The Harrells Christian Academy Crusaders hosted North Raleigh Christian Academy on Thursday night in a homecoming game. The Crusaders were losing the back-and-forth affair at the half, but mounted a comeback to take a 28-14 win.
Ethan Faircloth had an interception as well as a fumble recovery late in the game, which were big, Coach Mike Brill said.
North Raleigh got on the board first, taking a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Crusaders responded, scoring from 11 yards out. The conversion run by Derek Bryant was good, putting the Crusaders up 8-7.
North Raleigh answered, scoring on a 16-yard rushing touchdown. The PAT was good, allowing them to take the lead at halftime.
Harrells opened the third quarter on a 20-yard run by Shaquor Newkirk that deadlocked the score, 14-14. Bryant would then give the Crusaders the lead in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard score, which would be all they would need to take the victory.
The Crusader defense got the job done the rest of the way when Faircloth recovered a fumble and picked it up and ran 22 yards. Newkirk scored the touchdown and the two-point conversion was good.
The win was the fourth for the Crusaders and gives them a 4-3 overall record and a 1-1 record in conference play. They will play Word of God on Friday.
Ty Scarborough led the pack with 145 yards rushing and one touchdown. Bryant picked up 112 yards and one touchdown, while Newkirk gained 67 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Defensively, Don Banks led Harrells with 6.5 tackles. Newkirk added four, Harley Batchelor 3.5, and Scarborough had 2.5.
Brill said it was a good comeback win after being down at halftime. Will Minchew had a big game, stepping in when a player was injured and Scarborough ran the ball as hard as he has run it all season long, the coach said.
“I’m just happy with the win and we have to continue to improve. Hopefully we will get some of our players back that have been unable to play due to injury,” concluded Brill.
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