For nearly three quarters of Friday nights 42-21 victory against Providence Day, Charlotte Latin struggled to get out of its own way. The Hawks trailed 21-14 late in the third quarter due to a number of ill-timed miscues on both sides of the ball.
It was a nightmare, Latin coach Larry McNulty said. Those first three quarters were an absolute nightmare. Every time we got something positive, we had a penalty or some kind of mistake. Everybody just hung in there.
The Hawks (6-1, 1-1) finished strong, though, starting with a game-tying score late in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones to wide receiver Matt Wingard. That touchdown sparked a dominant finish for the Hawks, who scored the games final 28 points.
In that third to fourth quarter, we got a lot of momentum going, Latin wide receiver and defensive back Carson Song said. A switch kind of clicked, especially on offense. We got into a routine, and I think Daniel (Jones) did a great job reading the defense.
Following Wingards touchdown grab, the Hawks defense forced a three-and-out that set up the go-ahead score. Latin running back Denzel Pearson carried all three times on the drive for a total of 56 yards, including a touchdown from 17 yards out. Pearson finished with 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
The Hawks defense gave up just one first down on the following drive before forcing a punt by a shorthanded Providence Day (5-3, 0-1), which played without its starting quarterback and running back due to injuries.
With a 28-21 lead and the ball in their possession with 7:47 remaining, the Hawks produced a decisive eight-play, 62-yard drive that ate 2 minutes, 50 seconds of clock. Song kept the drive alive with a 9-yard catch in traffic on fourth-and-6, and Latin made it 35-21 two plays later, when Jones found wide receiver Kanyon Tuttle on a 12-yard scoring strike.
Song, who finished with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, picked off Providence Days Corbin Balzer on the first play of the ensuing drive to erase any remaining doubt.
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