Behind a healthy dose of rushing, featuring Russell Washington, the Harrells Christian Crusaders earned a 86-49 victory over Ravenscroft Friday, winning the conference championship.
In addition to Washington, who finished the game with a jaw-dropping 34 carries for 471 yards, Channing Kell (13-111) and Kelly Nelms (8 for 146 yards) led the way for the Crusader offense Friday.
Harrells opened the game with a 7 play, 99 yard drive that set the tone. Although the next 10 scoring drives were equal with each team scoring twice, the Ravens scored four consecutive times in the second quarter.
But the Crusaders fought back with only 2:33 left until the half, Harrells answered by scoring three more times before the half, leading 49-35.
Harrells dominated in the third to put the game out of reach. In the end, the Crusaders controlled the ball by possessing it for over 30 minutes; Ravenscroft’s offense had the ball for approximately 18 minutes.
On defense, Nelms led the way with 9 tackle. Other defensive leaders were: O.H. Rouse had 7; Kelly, 5; Fredrick Strickland, 5; Justin Smith, 4; Patrick Walker, 3; and Zack Carlton, 3.