In the first half, the scoring came in droves for the Lions. The first came just 48 seconds into the ball game as junior quarterback Rolie Zepeda connected with senior running back Deon Mayberry for a 3-yard score, though the 2-point conversion failed. Later in the quarter, with 8:52 on the clock, Mayberry showed his prowess on a 17-yard run with senior Weston Hallmark’s kick putting the lead at 13-0. Mayberry scored once more with 4:06 on the clock on a 6-yard run, followed by Hallmark’s PAT. The last score of the first quarter came with 1:05 to go as senior running back Sammy Martinez punched it in on a 5-yard run, though the kick failed, putting the score at 26-0.
In the second quarter, with 6:40 to go, Zepeda hooked up with senior receiver Emilio Mendoza on a remarkable 94-yard passing touchdown with Hallmark’s PAT extending the lead to 34-0. Later in the quarter, with 2:57 to go, Mayberry scored his final touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run, followed by Hallmark’s PAT splitting the uprights. The Lions’ final score of the game came with 55 seconds to go until halftime as Zepeda punched it in on a 1-yard run of his own, with Hallmark’s extra point putting the lead at 47-0. Charlotte’s lone score of the game and that of the second half altogether came with 1:48 to go in the fourth quarter as Isaac Santos scored on a 3-yard run. The kick by Luis Arrevalo put the final score at 47-7.
Statistically, the Lions amassed 477 yards of total offense, with 311 rushing over 35 attempts and 166 passing over 10 attempts. The Trojans, by comparison, were held to 288 yards of total offense, with 60 rushing over 27 attempts and 228 passing over 29 attempts. In terms of penalties, the Lions committed 3 penalties for 25 total yards and the Trojans committed 7 penalties for 65 yards. “We did what we wanted to do,” said Havron. “The two weeks helped us prepare and we were sharp. We took them out of the game early.”
This week, the Lions will make the long trek to the Rio Grande Valley to face the La Villa Cardinals. “It’ll be tough down there, they are very athletic,” said Havron. “We beat them last year and they’ll likely want revenge.” Kickoff in La Villa is set for Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.