Catholic top­ples Kings Moun­tain, back in ti­tle game

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY HERB WHITE

Char­lotte Catholic foot­ball stamped an­other ticket to the N.C. 3A foot­ball ti­tle game.

The Cougars, who won last year’s cham­pi­onship, qual­i­fied for the 2018 fi­nal with a 30-7 win against Kings Moun­tain Fri­day at Jim Oddo Field. Catholic’s pass­ing at­tack sparked the out­burst with quar­ter­back Chris Wal­ton and re­ceiver Micheal Neel con­nect­ing for touch­downs of 55 and 43 yards.

Neel, who caught five passes for 150 yards, ac­counted for a first half score, but brother Paul opened the scor­ing on a 34-yard run in the first quar­ter, fol­lowed by Michael’s 55-yard catch and run for a two-score lead at in­ter­mis­sion.

Michael Neel capped the scor­ing with a 43-yard score in the fourth, end­ing a drive that at one point pushed Catholic into sec­ond down and 43 yards to go.


Kings Moun­tain 12-3; Char­lotte Catholic 14-1.


Paul Neel: His 34-yard run on Catholic’s first of­fen­sive play put the Cougars in a good spot early. Michael Neel: The Catholic re­ceiver scored on touch­down catches of 55 and 43 yards. He caught five passes for 150 yards.

The Kings Moun­tain quar­ter­back scored on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quar­ter for the Moun­taineers’ lone score. He com­pleted 12of-26 passes for 105 yards and ran for an­other 35.


Catholic’s de­fense held Kings Moun­tain to 93 yards in the first half, in­clud­ing 49 rush­ing. The Cougars also forced a pair of turnovers, which led to their first score.

Catholic cor­ner­back Daniel Boll shut off Kings Moun­tain’s best scor­ing chance with an end zone in­ter­cep­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ari Ro­driguez scored a pair of points for Catholic’s de­fense when he tack­led Kings Moun­tain’s Ricaylen Mack in the end zone for a fourth-quar­ter safety to make the score 23-7.

Catholic’s Will Greer con­verted all four ex­tra points, and twice dropped punts in­side Kings Moun­tain’s 5 to pin the Moun­taineers in their end of the field.

Kings Moun­tain gained 169 yards com­pared to Catholic’s 265.

CC-Paul Neel 34 run (Will Griggs kick)

CC-Michael Neel 55 pass from Chris Wal­ton (Griggs kick)

CC-La­m­agea McDow­ell 1 run (Griggs kick)

KM-Kay­lon Wade 1 run (Austin Brown­ing kick) CC-Team safety CC-Michael Neel 43 pass from Wal­ton (Griggs kick)


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