With his team desperately backed up, Keyshawn Young split two defenders and caught a pass just over the fingertip of a defensive back and raced down the sideline for a 91-yard touchdown in Miami High’s victory over Sunset at Curtis Park.
Young, who has scored four touchdowns in two consecutive games, also totaled 245 yards on just 14 offensive touches and carried the Stings (4-2) to victory. Young had 149 rushing yards and three rushing scores.
“First of all, I need to thank the offensive line for blocking,” Young said. “Every time I touched the ball, I just smell the end zone. I got to get in the end zone. But that was a tough catch.”
Sunset (1-5) led 14-0 in the first quarter after a Juwel Laguerre touchdown pass to Da’Shawn Dawkins and a 25-yard Laguerre run.
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But the Knights could not hold on and Young did on his 91-yard reception to swing momentum.
Young’s first rushing score and a 60-yard pass from Murphy Theodore to Gary Cummings gave the Stings 21 unanswered points and a 21-14 lead. But Juwan Laguerre would tie the game before the half with a 75-yard punt return to keep things close.
“We couldn’t make the mistakes we made in the first half,” Stings coach Ivan Rosales said. “We had a lot of mental mistakes and that’s indicative of a young team. We are sophomore heavy and lack that experience and maturity but we are trying to work on those problems. Once we were able to erase those problems, we were able to execute.”
The Stings had no problem putting up another 21 unanswered points in the second half, kick started by Young touchdown runs of 50 yards and four yards. Fred Brown recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final score in the victory.
Juwel Laguerre rushed 26 times for 105 yards and had one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in the loss. Theodore was 8-of-13 with 248 passing yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.
Julian Noriega had a sack, interception and a fumble recovery in the loss. Rahiem Ladson had two of the Stings six sacks in the victory.