WHITE HOUSE – The Christian Community football team played one of the toughest opponents on its schedule Friday, Sept. 27, and the result showed why.
Ezell Harding used a 38-point first half to take a 54-34 win over the Colts. Ezell-Harding recently dropped down from 11-man football to 8-man football.
The Eagles jumped out to a 38-6 lead at halftime. Ezell-Harding senior quarterback Derek Griffin ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns. That deficit proved to be too much for the Colts to overcome.
“They got up us on big in the first half,” CCS coach Jordan Flanders said. “They outcoached a bit in the first half. They had long, methodical drives. That wore us down.”
However, CCS showed signs of life in the second half. The Colts scored 22 unanswered points in third quarter and got points of four of their six possessions in the final two quarters.
Senior quarterback Micah Jones played a big role in that turnaround. He finished 16-of-30 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards and one score.
“He had a really good second half,” Flanders said of Jones. “We opened the offense up and found something that we feel will make us a better team (offensively).”
Senior Brooks Pugh caught nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the defense with 15 tackles and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Senior receiver Johnny Stapleton caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Avery Harper also chipped in 12 tackles for the CCS defense, which only allowed 16 points in the second half.
“We just have to continue to work on tackling,” Flanders said. “We had times where we tackled well. We are going to continue to work, because we could see (Ezell-Harding) again in the playoffs.”
CCS (6-3) has already wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the MTAC North division. That means the Colts will host a semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 1.
CCS went on to lose 38-14 to the Freedom Cowboys on Friday, Oct. 4. The Colts have a bye week before wrapping up their regular season Oct. 18 at Lighthouse Christian.