For 13 weeks, the undefeated, No. 1 team in the state has never been the McDonald’s Team of the Week. Charleston earned that honor this week for what they did to then No. 1 Harding Academy in the quarterfinals over the weekend.
“We knew it was coming half way through the season,” said senior receiver Colton Ward.”
“In the back of their mind they’ve had this one circled for six weeks,” said head coach Greg Kendrick. “They were mentally and physically prepared.”
Charleston went on the road and beat Harding 48-21. It was a big deal to everyone, expect for them.
“We got through Harding and that was fun,” said Ward. “We celebrated, but now we have to focus on Earle. If we don’t get through Earle we can’t get to state.”
This Friday night Charleston will host Earle in the semifinals of the playoffs, a team that plays old school football. They run the single wing offense.
“They are some big boys,” said senior defensive end Kyle Burrows. “They are going to run the ball right at us. We’re going to have to hunker down and play some good downhill football.”
Ole Charston has been able to run downhill. But they’re success lives on their quarterback. Arkansas commit Ty Storey had 533 yards and all seven of the Tigers’ touchdowns last weekend.
“We’ve gotten used to Ty playing lights out,” said Ward. “As a receiver it is awesome being able to run route and have Ty throw me the ball.”
“Also the kids he has around him, he does a phenomenal job leading,” said Kendrick. “But our kids caught the ball. To be honest, our kids never surprise me.”