|Senior fullback, Joseph Phaneuf searches for a seem to break through for a touchdown.|
Harrells Christian Academy defeated Warren County 36-32 to improve their record to 3-0 on the season.
The Crusader rushing attack entered the highly anticipated offensive matchup against Warren County ranked #3 in the state and #11 in the nation in total rushing yards with 828 yards.
The Crusaders received to start the game. HCA marched down the field led by senior tailback Quinton Faison. Joseph Phaneuf capped off the long drive with a 1 yard touchdown run to give the Crusaders an early 6-0 after a failed two point conversion attempt.
Warren County quickly answered back with a long drive ending in a 5 yard touchdown run to tie the game 6-6 with 55 seconds left in the 1st quarter.
At the end of the first quarter the game was tied at 6-6. Quinton Faison led the Crusader offense with 42 yards in the 1st quarter.
The Crusaders did not take long to find the end zone once again. Jospeh Phaneuf punched in his second score of the game from 8 yards out to extend the HCA lead to 14-6 after a converted two point conversion.
Once again Warren County answered with a touchdown. The Eagles found the end zone on a 19 yard touchdown run to tighten the HCA lead to 14-12 with 5:59 left to play in the half.
The two teams battled with a pair of failed offensive drives. Warren County forced the Crusaders to punt giving the Eagles the ball on the Warren County 31. Davonta Best recovered a Warren County fumble to give the Crusaders the ball back on the Eagles 30 yard line with 23 seconds left in the half.
Marcus Scarborough carried the ball into the end zone from 30 yards out on the ensuing play to extend the Crusaders lead to 20-12.
HCA found themselves leading 20-12 at the half.
Warren County received to start the second half but was stopped on a 4th down conversion attempt. HCA retained possession on their own 44 yard line.
Davonta Best found the end zone on the ensuing Crusader drive on a 11 yard touchdown run to lengthen the HCA lead to 28-12 with 7:13 left in the 3rd quarter.
Warren County showed signs of an answer to the Crusader score but their momentum was halted by a fumble that was returned 76 yards for a touchdown by , senior, Justin Smith to extend the Crusader lead to 36-12 in the closing stages of the 3rd quarter.
|Justin Smiths sprints towards the end zone after a fumble recovery.|
The Crusaders were then forced to punt on their next possession. Warren County found the end zone again on their next possession form 5 yards out to make the score 36-26 with 4:19 left in the game.
The Crusaders were rolling and looking to run out the clock when Warren County forced a fumble to give the Eagles the ball back on the HCA 39.
Warren County quickly converted off the Crusader turnover with a 1 yard touchdown run to put the Eagles within 4 points 36-32 with 1:55 left to play.
The Eagles lined up for an onside kick but could not execute . The ball did not roll 10 yards giving the Crusaders the ball on the Warren County 44.
HCA celebrated and ran the clock out to clinch their third win of the season 36-32.
The Crusader coaching staff told their team, " Way to man up again tonight. That game was tough and came down to who converted their two point conversions. Boys, you bowed your neck and stopped their 2 point conversions and we converted ours. That was the difference, right there."
Marcus Scarborough led the Crusader rushing attack with 92 yards on 17 carries and 1 touchdown. Joseph Phaneuf also contributed to the offensive success with 73 yards on 16 carries with 2 touchdowns. OH Rouse led the Crusader defense in tackles with 9 total tackles.
The Crusaders look to extend their record to 4-0 next week as they travel to 3 time defending State Champion Davidson Day School.
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