Charlotte Catholic head coach Mike Brodowicz has preached to his Cougars all year that they need to be good in all three phases of the game-offense, defense and special teams- to be successful.
Friday night in the 4A West second round they did just that. Jaret Anderson scored the first of his three touchdowns on the opening kickoff, Ryan Miller ran for 196 yards and three scores, and the defense held High Point Central to tie its lowest scoring output, defeating the Bison 49-17 at Oddo Field.
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Brodowicz said. “The kids have really bought in, and I can’t give them enough credit.”
It took Anderson 13 seconds to get third-seeded Catholic (12-1) on the board, taking the opening kickoff and going 95 yards for the touchdown. It was his fourth kick return for a touchdown and the sixth overall for Catholic.
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High Point Central drove to the Catholic six on its opening drive, but the Cougars defense held on a fourth down try to give the offense the ball. Then it was Miller’s turn, as he took an inside handoff and bolted 80 yards past the defense for a touchdown.
The second quarter was more of the dynamic duo, as Miller capped a 66-yard drive with a 20 yard touchdown run, then Anderson scored on a 24-yarder three minutes later and the lead was a comfortable 28-3 at half.
Anderson picked up his third touchdown late in the third quarter on a two-yard run, then Miller matched him less than a minute into the fourth with a 45-yarder.
For the night, Miller and Anderson combined for 351 yards rushing (Anderson had 95 on returns as High Point stopped kicking to him after that). Catholic as a team had 428 yards on the ground. Catholic will now travel to face second-seeded Reagan in the third round Friday night.
“I thought in the trenches was where we really dominated tonight,” Brodowicz said. “With Jaret and Ryan we have to find ways to get them the ball, and tonight the offensive line really controlled the game for us.
“Overall it was a complete team win.”