Written by Tommy Cummings
Kameron Kelly uses versatility to carry Wylie past Mans. Summit into regionals
SOUTHLAKE — Going into the game, everyone knew Wylie senior Kameron Kelly was versatile.
Kelly lived up to that reputation, scoring four touchdowns and coming up with two turnovers on defense to help Wylie roll to a 4A Region II Area Round victory over Mansfield Summit.
Wylie (8-4) advances to the next round to take on South Oak Cliff, which defeated Frisco Centennial 63-37. Summit finished 6-6.
Kelly, a 6-2 senior who’s considering TCU and Baylor, was all over the slick Dragon Stadium turf. He caught five passes for 105 yards and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown on his only carry from scrimmage. He also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
“Last year at this time, we were out of the playoffs,” Kelly said. “So, it’s just special to keep it going, keep it going with my boys.”
Wylie coach Bill Howard said his team, which won its fourth in a row, is hitting its stride, but he also took particular note of Kelly’s performance.
“I don’t know how much bigger a game he could have,” Howard said.
Kelly’s presence was felt early. Four minutes into the game, he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carsen Cook. On the 65-yard drive, Cook completed four passes, including a 27-yard strike to Kelly on third-and-16.
Summit answered on its next drive as sophomore quarterback Braden Nolen hit Lane Schwab on an 11-yard pass.
That tie lasted 13 seconds.
Wylie’s Alex Wesley fielded the ensuing kickoff at his 25, found a seam in the heart of the Summit return team and scored on a 75-yard return.
In the second quarter, Kelly came up with his interception. But a play later, Summit linebacker Jearld McGlothin stripped the ball and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.
Lane Schwab’s conversion run made it 15-14, Summit’s only lead.
Cook brought back Wylie with a 75-yard scoring drive. He finished it off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kelly with 5:26 left before halftime, giving Wylie the lead for good.
Summit closed the gap to 21-18 on Ryan Rodriguez’s 29-yard field goal with 2:46 left in the second quarter.
Wylie added to its margin just before halftime. Cook drove Wylie 60 yards, completing a 19-yard pass to Kelly on third-and-10. Kelly covered the final five yards on a sweep and Wylie led 28-18 at halftime.
On its first possession of the third quarter, Wylie drove 77 yards with Cook getting the final two yards.
Minutes later, Wylie’s Elijah Davis intercepted Nolen and returned the ball 20 yards to the Summit 37. Three plays later, Cook connected with Kelly from 29 yards.
Cook was 12-of-23 for 205 yards. His three touchdown passes upped his season total to 19. He also rushed for team-leading 72 yards.
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