By Mark Brock
DeKalb County Schools Athletics
Wesley Green had a pair of interceptions and a 48-yard punt return and was named game MVP
in leading M.L. King to a 41-15 victory over Blanche Ely in the opening game of the Battle of the
Borders Showdown on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Stephenson beat Norland 29-12 in the second game.
MLK’s Jamel Smith, who had two touchdowns in the game, had a one-yard touchdown
run with 3:27 left in the first quarter to put the Lions up 7-0 following
Dwane Taylor’s point after went through the uprights.
Green, a South Carolina commit, then struck as the Lions’ defense forced
Ely (1-1) to punt for the third consecutive time and second time from
inside their own 15. Green fielded the punt at the Ely 48-yard-line, broke
a pair of initial tackle attempts and raced down the left side for the
touchdown and a 14-0 Lions lead with 1:33 to play in the first quarter.
Ely’s LaDerrick Smith got outside on the ensuing kickoff and returned it
83 yards to the Lions’ 9-yard line to set the Tigers up in scoring
position. Two plays later, Ely quarterback Teddrick Moffet snuck it in from
the 1 to cut the lead to 14-7 with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.
Smith scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run while stiff
arming several Tigers along the left end to send the Lions into the half
The two teams traded turnovers to start the second half as Green picked
off his second pass of the game, this time at the goal line to end an Ely
scoring threat. The Lions marched 93 yards mostly on the legs of Robert
Pritchett, who had 66 yards of his 101 on the night in the drive.
Pritchett was struggling towards the end zone when he was hit and fumbled
at the 3. Lion lineman Kwan Stallworth picked up the loose ball and
put it in the end zone as MLK took a 28-7 lead
with 3:12 left in third quarter.
Roland Rivers connected with Raylan Elzy on a 2-yard pass play with 8:39
to play to increase the lead to 35-7 as Taylor hit his fifth point after
of the night.
Ely scored on its next drive on a 21-yard pass from Nelson Irvin to
Broderic James and converted the two-point conversion to cut the lead
The Lions closed out the scoring as Jonathan Mathis scored on a 17-yard
scamper to make the final of 41-15.
Defensive end Brock Smith was named the MVP for the Tigers.