Charlotte Catholic defeated Havelock 28-14 on Saturday to capture the 2017 NCHSAA 3-A Football Title and the Catholic Cougars owe at least part of their success in attaining the 2017 State Championship to the Dudley Panthers, from Greensboro, N.C., who defeated Charlotte Catholic in the 2016 NCHSAA 4-A West Regional Championship Game, on a cool Friday night, last December, down in Charlotte….
Here is the inside on the Charlotte Catholic success and how Dudley got them moving toward that 2017 3-A State Title, and coming in from Langston Wertz Jr., at the Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte Catholic senior running back Milan Howard made his teammates a promise after the Cougars lost 21-10 to Greensboro Dudley in the 2016 N.C. 4A state semifinals.
Howard fumbled with six minutes left as his team was driving for a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Dudley’s Awstyn Williams returned it 84 yards for a put-away touchdown in a 21-10 win.
“Everybody knew I was down,” said Howard, who is 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds. “I didn’t enjoy that feeling of losing and I dedicated myself 100 percent and decided I was going to become faster, stronger, smart and be able to do whatever I needed to do to make my team win.”
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