Charlotte Christian took advantage of several costly Charlotte Latin mistakes and earned a 38-3 road win over the Hawks Friday night.
The game was the CISAA conference opener for both teams. The Hawks and Knights both entered the game undefeated, but Sweet 16 No. 8 Christian (6-0, 1-0) took control early and didn’t look back.
“It was good to catch some breaks, especially on the road,” Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep said. “It was our defense that came out and played well tonight.”
The Latin (5-1, 0-1) mistakes started on the team’s first drive when junior quarterback Daniel Jones threw an interception to Christian’s Jaylon McClinton, who returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.
A bad snap on a Latin punt later in the first quarter set up a 12-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Elijah Deveaux.
Then, with less than a minute left in the first half, Latin was on its own 3-yard-line when a snap went over Jones’ head and was recovered in the end zone by Charlotte Christian sophomore linebacker Ryan Gilmartin.
The Knights also got first half touchdowns on a 5-yard run by Connor Maitland and a 47-yard run by Deveaux.
Deveaux finished with 119 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Charlotte Christian sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall finished 7-of-12 passing for 81 yards.
Latin struggled offensively all game. The Hawks only made it past midfield twice in the first half and the team’s lone score came on a 27-yard field goal by Nick Gardner early in the second quarter.
Charlotte Christian led 35-3 at halftime.
Charlotte Latin came into the game averaging nearly 50 points per game. Quarterback Jones was 20-of-40 for 214 yards and two interceptions in the game.
“I thought our defense played well,” Estep said. “We gave up some plays, but, you know, we didn’t give up a home run and we contained them. ... To hold them to three points is a pretty good deal.”
The lone second half score came on a 45-yard field goal by Charlotte Christian junior kicker Jackson Van Sickle, his first field goal attempt of the year.
Estep still saw room to improve in the lopsided win. Van Sickle missed two field goals in the second half and Estep said his offense never seemed to “get into a flow.”
“Charlotte Latin had a good plan, at least defensively, on trying to stop us and adding a lot of pressure, which we worked on, we just didn’t do a very good job of picking it up,” Estep said. “As a coach, you want everything to work.”
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