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Locals spark Greenies offense

Beale, Jewkes help unbeaten Greenies reach NCISAA semifinals


7:40 PM, Nov. 06, 2012 EST

Charles Beale, right, leads Christ School in rushing (1,302 yards). / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com

ARDEN — 

Charles Beale and Christian Jewkes are two players who have seen Buncombe County football from just about every angle.

Going out on top would be the best vantage point yet.

Beale, who is from Arden, and Jewkes, a Weaverville-area resident, are seniors and the two biggest cogs in a Christ School offense that is averaging 43.3 points a game. The local duo and the rest of the undefeated Greenies set a single-season school record for wins (11) with last week's 75-6 blowout of Wake Christian and are back home for a 6 p.m. game Friday against North Raleigh Christian (9-2) in the NCISAA Division II semifinals.

"We're blessed to be in this position where we control our own destiny," Jewkes said. "Playing at home is awesome. We're definitely excited about the opportunity that we've given ourselves."

Beale (1,302 yards, 19 touchdowns) and Jewkes (1,248 yards and 18 touchdowns with five interceptions) came to Christ School after beginning their high school careers in the Mountain Athletic Conference.

Beale was largely a role player at Roberson, while Jewkes was a 1,000-yard passer as a sophomore at North Buncombe.

As a result, they've played in the NCHSAA, the NCISAA, afternoon games and night games.

But Beale and Jewkes have never been one step away from a state championship shot until now.

Since the NCISAA does not use neutral sites for its football playoffs, the top-seeded Greenies would turn around and host either No. 3 Harrells Christian (9-2) or No. 2 Davidson Day (9-2) if they can get past No. 4 North Raleigh Christian.

Christ School was a state runner-up twice in the 1970s but has never won a state championship in football.

"The way I see it, it's ours to lose," Beale said. "North Raleigh Christian is a good team, and it won't be easy. But we're fairly confident. If we avoid the mistakes and turnovers and play solid football, then we'll be OK. We had a lot of big goals as a team coming into this season. But I don't think we even realized what our potential could be."

Beale became the feature back for Christ School after senior Mike Dumaine, the 2011 Carolina Piedmont Football Conference offensive player of the year, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in September.

Flat Rock's Ellis Pace (479 yards, eight touchdowns) ranks second in team rushing.

"When Mike went down, it was a big blow," Beale said. "He was always the bulldozer-kind of runner, and I was always the complimentary back. I won't say I was excited about the opportunity (to carry the ball more). That would be selfish. But I was ready. And I knew our line would open up some big holes for me, and they have."

Beale is also the leading receiver for Jewkes with 13 receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns, followed by Eric Davis (12 receptions for 382 yards and six touchdowns) and Trae Sweeting (10 receptions for 249 yards and four touchdowns).

Christ School is 19-2 the past two years under coach Mark Moroz.

"The difference between this team and last year is our depth," Jewkes said. "Our depth is awesome. Mike Dumaine is a great player and asset to our team, and we love him. It took a lot to replace him, but Charles Beale has stepped in and carried the load, and we've plugged new guys into spots and continued to pick it up."

 

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