The Charlotte Christian Knights needed one more win in their regular-season finale to cap off an undefeated season. Mission accomplished.
The Knights jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and defeated the visiting Providence Day Chargers 38-10 to complete a perfect 10-0 regular season and 3-0 conference mark. Charlotte Christian, winners of the 2012 NCISAA state title, will begin defense of their championship next Friday when they will host Providence Day once again in the state semifinals.
Knights sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall was asked what it was like to play on a team that was undefeated in the regular season. It feels great, he said. Last year it wasn't like that as I transferred in this season and it feels great. Theyre screaming and shouting in there (the locker room) 10-0, conference champs. Its awesome.
Knights coach Jason Estep was asked if during training camp in August he thought he had a team that could go undefeated. Yes, he responded without hesitation. I thought we had good senior leadership coming back and we have the right people in the right spots. Weve overcome some things, we've had some guys step up and play in some key positions for us and its worked out.
Charlotte Christian running back Elijah Deveaux rushed for 138 yards on 21 carries and ran for 3 touchdowns. Kendall threw a pair of touchdown passes of 35 and 58 yards to Matthew Weigel and Bo Hines respectively, and also ran for a 34-yard score.
Equally impressive was the Charlotte Christian defense. The Knights forced 15 negative-yardage plays in the game and the Chargers offense could never get untracked.
The good thing all year is when our offense has played really good weve picked for our defense and vice-versa. Tonight we struggled a little bit on offense, we had three turnovers. Our defense, probably the right word, was suffocating.
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