CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Christian Knights made history Friday night. Jason Estep and company completed a 12-0 season and won their second straight NCISAA Division One State Championship with a convincing 48-10 victory over Charlotte Latin School.
The Knights took the opening kickoff down the field, riding the legs of sophomore Elijah Deveaux. Deveaux's 39 yard run in the first quarter led to the game's first touchdown and a 7-0 Charlotte Christian advantage. The Hawks tied the game up on a short touchdown run by Daniel Jones and even added a 50 yard field goal by Nick Gardner.
Charlotte Latin had no answer for Deveaux. The Christian running back rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns. The Knights sealed the deal with a David Hogan pick six, winning their 19th straight game dating back to last year. It was Charlotte Christian's third title since 2008.
"It means a lot, but probably not more than those kids mean to me," said Charlotte Christian Head Coach Jason Estep. "That's the one thing I'm never going to get back. When you have 18 seniors who helped build a program, the stress was on me because I wanted this so bad for them, it's unbelievable."
Knights senior tight end Jeb Blazevich added, "Coach Estep always says it's very rare for your last game to end in a win. I just appreciate that, the coaches and my teammates. We truly made this a program and I'm proud to be a Charlotte Christian Knight."
Charlotte Christian ends the season 12-0. Charlotte Latin finishes state runners up at 9-3.