Charlotte Catholic was fortunate to be down by a single point when its offense took the field on its own eight-yard-line with 4:54 remaining in regulation.
Charlotte Christian coughed up the ball with three red zone turnovers, and the Cougars made the most of its final opportunity on their way to a dramatic 19-14 win on Aug. 18.
Catholic drove 92 yards in 4:27 for the go-ahead and game-winning score. Junior quarterback Chris Walton rolled right and hit a crossing Milan Howard with a short pass. Howard, a senior running back, quickly turned it up field, overcame a couple of Knights’ defenders and trotted into the end zone for the 20-yard touchdown with 0:27.5 left in the game.
“When I came off the line the linebacker jammed me and forced me inside, so I ran with it,” Howard said. “Once I caught the ball there was a safety, corner and Jeremiah (Gray) for the other safety on the other side for Charlotte Christian. Once I caught the ball I tried to get the most yards as possible, because we could’ve kicked a field goal and we would’ve won the game. Once I broke the first two tackles I knew I was in. We knew they were going to be a great team, because of how they played last year and all the kids can hit. It was a great game.”
The Cougars two-point conversion attempt failed, but senior cornerback Sam Broom intercepted Charlotte Christian quarterback Garrett Shrader to seal the victory. Sophomore fullback Lamagea McDowell, Howard and junior running back Michael Neel combined for 313 of Catholic’s 340 rushing yards, and the Cougars never turned the ball over.
“I thought it was a great team effort,” Catholic coach Mike Brodowicz said. “I said, ‘We’re going to run it right down their throat. I don’t care how many they put in the box, but if we need to throw the ball to win, we’re going to be prepared.’ That’s what we did at the end of the game.”
Catholic will make the two-mile drive for its annual date with South Meck for “The Battle for Park Road,” which is at 7 p.m. Aug. 25. The Cougars enter this rivalry game with plenty of confidence and momentum, while the Sabres are coming off a disappointing 33-19 loss to Marvin Ridge. Catholic should be 4-0 by the time it starts conference play with a visit from Monroe Sept. 22.
Charlotte Kickoff Night Powered by OrthoCarolina at historic Memorial Stadium included some big-time matchups Aug. 19. Providence Day overwhelmed Olympic with an impressive start to the season by beating the Trojans 41-26. Providence Day established a strong foundation to build on as it moves forward deeper into its schedule.
Myers Park hammered Charlotte Country Day 31-0 by dominating the Buccaneers on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs should be 6-0 by the time it hosts Butler Oct. 6, barring a disaster.
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