Charlotte pulls away from Lely
Tarpons get 41-16 win over Trojans.
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte and Lely high school football teams were able to wait out the rain and lightning on Thursday night and get a game in.
After both teams had games cancelled last week, the Tarpons and Trojans decided to scrap the byes they were scheduled to have this week and play a game against each other.
They experienced some some deja vu when lightning kept the teams off the field for the second week in a row, but this time they were eventually able to take the field. The game, which was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., got underway just before 9 p.m.
The game was all Tarpons early on, and they ran away with a 41-16 win in the second half.
The big plays that put the Tarpons ahead for good came in the third quarter. Halfway through the third quarter, the Tarpons drove 56 yards on six plays. Senior Amari Washington took an end-around handoff in for a six-yard touchdown. Later in the third quarter, Zack Kennedy broke a 37-yard run for a touchdown. He added a 28-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Charlotte added another touchdown in the fourth quarter with a McGill touchdown pass to Dwight Reynolds.
Lely’s only touchdown of the game came at the beginning of the second half. After a pass interference call on the first play from scrimmage, Lely quarterback Karbiel Dirogene took the next snap 47 yards for the Trojans’ first touchdown of the game.
Prior to Dirogene’s touchdown, the Tarpons held a 14-3 lead at halftime.
On the first possession of the game, the Tarpons took advantage of a botched onside kick that allowed them to start at the Lely 38-yard line. Charlotte marched down, getting into the endzone after eight plays. Senior quarterback Brennan McGill ran up the middle for the touchdown on second and goal from the five.
In a sloppy game that saw several fumbles, Charlotte was able to hold onto the ball long enough to score another touchdown in the first quarter. The big play of the drive was a 43-yard McGill pass to Trent White that set up a four-yard touchdown run by Jakhi Roberts a few plays later.
Lely took advantage of a McGill interception late in the first half to tack on its first points of the game with a field goal with nine seconds left in the half.
The Trojans added a touchdown, but failed on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
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