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Curtis Baptist 52, Fullington 7

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CURTIS BAPTIST 52, FULLINGTON 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: A pair of runs by junior Deavell McClendon during a third- quarter drive epitomized the tough running of the Crusaders. The burly fullback appeared to be stopped behind the line on both runs, yet he fought through numerous tackle attempts both times and gained 9 and 29 yards, respectively, He finished the drive with a 1-yard score.

STAR OF THE GAME: Trey Reid ran all over the Trojans defense. The senior scored three touchdowns (9, 53 and 72 yards) while finishing with 196 rushing yards on just 10 carries.

WHY CURTIS BAPTIST WON: The Crusaders dominated every phase of the game. They totaled 453 yards to the Trojans’ 114 and weren’t forced into a punting situation all night. Even a potential bad break – a bad snap on a point-after attempt – turned into a successful two-point pass.

WHY FULLINGTON LOST: Though the Trojans got on the board late, they were simply overmatched from the start.

QUOTABLE: “As a coach, to win and still know that you are nowhere near your peak yet is a good thing. We’re going to have to figure it out fast because we’ve got Frederica (Academy) more than likely coming next week, the defending state champions. They’re used to playing in games like this, and this is our first taste of it.” – Curtis Baptist head coach Nathan Duffie on the first state playoff victory in program history and the challenge of next week’s game.

NEXT: Curtis Baptist (10-2) vs. winner of Frederica Academy/David Emanuel in the second round of the GISA Class A playoffs.

CURTIS BAPTIST 52, FULLINGTON 7

Fullington 0 0 0 7 – 7

Curtis Baptist 17 7 20 8 – 52

First Quarter

CB–Josh Boham 35 FG, 7:36

CB–Smokey Poole 17 pass from Christian Reid (Boham kick), 6:24

CB–Trey Reid 9 run (Boham kick), 4:34

Second Quarter

CB–Shawn Brown 40 run (Boham kick), 7:22

Third Quarter

CB–Trey Reid 53 run (kick failed), 11:56

CB–Deavell McClendon 1 run (Boham kick), 6:29

CB–Trey Reid 72 run (Boham kick), 4:16

Fourth Quarter

CB–Rickell Lynn 25 run (Brown pass from Poole), 9:37

F–Mark McCleskey 27 pass from Grantson Martin (Trevor Thomas kick), 6:46

 FCB
First Downs614
Rushes-Yards30-4745-437
Passing Yards6716
Comp.-Att.-Int.5-13-02-5-0
Fumbles-Lost1-01-1
Punts-Yards6-34.50-0
Penalties-Yards3-155-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Fullington: Austin Andrews 5-30, Braden Shealy 13-MINUS 1, Jim Hartin 2-2, Gavin Reed 7-8, McCleskey 1-MINUS 2, Martin 2-10. Curtis Baptist: Trey Reid 10-196, Christian Reid 4-25, Brown 3-33, McClendon 10-77, Ian McDaniel 2-13, Rodney Snell 2-1, Andrew Payton 4-16, Conner Lewis 1-MINUS 1, Alphonso Meyers 1-6, Dylan Dohrn 1-8, Logan King 3-31, Poole 2-5, Lynn 2-27.

PASSING–Fullington: Martin 3-6-0 40, Shealy 2-7-0 27. Curtis Baptist: Christian Reid 2-4-0 16, McDaniel 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING–Fullington: Shealy 2-13, Andrew Mitcham 1-15, Hartin 2-27, McCleskey 1-27. Curtis Baptist: Poole 1-17, Trey Reid 1-MINUS 1.

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