42-0 Win Propels Mountaineers into Third Round
By: Anthony Perkins
Kings Mountain – On a damp Friday evening the Kings Mountain Mountaineers hosted the Smoky Mountain Mustangs for the second round of the NCHSAA 3A State Playoffs and easily dispatched the Mustangs with a 42-0 shutout to advance to the third round.
The Mountaineers set the tone early from the defensive side of the ball when they forced a punt on the Mustangs opening possession which the Mounties blocked and recovered at the Smoky Mountain 19. Two plays later Caleb Holland scored on a 16-yard jaunt off the left side to give the Mountaineers a lead they would never relinquish.
Kings Mountain added three more scores in the first half and they started on the first play of second quarter when AJ Richardson scored on a one-yard run to cap off a 62-yard drive that started back in the first quarter. On the next Kings Mountain drive quarterback Lamont Littlejohn hooked up with Caleb Holland for a 27-yard touchdown toss. The Mountaineers offense struck again on their next possession to complete the first half scoring when Littlejohn connected with Ja’Qualyn Sanders on a 45-yard pass play to give Kings Mountain a comfortable 28-0 lead.
Kings Mountain added two more scores in the third quarter. Teddy Jeffries scored on the opening drive of the second half on a 2-yard run to cap off an 80-yard drive. The Littlejohn to Holland connection worked again for a 33-yard scoring toss just before the quarter ended to send the game into a running clock. Kings Mountain’s kicker, Jaden Ellis, had a perfect night by going 6 for 6 on point-after attempts to make the final score 42-0.
Kings Mountain’s offense totaled 432 yards with 185 passing and 247 rushing. They moved the chains 15 times and had no turnovers.
The Mustangs offense was stifled by the Mountaineers for most of the evening however, in the first quarter they moved the ball inside the Kings Mountain 15 but a tipped pass was intercepted by Kings Mountain safety Jake Lloyd at the two-yard line to end the threat and preserve the shutout. Smoky Mountain’s offense totaled 178 yards with 52 yards passing and 126 yards rushing. They move the chains 10 times but they suffered three interceptions.
Next week Kings Mountain will host the West Charlotte Lions.