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High school football: Wonders lose at home to Cox Mill, fall to 0-2 in SPC

Staff report

KANNAPOLIS — A.L. Brown’s tradition-rich football program was on the wrong side of history for the second straight week.

A.L. Brown lost to Central Cabarrus for the first time a week ago. This time the history-maker was Cox Mill, which had been 0-5 lifetime against the Wonders before Friday’s contest.

The Chargers prevailed in a mild upset at Memorial Stadium, 21-13, handing the reeling Wonders (4-4, 0-2 South Piedmont Conference) their first home loss of the year.

As was the case last week, the Wonders turned it over four times.

In a world-turned-upside-down scenario in the SPC, Cox Mill (6-2, 2-0) is tied for first with Northwest Cabarrus, while A.L. Brown is tied for last with Concord.

Cox Mill went up 7-0 on a quarterback sneak by Dane Horton in the first quarter.

It was 14-0 after Horton connected with Christian Henry for a touchdown pass in the second quarter. That was the score at halftime.

The Wonders finally got on the scoreboard with 5:14 left in the third quarter on a 7-yard run by Jaron Cooper to cut the deficit to 14-6.

The killer play for A.L. Brown was a fumble return touchdown by Cox Mill cornerback Wesley Poindexter. That momentum-changer put the Chargers ahead 21-6 with 1:40 left in the third quarter.

A.L. Brown Jordan Medley hit Antonio Knight for a 58-yard touchdown with 8:13 left to play, and the PAT kick by Alex Gutierrez made it 21-13.

Cox Mill missed a field goal that would have put the game out of reach with a little over two minutes left. The Wonders had one last chance to put a drive together, but an interception clinched the victory for the Chargers.

Jnaz Jordan had an interception for the Wonders, Jatarius Mason recovered a fumble, and Steven Robinson had a big sack.

Medley passed for 155 yards and rushed for a net of 54.

Horton threw for 124 yards.

Cox Mill hosts Robinson (4-3, 1-1) next week, while the Wonders host surging Northwest Cabarrus (8-0, 2-0).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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