Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HCA Takes on Familiar Foe, Davidson Day, in State Semi-Final Game

The Harrells Christian Academy Crusaders take on a familiar opponent, Davidson Day, Friday night in the semi-final round of the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs. The Crusaders have struggled in recent years against the Patriots and look to finally seek revenge against their talented opponent.

The Crusaders enter the matchup with a 6-5 record and are coming off a convincing 49-13 victory over Cannon School. The Crusaders found their offensive groove again and cruised to victory behind their junior running back Marcus Scarborough who finished the game with 168 yards and 3 touchdowns. Scarborough has earned 1,369 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns throughout the season. The Patriots are coming of a high scoring, 61-13, blowout against North Raleigh Christian. Davidson Day has cruised through the regular season earning a record of 9-1.

The Patriots look to continue their historical success in the passing game against the Crusaders. Without former star quarterback and Mr. Football USA, Will Grier, the Patriots look to ride on the success of their new quarterback, Anthony DiGioia. The first year transfer from Hough High School had not started a high school game before transferring to Davidson Day. The senior quarterback's numbers however do not illustrate his absence on the field in previous years. DiGioia has totaled 2,557 passing yards (283 Yards Per Game) and 27 touchdowns in his first season. His success in the passing game has earned him a quarterback rating of 113. He has led the Patriots to 3,444 total yards of offense.

The healthy Crusader defense looks to slow down the Patriot offense on Friday night in what will be yet another high scoring battle.

Team Stat Comparison:

Harrells Christian AcademyDavidson DayNational Average
277.1Rushing Yards Per Game68.0184.4
29.4Passing Yards Per Game276.4117.4
277.1Total Yards Per Game68.0259.8
69.5Tackles Per Game73.655.8
1.5Sacks Per Game1.91.6
30.0Points Per Game29.725.7
-Pancake Blocks831

Player Stat Comparison:

Harrells Christian AcademyDavidson Day
136.9#5 Marcus ScarboroughRushing Yards Per Game39.9#28 Cullen McGahan
29.4#9 O. h. RousePassing Yards Per Game283.0#15 Anthony Digioia
136.9#5 Marcus ScarboroughTotal Yards Per Game39.9#28 Cullen McGahan
10.3#66 F. StricklandTackles Per Game12.6#58 Chase Monroe
0.4#71 Jordan MusselwhiteSacks Per Game0.6#56 Ryan Titus
12.2#5 Marcus ScarboroughPoints Per Game8.6#28 Cullen McGahan
Pancake Blocks4#63 Dustin Tyler

Kickoff: 7:00
Where: Northside Christian Academy (333 Jeremiah Boulevard)
Coverage: Follow HCA Athletics on Twitter: @hca_athletics

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