FOOTBALL: Charlotte shuts down Cape Coral

By Chuck Ballaro, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte's Dee Hicks gains yardage as Cape Coral defense moves in, during Friday night's game at Cape Coral (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell).

Charlotte’s Dee Hicks gains yardage as Cape Coral defense moves in, during Friday night’s game at Cape Coral (Sun Photo by Michele Haskell).

IN A NUTSHELL: Maleek Williams scored three touchdowns, Jacob White scored twice and the Tarpons raced out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead before coasting.

DID YOU SEE THAT: White’s punt return score was a thing of beauty as he caught the short punt on the run, took a hard turn left and beat the Seahawks to the far corner. It was off to the races from there.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: See above. It made the score 20-0 midway through the first quarter.

UNSUNG HERO: Cape Coral’s Isaac Washington was their offense, with 101 yards on 22 carries. Everyone else had 17 plus whatever the Tarpons gave them through penalties.

THEY SAID IT: “We just come out and do what we do. You don’t predict touchdowns like that, but they happened in this game.” Charlotte head coach Binky Waldrop.


Charlotte 28 7 7 0 – 0
Cape Coral 0 0 0 0 – 0

First quarter
CH – Jacob White 54 pass from Dee Hicks (Kenny Scribner kick) 10:19.
CH – Maleek Williams 1 run (kick fail) 5:09.
CH – White 42 yard punt return (Scribner kick) 4:43.
CH – Williams 2 run (McClary pass) 2:54.

Second quarter
CH – Jayden Grant 17 fumble return (Scribner kick) 2:20.

Third quarter
CH – Williams 1 run (Scribner kick) 4:45.


CHS           CC
First Downs         15             10
Rushes/Yards    29-187       26-68
Passing yards     131            29
C-A-I                4-13-0        5-14-2
Fumbles-lost       0-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards  9-85           4-32

Individual stats:

Rushing: Charlotte: Dee Hicks 4-48, Andrew Grace 4-42, Maleek Williams 10-41, Marcus Nelson 4-38, Ny Harvey 1-10, Jeremiah Harvey 3-10, Mile Hayes 3-8. Cape Coral: Isaac Washington 22-101, Rickey Anderson 4-8, Chase Sealander 4-(-20).

Passing: Charlotte: Dee Hicks 4-13-131-1; Cape Coral: Chase Sealander 5-15-29-0.

Receiving: Charlotte: Travon McClary 2-57, Jacob White 1-54, Andrew Grace 1-20, Cape Coral: Dwayne Emilus 3-31, Isaac Washington 2-(-2).

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