Region 6-AAAAA isn’t the three-horse race that some thought.
Mays, a team that lost its opener to Carver, shocked fourth-ranked M.L. King, the defending region champion, 36-28 on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class AAAAA – Tucker and Stephenson – remained unbeaten in region play.
Mays’ Kessely Tyler scored three touchdowns, and his last one gave Mays a 21-6 lead in the second quarter. Tyshawn Brown caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ayinde Russell midway in the fourth quarter for a 36-20 lead.
M.L. King got within 36-28 but didn’t mount a serious threat after that.
‘’It was bittersweet,’’ said Mays coach Corey Jarvis, who was M.L. King’s coach from 2005, when the school opened, to 2009 and compiled a record of 49-11. “I saw a lot of kids that I knew on that team. A couple of them were ball boys and I used to work out with them in the seventh grade. It was different beating them. But our kids played well. We played as a team.’’
Mays defensive end Natrez Patrick, rated one of the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the nation among juniors, had at least two sacks, perhaps four, Jarvis said. Patrick, Tyler, Brown and Russell are juniors.
Jarvis said improved special teams play was the difference between the opening loss to Carver (20-19).
“’Coach (Darren) Myles (of Carver) did a good job in that game, but we shot ourselves in the foot with special teams,’’ Jarvis said. “I don’t think our kids took special teams as seriously as they should have. We found a kicker who can kick. That’s one of the big improvements.’’
M.L. King had won 19 straight region games.