Charlotte Country Day wasn’t about to look past this week’s opponent, Providence Day, with arch-rival Charlotte Latin looming one week away.
The Buccaneers jumped on the host Chargers with three first-half scoring runs Friday by Sheppard Wilson and cruised to a 34-14 victory at Mosack Field.
Country Day’s four losses have been to teams with a combined 28-3 record and junior quarterback Cole Bloomer is healthy after missing a large part of the season with a concussion.
Bloomer and receiver Matt Williams set up Country Day’s first score, as Williams caught passes on back-to-back plays for 36 yards to move the ball to the Providence Day 6. Wilson scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead.
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After forcing a three-and-out, Country Day (5-4, 1-1 CISAA) went 62 yards in nine plays, with Wilson going around the left end on the first play of the second quarter for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
On Country Day’s next possession, Bloomer hit Byron Smith for an 85-yard score but it was brought back on a penalty.
No problem, as the Bucs drove 88 yards in 13 plays, with Wilson scoring from 2 yards out with 31 seconds left in the first half.
“We did good things early,” Country Day coach Bob Witman said. “That really helped us, and Cole was making good reads on offense.”
Country Day racked up 259 yards in the first half and held Providence Day to 39. Any chance of Providence Day (3-7, 0-2) coming back was stopped early in the second half as Tre Seegars picked off a pass at the Chargers’ 10, and Warren Holland scored on a 10-yard run on the next play to push the lead to 28-0.
Bloomer accounted for 241 total yards (202 passing, 39 rushing) and Williams caught six passes for 103 yards.
Up next is Latin in a game in which the winner will likely host the other in the semifinals of the NCISAA playoffs.
“We know how good they are,” Witman said. “They have tremendous speed and are playing very well. It’ll probably be a tight game like it usually is between us.”