A one-hour and 15-minute lightning delay only slowed the inevitable. After the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers built an early 6-0 lead, the Charlotte Latin Hawks scored 27 unanswered points for a 27-12 victory on a stormy Friday night at Country Day.
Latin quarterback Daniel Jones rushed for 173 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards to receivers Carson Song and Kanyon Tuttle to lead the Hawks.
The Latin defense held the Country offense to 70 first-half yards of total offense while building a 14-6 half-time lead.
The game got off to a great start for Country Day (5-5, 1-2) as the Bucs were looking to upset Latin and get a home playoff game in the first round of the NCISAA playoffs that begin next Friday. Country Day kicker JD Dellinger booted a 57-yard field goal, four yards shy of the Mecklenburg County record of 61, four minutes into the first quarter for a 3-0 Buccaneers lead.
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On Latin’s first possession the Hawks fumbled and Country Day recovered at the Latin 16-yard line. The Bucs couldn’t get a first down but were able to put points on the board with another Dellinger field goal, this time a 34-yarder, for a 6-0 advantage.
After a slow start, the Hawks offense finally got going as Jones found Song for an 11-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter, capping an 81-yard drive in 11 plays.
On Latin’s next drive, Jones drove the Hawks 65 yards in nine plays, ending the drive on a one-yard touchdown run and a 14-6 half-time lead.
Just as the half ended, lightning bolts and rain erupted and the delay was on.
When play finally resumed Latin (8-1-1, 2-1) went to work on its second drive of the second half to go up 21-6. A long, seven-minute drive covered 76 yards in 11 plays and culminated in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Tuttle.
Trailing 27-6 late in the game, Country Day quarterback Cole Bloomer connected with receiver Matt Williams on a 13-yard touchdown pass as the Buccaneers finally found the end zone.
The teams won’t have to wait long to meet again, as they’ll face each other at Charlotte Latin Friday night in an opening-round playoff game.