High School Sports

Charlotte Catholic 34, Rocky River 6

Charlotte Catholic was dominant in its first football game at Keffer Stadium since offseason renovations, racing to a 27-0 lead at halftime before winning 34-6 against Rocky River.

A fumble recovery by Catholic’s defense and a pair of long punt returns by Matt White created short fields on the Cougars’ first three scores . Those drives covered just 67 yards total.

A balanced Cougars ground game was led by Jaret Anderson, who scored three touchdowns and gained 94 yards on 19 carries. All five Catholic touchdowns came on runs of 11 yards or fewer, with quarterback John Walton and running back Angel Marrero both scoring from 2 yards out.

Quote: “With Christian, Country Day and Rocky River, all have been deep in the playoffs – Rocky River’s been to the third round two years in a row – we wanted to be tested. We feel like we have our questions answered out here with our personnel. Now we’re ready to go into conference.” -- Charlotte Catholic coach Mike Brodowicz.

Records: Charlotte Catholic is 3-0. Rocky River is 1-3

Worth mentioning: Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly watched the game from the press box. … The Cougars seemed to have a third consecutive shutout to open the season within their grasp, but a late touchdown pass put Rocky River on the board. … White returned two punts more than 40 yards, including a 72-yarder in the second quarter, but he was tackled inside the 5-yard line.

What's next: Catholic has a bye next week before playing Berry Sept. 25. Rocky River visits North Mecklenburg next Friday.