CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sometimes a win isn’t pretty, but it still counts the same.
That’s exactly how it played out for Charlotte Christian Friday night, out-kicking Charlotte Country Day in a 15-12 battle.
Defense ruled most of the first half for both teams, with Charlotte Christian getting on the scoreboard first with a safety. Country Day quarterback Wes Bingham was attempting to scramble, but the Knights’ pressure forced him to dump the ball too soon, drawing the penalty and getting on the board first.
The Bucs responded after a nice defensive stop. Bingham connected with Warren Holland on a swing pass that put Country Day into field goal range. Jonathan Dellinger put his team ahead 3-2 with a 29-yard field goal.
Christian battled back, putting together the game’s first sustained offensive drive in the second quarter. Country Day’s defense came up big when needed, however, and forced a Christian Vansickle field goal that made it 5-3 at halftime.
On the second play of the third quarter, Holland struck again, ripping one up the middle for 71 yards, setting up first and goal for Country Day. The Bucs paid it off with a touchdown run from Holland on second down, but a two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the lead 9-5.
After surrendering the lead late, Country Day took over with just 12 seconds to play. Bingham found Trip Sappenfield to reach Christian territory. A roughing the passer penalty put the Bucs in field goal range, but Dellinger was just wide left with time expiring, preserving the win for Charlotte Christian.
Next week Country Day hosts Providence Day in a big conference matchup for playoff seeding. Charlotte Christian will take on Victory Christian in a non-conference showdown.