Charlotte Christian surrendered points to a CISAA opponent for the first time Friday night, but rebounded with a 49-0 run and walloped host Providence Day 52-14.
The Knights, ranked fourth in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, wrapped up a 3-0 league record and probably clinched the top seed in the private schools’ Division 3 playoffs that start next week.
Providence Day, ranked 16th, lost for the first time in its three CISAA games.
After Charlotte Christian took a 3-0 lead on a Nathan Collins field goal early in the first quarter, Providence Day responded by driving 63 yards and scoring on a 4-yard run by Osita Ekwonu with 39 seconds left in the period. Up to that point, the Knights had outscored their league foes 79-0.
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Undeterred, the Knights drove 80 yards and took the lead for good on a 35-yard pass from Garrett Shrader to Terelle Brown. The scoring play came on fourth down – the first of two Charlotte Christian touchdowns on fourth down in the quarter.
The other score came on the first half’s final play, when Shrader connected with Brown from 2 yards out. That gave the Knights a 24-7 lead, and after they drove 80 yards for a touchdown on their first possession of the second half, the rout was on.
The Knights had four running backs with 85 or more yards, and Shrader was a model of efficiency, completing 17 of 23 passes and three touchdowns.
Records: Charlotte Christian is 8-1, 3-0 in CISAA; Providence Day is 8-2, 2-1.
3 who mattered
Josh Eboboko (Charlotte Christian): He took over running the ball after Justus Woods left the game, carrying 22 times for 149 yards.
Thomas Gelorme (Providence Day): The Chargers’ kicker, Gelorme twice landed punts inside the Charlotte Christian 5-yard line and had kicks of 50 and 62 yards in the first half.
Garrett Shrader (Charlotte Christian): The Knights’ senior quarterback completed 17 of 23 passes for 192 yards, and he ran 10 times for another 85 yards.
▪ A pair of freshmen – Christopher Kasay and Henry Rutledge – rushed for Knights’ touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Kasay is the son of former Carolina Panthers’ kicker John Kasay.
▪ Charlotte Christian rolled up a total of 648 yards of offense, including 456 yards on the ground. The Knights held Providence Day to 235 total yards, and about 60 of those came late in the game.
▪ Obiora Egbuna had a big night at cornerback, breaking up at least five passes. Teammate Curtis Brown intercepted a Providence Day pass and returned it 24 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
▪ Justus Woods, Charlotte Christian’s standout running back, left the game in the second quarter and did not return. There was no immediate word on what happened to him. Woods carried 11 times for 97 yards before his departure.
▪ The Knights did a great job of spreading the ball around. Shrader completed passes to eight different receivers, and seven Knights carried the ball.
Both teams are expected to compete in the Division 3 private school playoffs, starting next week. Charlotte Christian is likely to be the No. 1 seed, with Providence Day at No. 2.