High School Football
Crusaders turn out Lighthouse 62-6
Central Christian had turned out the lights on Light- house Homeschool by the sec- ond quarter of Friday’s 62-6 victory between the steam-rolling Crusaders and their opponents from Oneonta, Ala., at East Coweta Middle School’s McKnight Field.
Racking up 323 total yards and taking advantage of two turnovers, Central roared to a 3-0 start to its 2014 season while scoring three times in each of the opening two quarters in a game that finished the second half with a running clock.
Central led 24-6 after one quarter and upped its lead to 44-6 at halftime.
“They played a great game,” Crusaders head coach Paul Frantz said. “This is a really good football team that’s hitting on all cylinders right now.”
It comes at just the right time for Central, which heads into next week’s showdown with conference favorite Hope Christian of Pelham, Ala., in the Crusaders’ first road trip of the season.
So far, the Crusaders have been untouchable, outscoring their first three opponents by a 168-35 margin while coming off a winless 2013 campaign.
Senior running back Austin Stover led a trio of Central running backs with 100 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries. Teammate Bailey Todd added 52 on five attempts and two scores.
Rodney Allen also had a touchdown in the victory on four carries for 32 yards.
Junior safety Jared Farlow, who also started at quarter- back, got things started with a leaping one-handed interception that was returned 35 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 10 tackles and three pass deflections.
Behind center, Farlow also completed his first pass of the season in a run-oriented Crusaders offense for a touchdown while connecting with Allen on a 38-yard strike.
Up front, Jesse Parkerson finished with three sacks and a forced fumble that was eventually recovered by Todd.
Crusaders 62, Lighthouse 6
Lighthouse 6 0 0 0 —6
Central 24 22 8 8 —62