By Cliff Mehrtens
CHARLOTTE – SouthLake Christian returned Friday to the field where it lost the state championship last November. The Eagles promptly fell behind 12-0.
But that slice of pain all evaporated as SouthLake scored the next 30 points for a 30-12 romp against Victory Christian. A somber sideline and fan section turned into a fun place in the second half and postgame.
SouthLake sophomore Robert Washington Jr. rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. He stood up in the postgame huddle and rattled off the offensive linemen’s names as all the Eagles clapped.
“I did that because they got me four touchdowns tonight and without them I couldn’t do anything,” Washington said. “They blocked great and did every scheme perfectly. I couldn’t ask for a better line.”
SouthLake (2-0), which didn’t play last week because of a forfeit, was sluggish in the first quarter. The first possession ended with an interception in the end zone, followed by two blocked field goals and a punt.
Victory Christian (0-2) took a 12-0 lead on Josh Allen’s touchdown runs of 59 and seven yards in the first half. SouthLake capitalized on a short punt when it took over at the Victory 25 with 1:32 left in the half. Washington bolted up the middle on first down for a 27-yard run that cut the lead to 12-7.
SouthLake’s momentum carried into the second half, with Washington capping drives with touchdown runs of six, 11 and nine yards.
“We were working the kinks out,” Washington said. “Once we got it going, we were unstoppable as a team.”