HUNTERSVILLE, NC - The Harrells Christian Academy Football team lost to the South Lake Christian Eagles 49-19 on Friday night. The Crusaders struggled on offense due to the absence of their leading rusher Marcus Scarborough who was not able to play due to being ejected from the Crusaders previous game against Q Foundation. The Crusaders second leading rusher, Joseph Phaneuf was out of the game due to a shoulder injury.
The Crusaders never found any rhythm on offense and surrendered multiple first half scores. The Eagles' rushing attack was lead by junior running back Robert Washington who totaled 262 yards on 25 carries and tallied four total scores. Washington broke a career rushing landmark against the Crusaders by surpassing 5,000 yards in just three years. The junior running back already has over 30 offers to play Division 1 football including offers from Notre Dame, Ole Miss, and Stanford.
|The Crusaders struggled all night to find a way to stop Robert Washington,|
South Lake's all time leading rusher
The Crusaders found the end zone one time in the closing stages of the first half on a 33 yard touchdown connection between senior quarterback OH Rouse and Davonta Best. The Crusaders headed into the half trailing by a sizable 35-7 deficit.
The Crusader came out in the second half with a lot of heart and held the Eagles to just two scoring drives. The Crusaders matched the Eagles scoring attack in the second half with two touchdowns of their own. The Eagles outscored the Crusaders by a much smaller amount in the second half by only a 14-12 spread. The Eagles did not let up through the second half by playing their starters the entire game. The Crusaders fell short at the end of game losing by a margin of 49-19.
The Crusader coaches emphasized to their players after the game how proud they were of their boys and the way they never gave up and kept fighting. HCA assistant coach Clayton Hall stated after the game," I would love to play this team again in three or four weeks come playoff time with our entire team, healthy and ready to go."
|The Crusader look to claim a conference title in their next game against Ravenscroft with the help of the Crusader's leading rusher Marcus Scarborough who did not play in Harrells game against South Lake|
The Crusaders play for a conference championship next week as they travel to Ravenscroft in Raleigh. HCA will be a revamped team with their leading rusher and other key players back for the conference championship game. The team hopes to clinch the conference title and head into the playoffs with some momentum in the search for a State Championship Title.