CHARLOTTE - The Harrells Crusaders lost out to Davidson Day in the championship game of the NCIHSAA Division 2 football finals. The score was 69-28 Davidson.
Harrells coach Brian Aldridge said, “They had too much speed and they are allowed to do what they do. There’s not much you can do about it. We got hurt on the first drive when we fumbled deep. We lost momentum. Then we dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone. Our kids gave all they had. We have 14 (players). They have however many they have. We had a great year for where we came from. I appreciate what the seniors did and look forward to next year.”
Harrells had the first chance and moved the ball well. However, they lost a fumble at the 9-yard line with Davidson recovering. The went 81 yards on one play for the first score. The Crusaders did stop the point after.
Davidson quickly added another score early in the second quarter to go up 12-0. The point after failed again.
Harrells turned the ball around and moved it 65 yards with Sammy Dixon going the final 13 yards for the score. Zach Carlton ran the point after to make it 12-8.
Davidson scored two more times in the first half to take a 28-8 lead into the break.
Harrells added some spice to the second half when they recovered the on-side kick off at the Davidson 40 yard line. Dixon scored on a 17-yard run up the middle for a 28-14 game.
Davidson would take the score to 35 -14 before Harrells could score again. With 8:07 left in the third quarter, O. H. Rouse took it in from the 1-yard line. The point after failed.
The rest of the game was all Davidson.
According to info on Maxpreps, Sammy Dixon was the leading rusher for the Crusaders with 293 yards on 32 carries and 2 TDs. Zach Carlton went 70 yards on 11 carries, 1 TD, and 1 conversion; Channing Kelly, 7 for 21; and Kelly Nelms, 8 for 43. Austin Wells scored a 2 point conversion.
On defense, Ben Parker was credited with 1 sack. Kelly Nelms led the tackles with 7 and 1 fumble recovery; Rouse also had 7 tackles; Zack Carlton, 6; Channing Kelly, 5; Fredrick Strickland, 4; and Zach Batts, 3 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
Not only was Dixon the leading rusher in this game, but according to Maxpreps, he leads all teams with a total of 1655 yards this season.