High School Sports

Latin’s offense, defense come through big vs. SouthLake

Charlotte Latin’s offense has been putting up some pretty big numbers this season.

The Hawks did so again Friday, but this time got a little help from their defense in a 45-21 victory over defending North Carolina private schools 3A state champion SouthLake Christian.

Daniel Jones accounted for 263 yards of total offense and four touchdowns for Charlotte Latin (4-0), which has now scored 45 or more points in all four of its games.

Jones threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns – a 66-yarder to Kanyon Tuttle in the second quarter, and a 7-yarder to Jonathan Jennings and a 49-yarder to Hunter Sheridan, both in the third quarter. He also ran for 64 yards and a touchdown, a 45-yard keeper in the closing seconds of the first quarter that put the Hawks in the lead to stay.

Freshman back DeMarkes Stradford added 111 rushing yards and a touchdown, a 46-yard breakaway early in the fourth quarter that capped Latin’s scoring. Tuttle finished with four catches for 114 yards.

Melvin Rouse added an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, capping a three-possession run in which Latin scored touchdowns, and Tommy Halkyard hit a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Hawks.

However, it was Latin’s defense that was just as impressive against the previously undefeated Eagles (4-1), holding them to minus-9 yards rushing in the first half and sacking SouthLake quarterback Zack Dudan nine times.

Jackson Monnin finished with 3 1/2 sacks, Sheridan had three and Alec Hanff added 2 1/2 sacks for Latin.

While sophomore back Robert Washington finished with 135 rushing yards and a touchdown – a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter – on 27 carries, SouthLake as a team managed just 52 total rushing yards because of all the sacks on Dudan.

The Eagles’ other scores came from their special teams and defense. Kahlil Robinson broke loose on an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter to break the Hawks’ shutout, and Jalen Nash returned a fumble 53 yards for a score midway through the third quarter.

Dudan finished with 171 yards passing for SouthLake Christian. Washington added two catches for a team-best 67 receiving yards.