Crusaders fall to Wingate
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Crusaders fall to Wingate

It proved to be long day for the Crusader faithful as the Wingate Bulldogs came to Younts Stadium to take on the North Greenville Crusaders. Both teams employ a strong rushing attack, and many expected this game to be a battle of the ground games. However, while the Bulldogs amassed 243 yards rushing, the Crusaders only managed 72 yards in the 44-7 loss.

The first twenty-three minutes were a defensive showcase as neither team could get on the board. Wingate missed a pair of field goal attempts in the first half, but lit up the scoreboard first with 6:22 remaining in the half on a 29-yard Brandon Boone touchdown pass to Dan Brooks. Boone would hook up with Brooks again with 2:31 remaining in the half on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Boone then connected on a 4-yard pass to Bobo Thompson with only 9 seconds to go in the first half. All three PATs failed.

Bulldog standout running back Rip Smith went down in the second quarter with a strained ligament in the knee, but Senior Marvin McClain stepped in and rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries with touchdown runs of 3 and 31 yards. The lone Crusader score came at the 13:48 mark in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard Rashad Cummings run. The Bulldogs would tack on one more touchdown with 10:01 left in the game on a 1-yard Jamie Lilly run.

Crusader linebacker Isaac Tate had another strong showing on defense with seven solo tackles and two assists. Chris Gaddist also had a productive game with four solos and nine assists.

Wingate remains undefeated with a 3-0 record, while the Crusaders are still looking for their first win and fall to 0-3. The Crusaders will be in action next Saturday at Pikeville College with kickoff slated for 6:00 p.m.