Charlotte Latin defeated visiting Providence Day 55-17 in a tougher-than-it-sounds game Friday night.
Latin coach Larry McNulty was worried his team might be flat after a tough loss to two-time defending state champ Charlotte Christian last week. But the Hawks scored on a 75-yard pass and then a 76-yard pass in the first 31/2 minutes Friday to take an early lead.
Things looked good, but then McNulty’s fears came to a head.
Providence Day (2-6, 0-1 CISAA) answered with two scores and got an emotional charge against its rival before Latin (6-1, 1-1) recovered to run away for a conference win.
“We were kind of hung over from our game against Christian,” McNulty said. “We hit the two long passes and went up 14-0 and then they tied the game and went ballisitic. We see-sawed back and forth, and then we took over in the second half.”
Latin, which led 28-17 at halftime, got 367 yards passing and a school-record six touchdowns from quarterback Daniel Jones, who is getting recruiting attention from Wake Forest and Princeton.
Charlotte Latin outgained Providence Day 502-186 yards, although Providence Day ran 16 more plays. Playing without star tailback Gabe Montgomery (broken thumb), the Chargers rushed for 63 yards on 35 attempts. Quarterback John Schweitzer threw for 123 yards and a score.
“We did not play well until the second half really,” McNulty said. “Providence Day played hard, smart and did a nice job against us, but they couldn’t stop our passing game.”