The Charleston Tigers remain undefeated in the Class 3A-1 football conference with a 42-7 win at Mansfield. Charleston (4-2, 3-0) maintains a one game lead in the conference over the Cedarville Pirates who also won on Friday. Charleston broke the game open in the second quarter with 21 unanswered points.
Charleston’ sophomore quarterback, Brandon Scott, completed 12 of 19 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Scott also rushed the ball 13 times for 92 yards, or a little more than seven yards per rush. Another of the talented Charleston sophomores, Bryton Ketter, had four reception for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Charleston Tigers were led by Wiley Carroll who had 4.5 tackles, of which, 4.0 were unassisted. The Mansfield Tigers suffered from fumbling the ball three times and losing possession twice, and from turning the ball over two additional times on interceptions.
Charleston head football coach Ricky May said on Sunday, “Early on we gave up a big touchdown run. They ran a little shovel pass on us for about 75 (yards) and that’s when I called them in and got all over their butts and we played a little better after that. We still turned it over three times in the first half. Overall, we played pretty good on defense. And I felt like our offense played pretty good at times. We just turned the ball over three times. We’ve got to stop doing that. We had some kids that really stepped up; Brevyn Ketter had a really good game. He is a sophomore and probably played his best game. He had a touchdown both rushing and receiving, and played really well. Dalton Curtis had a rushing touchdown and played well.”
Charleston will now host the Hackett Hornets at Alumni Field on Friday. Coach May assessed the Hackett Hornets by saying, “They are real physical. Their offense is ran by a graduate of Charleston and their defense is ran by a graduate of Charleston. So, this is going to be a big game for them. Both coaches are really good fellas that we have talked with in the past. They’ve got a real good…they manage their team really well. They play hard for them. They’re a really good run / pass mixture. They don’t do overly one over the other. It’s pretty close to 50/50 (run and pass plays). They do both really well. Against Lavaca they had a 91-yard touchdown pass. They threw the ball well and they are physical up front. Defensively, they fly to the football and just get after you. We are going to have to play well. We are going to have to play well every week from here on out because we are going to have some really good competition the next few games.”
Going into week seven of the high school football season, the standings in the 3A-1 football conference are:
West Fork 2-1
The Charleston Tigers remain in the driver’s seat, alone in first place in their conference. But in this topsy-turvy year of uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic, it is important more than ever to focus on each week’s opponent and to not look past anyone in the schedule. The young Tigers will have to keep developing and maturing from week to week.
So it should be a beautiful night in Charleston this Friday for the Tigers game with Hackett. The Weather Bug forecast is calling for a high temperature in the mid-sixties and a low in the upper forties. Bring your coats and get ready for a great high school football game! Your young Tigers are in first place and will be playing to maintain the lead with just three weeks remaining in the conference season!
Watch for a recap of Friday’s game in Resident Press next Sunday night. Stay with RP for the most comprehensive coverage of Charleston Tigers football!