Charlotte Catholic got a bit of a scare in Friday’s 21-14 win over Providence.
The Cougars (3-1) won their first-ever Southwestern 4A game at Memorial Stadium and bounced back from a tough loss to Blessed Trinity, a 5A Georgia team, at home last week.
The game was part of the Carolina Panthers “Big Friday” series of games in uptown Charlotte.
Catholic’s defense was solid early, shutting out Providence (1-3) in the first half. And the Cougars got points in both early quarters: Sean Boyle hit Jacob Deller with a 23-yard scoring pass in the first; Griffin Sovine had a 32-yard run in the second.
Then to start the second half, Ethan Ellis appeared to put the game away with an electric 90-yard kickoff return. When he scored with 11:46 left in the period, Providence was in a big three-score hole.
Student Section of the Game!! Sure seems fitting. pic.twitter.com/04Da16eQ63
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But the Panthers did manage to answer with just over four minutes to play in the third quarter to trim the lead to 21-7. It got another score a few minutes later to trim Catholic’s lead to a touchdown.
And the Panthers had a real shot to tie late, but were stopped on downs at the Catholic 9 with 4:17 to play.
Providence (1-3) started the season with an impressive 21-7 win over Chester, but has now lost three straight games. the Panthers lost 24-7 to South Meck and 28-20 to Mallard Creek before Friday’s game.