Charlotte rebounded from their worst loss of the year to post their best win in recent memory, 35-3 over previously undefeated Mason on Sept. 21.
After falling to Jackson Lumen Christi 42-12 last week, in which the Orioles turned the ball over five times and lost starting quarterback Ryan Bartolacci to an ankle injury, Charlotte coach Eddie Ostipow said that his team has turned a corner.
“We challenged our kids,” Ostipow said. “Our defense played well, and our offense is explosive enough to move the football. Hopefully, we can build on it, we have a tough game next week against (4-1) Waverly for homecoming.”
Anthony Charameda rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Latrell Levanduski had 104 yards and another score for the Orioles (3-2 overall, 3-1 CAAC Gold), who dominated Mason on both sides of the ball.
Charlotte quarterback Alex Stenberg completed 8 of his 11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for another score, helping the Orioles amass 405 yards of total offense, much of that between the tackles.
The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) scored their only points of the game on a 21-yard field goal by Josh Flamme in the first quarter, and could muster just 11 rushing yards and 51 yards of total offense in the game.
Charlotte scored early and often, starting on their first possession on a 4-yard plunge by Charameda that made the score 7-0 with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
Flamme’s field goal with 2:54 left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 7-3, but Charameda took it in from two yards out and Zach Telfor took an inside shovel pass from Stenberg 10 yards for a score to give the Orioles a 20-3 lead with 3:28 left in the first half.
Mason blocked the extra point attempt and also blocked a 29-yard Bryce Prudden field goal attempt in the final seconds of the second quarter to keep the score 20-3 at the half, which ended with Mason gaining just one first down and two rushing yards.
Levanduski stretched the lead to 28-3 with a 9-yard TD run with 4:23 left in the third, and Stenberg scored on a keeper from 5 yards out with 11:02 left in the fourth to make the final score 35-3.
“We were concerned coming into this game with their size and physicality,” Mason coach Jerry VanHavel said. “We didn’t match up physically very well with them, and it showed. They did a great job, give them credit.”
Charlotte will make their second trip to Jackson this week when they play Jackson Northwest on Friday, Oct. 5.