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Charlotte Catholic is Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 football champion

Charlotte Catholic celebrates their victory over J.H. Rose in the NC 4A football championship game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Catholic defeated J.H. Rose 27-20.
Charlotte Catholic celebrates their victory over J.H. Rose in the NC 4A football championship game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Catholic defeated J.H. Rose 27-20. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Catholic is the 2015 Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 football champion.

The Cougars rallied to beat Greenville Rose 27-20 Saturday in Winston-Salem behind 193 yards and three touchdowns from running back Jaret Anderson. The Cougars snapped a streak of four straight losses in the state championship game and won their first ring since 2005.

Catholic finished 15-0, posting the fifth unbeaten season in school history. The 1969 team was 8-0-1. The 1977 team finished 14-0 and both the 2004 and 2005 teams were 16-0.

Catholic was of six state champions from the Observer’s coverage area: No. 2 Rock Hill Northwestern won S.C. 4A Division II; No. 3 Mallard Creek three-peated as N.C. 4AA champions; No. 5 Rock Hill South Pointe repeated in S.C. 3A; No. 6 Davidson Day won N.C. Independent Schools Division I; and No. 7 Monroe won N.C. 2AA.

For Catholic, the Cougars earned a large Sweet 16 banner in school colors, as much as anything, as for their defense.

With Saturday’s state final with Greenville Rose tied at 20, Catholic tackled Rose star Cornell Powell for a 3-yard loss on 4th-and-goal with one foot to go early in the quarter.

After its own drive was stopped on downs inside Rampants’ territory, Catholic made another key stop on 4th-and-short at Rose’s own 31-yard line late in the game. That stop set up the Cougars’ winning drive. Anderson scored with 50 seconds left.

Observer Sweet 16

Team (Class)

Rec.

 Pv.

 1. Charlotte Catholic (4A)

15-0

1

 2. Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)

14-1

2

 3. Mallard Creek (4A)

14-2

3

 4. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)

14-1

4

 5. Butler (4A)

10-3

5

 6. Davidson Day (IND)

12-0

6

 7. Monroe (2A)

16-0

7

 8. South Point (3A)

13-3

8

 9. Hough (4A)

12-2

9

10. A.L. Brown (4A)

10-3

10

11. East Lincoln (2A)

14-1

11

12. Concord (3A)

13-2

12

13. Lincolnton (2A)

13-2

13

14. Community School

    of Davidson (1A)

12-3

14

15. Weddington (3A)

11-3

15

16. South Iredell (3A)

11-3

16

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