The Charlotte Catholic Cougars won their second game in impressive fashion under new coach Mike Brodowicz, this time beating the powerhouse Rock Hill Northwestern Trojans 45-28 Friday night at home.
The Cougars forced five Northwestern turnovers including two interception returns for touchdowns by Alexander LaPiana and Alexander Gagnon. Ryan Miller caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Cougars, and none bigger than his 13-yard catch late in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.
Jaret Anderson ran for 139 yards on 20 carries for Catholic, including a 19-yard touchdown run. Colton Perry also ran for a one-yard touchdown and carried 12 times for 75 yards for the Cougars. Catholic place kicker Marco Baeza also contributed with a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter.
The Trojans opened the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Harper Woods found Dupree Hart for an 8-yard touchdown pass and Northwestern led 7-0.
Catholic would score the next two touchdowns for a 14-7 advantage. Perrys one-yard plunge early in the second quarter tied the game at 7-7. On the Cougars next possession Miller caught a 13-yard score from quarterback John Walton and Catholic took the lead 14-7.
Northwestern (0-2, 0-0) would fight back to tie the game at 14-14, marching 71 yards eight players capped by a Julian Shockley five-yard run.
With the Trojans driving late in the second quarter deep in Catholic territory, LaPiana picked off Woods and rumbled 90 yards for a touchdown behind some great blocking to stun Northwestern and take a 21-14 halftime lead.
Catholic recovered a Trojans fumble on the second-half kickoff at the visitors 40, but couldnt convert a fourth and one at Northwesterns three-yard line. On the Trojans next possession, Michael White picked off a pass and took it to the Northwestern 23. But the Trojans defense held and the Cougars settled for Baezas 38-yard field goal for a 24-17 advantage.
Leading 38-28 early in the fourth quarter, Catholic staged its best possession of the night. The Cougars went 70 yards in 15 plays culminating in Millers second touchdown catch of 25 yards to salt the game away. The drive ate up nearly eight minutes, with all but 25 yards coming on the ground.
Hart was the main offensive threat for Northwestern. The running back/quarterback rushed for 119 yards on 10 carries, caught an eight-yard touchdown pass and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass.
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