FOOTBALL: Williams, Hicks lead Charlotte to homecoming blowout over Island Coast

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte's Maleek Williams runs the ball for a touchdown during the Tarpons home game against Island Coast (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

Charlotte’s Maleek Williams runs the ball for a touchdown during the Tarpons home game against Island Coast (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

IN A NUTSHELL: Maleek Williams and Dee Hicks rushed for 357 yards and split eight touchdowns in the first half to give Charlotte a 56-point lead at the break. Williams accounted for 242 of those yards, while Hicks also had another touchdown and 125 yards in the air, as the Tarpons cruised to a 63-20 victory over Island Coast.

DID YOU SEE THAT: Moments after the Charlotte defense forced a turnover on downs when the Gators were within five yards of scoring, Williams ran the ball the other way for a 96-yard touchdown, with nothing but green grass in front of him for the final 60 yards.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Hicks’ 63-yard touchdown run, his second score of the night, gave Charlotte a 35-7 lead with 1:11 left in the first quarter. That wasn’t his longest touchdown, as he also found Andrew Grace for a 66-yard pass in the second quarter.

UNSUNG HERO: G’Vonte Price was the difference maker on defense. He recovered a fumble when it was 14-7, which gave the ball to the Tarpons at the 13-yard line, and allowed Hicks to run the rest of the way for his first touchdown and a 21-7 Charlotte lead.

THEY SAID IT: “I was just trying not to do anything stupid. (I told myself) don’t drop the ball before the goal line like DeSean Jackson.” Maleek Williams said after he realized he was going to score on the 96-yard touchdown.


Island Coast   7   0  6 7 – 20
Charlotte       35 28 0 0 – 63

Scoring summary
First quarter
CH – Maleek Williams 3 run (Kenny Scribner kick), 9:32
IC –Drew Lusk 46 pass from Kory Curtis (kick good), 6:16
CH – Williams 54 run (Scribner kick), 5:33
CH – Dee Hicks 13 run (Scribner kick), 4:23
CH – Williams 7 run (Scribner kick), 2:20
CH – Hicks 63 run (Scribner kick), 1:11

Second quarter
CH – Williams 96 run (Scribner kick), 9:23
CH – Andrew Grace 66 pass from Hicks (Scribner kick), 7:45
CH – Hicks 13 run (Scribner kick), 4:22
CH – Hicks 18 run (Scribner kick), 0:33.5

Third quarter
IC – Cameron Howitt 30 pass from Curtis (kick failed), 4:48

Fourth quarter
IC – Isiah Crawford 30 pass from Curtis (kick good), 6:30

IC                      CH
First Downs                7                      12
Rushes/yds                18-35             35-440
Passing yds                215                   125
C-A-I                        14-34-0             3-3-0
Fumbles/lost               1-1                  5-2
Penalties/yds             4-16                2-25


Individual stats
Rushing: Island Coast:
Jamar Eason 1-22, Jerry Cambric 5-9, Calvin Smith 6-7, 7-(-3); Charlotte: Maleek Williams 13-242, Dee Hicks 5-117, Andrew Grace 4-37, Lavell Cudjo 3-13, Brandon Manomat 2-12, Marcus Nelson 4-10, Zenen Chamizo 1-6, Zach Radulesco 1-3.

Passing: Island Coast: Cory 14-34-215-3; Charlotte: Hicks 3-3-125-1.

Receiving: Island Coast: Drew Lusk 4-62, Isiah Crawford 2-42, Cameron Howitt 1-30, Cambric 2-27, Jamar Eason 1-16, Bobby Martin 1-15, Marcus Evans 2-14, Smith Joseph 1-15; Charlotte: Grace 1-66, Billy Ritter 1-48, Isaiah Dareus 1-11.

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