After starting the season with two consecutive losses, Martin Luther King High School’s football team raised their record to 2-2 with a 20-18 win over Dobbins High on Friday night.
The game, in which the Cougars matched their win tally from the previous two seasons, got off to a quick start when MLK’s Delane Hart intercepted a pass intended for a Dobbins wide receiver. His 90-yard touchdown return was called back on a holding call, though.
On the Cougars second drive, quarterback Joseph Walker connected with Hart, in his role as star wide receiver, for a 60-yard touchdown.
Dobbins answered immediately, returning the kickoff for a touchdown.
Dobbins would soon take a 12-6 lead into halftime, and the second half started with a Mustangs interception. King’s defense held Dobbins without a score and answered back with a touchdown by running back Devonte Hunter.
A successful two-point conversion gave King a 14-12 lead that grew to 20-12 with 10 minutes remaining after a Walker running touchdown.
Dobbins would score another six after a few big plays on the ground, bringing the score to 20-18.
A scare, then final whistle
In the game’s final three minutes, star Cougars lineman Dontae Angus went down after a hard hit; though he wanted back in the game, he remained on the sidelines as the final whistle blew on King’s second consecutive win.
“We took the food off of their plate,” Head Coach Edward Dunn said to his team after shaking hands with Dobbins players. “We’re hungry. … We set a goal that we want to get to the postseason. We kept that dream alive today.”
Next up for Cougars is a Friday night home game against the Lincoln High Rail Splitters.