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Knights knock off Charlotte19-17

Wide left. A 25-yard field goal attempt by Charlotte Christian sailed wide left allowing the North Lincoln Knights to hold onto a 19-17 victory Friday night in the second game at the Dungeon.
Neither team was able to score in the first quarter. In the second, the Knights of Charlotte Christian kicked a 28-yard field goal.
North Lincoln was quick to answer as Todd Eaton punched it in from 10 yards out to give North a 6-3 lead.
North turned the ball over with 20 seconds left in the first half on their own 2-yard line. With no timeouts, Charlotte Christian tried to run it in from the one-yard line and safety Brian Funk, one of the hardest hitters in the county, delivered a blow that stopped the running back and spurred head coach Lonnie Custer to say, ‘it’s one of the best hits I’ve ever seen, it was amazing.’
The hit was big from the standpoint it thwarted any points, but it was also a big momentum play.
“The defense definitely bailed out our offense in the first half because we definitely sputtered. It was huge because it was the second time we’ve had a lead at halftime, as opposed to going in just giving up a touchdown on the last play,” Custer said.
In the third, Charlotte scored on a three-yard pass. The home team quickly answered. Running back Brandon Mull displayed great athleticism hurdling a defender and taking it to the one-foot line. Casey Woodie did the rest of the work knocking it in from the one to put the Knights up 13-10.
Charlotte refused to go away scoring a 39-yard run in the fourth quarter. For the second consecutive week, Hopkins hit Borders for a 30-yard gain that set up a Hopkins quarterback sneak to put the Knights up 19-17.
His sneak were the last points of the night as Charlotte Christian missed a 25-yard field goal with 13 seconds left. Custer for the Knights knew luck played a role in the end.
“We had some mental breakdowns to give them the opportunity and we were just fortunate that the FG attempt went wide left,” he said.
A transfer from Mooresville proved to be an effective weapon for North Lincoln. Peter Chalkus was 1-2 on extra points but more importantly his kickoffs regularly went all the way to the opponent’s 10-yard line.
“He was definitely a spark for our special teams and he changed field position which was an area we needed to address,” Custer said.
The Knights improve to 2-0 marking the most wins they’ve had in their brief history.
“It’s a great start, no doubt about it. I know it sounds odd, but it’s what we expected,” Custer said.
Next week one of Charlotte’s most heralded coaches Jim Oddo and Charlotte Catholic come calling. Custer knows it won’t be easy.
“We’re facing one of the premier teams in the state at the 2A level. They’re very well coached and they have a program that we would like to pattern ourselves after.”by John Mark Brooks

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