DEA falls to Curtis Baptist

by | October 30, 2012 5:13 pm

by ANDY CALLAWAY

  Big plays made the difference. Homestanding Curtis Baptist made a few more than did David Emanuel Academy, and the Crusaders came away with a 46-28 win at Lions Memorial Field last Saturday night in North Augusta, S.C. 

   The biggest play of all came with 6:16 left in the game. DEA had just scored on a one yard run by Seth Durden to put the Eagles within striking distance while trailing 34-28. Following the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles put Curtis Baptist in a third down and 16 situation, only to give up a 59 yard touchdown pass play from Christian Reid to Smokey Poole down the middle of the field. When the Eagles went three and out on their next possession, the game was essentially over at that point.

   “This was a heartbreaking loss,” said Coach Andy Woodard. “But we have got plenty to play for, so we are not going to hang our heads over this one. We will continue to work hard and move on to the next opponent.”

   The loss drops DEA to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in region play. Curtis Baptist moves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the region. The Crusaders play at Thomas Jefferson, also 4-0 in the region, this week in game that should decide the region championship. The Eagles will host Dawson Street Christian, 3-1 in region play, this Friday in Stillmore. Dawson Street and Curtis Baptist meet in the final week of the regular season, so plenty of scenarios for the four playoff spots could pan out. Bethlehem at 1-3 is a long shot while Nat Greene (1-4) and John Hancock (0-5) have been eliminated. 

   The Eagles scored first in the game following an interception by Seth Durden on the second play from scrimmage. Durden returned the pick 13 yards to the DEA 48. A pass interference call on a fourth down play kept the series intact and later on a fourth down pass from Durden to Nasworthy picked up 18 yards to the CBHS 15. After a delay of game penalty Chandler Moore, playing at fullback for the first time, ran for ten yards and then five to put the ball at the five. Durden sneaked in from the one for the touchdown and then passed to Branden Lesesne for the two point conversion to make it 8-0.

   Curtis Baptist scored on their next two possessions, though, and took a 14-8 lead into halftime. A 19 yard pass play from Christian Reid to Smokey Poole with a 15 yard facemask penalty added on moved the ball to the DEA 25 to set up the first score. Four plays later, a five yard touchdown pass and successful two point conversion, both from Christian Reid to Smokey Poole, tied the game at eight. 

   A blocked punt set up the next score, with Curtis Baptist taking over at the Eagles’ 33. A pass play picked up 18 yards and then a run gained ten more to the six. DEA forced a fourth and goal at the one, but Christian Reid was able to sneak to give Curtis Baptist the lead.

   DEA had a chance to at least tie the game late in the second half when Carson Cross, playing for the first time this year after a pre-season injury, recovered a fumble at the Curtis Baptist 24. DEA got as close as the seven but a false start penalty backed the Eagles up to the 13 and then a pass on the next play was intercepted by the Crusaders’ Davis Brock to end the threat. 

   The Crusaders extended their lead to 20-8 when Trey Reid raced 67 yards for a score after DEA went three and out on their first possession to start the second half. They widened the gap further after DEA had another three and out on offense. Trey Reid, who finished with 209 yards on 15 carries, ran for 37 yards to the DEA 26 before fullback Justin Wilson blasted up the middle for 26 yards and a touchdown to make it 26-8 with 6:44 left in the third quarter. 

   DEA came right back, though, as Seth Durden, who finished with three touchdowns in the game, returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-14. The Eagles then forced a loss of downs at the DEA 25. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Durden passed to Jacob Westbrooks down the middle of the field and Westbrooks raced to the end zone for a 72 yard touchdown. Durden passed to Branden Lesesne for the two point conversion and the score was 26-22 with 11:49 remaining.

   The Eagles could not contain the Crusader running attack, mainly Reid, who ran for a 47 yard touchdown one play and three penalties later. Poole caught the two point conversion pass from Christian Reid and the score became 34-22. 

   The final score of the game was a one yard run by Meyers Alphonzo, which was set up by a 51 yard run from Justin Wilson. The Crusaders finished the night with 333 yards on the ground and another 108 passing for a total offense of 441 yards on 44 plays.

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