Although the Harrells Christian Academy Crusaders amassed more rushing yards than their home-playing opponents, the Davidson Day, the Patriots game in the air gave them the advantage and the 49-29 win.
The Crusaders finished the night with 314 rushing yards, but only 57 passing yards. Davidson, on the other hand, rushed for a total 281 yards and gained another 249 yards in the air.
Harrells got on the scoreboard first, with Channing Kelly rushing 6 yards for the touchdown. Walton Fisher made the extra point and the score was 7-0.
But Davidson answered on their next possession, with quarterback Will Grier Jordan hitting Jordan Brown on a 22-yard pass completion to make it 7-6. The Patriots’ extra point failed, and the visiting Crusaders maintained a slim one-point lead.
Not to be outdone, Harrells came right back with Crusader Russell Washington rushing 28-yards into the endzone for their second touchdown, but this time the extra point failed. The score was now 13-6.
The Patriots then went on a touchdown roll, scoring three touchdowns in a roll and going ahead of the visitors from Sampson County.
Harrells got back on the scoreboard again near the end of the second quarter, with Washington rushing 20 yards for a touchdown.
But Davidson’s tenacity could not be matched, as the home team added three more touchdowns to the scoreboard and captured the season-opening win.
On offense, Crusader quarterback O.H. Rouse completed 5 of 8 passes for a total 57 yards and carried the ball 3 times for 15 yards; Washington carried the ball 28 times for a total 221 yards; Channing Kelly carried 12 times for a total 109 yards.
On defense,Kelly Nelms had 7 tackles; Whaley Casteen, 3 tackles; Rouse, 3 tackles; Kelly, 8 tackles; Zack Carlton, 3 tackles, Justin Smith, 2 tackles; Oakley Ambrose, 2 tackles and Patrick Walker 4 tackles.