The Charlotte Catholic Cougars put together a dominant performance Friday night, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions and shutting down the South Meck Sabres in a 44-0 road victory Friday night.
Catholic’s running game was its usual strong self, as the Cougars ran for 230 yards for the game. But their first score came through the air as Chris Walton hit Garrett McKernan for a 38-yard touchdown midway through the first.
Catholic would score twice in the second quarter on long drives, a 12-play and then a 14-play drive, and got touchdown runs from Michael Neel and Lamagea McDowell to take a 21-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter was more of the same, as Neel and Milan Howard scored on touchdown runs of 38 and 2 yards respectively. Catholic’s defense closed the touchdown scoring as Matt Edel intercepted a pass from Austin Grier and went 32 yards for a touchdown.
Catholic outgained South Meck 336 to 73 and forced three turnovers while not turning the ball over and punting only once.
Quote: “This was a good team effort,” head coach Mike Brodowicz said. “Like most teams we’re trying to build each week and the kids really came out with a focus from the start and played for each other.”
▪ In its dominant first half, Catholic racked up 224 total yards and held South Meck to just 47. And Catholic was more balanced than usual, running for 130 yards and throwing for 94.
▪ South Meck freshman quarterback Austin Grier struggled in his first career start, throwing for 29 yards and committing three turnovers. Tough to have his first career start come against one of the area’s best defenses.
▪ A lot of credit should go to the Catholic lines, as they controlled the line of scrimmage, defensively giving South Meck no room to run (South Meck had 41 yards rushing) and opening holes for their running backs.
Records: Catholic improves to 2-0 while South Meck drops to 0-2.
What's Next: Charlotte Catholic will play at Country Day in the annual Cook Cup game while South Meck will host Rock Hill Northwestern.