CORNELIUS, N.C. — Charlotte Latin made it a tough night for the Davidson Day Patriots, pulling away with a 38-19 win Monday night at Hough High School.
Wake Forest linebacker commit Chase Monroe said the Patriots will be ready for a rematch in the playoffs.
“We’re already locked in the playoffs, and I’m sure we’ll see them either in the first or second round,” he said. “It’s going to be a different outcome. I can promise you that.”
After the final horn sounded, Monroe addressed the team himself for several minutes before coach Chad Grier and his staff arrived.
“I was telling them that everything tonight was self-inflicted. We beat ourselves with a lot of dropped balls and blown coverages,” Monroe said he told the team. “Just a lot of fundamental mistakes that if we clean up and done the right thing mentally, the game would have went a lot differently in the second half.”
Monroe was once again a physical force, often getting pressure on Latin quarterback Bates Jones (younger brother of Duke QB Daniel Jones) but also getting back in pass coverage when assigned. With the Patriots facing several injuries, Monroe played both sides of the ball, working on the offensive line.
“It’s tough when you have 25 guys on the roster with six-to-ten of those being D1 guys, then three or four of those guys get hurt,” Monroe said. “I started the game at tackle. Whatever my team needs me to do, I’ll do it. We’re plagued with injuries, but we’re just going to fight through it.”
Monroe came to BB&T Field and persevered through the elements to watch the Deacs top Syracuse Saturday night to move 5-1 on the season.
“I had a great experience. I didn’t care that it was raining. This time I was prepared with nice sweat pants, thick socks and a Wake rain jacket,” Monroe said. “I had a great time. I hung out with Jaquarii (Roberson), Taylor (Powell) and Christian (Beal). We had a great time. My dad was there, along with their families. We had a chance to get closer and feel like a family.
“I think they’re on the rise. Everything that coach Clawson, coach Elko and coach Lea have been telling me is going to happen, has happened. They said they were going to be bowl eligible this year, and they need just one more win. They’re going to get it. You can see the progression, and I believe it.
“They’re 5-1, and have beaten some good ACC teams. I think we’re going to go down to Tallahassee and whoop some Florida State butt.”
The Deacs have built quite a recruiting pipeline at Davidson Day, starting with Wake starting running back Cade Carney.
“He’s never really been great at celebrations,” Monroe said when asked about Carney’s skipping, jumping motion when crossing the goal line on his 55-yard scamper at Duke. “That’s on me. I need to get with him and get him right. I’ll work with him one-on-one.”
Monroe said his commitment to Wake is firm.
“My recruitment has been shut down,” he said. “When I committed I had a few schools text me and ask if this was it. I said, ‘Yes. I’m 100 percent.’”