Charlotte Christian put an emphatic stamp on its state championship aspirations.
The Knights unleashed a potent offense in a 52-12 victory Friday against Christ School in the first round of the NCISAA Division I playoffs at Christian. Top-seed Christian will host Providence Day next week in the title game.
From the opening drive, Christian moved the ball at will, marching with a balanced attack powered by quarterback Garrett Shrader, who accounted for 356 yards of offense and four touchdowns, including 289 passing yards and three scores. He also ran for 67 yards and a score on 11 carries.
Charlotte Christian dominated the first half, with Shrader leading the attack. He accounted for three touchdowns and 167 yards total offense, including 8-of-16 passing for 100 yards and two scores and 11 carries for 67 and a score. Woods added 55 yards on the ground for the Knights, who outgained Christ School 241 yards to 144 by intermission.
Christ School pulled within 14-6 on West Shuler’s 78-yard strike to Aydan White late in the second quarter, but Christian responded with Shrader’s 17-yard run 5 seconds before halftime to re-establish momentum.
Records: Charlotte Christian is 9-1. Christ School finishes the season 8-2.
Three who mattered
Shrader: Charlotte Christian’s junior quarterback was impressive as a passer and runner with 167 yards total offense in the first half.
Justus Woods: The Knights’ tailback was more than complementary to the attack with 55 yards on 14 carries in the first half.
Blake Long: The defensive lineman led Christian’s pass rush with 2 1/2 sacks. The Knights finished with five sacks.
▪ Charlotte Christian rolled up 14 first downs in the first half, compared to Christ School’s four.
▪ The Knights’ defense accounted for five sacks and three interceptions.
▪ Christ School tailback Sidney Gibbs was the brightest light for the Greenies with 140 yards on 23 carries.
Christian plays Providence Day for the Division I title.