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Commanders cruise past Ezell

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM

ANTIOCH — Friendship Christian cruised to a season-ending 35-0 win at Ezell-Harding on Friday night, sending the Commanders into their first Division II playoffs on a six-game winning streak.

Austin Taylor scored three touchdowns and fellow running back Steven Hollis two as the Commanders climbed to 8-2 for the season and 4-1 in the East-Middle District 1-A.

Taylor ran for 128 yards on just eight carries, scoring on runs of 3 and 89 yards. He also caught a 41-yard scoring pass from A.J. Long. He caught three passes for 52 yards.

Hollis ran for 66 yards on eight carries and caught two balls for 67 more. He scored on runs of 28 and 6 yards.

Long completed 6 of 15 passes for 160 yards.

While the Commanders were compiling 402 total yards, Ezell-Harding was held to 93 yards as the Eagles finished 2-8, 1-4.

Friendship, winners of the two previous Division I, Class 2A state crowns, will play at home at 7 p.m. next Friday against Harding Academy, which beat Lausanne 55-20 to finish third in its district. Next week’s winner will travel to St. Georges in Memphis, which whipped University School of Jackson 44-21 to win its district and earn a first-round bye next Friday.

Next week’s trip to Pirtle Field will be a repeat for Harding, which lost to the Commanders 35-6 in Week 0.

Friendship Christian 35, Ezell-Harding 0

Friendship     7          21       0          7—35

Ezell-Harding           0          0          0          0--0

First Quarter

Friendship—Steven Hollis 28 run [Blake Grosch kick], 9:12.

Second Quarter

Friendship—Austin Taylor 3 run [Grosch kick], 11:19.

Friendship—Taylor 41 pass from A.J. Long [Grosch kick], 10:20.

Friendship—Hollis 6 run [Grosch kick], 3:37

Fourth Quarter

Friendship—Taylor 89 run [Grosch kick], 11:23

Team statistics

            Friendship     Ezell-Harding

First downs   9          5

Rushes-yards           31-242           17-65

Passing yards           160     28

Comp.-Att.-Int.          6-15-0            5-21-1

Penalties-yards        4-35    0-0

Fumbles-lost 1-0      2-2

Individual statistics

RUSHING —Friendship, Austin Taylor 8-123, Steven Hollis 8-66, A.J. Long 8-20, Blake Grosch 1-12, Spencer Burge 6-21. Ezell-Harding, Aaron Brooks 3-[-1], Daniel Williams 11-54, Matthew Gnyp 1-10, Jason Clark 2-2.

PASSING —Friendship, A.J. Long 6-15-0-160. Ezell-Harding, Matthew Gnyp 1-4-0-6, Daniel Williams 0-1-1-0, Jason Clark 4-16-0-22.

RECEIVING —Friendship, Steven Hollis 2-67, Cody Walker 1-41, Austin Taylor 3-52. Ezell-Harding, Zach McLean 1-6, Rashawn Perry 2-13, Daniel Thompson 1-6, Matthew Gnyp 1-9.

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