Thanks to kicker Skylar Reese, the Sharks escaped with a 16-14 comeback win over Edison on Saturday night at North Miami Stadium.
After the Sharks fell behind by a touchdown in the third quarter, Reese hit three consecutive field goals, including the game-winning 20-yarder with just more than the three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to put Mourning (2-1) over the top.
“I never knew a 100-pound kicker can kick the ball so well. He’s a great kid, and he’s going to get the game ball tonight,” Mourning coach Carl Cirkl said of Reese. “We didn’t quit, and this win just raises our confidence level.”
Mourning jumped out to an early lead after running back Austin Stradford took a short pass from quarterback Den Midy and broke free for a 50-yard score on the first possession of the game.
Edison’s Maurice Nelson provided a much-needed jolt for the Red Raiders offense in the second quarter, capping off an impressive drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Fredrick Thorton to tie the score 7-7 and struck again with a 40-yard rushing touchdown in the third to give Edison its first lead of the game.
But after Reese’s field goals, a last-gasp effort to mount a game-winning drive was cut short when Mourning linebacker Dylan Barron intercepted Nelson to seal the win for the Sharks.