Touchdowns on three straight offensive plays and a strong defense moved No. 1 Charlotte Catholic to within one victory of a perfect regular season.
The Cougars tailback Jaret Anderson picked up 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns and the team rolled to a 42-9 victory Friday night at Ardrey Kell. The Knights scored first with a field goal and held Charlotte Catholic to a 3-2 lead after one quarter before the Cougars’ offensive explosion.
Anderson scored on runs of 1 and 63 yards sandwiched around a 29-yard touchdown pass from John Walton to John Newman.
The play before Anderson’s long touchdown scamper was Ardrey Kell’s best chance to stay in the game. Down 15-3, a fourth-down pass from Bryce Maginley just missed an open Jaylen Irwin near the end zone. Maginley completed 11 of 17 passes for 207 yards, including five to Irwin for 166 yards.
QUOTE: “That was our goal,” Cougars coach Mike Brodowicz said of going undefeated. “I challenged them in that aspect. It would be big for seeding, and obviously the way the state is getting home-field advantage is extremely important to us.”
RECORDS: Charlotte Catholic is 9-0, 6-0 in SoMeck 8. Ardrey Kell is 6-4, 4-2.
WORTH MENTIONING: Anderson left the game with a knee injury late in the third quarter and was still limping after the game. Brodowicz said it is a bruise, and there is no structural damage.
“He’ll bounce back, he’s tough,” Brodowicz said. “With Angel (Marrerro) and Jack Brigham and those other guys, if he’s not ready to go we’ll have other guys step up and just keep rolling.”
▪ The Cougars set up a first-quarter safety with an unconventional move. Charlotte Catholic lined up for a 59-yard field goal on fourth down, but instead of aiming for the uprights, kicker Jack Fonda booted the ball out at the 3-yard line.
WHAT’S NEXT: Charlotte Catholic will be at home against Providence. Ardrey Kell travels to South Mecklenburg.