Two playoff-bound teams met in the final week of the regular season in a non-conference game, and Charlotte came out on top.
The game might have been decided in its early moments. Charlotte took advantage of two East Lee County turnovers on its first two offensive plays, and turned them into touchdowns. With less than two minutes gone in the game, the Tarpons were up 14-0. They never looked back, scoring on their first six possessions–three touchdowns and three field goals.
The Jaguars kept it close in the first half, scoring three touchdowns of their own, including one with less than two minutes left in the half, but still trailed 30-20 at intermission.
Their hopes of keeping it close were short-lived, as Charlotte took the second half kickoff and used only five plays to score.
The Tarpons offense ground its way to three second-half touchdowns to one for the Jaguars.
Charlotte’s two high scorers were running back Clyde Newton with three touchdowns, and kicker Austin Taylor, who made field goals from 49, 21 and 34 yards, and had six PATs, for a total of 15 points. Newton led all rushers with 24 rushes for 206 yards. Five of the six Tarpon touchdowns were scored on the ground.
Both teams won their respective districts and will host first round playoff games next Friday. For Charlotte this is almost tradition, but for East Lee it will be a first.