Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HCA Football Falls to Wake Christian in Conference Opener

The Harrells Christian Academy Football team lost to Wake Christian Academy 52-48 in an offensive shootout.

Harrells received the ball to start to the game. The Bulldogs came up with a huge fourth down stop to give them the ball on the Wake 11 yard line. The Crusader defense answered right back by forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior defensive lineman Jordan Musslewhite who ran the ball in for a touchdown to give HCA an early 6-0 lead.

The Bulldogs answered back with a score of their own on a 12 yard touchdown run after a long drive down the field.

HCA running back Marcus Scarborough broke away for a 57 yard touchdown to put the Crusaders back on top 12-6 in the waining stages of the first quarter.

The two teams continued to trade scoring drives and headed to halftime in a tightly contested game. The Bulldogs lead 22-20 heading into the half.

Wake started out quickly in the second half with a 37 yard touchdown run.

The Crusader offense threw a counter punch with a 64 yard touchdown run by senior fullback Joseph Phaneuf.

The Crusader defense forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs which set up a 1 yard quarterback keeper by OH Rouse for a touchdown to give HCA the 34-30 lead in the third quarter.

The Crusaders came up with another stop but fumbled the ball on the ensuing drive which allowed the Bulldogs to score on a 29 yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs headed into the fourth quarter with a 38-34 lead.

The Bulldogs stopped the high powered Crusader offense on fourth down which set up yet another long touchdown pass, this time from 45 yards out, to extend the lead to 44-34 with 8:18 left to play.

The Crusaders came out on their next drive and surprised everyone on a 61 yard touchdown reception by Davonta Best to tighten the deficit to 44-42 with 8:04 left to play in the game.

The Crusader defense came up with a big fumble that set up a 6 yard touchdown run by Marcus Scarborough to give HCA their first lead, 48-44, since the second quarter.

Wake marched down the field draining the clock down to under a minute to play. The Bulldogs were faced with a 4th down on the HCA 2 yard line. The Bulldog quarterback powered his way into the end zone to give Wake the 52-48 lead with 24 seconds left in the game.

The Crusaders could not muster out on final score to push them to victory. Wake handed the Crusaders their second loss of the season with a 52-48 victory.

The Crusaders hope to bounce back and contend for the conference and state championship title.

HCA can clinch a playoff spot with a victory in their upcoming homecoming game against North Raleigh Christian Academy.

Andrew Miller
Sports Writer

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