Charlotte Christian and Providence Day entered their Oct. 27 showdown with near identical one-loss records and vying for a conference title and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but left Overcash Stadium as teams headed in two completely different directions after the Knights came away with a lopsided 52-14 win.
Both teams came in hot as the Chargers had won seven straight and the Knights had won eight consecutive games.
After a Charlotte Christian drive stalled in the first quarter, Nathan Collins got the Knights on the board with a 31-yard field goal.
The Chargers would respond, however, and take a 7-3 lead with under a minute to go in the first quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by Osita Ekwonu.
From there, it was all Charlotte Christian.
The Knights scored each of the next 49 points and did so in a variety of ways.
“I was a little disappointed with some penalties in the first half, but we checked ourselves at halftime and we got going,” Knights coach Jason Estep said.
The Knights led 17-7 at the half, but really flexed their muscles in the second half despite star running back and Stanford commit Justus Woods having to sit the final two periods after an injury.
Quarterback Garrett Shrader threw for 197 yards and three scores – two of which went to Terrelle Brown – but the story of the night was the offensive line and the Knights potent run game.
Josh Eboboko (21 carries, 139 yards and a touchdown), Woods (12 carries, 106 yards in the first half), freshman Henry Rutledge (seven carries, 99 yards and a touchdown), Shrader (10 rushes, 86 yards) and freshman Chip Kasay (three carries, 27 yards and a score) all had big games as the Knights ran for 452 yards and put up 649 total yards on what had been a very good Providence Day defense coming into the game.
“That might be a record for us – I don’t ever remember any of our teams putting up that much – but
obviously we had some big plays that helped but we knew that we had the opportunity to hit some big plays against them,” Estep said. “I think our tempo got to them a little bit and I think they started to wear down.
“Our offensive line did an unbelievable job blocking for us and opened up some big holes, but we got after them. We knew they were a big physical team and we needed to come to play and that’s what we did.”
The Knights also got a defensive touchdown from sophomore LJ Brown late in the fourth quarter and the Christian defense was superb all night, holding the Chargers to just 210 yards of total offense behind big games from JT Killen (15 tackles) and Jackson Horner (two sacks), Obi Egbuna, Ricky Kofoed and Jeberechiah (JB) Awolowo, who all had nine tackles apiece.
“Our defense played well again and got them in tough situations,” Estep said. “I think when you have to have offensive guys play defense and you go against tempo that it hurts your offense sometimes.
“Overall it was a really good win for us.”