For at least one night, the swagger was back in The Backyard.
Conway answered every challenge, shaking off early mistakes and rallying from a two-touchdown hole in the second half to edge Marlboro County 42-40 on Friday night.
Trailing the Bulldogs (2-2) by four points after Xavier Adams’ fifth touchdown pass of the night, Tigers quarterback Mykal Moody found freshman Brian Edwards with a 24-yard scoring strike on a fourth-and-5 to take a two-point lead with 2:42 to play
The Bulldogs tried to answer, driving into the red zone in the game’s final minute, but sacks and penalties left them with a fourth-and 35 at the Conway 40. Adams launched a prayer, and Moody, who came into the game at safety, snared the interception, sealing the win and ending Conway’s three-game losing streak.
Conway was in trouble early in both halves, drawing three penalties on it’s first possession, then giving up a 60-yard run on Marlboro County’s first play to set up and early score.
Conway rallied to tie the game at 20-20 at halftime, but the Bulldogs scored two quick touchdowns in the third to stretch the lead to 14.
“We got ourselves in a bind early on,” Conway coach Chuck Jordan said. :…but I felt like our kids just kept playing and kept playing. In the second half when we went down two scores, I think we were a little stressed at that point.”
“Our goal was to stress them. We felt like we had to stress them and put them in an uncomfortable situation, and we never really got that opportunity because they just kept coming back and we kept coming back. It had to be a good spectator’s game,” Jordan said.
The Tigers rallied, getting a 1-yard TD run and a conversion from Moody, who later hit Kahmil Cooper with an 83-yard scoring pass, then ran in another conversion to give Conway it’s first lead at 36-34.
“The bottom line is that we are Conway…,” Jordan said “You can only go so far with tradition and kids have to embrace it, and hopefully we did. But we’ve got a long season ahead of us.”
Moody was 16-for-26 passing for 307 yards with four touchdowns, and ran 29 times for 74 yards and two more scores.
Adams was 15-of-27 for 231 yards and Reggie Bright had 269 yards on 19 carries in the loss.
MC-Xavier Adams 4 pass to Mike McManus (kick failed), 8:22
C-Mykal Moody 17 run (kick failed), 9:46
MC-Adams 17 pass to Jamal Stanton (pass good), 6:13
C-Moody 10 pass to Malcolm Green (run good), 3:25
MC-Adams 20 pass to Stanton (kick blocked), 2:41
C-Moody 56 pass to Green (kick failed), 2:06
MC-Bright 28 run (kick good), 10:13
MC-Adams 37 pass to Raheem Ward (kick good), 5:46
C-Moody 1 run (run good), 2:01
C-Moody 83 pass to Kahmil Cooper (run good), 6:38
MC-Adams 44 pass to Ward (run failed), 5:01
C-Moody 24 pass to Brian Edwards (run failed), 2:42
RUSHING—Marlboro County- Reggie Bright 19-269; Fred David 4-18; Xavier Adams 8- -3; Jaquan Cole 12-1. Conway: Mykal Moody 29-74; Tyreke Phillips 9-68; Tyreke Crosland 3-20.
PASSING—Marlboro County-Adams 15-27-1 231. Conway: Moody 16-26-0 307.
RECEIVING—Marlboro County-Mike MCManus 5-49; David 2-48; Javori Ford 1-1; Jaquan Cole 2-11; Jamal Stanton 4-108; Raheem Ward 2-81; Bright 1-6.