FOOTBALL: Charlotte sets point record for a half; Braden River smothers North Port

Friday was a historic one for Charlotte High School.

The Tarpons dropped 63 points on Island Coast, all coming in the first half. The total was a record for a half, eclipsing the 62 points scored in the opening two periods against North Port on Sept. 4, 2009.

Charlotte didn’t just score points, they did it fast, and from huge chunks of yardage.

Each of the Tarpons first nine possessions ended with a touchdown.

It took just 16 plays to score the first seven touchdowns, and they ran only 28 plays in the entire first half.

Quarterback Dee Hicks attempted three passes in the half. One went for 48 yards and another for a 66-yard touchdown. Hicks ran for more than 10 yards on each of his five rushes, four of which went for TDs. He had a long run of 63 yards.

Running back Maleek Williams also had six rushes exceeding 10 yards. Two of those were touchdowns, one covering 54 yards and the other a 96-yarder that came on the first play after the Tarpons defense turned away a Gators scoring threat late in the first half.

The team was scoring at such will, it had more touchdowns (seven) than first downs (five) at one point in the game.


Braden River opened a comfortable cushion at halftime and ended all hopes of a North Port comeback in the second half by allowing only 24 yards total offense on the way to a 38-0 district victory at home.

“We didn’t start off the way we wanted defensively,” Braden River head coach Curt Bradley said. “The guys bent, but didn’t break and then we got it going in the third quarter forcing some turnovers.”

North Port (0-5, 0-2) had a few chances in the first half to make it a game before going into the half down 17-0. Unfortunately, the Bobcats weren’t able to convert red zone trips into points.

“I thought we played better than we have the past few weeks, we had our chances just couldn’t put any points on the board,” Bobcats head coach Brian Hatler said.

The Pirates (5-0, 2-0) known for their two-headed monster in Raymond Thomas and Deshaun Fenwick got a jump start from freshman Travis Tobey who caught two touchdowns. Thomas finished with two touchdowns, both coming in the third quarter, while Fenwich chipped in one.

“We wear teams down, tonight was no different,” Thomas said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win our third straight district title and we are two wins away from that.”

Sun Sports Writer Bryan Levine, and correspondent David Gaulman contributed to this report.

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