Catholic Wins the Holy War

Catholic Wins the Holy War

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Catholic Wins the Holy War

By Jake Peter

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By Jake Peter

Defensive end Connor Miller sacks Charlotte Catholic Christian quarterback Jack Cherry. Photo Credit: Charlotte Observer

Defensive end Connor Miller sacks Charlotte Catholic Christian quarterback Jack Cherry. Photo Credit: Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Catholic Varsity football team defeated Charlotte Christian on the road 5-0 on Friday, August 21.

The game was a defensive struggle for both teams. The score remained tied at 0-0 until the fourth quarter when Catholic kicker Jack Fonda nailed a 26-yard field goal.  He had missed his first attempt earlier in the game, but made the one that counted to put the Catholic up three.

The Cougars forced a safety to go up 5-0 late in the fourth quarter, and the defense held the lead until the clock ran out on Christian.  The Knights had one final play with two seconds left to score a touchdown and win the game, but a pass across the middle was quickly snuffed out by a mob of Catholic defenders.

CCHS running back Jaret Anderson led the way with 27 carries for 172 yards, while the cougars’ solid defense held Duke-bound star back Elijah Deveaux to only 36 yards.

Cougars head coach Mike Brodowicz believed that Catholic’s experienced defensive front would be key in securing a victory, and his prediction turned out to be exactly right.

Although Christian’s defense stopped Catholic’s run game at the goal line on multiple occasions, special teams and defense stepped up to lead the way to victory.

Both teams are high scorers, but this season opener was won with defense and a ground-and-pound run game.  Catholic dominated the game defensively, allowing only 14 yards of offense along with one pass completion for Christian in the first half, and just 92 yards overall.

Coach Brodowicz also stated that “The more this team can gel and pick up their blocking schemes, the better off we will be.”  This rang true on Friday as Catholic’s players executed their plays fluidly and were on the same page defensively all night.

The two teams had not met since 2002, when Catholic defeated Christian 21-7 in an away matchup.  With the win on Friday, the Cougars broke the Knight’s 24-game winning streak against private schools.

Coach Brodowicz said “There’s a great chance we can get right back to the State Championship game.”   Charlotte Catholic looks to continue their journey to that State Championship and will hit the road once again next Friday to play Northwood H.S. at 7:00.

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