Charlotte downs Premont in double OT

Charlotte’s Brandon Sanchez cuts upfield against Premont. MERCEDES SANCHEZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte’s Brandon Sanchez cuts upfield against Premont. MERCEDES SANCHEZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Late heroics helped the Charlotte Trojans to a 12-6 win on the road over Premont in double overtime on Friday.

It was the first win of first-year head coach Jason Brock’s head coaching career.

“It was good,” Brock said. “It was exciting and it was a very good game. To get your first win in double overtime, it was full of suspense which makes it even more memorable.”

After being held scoreless for most of a 6-0 game against Premont, the Charlotte Trojans scored with 14 seconds left in regulation when quarterback Alex Martinez hit Brandon Sanchez for a 5-yard score. Martinez then scrambled from 12 yards out to win 12-6 in double overtime on Friday night.

Getting their first win of the season helped Brock reaffirm his philosophies, such as the phrase “Tough People Win.” In overtime, he heard his players proactively saying their battle cry. That’s when he knew Charlotte would win.

“I was super proud because, being able to overcome the adversity we had that game from the opening kickoff says a lot about our team,” Brock said. “To go all the way down to the last 14 seconds of the game and still find a way to execute a play to get in the endzone, is phenomenal. It’s one of those things we preach to them, tough people win and it showed. They were the tougher kids and we were in a little bit better shape than Premont. With that being said, I think we found a way to execute when it matters. Good football teams learn how to do that.”

Martinez finished the day 10-of-15 passing for 62 yards and one passing touchdown to go with his rushing touchdown against one interception.

Mario Campos was 5-of- 11 passing for 54 yards as well.

Sanchez was the top receiver for the night with seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Max Rowland and Xavier Martinez each had three catches. Rowland went for 33 yards while Martinez went for 27.

Head coach Jason Brock described the first win of his head coaching career as a night-long defensive battle.

The Trojans were held to 116 yards passing overall. But senior running back Manuel Cancel gave Premont fits, carrying the ball 20 times for 111 yards rushing and catching one pass for 14 yards.

Having him and his brother, Jeremiah, back on the field made a big difference in Brock’s eyes.

“It was huge. It was huge for many reasons,” Brock said. “One it was huge because, if you look defensively, them two together accounted for half of our stats. Offensively, just like everybody knows, Manuelito is our starting running back and an All- District running back from last year. So having that burst and that firepower back in your offense really changes your dynamic and gives you things you might not have without that kid. But his brother, his brother is that darkhorse that’ll sneak up on you and hurt you when you don’t expect it, especially on offense. We put him in as a wing … and they set the edge for us and gave Manuel more running room than we could ask for.”

Brock noted the improvement from the Trojans’ week 1 loss to San Marcos Academy to their win on Friday. Most notably the defense, which allowed 28 points in that opening loss.

“We had drastic improvement, starting with defense. Defense was out.,” Brock praised. “We had one miscue on that touchdown they scored in the first quarter. Other than that, our defense gave up seven or eight first downs after that and found ways to get off the field.”

“We played really well offensively. We moved the ball up and down the field, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot. A penalty here, a penalty there. … At the end of the day, penalties got us offensively. Other than the penalties, we moved the ball like we wanted to and like we expected to.”

Charlotte (1-1) will host Riviera Kaufer (1-1) on Sept. 13 for the Trojans’ homecoming. Brock is excited to get back in front of a home crowd.

“It’s super exciting,” he said. “I’ll tell you, they do a really good job of supporting the program. Their parents, we traveled well. I know we’re going back to Premont. But going 2 1/2 hours on a road trip, we had more people in the stands than they did for a home game. That speaks volumes of our community. … As a coach and as a player, it really sets the atmosphere.”

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