The fight was over long before the first round’s bell was rung.
With a flurry, Pine Lake Prep connected on all the body blows right from the beginning to pound its way past first-time foe Quality Education Academy, 46-0. The win came in the regular-season high school varsity football debut for both teams Thursday night.
Play in the season opener was pushed up one night due to concerns over weather-related conditions.
As a result, Pine Lake’s Pride heads into second week play owners of a 1-0 overall record.
The outcome helped make a success of the start on the part of first-year head coach Austin Trotter. The former assistant coach at various programs – including Lake Norman Charter High School – celebrated his first time appearance on the sidelines as a program’s head coach.
Pine Lake started early and never let up its guard to collect the win in one of the surrounding area’s few games held one night before the officially-designated date for the majority of the state’s varsity football team.
The Pride, making their first of two consecutive showings on their familiar homefield facility fondly nicknamed as “The Grey” courtesy of its uniquely-colored artificial turf, surged out to a 32-0 advantage over the course of first-period play alone against the out-classed Quality Education Fighting Pharaohs. The Pride paraded into the halftime locker room owning a 40-0 intermission bulge.
They tacked on the game’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the game’s winning margin.
No additional individual details were available.
Pine Lake returns to play and stays put at home to host Denver-based Lake Norman Charter Academy Friday night.