KANNAPOLIS — It was Senior Night at A.L. Brown, but a couple of underclassmen showed flashes of what the Wonders’ future holds.
Sophomore quarterback Cam Kromah completed 11 of 13 passes for 205 yards with four touchdowns to lead A.L. Brown to its fifth straight “Battle for the Bell” victory over Concord.
Junior wide receiver Isaiah Black caught three of those touchdown passes and had five receptions for 129 yards in A.L. Brown’s 59-21 win Friday night at Kannapolis Memorial Stadium.
“I love it here. This team is full of great guys,” Kromah said. “I think we have a lot in store. We have a lot of good things to look forward to.”
Both Kromah and Black weren’t even in high school the last time the Wonders lost to the Spiders. Then, on Friday night, the two helped the Wonders score the most points by an individual team in the rival’s all-time series.
“It’s awesome to have a great group of underclassmen that we can rely on and have ready to play for next year, but we have to keep taking care of this year for right now,” A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome said.
Kromah, who transferred from Vance High School before this season, took over as A.L. Brown’s starting quarterback against West Rowan in the third game of the year, replacing Black.
This season, Kromah has passed for 1,260 yards with nine touchdowns to eight interceptions.
“I started at quarterback and it wasn’t going right for me,” Black said. “I had a talk with Coach Newsome to see if I could move to receiver to help the team out, and we have been successful.”
Black had his best game as a wide receiver on Friday night, and now has 284 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.
“Isaiah, he runs such good routes and he is so quick off the ball,” Newsome said. “If he can put a little size on him and a little more heft on him, he would make every college football coach in America go after him.”
Kromah played his most efficient game of the season. He threw two incompletions, both in the first half. But he also completed nine of 11 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone.
Before he arrived at A.L. Brown in 2011, Newsome coached some of the nation’s best quarterbacks at Butler High School in Matthews, including Christian LeMay (Georgia), Riley Ferguson (Tennessee and Memphis) and Jacob Charest (Illinois).
In the future, the Wonders coach said, Kromah might not have to take a back seat to any of them.
“I’ve coached some really good quarterbacks, several All-Americans and several Division I kids, and (Kromah) has a chance to be as good, if not better, than every one of those guys,” Newsome said. “He’s going to be special if he keeps growing and maturing as a quarterback.”
Kromah hooked up with Black on a 9-yard strike on the Wonders’ first drive of the game, and then again for a 23-yard touchdown pass on third-and-8 in the second quarter.
Black caught a 53-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.
“I saw space, and I kind of nodded at Cam, like I am open. He found me,” Black said.
A.L. Brown (7-3, 3-2 South Piedmont 3A) closes its season by winning three of its final four regular-season games.
The Wonders, who now prepare for the state playoffs, scored 108 points in their last two games.
“It means a lot. We are giving this back to the community,” Kromah said. “We owe it all to them. They support us in everything we do.”