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The South Mustangs earned a measure of revenge, rallying for a 24-18 overtime win over Lancaster middle school rival A.R. Rucker on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
Dreshun Stewart, who sparked the Mustangs’ second-half rally, swept right end on an 11-yard touchdown run to lift SMS to the six-point win.
Stewart’s decisive run came two plays after the Mustangs’ defense had stopped Rucker short on its four downs from the 10 in the overtime.
“This was a solid team win,” South coach Jerry Wright said. “Our defense stood strong in stopping Rucker on offense and then our offense delivered when we got the ball. It took a team effort and I’m proud of our players.
“I thought both teams played hard and featured some outstanding play,” Wright said.
Rucker, which posted a 14-6 win over South for its first win over the Mustangs in the Rams’ history earlier this season, held a 12-6 lead at the break. On the final play of the half, Mario McFadden bolted 40 yards to put the Rams up by six.
South’s Terrell White, who scored twice, sprinted 30 yards to tie the game at 12 in the final period.
On the ensuing kickoff, an alert Stewart stripped the ball and sprinted 20 yards to put South up, 18-12.
Rucker responded in lightning fashion as McFadden took the South kickoff 98 yards to tie the game at 18-all.
The game stayed tied until the sixth play of OT when Stewart circled in for the clinching TD.
Rucker broke on top as Jerell White scored for a 6-0 lead.
South tied the game as Terrell White tallied on a 10-yard run.
“I really have to salute our guys for their effort,” Wright said. “This was a challenge for us with two games this week, including a rivalry game, but our guys were determined.”
The Mustangs opened the week with a 44-12 win over Buford Middle School after the game was rained out the previous Thursday and reset for Monday.
“Two football games in four days is a test, but we came through,” Wright said.
South, 6-1, hosts New Heights on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
A.R. Rucker, 4-2, visits Fairfield on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Rams host Chester on Nov. 5 to cap their 2009 campaign.