Many around the area picked this to be a hard-fought battle between the Wonders of A.L. Brown and the Golden Lions of Shelby. Well, it was anything but. Brown took a 9-0 first quarter lead and a 16-0 half-time advantage and turned it into a 44-0 drubbing of Shelby. That’s their worst loss at home since 2002 when they lost 40-0 to Crest.
The Wonders got on the board early with a Kalif Phillips five-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked however. The Golden Lions started to doom themselves early when Spencer Clark threw an interception Kannapolis linebacker Gabe Lucero. Fortunately, the Golden Lions’ defense held and the Wonders had to settle for a 40-yard field-goal by Erik Amaya.
The Golden Lions kept moving the ball but never could complete a drive. They had a chance to get on the board in the second quarter, but kicker Manning Burton missed a 30-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the upright. The Shelby defense would continue bailing the offense out in the first half. But the defense would not hold for long as Robert Pinkston would add to Kannapolis’s lead with a nine-yard dash into the end-zone. The kick after was good.
This time last year, the Golden Lions rallied from 35-0 to score 24 unanswered points before Brown pulled away with a 42-24 victory. This night would see no such comeback.
The second half got uglier very fast for Shelby. They failed to move the ball on their first drive in the second half. Then the Wonders went back to work. Keenan Medley capped off the Wonders first drive in the second half with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Keeon Johnson. Ricky Sherrill got in the excitement as well with a 26-yard touchdown run. That put the Wonders up 30-0.
The first play in the fourth quarter, Phillips put another touchdown on the board for the Wonders. Malik Patterson capped off the Wonders’ scoring with a 73-yard run.
The Golden Lions will try and rebound as they travel to take on Ashbrook next week. The Wonders will try and keep the momentum going as they host rival South Rowan.