By Jordan Kroeger SunCoast Sports
IN A NUTSHELL: D’Vonte Price scored four touchdowns — including two in overtime –to help Charlotte rally from a 14-0 halftime deficit and defeat Fort Myers 27-24 in overtime to claim the Region 6A-3 title and the school’s first trip to the state semifinals since 2002. The Tarpons will host Miami Carol City next week.
DID YOU SEE THAT: Charlotte was in need of a spark trailing 14-0 and Price delivered two plays into the third quarter. The senior caught a jump ball over a Fort Myers defender for 78-yard touchdown — despite defensive pass interference — for Charlotte’s first points.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: After Fort Myers took the lead with field goal in the second overtime, Price sent the Tarpons to victory with a 10-yard touchdown run on Charlotte’s very next play.
UNSUNG HERO: With the game tied at 21 with less than a minute to play, Myles Hayes had the game saving play on defense. Fort Myers had driven down to Charlotte’s 28-yard, but after suffering a loss of 11 yards on 2nd down, Hayes sacked quarterback Dawson DeGroot to knock the Green Wave out of field goal range. Fort Myers was forced to punt and the game went into overtime.
THEY SAID IT: “You take away two plays in the first half and our defense was absolutely incredible. Good teams find a way to win. We had to win in a different way than we’ve been winning and I’m just proud of our guys.” – coach Binky Waldrop.
CHARLOTTE 27, FORT MYERS 24
Charlotte 0 0 7 7 7 6 — 27
Fort Myers 14 0 0 0 7 3 — 24
FM — Darrian Felix 42 pass from Dawson DeGroot (John Briers kick), 7:19
FM — Felix 71 run (Briers kick), 4:19
C — D’Vonte Price 78 pass from Dee Hicks (Kenny Scribner kick), 11:33
C — Price 9 run (Scribner kick), 10:08
C — Price 10 run (Scribner kick)
FM — Sias Young 10 pass from Ben Stobaugh (Briers kick)
FM — Briers 25 kick
C — Price 10 run
First Downs 8 9
Rushes/yds 31-115 28-182
Passing yds 140 79
C-A-I 3-12-1 7-16-0
Fumbles/lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties/yds 6-40 7-65
Rushing: Fort Myers: Darrian Felix 25-85-1, Dawson DeGroot 12-53, Yasias Young 5-18, Ben Stobugh 2-9, Rolf Julmisse 3-8. Charlotte: D’Vonte Price 10-71-3, Maleek Williams 10-31, Dee Hicks 7-6, Andrew Grace 3-14.
Passing: Fort Myers: DeGroot 4-10-52-1; Stobugh 3-6-27-1; Charlotte: Dee Hicks 3-12-140-1.
Receiving: Fort Myers: Felix 2-54, Bensley Bornelus 2-15, Young 3-15; Charlotte: Price 2-132-1, Travon McClary 1-8