg Lloyd “Either team could have won tonight. Kobe made a play right there. I thought our offensive line did a great job tonight. Crest has an excellent defense. They are a well-coached team.”
“Our kids played hard. They played for 48 minutes and Kings Mountain just made one more play than we did right at the end.” said Crest head coach Nick Eddins “They got a great player. They got him the ball and we missed some tackles and that’s just how it was. It was back and forth. They got a good football team over there. They coach them up. Their kids played hard and our kids played hard.”
Both are expected to compete in the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs.