Catholic Students Root for Panthers

Catholic Students Root for Panthers

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Catholic Students Root for Panthers

By Megan Flesch

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By Megan Flesch

CCHS was one of many Carolina High Schools and Colleges to be represented in the #OneCarolina movement in support of the Panthers. Photo Credit: Carolina Panthers News

CCHS was one of many high schools and colleges to be represented in the #OneCarolina movement in support of the Panthers. Photo Credit: Carolina Panthers News

It has been a remarkable championship season for the CCHS football team, and  CCHS students have even more to cheer about now that the Carolina Panthers are one game away from winning Super Bowl 50. The stage is now set for the Super Bowl after the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night with a score of 49-15. They will face the AFC championship winner, the Denver Broncos, who defeated the New England Patriots in a nail-bitter by a score of 20-18 earlier on Sunday. This is the first time the Panthers will advance to the Superbowl since 2003.

This season has been legendary for the Panthers. Going 15-1 in the regular season is no small feat in the NFL, and the team has faced many adversities along the way. Led by their Quarterback Cam Newton, the team looks ahead as it prepares for the upcoming Super Bowl. Cam remains the talk of the MVP race after running for two touchdowns and throwing for two in the latest Panthers win.

The Panthers dominated the field Sunday night during the NFC Championship from the very first drive. The Cardinals won the toss and received the ball to start the game. Immediately the relentless Panthers defense forced a three and out and caused the Cardinals to punt. This momentum followed into the offensive end. Graham Gano kicked a field goal, which was followed by two incredible Panther touchdowns. The first was scored by formed Cardinal Ted Ginn Jr. who displayed his speed by running across the field before scoring the touchdown. On the following Panther drive, Philly Brown made Cardinals players miss on his way to an 86 yard touchdown which became the longest in the team’s postseason history.

The Panthers kept up this intense pace the rest of the game with a great defensive effort and indomitable offensive momentum that would lead to 49 points. Defensively, the team was led by star players Luke Kuechly ,Thomas Davis, and Josh Norman to force seven total turnovers. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Following the incredible game, confetti  blasted into the air as “Sweet Caroline” played over the loudspeaker, and the gatorade was poured on head Coach Ron Rivera. The entire crowd at Bank of America Stadium celebrated as the team lifted its new trophy. However, the team remains focused on the task ahead: winning Super Bowl 50.

Carolina is favored by four points in Super Bowl 50, and it will be a challenge for the team as they go up against the five time MVP, Peyton Manning, who possesses lots of Super Bowl experience. Also, line backer Thomas Davis played exceptionally on Sunday, but came away with a broken arm during the second quarter. However, he will do whatever it takes to play in the Super Bowl, and will most likely be active even with the broken arm.

Many students from Charlotte Catholic attending the game on Sunday. Sophomore CC Terry said, “The atmosphere of the game was unbelievable. The crowd was awesome and it was a great to see the whole stadium celebrating.” Another student, Junior Peyton Alvino said, “my favorite part of the game was watching Luke Keuchly help a fan up that fell over the rails in excitement.”

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