Charles City scores, but Roanoke Catholic extends winning streak
After a two-year hiatus from the turf, Charles City High School’s football team returned to its home confines to a fierce crowd and enthusiastic supporters. Unfortunately for the hosts, that wouldn’t be enough as they faced a Roanoke Catholic team that hadn’t tasted defeat since 2016.
Such was the case Saturday evening as the visiting Celtics trounced Charles City 64-6 in the contest that escaped the Panthers early on.
Despite early positive momentum for the Panthers, a three-and-out resulted in a punt to the Celtics. It didn’t take long for the visitors, operating out of a flexbone formation, to put points on the board. Kawaun Ray’s 43-year scamper put the guests up early four minutes into the contest. After a Panthers bad snap on a punt attempt, Roanoke Catholic’s quarterback Adrian Whorley connected with 6’7” tight end Dillon Porter on a 22-yard touchdown pass. From there, the Panthers surrendered 40 more points before settling with a halftime deficit 56-0.
Charles City kept fighting in the contest, with the ultimate result paying dividends in the third quarter. Running back Ha’Ji Jackson exploited a gap on the visitors’ side of the field, making his way into the end zone on a 45-yard tote and the Panthers first points on the season. From there, a running clock played out as the visitors extended their winning streak to 33 games.
After the contest, first year head coach Sherod Jones praised his young team’s effort on the field.
“We have a lot of things to work on, but the guys competed tonight,” he said. “We have to continue to come to practice everyday and compete.
“We are on the wrong end of the stick right now, but one day soon, we are going to be at that end,” Jones continued. “We are building a brotherhood and no matter what the outcome is right now for some things, they will get better soon.”
Jackson rushed 15 times for the Panthers (0-2), accumulating 81 yards. Keondre Barnes led Charles City in tackles with 7.5.
Roanoke Catholic (2-0) ran for 273 yards with 13 different players.