SHANNON – Shannon coach Chad Cook wasn’t pleased with the beating his team took at home Friday night, but he tried to keep things in perspective.
“You’ve got to look at who we’re playing,” he said.
And who the rebuilding Red Raiders are playing without. Using inexperienced sophomores to replace injured key players in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Shannon was not able to keep pace with Memphis East, falling behind 43-0 mid-way through the fourth quarter before losing 50-22.
The Red Raiders dropped to 0-2, while Memphis East improved to 1-1.
“That’s a Memphis 5A team with D1 prospects all over the field,” Cook said. “We are young in a lot of critical areas. We were missing three linemen, and that hurts us both ways.”
The Mustangs’ speed hurt Shannon most of all, primarily tailback Brian Kimbrow, who rushed for three touchdowns and returned a kick 84 yards for a fourth.
Shannon trailed 22-0 but was driving in the middle of the third quarter when it fumbled inside the East 15-yard line.
It was a potential 14-point swing, as the Mustangs worked their way down the field, and Kimbrow broke free over the left side for a 45-yard touchdown run. East led 29-0 with 5 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the period.
The gap widened as East’s Nick King passed 2 yards to Robert Fields six seconds into the fourth quarter.
A minute later Nikkous Moore returned an interception 30 yards for a score, and the lead was 43-0.
The Red Raiders got on the board with 8:46 to play when Legilbert Bogan and Devontae Middlebrooks connected on a 43-yard pass-and-run.
Shannon later scored on touchdown runs of 10 yards by Shawn Goree and 4 yards by Nick Pack.
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