The Harrells Christian Crusaders met their match Friday night when they tangled with a tough St. Paul’s team at Murphy-Johnson Stadium, with the home team falling 42-22.
St. Pauls outdistanced the Crusaders on the ground, rushing for a total 404 yards to Harrells’ 272. The teams’ passing games were pretty equal with HCA amassing 100 yards in the air and the Bulldogs collecting 130.
Turnovers, too, played a role in the Crusader loss, with Harrells handing over the pigskin four different time; the Bulldogs none.
St. Pauls got on the board fast and often, putting their first player in the end zone with less than a minute off the clock. Ten plays and 74 yards after the start, Bulldog Shawn Williams rushed into the end zone form 6 yards out for the TD. The extra point was good and the Bulldogs were up 7-0.
They hit pay dirt again in the second quarter on a 4th and 15, with Kane Butler rushing in from 15 yards out for the touch down. The point after was good, and the score was 14-0.
The Crusaders got their game going at the 7:50 point in the second, when quarterback O.H. Rouse hit Patrick Walker. The extra point failed and the score was 14-6, St. Pauls.
And the Bulldogs weren’t through. With 1:01 left in the half, quarterback Kane Banner hurled a 35-yard pass to Deion Gilchrist for the final TD of the period. A 2-point conversion attempt failed and St. Pauls headed into the half with a comfortable 20-6 lead.
It was more Bulldogs in the third quarter, as the visitors came back from the break to find the end zone yet again, this time with Williams rushing in from 29-yards out. The PAT failed.
The Crusaders never scored in the third period.
The Bulldogs found the goal line twice more, one on a Kane Banner rush from 2 yards out. The 2-point conversion failed again, but the Bulldogs were marching toward a victory. They scored again at the 4:10 mark, with Williams taking it in from 10 years out. This time the rush was good.
The Crusaders got into the end zone three times in the final period. Austin Wells rushed in from 14 yards out for the TD; the rush was good on the conversion, adding 2 more points to the Harrells score.
And as time was running out, Crusader Kelly Nelms rushed 51 yards for the final TD of the night, with their conversion attempt good.
On the offense, Rouse was 7 of 15 for 100 yards; Channing Kelly carried 12 times for 28 yards; Russell Washington, 15 for 101 yards; Nelms, 13 for 106 yards; Rouse, 4 for 24 yards; Patrick Walker, 1 for 8 yards; and Austin Wells, 2 for 18 yards.
On defense, Washington had 6 tackles; Walker, 3; Matthew Allen, 4; Whaley Casteen, 2; Zack Carlton, 5; Ben Paker, 5; Rouse, 4; Frederick Strickland, 4; Nelms, 3; and Oakley Ambrose 2