Bishop McNamara senior wide receiver Tavon Charles — unlike five of his teammates who have already made verbal commitments — has no Division I offers.
But Stony Brook University told him to submit a highlight video after his first three games, and perhaps, that could generate an offer.
Well, three games in, and Charles has a heck of a play to send Stony Brook.
Charles caught an 80-yard touchdown pass with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left to give Bishop McNamara (2-1) a 7-0 win over Georgetown Prep (0-2) on Saturday. He stiff-armed a potential tackler for about five yards before breaking free and finally inflicting some pain on behalf of the offenses in a game that featured two stout defenses.
“I'm going to tell them, whoever makes it, that's the highlight opener,” Charles said.
“He's hungry,” said Bishop quarterback Milan Collins, who's committed to Maryland. “You saw today. Tavon took a catch that an ordinary receiver would have went down. But he kept going.”
Charles' big play was the first time either team advanced as far as the opponent's 10-yard line. Both defenses were smothering, though they combined to force just one turnover, an interception by Georgetown Prep linebacker Anthony McHale. That left Bishop McNamara coach Bryce Bevill in a bind.
“You've got to pick the spots where you're going to take a chance, but also be patient,” Bevill said. “It's a chess game, and we moved one more man than they did
Bevill had help in picking his spot.
During the previous series, Charles smiled, shook Bevill's hand and said, “Throw me the ball.” So, before the game-winning play, Bevill told Collins to throw to Charles.
“He has worked so hard during the offseason,” Bevill said of Charles, who has received an offer from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan and interest from New Hampshire, Rutgers and Syracuse. “He's earned the right to do that.”
Though he advocated for himself during the game, the 6-foot-4, 177-pound Charles knew where to give credit afterward.
“If it wasn't for our defense, that touchdown means absolutely nothing,” Charles said.
Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro agreed.
“Defensively, they're enormous,” Paro said. “All you had to do is go to the game tape, look and see the size difference. I think they played exceptionally well, and they took our offense away.”
With a couple minutes left in the game, rain began to soak everyone in attendance. As the bleachers emptied, the Bishop McNamara players held their ground on the sideline, as resilient to the heavy precipitation as they were to Georgetown Prep's punishing defense.
“It was perfect,” Charles said. “Nothing better you can ask for.”
Bishop McNamara 7, Georgetown Prep 0
Georgetown Prep (0-2) 0 0 0 0— 7
Bishop McNamara (2-1) 0 0 0 7 — 0
BM — Tavon Charles 80 pass from Milan Collins (Travis Arnold kick)
Georgetown Prep — Anthony McHale 2-19; Brendan Collins 8-18; Tene Samuto 4-4; Ryan Norton 4-3; Thomas Davin 1-(-3); Corey Howard 2-(-5).
Bishop McNamara — Adam Gillis Jr. 22-104; Jordan Martin 2-4; Kyle Jackson 1-0; Marquis Barnes 1-(-1); Milan Collins 5- (-6).
Georgetown Prep — Corey Howard 10-22-96-0.
Bishop McNamara — Milan Collins 11-23-220-1.
Georgetown Prep — Andrew Caskin 5-49; Thomas Davin 3-35; Brendan Collins 1-8; Sean Fegan 1-4.
Bishop McNamara — Tavon Charles 2-97; Jordan Crockett 6-96; Malik Self 1-21; Adam Gillis Jr. 2-6.