Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Unbeaten Tarpons Roll to Big Win | the Teams Combine for 1,109 Total Yards

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Unbeaten Tarpons Roll to Big Win | the Teams Combine for 1,109 Total Yards

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CHARLOTTE 63, NORTH MIAMI 33

PUNTA GORDA -- There's no slowing down Charlotte High's offense.

Trouble was, there wasn't much holding back North Miami's, either.

The result was a wild back-and-forth battle Friday night that entertained just about everyone except Tarpons head coach Binky Waldrop, as Charlotte eventually pulled away for a 63-33 victory over the visiting Pioneers at Tarpon Stadium.

The teams combined for 1,109 total yards -- and, more to Waldrop's attention, 306 penalty yards, with his team drawing 16 flags for 163 yards and one untimely ejection.

"That bothers me, obviously," Waldrop said. "I've never had that many (penalty yards).

"We did a lot of things we can't do. Our kids played hard, you can't take that away from us. But if we want to do what we want to do this year, we can't do what we did tonight. Absolutely not. And that's on me. We've got to play a little better self-control football."

Charlotte (2-0), clinging to a 28-21 advantage before scoring on the final play of the first half, finally broke loose on runs of 72 (Maleek Williams) and 91 (quarterback Dee Hicks) yards midway through the third period.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound Arkansas commit, rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. The Tarpons needed every yard, it seemed, because North Miami quarterback Tyberius Horne played pop-a-shot with Charlotte's secondary.

The 6-1 senior's numbers through the air: 32-of-57 to nine different receivers for 481 yards and three scores.

Horne did throw four interceptions, three of them to junior Savorian Warren. But he got his money's worth to the end, finding sophomore Richard Sam for a 20-yard TD on the game's final play.

"It was the first time we've been pushed all year," Williams said. "So it was really good that we kept fighting. That's the number one thing that (Waldrop) always preaches, that at Charlotte High School we always fight, no matter what. …

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