FOOTBALL: Tarpons roll, move on to Regional Finals

By Bryan Levine and Jordan Kroeger

Charlotte Quarterback, Dee Hicks, hands off the ball to Maleek Williams during the playoff game against Clearwater (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

Charlotte Quarterback, Dee Hicks, hands off the ball to Maleek Williams during the playoff game against Clearwater (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

IN A NUTSHELL: Charlotte rushed for 303 yards and dropped 52 points in a regional semifinal win over Clearwater. Maleek Williams rushed for 95 yards, D’Vonte Price had 150 yards from scrimmage, and both of them accounted for two touchdowns. The Tarpons were aided by a 31-13 lead at halftime.

DID YOU SEE THAT: In a role reversal, Price found quarterback Dee Hicks in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown pass, which gave Charlotte a 21-7 lead at the time.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: G’Vonte Price intercepted Clearwater quarterback Austin Day midway through the third quarter. The pick allowed Charlotte to march down the field for a lead-extending score and gave them a 25-point cushion at the time.

UNSUNG HERO: It seemed like on every defensive play where the Tornadoes had negative yards, it was Jordan Deackoff’s name being called by the PA announcer. Deackoff was in on a slew of sacks and tackles for a loss to lead the defense.

THEY SAID IT: “It was a miserable situation for [the referees] to try and hash out. You’ve got kids running off the sidelines, which you can’t do. I was right in front with what happened and I didn’t agree with it. Our kid didn’t do anything. Their kid jerked his [Ritter’s] helmet off and started throwing haymakers at him and all he tried to do was cover his face so he didn’t get hit.” – coach Binky Waldrop on the ejections


Clearwater     0      13       6      6 — 25
Charlotte        7     24     7     14 — 52


First quarter
CH — Maleek Williams 4 run (Kenny Scribner kick), 5:02
Second quarter
CH — Williams 5 run (Scribner kick), 10:11
CL — Quan Jones 10 pass from Austin Day (Shane Mcdonough kick), 7:52
CH — Dee Hicks 18 pass from D’Vonte Price (Scribner kick), 6:52
CH — Savorion Warren 1 run (Scribner kick), 1:43
CL — Jarius Williams 1 pass from Day (kick blocked), 0:30.7
CH — Scribner 21 FG, 0:00
Third quarter
CH — Hicks 1 run (Scribner kick), 2:17
CL — Williams 12 run (pass failed), 0:42.7
Fourth quarter
CH — Price 33 run (Scribner kick), 11:43
CL — Day 1 run (run failed), 11:16
CH — Andrew Grace 2 run (Scribner kick), 9:54

                          CL             CH
First Downs        19            19
Rushes/yds        31-106       44-303
Passing yds        377           138
C-A-I                   18-32-1     5-9-0
Fumbles/lost       2-1           0-0
Penalties/yds      26-222         9-95

Individual stats

Rushing: Clearwater: Jarius Williams 14-71-2, Joshua Walker 6-12, Jacquez jones 1-8, Garrett Chisholm 3-8, Jair Walker 2-3, Austin Day 5-4-1; Charlotte: Williams 13-95-2, Price 10-90-1, Hicks 7-45, Warren 5-23-1, Cudjo 3-21, White 1-17, Grace 4-11-1, Gainer 1-3.
 Clearwater: Austin Day 18-32-377-1; Charlotte: Hicks 4-7-120-0, Price 1-1-18-1.
Receiving: Clearwater: Jarius Williams 5-165, Quan Jones 6-118, Jacquez Jones 4-57, Semaj James 1-22, Tahron Young 2-15; Charlotte: Price 2-60, Hicks 1-18, White 1-51, McClary 1-8.

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