MONROE Running back Elijah Deveaux’s 65-yard touchdown run on the game’s first play from scrimmage got No. 9 Charlotte Christian off to a big start in a 42-12 victory over the Monroe Redhawks on Friday night.
Deveaux rushed 20 times for 176 yards and quarterback Austin Kendall passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Knights (4-0) fought off a late second-quarter scoring threat by Monroe and pulled away in the second half.
The Redhawks (3-2), who lost their second straight game after three wins to start the season, responded with a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Eric Heath on Charlotte Christian’s second possession. A two-point conversion pass failed, leaving Charlotte Christian with a 7-6 lead after one quarter.
Kendall’s first touchdown pass of the game, an 11-yard strike to Bo Hines two minutes into the second quarter, gave Charlotte Christian a 14-6 lead and the Knights expanded it to 21-6 on a 16-yard scoring pass from Kendall to Garrett Bradbury with just 19 seconds left in the half.
But Monroe responded with a drive from their own 37, aided by a pass interference penalty against Charlotte Christian. Operating from the Charlotte Christian 29, quarterback Isaiah Thomas found receiver Jacquies Alsbrooks across the middle as time ran out, but he was brought down at the Knights 2 after a 27-yard gain.
The Redhawks didn’t get back into Charlotte Christian territory until the fourth quarter.
Charlotte Christian wrapped up the victory with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. Kendall finished a short drive with a touchdown on a one-yard keeper and the Knights drove 80 yards on their next possession, scoring with 2:48 left in the quarter on a 17-yard pass from Kendall to Bradbury.
That made the score 35-6 and Charlotte Christian tacked on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kendall to Hines with 8:47 left in the game.
The Redhawks finished the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Rahmaad Sturdivant.
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