Dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Crusaders were finally able to play their final regular season home football game, which was also Senior Night. It was a long night for both teams, plagued by a lot of yellow flags, but in the end it was the Crusaders who came out on top, 40-14, over Word of God.
Both teams failed to move the pigskin after their first series, but the Crusaders cranked it up on the next series putting together an 85-yard yard attack in 15 plays capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Ty Scarborough. The conversion run by Scarborough was also successful, allowing the Crusaders to take an early lead of 8-0 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.
The Word of God faced a fourth and four on the Harrell’s 34-yard line and Ethan Faircloth stepped in to pick off a pass. The Crusaders didn’t let any grass grow under their feet as they marched 81 yards in 11 plays. Scarborough would finish off the drive with a seven yard touchdown run. Derek Bryant would add to their lead with a successful two-point conversion run putting Harrells up 16-0 with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter.
Less than a minute later, Bryant would strike again on a 37-yard touchdown run down the left sideline allowing Harrells to expand their lead to 22-0.
The Crusaders would light up the scoreboard again. On third down and 15 Bryant caught a screen pass and took it 76 yards down inside the two-yard line. Two plays later, Jack Laslo plunged into the end zone for score. The conversion run failed but the Crusaders were in command taking a 28-0 lead.
Alavious Taylor would blast through the Harrells defense and scamper 42 yards and would later score from the one-yard line. The conversion run failed closing the gap to 28-6 with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.
The Crusaders would answer putting together a 64-yard drive in 10 plays scoring on a 14-yard score by Scarborough with 6:14 remaining in the game, putting the Crusaders in the driver’s seat 34-6.
The Word of God would add another touchdown when Taylor jetted 61 yards for the score. The conversion run by Taylor was also good tacking two more points on the board, 34-14.
On the Crusaders final possession quarterback Gray Fussell would plow his way in the end zone from nine yards out giving the Crusaders the win.
Bryant would lead all rushers with 197 yards, including two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Scarborough picked up 83 yards and two touchdowns, while Shaq Newkirk add 155 yard. Jack Laso would pick up 39 yards and one touchdown. Fussell would score one touchdown and throw for another.
Luke Davis led the Crusaders’ win five tackles. Harley Batchelor added four tackles. Scarborough, Faircloth, and Don Banks contributed three tackles each.
After the game Coach Mike Brill praised his team’s efforts. “We haven’t practiced in nine days due to the hurricane, but I think they played well,” said Brill. Ty and Derek had a great night running the ball and Harley and Don Banks also did a heck of a job on defense,” concluded Brill.
The Crusaders are now 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. They will play at Davidson Day on Friday.
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