FOOTBALL: Charlotte crushes Clewiston in preseason game

By Rick Nolte, Sports Editor


CHARLOTTE 48, CLEWISTON 0

Charlotte's Maleek Williams holds of Clewiston during the preseason game held on the Tarpons home field (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

Charlotte’s Maleek Williams holds of Clewiston during the preseason game held on the Tarpons home field (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

 

IN A NUTSHELL: After fumbling on its first possession of a game that was delayed 100 minutes by lightning strikes in the area, Charlotte scored the next seven times it had the ball for a 48-0 rout of Clewiston in their preseason game in Punta Gorda. The Tarpons blew the game open with a 27-point second quarter for a 34-0 halftime cushion, then scored midway through the third period to bring on a running clock the rest of the way.

DID YOU SEE THAT: Running backs D’Vonte Price and Maleek Williams combined for five touchdowns to power the rout. Price ran for scores over 36 and 8 yards, and caught a 20-yard pass from Dee Hicks. Williams, who led all runners with 78 yards on 14 carries, scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Essentially, when Charlotte stopped the Tigers on their first possession. The Tarpons lost a fumble on their third play after the opening kickoff, but forced a 3-and-out on defense, and rolled through the visitors the rest of the game offensively, and met them at every turn defensively.

UNSUNG HERO: Wide receiver Travon McClary caught five passes for 93 yards and a 18-yard touchdown. The senior was on the catching end of half of the completions by quarterback Dee Hicks, who was making his first start at the position.

 

TARPONS 48, TIGERS 0
CLEWISTON 0 0 0 0 — 0
CHARLOTTE 7 27 14 0 — 48

Ch: D’Vonte Price 36 run (Kenny Scribner kick)
Ch: Price 20 pass from Dee Hicks (Scribner kick), 11:49
Ch: Maleek Williams 2 run (Scribner kick), 9:19
Ch: Price 8 run (kick blocked), 1:41
Ch: Williams 5 run (Scribner kick), 18.3
Ch: Travon McClary 18 pass from Hicks (Scribner kick), 7:33
Ch: Tristian Lowe 1 run (Scribner kick), 4:53

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