By NEMS Daily Journal
MANTACHIE – Belmont coach Kerry Moody thought the break would come for his Cardinals. Finally it did.
The middle of the fourth quarter was coming into view when Alexander Fancher broke free on a 45-yard touchdown run.
That put Belmont ahead 12-7 with 8 minutes, 29 seconds to play, and the Cardinals – led by Fancher – poured it on in the final minutes to take a 24-7 win in area high school football action Friday.
Fancher finished with 178 yards on 12 carries and scored and added touchdown runs of 35 and 23 yards to his go-ahead dash.
“We told Alex at halftime we were eventually going to find something, and we did. He’s a tough kid, and he runs hard,” Moody said.
Belmont (1-0) took a first-quarter lead when Colin Harris passed 25 yards to Bryan Malone. The conversion attempt failed, as would three others to follow, and the scored remained 6-0.
Mantachie (0-2) struggled to maintain consistency on offense, finishing with just 64 rushing yards, but tied the game at 6 with 6:06 left in the third when Dustin Carroll passed 27 yards to Micah Sparks. A Carroll PAT gave the Mustangs the lead until Fancher kicked into high gear.
Fancher scored with 5:21 on the clock, then scored again with 2:36 to play.
Belmont finished with 313 yards, 249 on the ground.
“I thought we had several mistakes early on both sides, but our kids hung in there. I thought we got better as the game went on,” Moody said.