Harrells pulled off a major routing of Wake Christian in the Bulldog’s own back yard in a rain-delayed game Friday night.
Final score 56-10.
The Crusaders’ ground game continued to prove success, with Harrells amassing 443 yards to the home team’s 63. Harrells also had control of the ball over half as long as their opponents, with the Crusaders in possession just under 23 minutes of the game to the Bulldog’s 13 minutes.
And the visitors held on to the ball better, turning it over once. The Bulldogs handed the ball over a total of four times.
Harrells got on the scoreboard first, with just over five minutes left in the first quarter, when Channing Kelly rushed for 93 yards for the TD on a 3rd and 4 possession. Walter Fisher made the point after and the Crusaders were up 7-0.
The Bulldogs answered in the second quarter, with a 28-yard field goal to put them on the board 7-3, but the Crusaders came roaring back only minutes later when Kelly got the TD on a 48-yard run. Fisher hit pay dirt again and Harrells was up 14-3.
The home team got its own touchdown at the 7:13 mark in the second period when Johnny Kikerpill rushed in from 7-yards out. Cody Smith made the PAT and Wake Christian had 10.
From that moment forward, it was all Harrells.
Russell Washington got a 62-yard TD, with Fisher making the extra point, followed by Kelly Nelms, who got a 57-yard TD. Again the Fisher PAT was good. But that was enough for the Crusaders, who plowed into the end zone once more before the half. This time it was an O.H Rouse to Patrick Walker 35-yard pass for the TD. Fisher’s extra point gave Harrells the 28-10 halftime lead.
Wake never found its footing when it returned from the break, and Harrells seemed unable to do anything wrong as Rouse connected with Walker again, this time a 25-yard pass for the TD. Again Fisher hit the PAT.
That touchdown was followed by a Zack Carlton pick that he took into the end zone and yet another good point after by Fisher.
The final TD game from Nelms who rushed in from 5 yards out to seal the solid 56-10 victory. Fisher, who had a perfect night, hit the final PAT.
Individually for the Crusaders, Rouse was 2 for 6 for 60 yards in the air. Washington carried 6 times for 88 yards, Kelly 9 times for 177 yards; Walker 5 times for 23 yards; Nelms, 13 carries for 151 yards; Carlton, 1 carry for 6 yards; and Austin Wells, 3 carries for 33 yards.
Walker caught two passes for 60 yards.
On defense, Matthews Allen had 8 tackles; Fredrick Strickland, 7 tackles; Nelms, 5; Whaley Casteen, 5; Kelly, 4; Rouse, 4; Oakley Ambrose, 3; and Justin Smith 3.