Five Scores for Hanson in Title Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Continuing the theme that has played out for much of the season, Braden Hanson led Charlotte Latin to a dominating 48-14 victory over Charlotte Christian Friday night to end the season undefeated and win their third consecutive NCISAA Title.

"It's incredible," Hanson said postgame. "We came out tonight and played our butts off. To do it at home, senior year, undefeated -- it doesn't get any better than that. It's just a great feeling. I don't know if I'm going to go to bed tonight."

Hanson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound quarterback, opened up the night's scoring with a five-yard touchdown run. Midway through the second quarter, he tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass and ran in the two-point conversion to increase the lead to 21-0. He later added second half touchdown passes of 18, 26, and 38 yards.

"Offensively, all week long we took it as a personal challenge – kind of like an insult – the way that we heard their defense is so good," Hanson said. "We know their defense is good. We came out tonight and we did whatever we wanted – we threw it, we ran it – and we did it all night long. The score reflects that."

Hanson's 274 yards and four touchdowns in the air came on 16-of-27 passing – considering the high standards he's set this season, 59 percent is below his season average.

"A couple of [incompletions] were tipped passes; guys just got their hands on it," Hanson said. "A couple of them I was trying to force something that wasn't there… We just stuck to our game plan and then passes opened up for big gains."

Regardless, Hanson, who is labeled a pocket passer, found plenty of success on the ground. On 15 carries, he rushed for 77 yards.

"In the first half they were dropping like eight guys," Hanson said. "I had a couple of runs up the middle for big yards, but we just took what they gave us all night."

For his prep career, Hanson is 25-1 as a starter. He ends his senior season with 2,928 yards and 42 touchdowns on 173-of-253 (68-percent) passing.

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