Harrell’s Christian Academy defended their home field against the Q Foundation Falcons, of Charlotte, and came away with an impressive win, 30-18.
Crusader head coach Brian Aldridge noted the size of the Falcon team and said he was glad they were able to pull off the win. Despite coming away with 6 sacks against the opposing quarterback, Coach Aldridge wasn’t impressed with his defense.
“I think we did some good things during tonight’s game, but I thought we missed a lot of tackles on defense. Overall I thought the other team had a bunch of big athletes and were a very athletic team. We’re always going to be happy to come away with the win,” Coach Aldridge stated.
The end of the first quarter had the Crusaders up by a touchdown, with a score of 16-8. By intermission, HCA had scored once more, including the 2-point conversion, to a safety scored by the Q Foundation, to bring the score 24-10.
Both teams scored once more in the second half, but Harrells maintained their lead until the end of the game.
Leading the rushing for the Crusaders was Senior Kelly Nelms with 9 carries for 107 yards that included 1 rushing TD. He also caught a 19 yard pass to add to the offensive effort. Leading the pack on defense, Nelms had 8 tackles
Junior Sammy Dixon was a menace inside the Falcon’s red zone. He went 11 for 61 with 2 rushing touchdowns. He also caught an 8 yard pass. On defense, Dixon was credited with one sack, as well.
Senior Channing Kelly went 8 for 66 that included 1 TD and 1 2-point conversion; Marcus Scarborough was 5 for 19 with 2 2-point conversions; and Zach Carlton, 2 for 32.
Quarterback O.H. Rouse attempted 3 in the air, completed 2, with 1 interception, for 27 yards. He was also credited with 4 tackles and 1 sack against his competition. The team also had 11 first downs in the game.
Defensive stats showed Ben Parker with 3 tackles and 2 sacks; Scarborough, 6 tackles; Austin Wells, Justin Smith, Zach Batts, and Channing Kelly, all with 3 tackles each; T. Crumpler with 1 sack; and Dakota Boggs, 1 sack.
This moves the Crusader record to 7-2. They will celebrate homecoming next Friday when they host Ravenscroft.
The Crusaders record is now 7-2.