“We are cross town rivals,” stated Latin FB/LB Mark Paschal. “We know each other well, we both respect each other, and both teams have a revenge factor every time we play each other whether it be football basketball or girls tennis.”
The top-ranked Charlotte Country Day School Buccaneers have an overall record of 10-2. They also have a 5-1 on their home turf, where Friday’s game will be played. To get to this point, the Buccaneers defeated the eighth seed, Victory Christian Center School, in the first round and beat fourth-ranked Cardinal Gibbons by a score of 38-14 in the semi-finals.
With the offense scoring more than 28 points per game and the defense allowing only 12, the Buccaneers have every reason to be confident. However, this game is eerily to similar to last year’s championship bout.
Last season, CCDS entered the championship game as the top seed and was facing the second-ranked Charlotte Latin Hawks. Latin came into the Buccaneers’ house and took the title, winning by a score of 26-14. What happened last season will certainly be on the minds of the CCDS seniors.
The number two seed Charlotte Latin Hawks boast a 10-2 record, but both losses have come on the road. The Hawks are scoring a whopping 40 points per game and are only allowing slightly more than two touchdowns. Latin defeated seventh-ranked Bishop McGuinness High School 49-17 and trounced third-ranked Providence Day School by a score of 42-18 to advance to the championship game.
In this game, the Hawks will be relying on Paschal, who has attained a three star ranking, and DE/TE Ryan Radloff, whom Scout.com gives two stars. Both men are seniors and will be playing in their final game for the Hawks.
“We have to play great defense and not turn over the ball,” explained Paschal. “Country day is a great football team. They don’t make any mistakes and they play hard every snap. We've learned that we have to match their intensity, and play solid fundamental football.”
Like CCDS, Latin also has something extra to play for. On October 29, the Hawks were the number one team in 11 man football. That night, they met the second-ranked CCDS Buccaneers and were defeated 21-17. Not only did they lose the game, but they also lost the top seed in the tournament and the home field advantage that comes with it. The Hawks will definitely be out for revenge.
The 11 Man championship game, which marks the end of another chapter in the CCDS/Latin rivalry, will be played Friday, November 19, at 7:30 PM.