Harrells Christian nearly doubled the score of their opponent, Fayetteville Christian, Friday night as they rolled to a 89-46 victory on their home field.
In a battle of air versus ground attack, the Crusaders proved their rushing game was strong, amassing a total 714 yards to 196 for FCA.
Fayetteville won the battle from the air — a total 264 yards passing to 62 for the Crusaders — but it wasn’t enough to capture the victory.
But it was mostly Harrells, particularly in the first period, when a fired up Crusader team looked as if they could not be stopped … at all.
Harrells got on the board first, at the 10:29 mark in the first period, when Channing Kelly rushed for 17 yards and the touchdown. Walton Fisher added the point after and the Crusaders were on the board with 7.
Just over two minutes later, Crusader Russell Washington, on a 1st and 10, rushed 33 yards for the TD, and again Fisher added the PAT. Harrells led 14-0.
Washington found the end zone again at the 6:21 mark in the first period, this time rushing from 80 yards out for the touchdown. Fisher sent another through the uprights, and the Crusaders looked to be rolling toward a rout.
And FCA still had not found its footing.
At the 5:19 mark in the first, Harrells quarterback O.H. Rouse put one in the air, hitting Kelly Nelms for 62 yards and the TD. Again Fisher got the PAT.
Despite the pounding they were getting in the first quarter alone, FCA fought back. Quarterback Tyler Sweatt found Moore Bryan who caught a 50-yard pass and put Fayetteville on the board. A 2-point conversion try failed, but FCA was on the board with 6.
Harrells answered minutes later when Washington rushed in from 29 yards out for yet another Crusader TD. Fisher’s PAT was good.
Then at the 1:49 mark still in the first quarter, Kelly got the TD on a 69-yard run. Fisher got the PAT and Harrells was ahead 42-6 with only one quarter gone.
The second quarter remained scoreless until the 4:32 mark, when FCA’s Sweatt hits Moore again for a 19-yard pass completion and the TD. Again their PAT failed.
This seemed to only fire up the Crusaders more, and Washington answered with a 85-yard kickoff return for the TD. Fisher, still perfect, got the PAT.
Just before the end of the second period, FCA’s Bernard Smalls rushed for 1 yard and a TD. Their 2-point conversion failed, and the teams went into the break with Harrells leading 56-12.
Although down, FCA opened the second half fired up and ready to play, and at the 10:02 mark of the third quarter, Sweatt put one in the air, hitting Tremayne Fuller for a 61-yard TD pass. This time their conversion was good.
Harrells responded with a TD of their own, this time it was Washington rushing for 72 yards and the touchdown. Fisher’s extra point was good and Harrells continued mounting a massive win.
FCA’s Smalls answered right back with a 43-yard run for a TD. The 2-point conversion was good.
Washington came right back to rush in from 8 yards out to put yet another TD on the board for the Crusaders. Fisher’s extra point try went wide.
FCA still trying to get back into the game gets a kickoff return by Fuller, who runs 85 yards for the TD. Their PAT failed.
With 2:32 left in the third, Kelly rushes 31 yards for another Harrells TD. Fisher’s PAT goes wide right again. But the Crusaders were up 82-40 as time ran out in the third quarter.
Fayetteville got on the board once more in the fourth, when Andre Stark rushed 15 yards for a touchdown. Their extra point was wide left.
Harrells added the exclamation point to their victory with 1:08 left in the game, when Nelms rushed for 10 yards and the touchdown. Fisher, back on track, put it through the uprights to give HCA the 89-46.
Individually for the Cruaders, Rouse was 1 for 2 in the air for 62 yards and the touchdown; Kelly carried 10 times for 243 yards; Washington 12 times for 291 yards; Nelms, 10 times for 177 yards; and Dasmine Joyner 3 times for 9 yards.
Nelms also caught one 62-yard touchdown pass.
On the defense, Fredrick Strickland had 10 tackles; Justin Smith, 6; Washington, 5; Rouse, 5; and Kelly 3.