Texas A&M commit Kellen Mond shines in IMG Academy debut

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Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports

LOGANVILLE, GA – Kellen Mond continues to prove why he’s arguable the top dual-threat quarterback in the country, helping the IMG Academy Ascenders rally to a 26-7 victory over the Grayson Rams last Saturday.

The Ascenders fell behind early in the second quarter, as Grayson quarterback Chase Brice hooked up with receiver Jamyest Williams on a 56-yard bomb to take a 7-0 lead. Mond would answer by gaining every yard on the ensuing 15-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game.

A 57-yard field goal by Cooper Graham would break the tie before halftime, giving IMG Academy a 10-7 lead.

To start the second half, Mond would run a quarterback draw on every play except for one, leading to another Ascenders touchdown. Graham would miss the extra point, but IMG would never look back after taking a 16-7 lead.

It would end up being a recurring theme on the night, as Mond led the fourth ranked Ascenders to 26 unanswered points, en route to the 26-7 win over second ranked Grayson. Mond finished with 114 passing yards and a touchdown, connecting on 13 of his 24 passing attempts. The 6-foot-3 Mond also racked up 137 rushing yards on 33 attempts to go along with two rushing touchdowns.

“You saw a lot of his abilities as a dual-threat guy,” Ascenders head coach Kevin Wright told ESPN 2 after the game. “We basically lined him up and ran a lot of quarterback iso, and then just when they load the box we had him throw the ball down the field. That’s pretty tough to stop when you’ve got a guy who can run the ball and throw the ball like that, and he probably ran the ball tonight more than he has in any one game in his life, I think.”

The Ascenders (1-0) hit the road again this week as IMG Academy will take on powerhouse Corona Centennial (1-0). The Centennial Huskies are coming off a shootout versus Arizona Chandler, which finished with Centennial accumulating nearly 800 yards of offense in the 56-49 victory.

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