Article by Tom Green…
The Charleston Academy Knights clinched their spot in Highland Bowl II after the closest finish in the league’s two seasons with a 6-2 record. Their only two defeats of the campaign happened against an in form Black Isle Stags in week 1 and to the overall league leaders the IHS Predators.
One of the biggest reasons for this year’s success is due to a dramatic increase in player numbers. Unlike last year the Knights have had enough players not to worry about fatigue anywhere near as much as the previous season.
Another large reason for success is the offense who have scored 40 more points than the second best offensive unit (the Millburn Academy Eagles). They also have been involved in the three tightest games this season and won them all. The closest of them being the most important game of the season winning 15-12 against their playoff rivals the Millburn Academy Eagles.
How they got there
Charleston Academy Knights 46-6 IRA Sharks
Charleston Academy Knights 6-26 Black Isle Stags
The Knights had a mixed start to the HACL season by first walking over the IRA Sharks in a 46-6 blowout. However in their second game they faced up against the highly competitive Black Isle Stags.
Charleston Academy Knights 26-39 IHS Predators
Charleston Academy Knights 37-0 IRA Sharks
Week 2 wasn’t much better for the Knights as they started the week off with a victory against the IRA Sharks. Then they faced the hardest game of their tournament against the HACL favourites IHS Predators and were defeated by only 13 points.
Charleston Academy Knights 32-16 Culloden Academy Raptors
Charleston Academy Knights 18-12 Black Isle Stags
The Knights form started to improve drastically in week 3 where they had a strong victory against the Culloden Academy Raptors before winning a tight game against the Stags by a touchdown.
Charleston Academy Knights 15-12 Millburn Academy Eagles
Charleston Academy Knights 35-26 Culloden Academy Raptors
Charleston went into week 4 knowing that they had to defeat the Millburn Academy Eagles to have a chance to qualify for the Highland Bowl and in the tightest game of the season the Knights won by only 3 points effectively sealing their place in the Highland Bowl. They then had a tight game against a resurgent Culloden Academy Raptors team and won by 9 points.