The talk about Charlotte Catholic coming into this season was about what the team lost.
The 2014 Cougars were excited on Saturday night to show what they have now.
Sweet 16 No. 12 Charlotte Catholic beat host Providence Day 35-23 in the finale of the High School Kickoff Night event.
The Cougars didnt have All-American running back Elijah Hood, but they had junior Jaret Anderson, who rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Jim Oddo wasnt on the sideline as head coach for the first time in 40 years, but longtime assistant Mike Brodowicz earned his first head coaching win and opened up the playbook, adding some passing to the traditional Wing-T offense.
Charlotte Catholic quarterbacks Josh Brodowicz and John Walton combined to go 4-of-8 for 80 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
I think we were all really excited to prove, like, what we can be without Elijah or Oddo, Anderson said. I mean everyone thought without Elijah or without coach Oddo we were just going to fall off, but tonight I think we just proved everyone wrong.
Providence Day hung with the Cougars in the first half, trailing 21-17 at the break.
The Chargers scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 13 yards by sophomore Gabe Montgomery and a 26-yard Luke Henegar field goal.
Montgomery was a bright spot for the Chargers, finishing with 125 yards on 24 carries.
Hes a sophomore, so hes got many more yards to gain, Providence Day coach Bruce Hardin said. Hes that type of player, and I think as the season goes on hell be right there with the best of them.
Josh Brodowicz found Jack Fassler for a 39-yard touchdown pass, and Anderson had touchdown runs of 46 and 6 yards in the first half to give the Cougars the advantage.
He was very good on the JV team, Mike Brodowicz said about Anderson. He worked hard, hes strong, hes an elusive type back. ... I thought overall he did what I hoped he would do.
The Cougars pulled away in the second half, scoring on a 10-yard Anderson run on the first drive of the third quarter and on a 2-yard run by Cole Perry (63 yards) with 8:32 left in the game to take a 35-17 lead.
Charlotte Catholics relentless running attack seemed to wear the Chargers down in the second half.
Providence Day scored on a 4-yard pass from John Schweitzer (9-of-16, 246 yards, interception) to Ryan Connor with 1:54 left, but couldnt recover the onside kick.
Im real proud of their effort, Hardin said. Were not as seasoned as (Charlotte Catholic) right now. ... Well get there. Im pleased.
Mike Brodowicz said he was relieved to get a win in his first game as a head coach.
I thought tonight, you know, we had some miscues both from coaching aspects and obviously putting the ball on the ground ... three times and a pick, he said. Were going to have to cut those down if were going to win games because it almost cost us tonight against a good team in Providence Day.
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