Charlotte Christian used star running back Elijah Deveaux and a stingy defense to defeat Charlotte Country Day 34-17 on the road Friday.
Deveaux ran for 247 yards on 25 carries and scored one touchdown. Justus Woods and Connor Maitland also rushed for touchdowns for the Knights (7-1, 2-0). Receiver Matt Weigel caught a 13-yard TD.
Quarterback John Turley finished the game 6 of 10 for 121 yards and one TD. Kicker Justin Van Sickle booted a pair of field goals from 31 and 21 yards.
The Charlotte Christian defense was outstanding, especially in the first half when it held Country Day (4-4, 0-1) to 49 total yards.
“Our coaching staff did a really good job of coming in with a game plan,” said Knights defensive back Trey Linton. “Us working as a unit puts our offense in a good position. We’re giving our offense an opportunity and that’s all they need with Elijah running the ball.”
Country Day held the big-play Charlotte Christian in check early and trailed 10-3 at the half.
But it wasn’t until late in the second half that the Buccaneers offense finally got going. By that time the contest was pretty much out of reach.
Country Day running back Warren Holland paced the Bucs with 120 rushing yards on nine carries. Sheppard Wilson had a pair of touchdowns on the ground including a 37-yarder.
JD Dellinger put the Bucs up 3-0 in the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal.
Charlotte Christian’s outscored Country Day 17-7 during the third quarter to take a 27-10 lead. Weigel’s TD grab midway through the fourth quarter made it 34-10.
The Knights (ranked No. 5 in the Observer Sweet 16) are playing well down the stretch, gearing up for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs as they seek their third-straight title.
“It’s a great atmosphere and we’re really clicking as a unit,” Linton said. “We’re going to try to make these last two regular-season games – try to get these (wins) – take it from there and see how we’re at in the playoffs.”