Char­lotte Chris­tian claims state ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY MATT KLINE

Char­lotte Chris­tian re­peated as NCISAA Divi­sion I state cham­pion and com­pleted an un­de­feated sea­son with a con­vinc­ing 43-14 home vic­tory over Ar­den Christ School on Fri­day night.

Star quar­ter­back Gar­rett Shrader, a Mis­sis­sippi State re­cruit, took ad­van­tage of two busted plays on fum­bled snaps and turned them both into 45-yard touch­downs in the first half to give Chris­tian a 16-7 lead.

Christ School an­swered when Key­vaun Cobb caught a 59-yard scor­ing pass from Navy Shuler to close to within 16-14 mid­way through the sec­ond.

Josh Eboboko capped a nine-play drive for Chris­tian on its next pos­ses­sion with a 17-yard run to push the lead to 23-14 at half­time.

The third quar­ter was the dif­fer­ence. On the sec­ond play from scrim­mage, Shrader kept the ball and went up the mid­dle nearly un­touched for a 51-touch­down run.

Af­ter Ben Wil­liams picked off Shuler on Christ School’s next drive, Shrader threw a 49-yard bomb to Henry Rut­ledge on the next play for a touch­down and a seem­ingly close game was now a com­fort­able 36-14 lead for Chris­tian.

Shrader capped the scor­ing with a 59-yard scor­ing throw to Ricky Ko­foed late in the third and was able to come out of the game mid­way through the fourth to cel­e­brate with his team­mates. Records: Chris­tian im­proves to 11- 0; Christ School ends at 10-2

3 WHO MAT­TERED

Gar­rett Shrader (Char­lotte Chris­tian): Mis­sis­sippi State re­cruit rushed for 179 yards and three touch­downs and threw for 213 yards and two more scores in the vic­tory. Key­vaun Cobb (Christ School): Had 114 yards rush­ing with a touch­down and also put up 118 yards re­ceiv­ing with an­other score Josh Eboboko (Char­lotte Chris­tian): Ac­counted for 114 to­tal yards and had a key 17-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter.

WORTH MEN­TION­ING

Over the last three sea­sons, this Char­lotte Chris­tian pro­gram has gone 30-3 with two state ti­tles.

Its only losses were to Char­lotte Catholic last sea­son and twice to Char­lotte Latin in 2016 with the sec­ond com­ing on the fi­nal play of the state ti­tle game.

While they were tested over their fi­nal three games, rhe Knights’ dom­i­nance over the sea­son can­not be ig­nored.

Their aver­age mar­gin of vic­tory was 44- 6, they failed to score 30 or more points just once, and they gave up more than 20 points just once.

Char­lotte Chris­tian star de­fen­sive back Jeremiah Gray, a Wake For­est com­mit and son of for­mer Carolina Pan­ther Derwin Gray, in­jured his right leg early in the first quar­ter and did not re­turn. His fa­ther tweeted af­ter the in­jury that the fear was he broke his fibula.

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