The favored Bluejays got a very early wake-up call in the game when, on the visitors' second play from scrimmage, Malden's Richard Marks gathered in a short pass and proceeded 85 yards for the first score.
On their first possession, the 'Jays were unable to make any headway and were forced to punt the ball away. But Malden committed a very costly mistake when it fumbled the punt back to the Bluejays.
Charleston recovered at the 4-yard line and two plays later quarterback A. H. Marshall sneaked into the end zone from two yards out. That left Malden leading by one 7-6 at the end of the first period.
Late in the second quarter, Charleston grabbed its first lead when placekicker Marcus Dixon drilled a 30-yard field goal to make the score 9-7.
However, the advantage was shortlived as the Greenwave came right back with a touchdown when Aaron Luke caught a Jonathan Henfling pass from 14 yards out to give Malden its last lead of the evening.
After a slow start in the first quarter, freshman Joseph Watts began to make a big impact in the game in the second. Seven rushes netted him 78 yards in the second stanza. He ended the night with 17 rushes for 131 yards and three touchdowns.
"There's not much I can say," Charleston coach Brent Anderson said. "He's electric."
For the remainder of the first half, neither team was able to establish themselves as a clear favorite, but Charleston came out in the second half with a different look altogether as they looked much more determined to avoid the upset.
Marshall went out of the contest late in the opening quarter with a shoulder injury and was replaced by junior Jeff Hemphill.
Hemphill performed very well, and scored the touchdown which put the game out of reach for Malden in the third quarter, making the score 28-13.
Malden was able to score a meaningless TD in the last quarter with 26.5 seconds left.
"It's been tough, but our kids are fighters," Malden coach Kevin Collier said. "There's no quit in them."
Charleston will host Dexter next week while Malden will entertain Kennett.