Saturday, August 23, 2014

HCA Cruises Past South Lenoir in Football Season Opener

DEEP RUN, NC- Harrells Christian Academy started off their highly anticipated season Friday night, August 22, against South Lenoir High School. The Crusaders did not take long to make their mark on the game by quickly forcing the Blue Devils to punt the ball away on their first drive. The high powered Crusader rushing attack emerged on their first play from scrimmage resulting in a 82 yard touchdown run by junior running back Marcus Scarborough. HCA found themselves leading 6-0 after the missed extra point.

The two teams continued to battle back and fourth in the remainder of the first quarter. HCA forced another South Lenoir punt but could not find the end zone forcing the Crusaders to turn the ball over on downs. At the end of the first quarter the Crusaders lead 6-0. Scarborough lead the Crusaders in the first quarter with 128 yards on 4 carries with 1 touchdown.

Heading into the second quarter HCA found themselves cruising down the field but their progress was quickly halted by multiple penalties. With 10:13 left in the second quarter HCA flipped the page in their playbook and found themselves in the end zone after a 30 yard touchdown pass from, senior quarterback, OH Rouse to, junior tailback, Davonte Best putting the Crusaders up 14-0.

Harrells' defense continued to stand tall against the Blue Devil offensive attack by forcing another punt. The Crusaders continued to hurt themselves by penalties in the second quarter. Fullback, Joseph Phaneuf, trotted into the end zone after a 50 yard run but was called back after a late holding call behind the play. The Crusaders were not dismayed by the frustration of penalties. Sophomore, Will Huff, powered his way down the field for a 20 yard run followed by a 15 yard touchdown to lengthen the Crusaders lead to 21-0 with 6:28 left in the half.

South Lenoir continued to struggle on the offensive front forcing the Blue Devils to another fourth down punt. The Crusaders marched down the field and topped off the drive with a 19 yard touchdown run by Marcus Scarborough to extend the Crusader lead to 28-0 in the closing seconds of the first half.

At the half the Crusaders had a comfortable lead of 28-0 lead by Scarborough's 209 yard and 2 touchdown first half performance.

HCA received the kickoff to start the second half. The Crusaders were lead down the field by, guess who, Marcus Scarborough. He broke away for a long run down to the Blue Devil one yard line where Davonte Best fought his way into the end zone to extend the Crusader lead to 35-0 with 9:57 left in the 3rd quarter.

Davonte Best contributed on both sides of the ball by grabbing an interception to give the Crusaders possession. HCA's progress was halted by the Blue Devil defense on fourth down giving South Lenoir the ball back on their own 15 yard line. The Blue Devils finally found some offensive rhythm on the first offensive play of the drive which ended in the end zone 85 yards later to tighten the scoring gap to 35-7 with 1:23 left in the 3rd quarter.

At the end of the 3rd quarter the Crusaders maintained their lead 35-7.

The Crusaders rushing attack struck once again in the 4th quarter this time from senior, Quinton Faison. His score pushed the Crusader's lead to 42-7 with with 7:33 left to play.

South Lenoir never stopped battling by punching in one final score in the closing minutes to make the score 42-13.

At the end of regulation the Crusaders clinched their first win of the season by defeating the South Lenoir Blue Devils 42-13.

Junior running back, Marcus Scarborough, found the end zone twice in the Crusaders season opening win.

Marcus Scarborough finished the game with 229 yards on 10 carries with 2 touchdowns. The balanced Crusader rushing attack combined for a total of 452 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Senior quarterback OH Rouse finished the game with 36 passing yards and 1 touchdown.

Senior linebacker, Fredrick Strickland, lead the Crusaders in tackles. He also recorded one interception to his outstanding performance to help lead HCA to their first victory of the season.

The Crusaders look to carry their confidence and enthusiasm into next week's home opener against East Montgomery High School. The Crusaders traveled to East Montgomery last year defeating the Eagles 34-6. The Crusaders kickoff their home opener at 7:30 Friday, August 29.

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