The Crusaders of Harrells Christian Academy finally find themselves back in the win column after its run of blowout losses. They bested the Knights of North Raleigh Christian Academy Friday night, winning it 20-14.
HCA may have ended it losing streak but it wasn’t an easy win as the Crusaders barely inched out the victory. It looked bad at the start of the game as NRCA scored on the open kickoff on a 70-yard kick return.
The point after try was good and the Knights took an early lead at 11:49 going up 7-0. The Crusaders didn’t let the first half get out of control like they have in their previous games this season.
They would answer back at 9:22 as the offense finally found the endzone again after four straight weeks without a touchdown. This TD would come on a 12-yard run by Tyshon Newkirk, the PAT was good and the game was tied at 7-7.
They weren’t done there, they would score a second time before the first quarter ended. This time Mar’chris Jackson scored on a 9-yard run at 3:47, with the PAT converted the Crusaders then took a 14-7 lead.
The second quarter was quite for the most part, but HCA managed to find the end zone again near the end of the second at 2:23. Newkirk would score this TD as well on a 1-yard run, they missed the PAT kick this time but earned a 20-7 lead.
NRCA would score on the last play of the half, with :00 remaining they converted on the PAT as the half ended with HCA still leading 20-14.
The second half remained completely scoreless. With neither team putting anymore points up Harrells holds on to win it and end their four game losing streak.
Offensive leaders were Jackson with 83 yards on 16 carries along with two catches for 27 yards, Shameek Darby on 14 carries with 75 yards and Shaquor Newkirk ending with 59 yards on 10 carries.
Defensive leaders were Malik Williams with five tackles and two sacks, Shaquor Newkirk with three tackles and a sack and Tyshon Newkirk finished with three tackles and an interception.
With this win Harrells improves to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. They will try to start a win streak next week, taking on Fayetteville Christian at home.
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