Knights’ Road to the Bowl

Article by Tom Green…

Charleston Academy Knights

Photo by Scott MacDonald

#2 Offense (scored 269 points)

#1 Defense (conceeding 77 points)

Biggest Win: 50-6 Inverness High School (Week 4))

The Charleston Academy Knights have qualified for the Highland Bowl for the second time in a row after completing a perfect 8-0 season. It hasn’t been easy for them to achieve with three close games on the way to the Highland Bowl including a 22-18 victory over the Millburn Academy Eagles and a 25-20 victory over title rivals the Black Isle Stags. One of the reasons behind their success has been their dominance on the defensive side of the football. Their offense has also been a major contributing factor behind the Knightss success particularly their passing game lead by quarterback Calvin Campbell who stepped up after last year replacing Highland Wildcats 1st string quarterback Euan Crawford.

Results

Week 1:

Charleston 48-7 Inverness High School

Charleston 46-12 Inverness Royal Academy

The Knights started off the season well by defeating last years champions, the Inverness High School, 48-7 in a one sided affair to get their title challenge up and running. They followed up this victory with a 46-12 victory over the IRA Sharks to round off a weekend where the Knights scored 94 points whilst only conceding 19.

Week 2:

Charleston 28-14 Black Isle

Charleston 20-0 Culloden

In week two the Knights met title challenger the Black Isle Stags in a tightly contested game which they were able to win in the last two minutes of the game by scoring 3 answered touchdowns to put the pressure on the Stags heading into future weeks. The Knights then comfortably defeated the Culloden Academy Raptors in a game which had to be cut short due to injuries.

Week 3:

Charleston 30-0 Culloden

Charleston 22-18 Millburn

The Knights sealed their place in the Highland Bowl and gave them a change to complete a perfect season after they defeated the Raptors 30-0. They then went into their last game  of week 3 knowing victory would seal their place in the Highland Bowl III. Millburn however were still in the Highland Bowl race needing an urgent victory to give them a chance and made Charleston work for a tight 22-18 win. The win also ensured that they would be playing the Black Isle Stags in the title game as it took the Eagles out of the running.

Week 4:

Charleston 25-20 Black Isle

Charleston 50-6 Inverness High School

In the last week of the regular season the Charleston Academy Knights had a dress rehearsal for Highland Bowl III when they took on the Black Isle Stags for the second time this season. The game was so close that it went down right to the wire and the final play. The Knights were able to win the game but it showed that the title game will not be a forgone conclusion. They then went on to finish 8-0 by beating the Inverness High School Predators.

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