Mountaineers Pound the Bulldogs 40-28
November 8, 2008By Jimmy Davis of Kings Mountain High School
copied from shelbystar/varsitync.com
LAWNDALE - Kings Mountain had already clinched a share of its first Southwestern Conference title since 1998 as it entered Burns Stadium Friday night for a county showdown.
But after a 10-year wait, the Mountaineers weren't in a sharing mood.
Kings Mountain (8-3, 5-0 SWC) won a shootout, 40-28, to go undefeated in the conference and avenge last year's season-ending loss to Burns thanks to some big offensive performances by quarterback Mike Roberts and running back Joe Chambers.
Trailing 28-20 early in the third quarter, the Mountaineers rattled off 20 straight points while the defense came to life, keeping Burns scoreless down the stretch.
In the first half, marked by over 200 yards of penalties combined for the two teams, Chambers went over the 1000-yard mark in rushing for the season on a 51-yard touchdown run on the game's first drive.
Then in the second half, Roberts refused to let the Mountaineers fall to the upset-minded Bulldogs.
The senior quarterback threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to receiver Terrance Young on a fade route with Kings Mountain facing a fourth and 11 play. The pass play put Roberts over 1,000 yards passing for the year, but he wasn't done yet.
On the next Mountaineers possession, Roberts broke through a hole on the right side of the line for a 22-yard running score. That also put him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season as well.
With Kings Mountain still in a battle and leading just 34-28 early in the fourth quarter, Roberts flew through the middle of the defense for a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Mountaineers some breathing room.
Roberts finished the game with 216 yards on the ground and 133 through the air, accounting for four touchdowns.
"We knew it was going to be tough," Kings Mountain coach Greg Lloyd said. "Burns played great and our kids played hard. Just because they had a poor record, it didn't mean they didn't have good players that would play hard.
"I don't know (if a close game) was what people were expecting, but that's what I was expecting."
Burns played one of its best all-around contests of the year, led by a senior crew playing their last game in Bulldogs' uniforms.
Monterio Meriweather ran for 148 of his 176 total yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The offensive line created some big holes led by seniors Clint Melton and Andrew Lackey, while the defense was led by some big plays from Jeremy Givens.
Burns increased a 21-20 halftime lead to eight points in less than a minute on a 66-yard pass from Spencer Martin to Jonah Brooks, who hurdled a fallen Mountaineers defensive back into the end zone.
"I couldn't be any prouder of the guys and the way they played tonight," Burns interim coach David Devine said.
Kings Mountain will learn its first-round 3A opponent today when the state playoffs are announced.