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Knights fall to Charlotte Catholic

North Lincoln suffered their first loss at the Dungeon on Friday night, losing to the Charlotte Catholic Cougars 35-6.
Charlotte Catholic, who lost to Bandys deep in the 2A State Playoffs in 2003, were just too much for second-year Knights.
The Cougars scored on a 37-yard pass play to open the scoring. Then it became the is Nick Starcevic show.
The 6’3” 225 pound Starcevic, a UNC signee, plowed his way to four touchdowns on the night. His first touchdown came in the first quarter on a 30-yard run with his second TD coming later in the same quarter making the score 22-0.
Starcevic continued to do damage in the second quarter scoring on a 17-yard run. His final touchdown of the night came through the air on a 13-yard reception.
North Lincoln’s head coach Lonnie Custer was blown away by Starcevic raving of his ability.
“He’s big-time. All the accolades that he has, he definitely deserves. He’s a great player and he plays extremely hard,” he said.
The Knights’ lone bright spot was Mooresville-transfer Peter Chalkus. Chalkus, who has emerged as a special teams’ weapon due to his strong leg this time made his mark on defense.
In the fourth quarter, Chalkus scooped up a fumble from his corner position and jetted 55-yards for North’s only score of the night.
Trent ‘Ace’ Hopkins was not given much a chance to get into rhythm with Cougar defenders constantly getting pressure on him.
“We had a real tough time with their front seven, so we didn’t have a lot of time to throw the ball,” Custer said.
Despite the first loss on the season, the Knights did outscore Catholic in 6-0 in second half.
“We got to see what a great team looks like and we have a long way to go before we’re there. I told them to fly around and have fun and I thought they came out and competed really well in the second half,” Custer said.
The coach was impressed with, not only the fundamental play on the field, but the way the Cougars handle their whole program.
“They were everything I thought they would be and more. They are just a very, very good high school football team and probably the classiest team I’ve ever faced. The way they run their program is a testament to Jim Oddo and his coaching staff,” Custer said.
North will face a hungry 0-3 East Lincoln team this week. Custer believes it’s good facing a county team after a tough loss.
“Coming off a tough loss, we have our county rivals, so motivation and focus is not going to be a problem.”
The Knights are now 2-1 on the season.
by John Mark Brooks

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