CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a battle of 12-win teams, Charlotte Catholic proved supreme with a Class 3A sectional win in the high school football playoffs Friday night at Jim Oddo field.
For the sixth time in the last seven years the Cougars and Wonders met in the playoffs, and like many of the previous games, Catholic won, 35-9.
A.L. Brown is now 1-5 in those six meetings. They lost Friday despite leading 9-7 at halftime. The Wonders had a pair of 31-yard field goals in the first half that were sandwiched by a 42-yard touchdown reception from Cougars star tight end and Notre Dame commit Mark Harrell.
The Wonders took the lead into the locker room with a short 20-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.
The third frame, though, belonged to the Cougars. CCHS scored 14 unanswered out of the break and took a 28-9 lead early in the fourth stanza on an 86-yard Elijah Hood score. The Hood run was set up by an interception seconds earlier in the end zone by Brendan Carroll.
A.L. Brown, led by first year coach Mike Newsome, finishes the year at 12-2. The Wonders had won nine straight before falling to the Cougars. A.L. Brown's other defeat was to a Porter Ridge team still alive in the Class 4A playoffs.
The Cougars will face Crest, a 28-25 winner of Asheville, next Friday.
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