By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
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.
CHARLOTTE 52, IDA BAKER 7
Ida Baker 0 0 0 7 – 7
Charlotte 17 28 7 0 – 52
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
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
CH – Andrew Grace 6 run, 6:03
IB – Luke Endsley 61 run (Nick Jacobs kick)
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
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.