FOOTBALL: Big plays lead Charlotte in district win over Ida Baker

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Travon McClary runs the ball down the Tarpons field during the Friday night game played against Ida Baker (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

Travon McClary runs the ball down the Tarpons field during the Friday night game played against Ida Baker (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

IN A NUTSHELL: Charlotte scored on five plays exceeding 20 or more yards in the first two quarters, forcing a running clock in the second half, and rolling to a 52-7 victory over Ida Baker in the district-opener for both teams. The Tarpons forced four fumbles in the win, and recovered them all, including one for a touchdown late in the first half. They also needed just nine offensive plays to score their first 24 points of the night.

DID YOU SEE THAT: D’Vonte Price touched the ball only twice on offense, but he scored on long plays both times. He started his night with an 83-yard rush down the sideline, which he used his speed to put all the Ida Baker defenders far behind him. His next carry was a 56-yard score, but was nearly only a five-yard gain, yet he some how escaped a pack of Bulldogs, and this time used his elusiveness to get to the end zone.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: The buzzer sounded to end the first quarter. The Tarpons held a 17-0 lead at that time, and looked dominant in every phase of the game. A seven-yard pass from Dee Hicks to Jacob White gave them their first score on the first drive, Kenny Scribner converted a 27-yard field goal to put them up 10-0 early on the night.

UNSUNG HERO: Travon McClary made an impact on both sides of the ball in Friday’s win. The senior scored a touchdown on a 55-yard reverse for his only carry of the night to give the Tarpons a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. McClary also recovered a fumble which was forced by Cazea Smith.

THEY SAID IT: “In the first district game, we came out to play tonight. I thought we played great up front. They key was we had a great week of practice.” — Charlotte coach Binky Waldrop.


Ida Baker   0   0   0   7 –  7
Charlotte   17  28  7  0 –  52

First quarter
CH – Jacob White 7 pass from Dee Hicks (Kenny Scribner kick), 10:12
CH – Scribner 27 field goal, 7:15
CH – Travon McClary 55 run (Scribner kick), 4:52

Second quarter
CH – D’Vonte Price 83 run (Scribner kick), 11:05
CH – Maleek Williams 20 run (Scribner kick), 6:40
CH – Price 56 run (Scribner kick), 2:44
CH – Cazea Smith 30 fumble recovery (Scribner kick), 0:25.5

Third quarter
CH – Andrew Grace 6 run, 6:03

Fourth quarter
IB – Luke Endsley 61 run (Nick Jacobs kick)

          IB              CH
First Downs          10               12
Rushes/yds        21-75         26-927
Passing yds        160            89
C-A-I                   14-23-0      4-9-0
Fumbles/lost       4-4             0-0
Penalties/yds      3-25         4-35

Individual stats

Rushing: Ida Baker: Luke Endsley 3-62, Shomari Mason 8-14, James Stewart 6-10, Toby Noland 4-(-9); Charlotte: D’vonte Price 2-139, Maleek Williams 10-60, Travon McClary 1-55, Andrew Grace 3-49, Anthony Fisher 4-8, Ny Harvey 1-7, Lavell Cudjo 3-0, Dee Hicks 1-(-16).

Passing:  Ida Baker: Noland 14-23-160-0; Charlotte: Hicks 4-9-89-1.

Receiving: Ida Baker: Endsley 5-65, James Cuttino 4-34, Josh Nina 3-31, Luis Almendarez 1-18, David Drennan 1-5. Charlotte: Jacob White 2-48, McClary 1-32, Billy Ritter 1-9.

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