The Charlotte Trojans season came to an end after Yorktown’s second half push. It was also the end for the senior Trojans.
On Friday, the Trojans (3-4) lost to the Yorktown Wildcats (7-3) 49-15 in a Class 2A DII bi-district playoff game after holding a narrow halftime lead.
“We came out strong in the first half and the second half we just let up,” said senior linebacker Brandon Sanchez. “Against a good team like Yorktown, you can’t do that.”
Sanchez had two sacks and five tackles. It was also his final game as a Trojan.
“I don’t know if I will ever be on a football field again,” Sanchez said. “So, as long as I know I gave it my all, I could live with myself. That’s what I did.”
Sanchez said he will miss being with his brothers on the football field and that the team was a family.
“I’ll miss the blood, sweat and tears,” Sanchez said.
In the first half, the Trojans had a 48-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mario Campos. He unofficially ended the night with 81 yards on the ground and 45 passing yards.
“They were breaking through and we just couldn’t make those plays. They just caught us off guard. They came to play,” Campos said.
He hopes the underclassmen will learn from this loss and build on the groundwork the seniors laid down this season.
“It doesn’t get better than this,” Campos said. “Nothing tops high school football. I’m gonna miss it all, from the school, all the buddies and just playing with my brothers every Friday night.”
The score that put the Trojans on top at halftime was a 42-yard touchdown run by senior Maximus Rowland. His two-point conversion pass put Charlotte up 15-14 going into the half.
Unofficially, Rowland had 72 yards rushing, one touchdown and four tackles.
The second half is where Yorktown pulled away from Charlotte. The Wildcats scored 35 unanswered points.
“We’re executing well in the first half and when we came out in the second half, we came out flat,” Rowland said.
When Yorktown received the ball in the second half, it took them three plays to find the endzone. An interception from Campos that was returned for a touchdown put Yorktown up 29-15 within the first two minutes of the second half.
Yorktown added scores of one, 15 and 21 yards to end the game. The Charlotte offense could not get going against the Wildcats defense.
“I just want to thank my brothers for giving me a hell of a season,” Rowland said. “Now I wish them good luck in the next season. I’m always gonna be watching. I’m always gonna remember this team.”
Head Coach Shawn Vowell said being up 15-14 in the first half was incredible.
“They just came and took it to us in the second half. We couldn’t answer,” Vowell said. “It hurts to know you played such a great first half and to lose like that. It just hurts.”
He said this team will be contending next year in district as well.
“’I’m proud of my kids, I’m proud of the season. [Our record] 3-4 doesn’t sound good, but if you were behind the scenes and know what we went through all year, Oh my god, I think we did awesome,” Vowell said.