• Commanders crush Crusaders for 14th straight win

    By Staff Reports -

    JACKSON — Friendship Christian journeyed to Jackson and threw up a brick wall on Liberty Tech as the Commanders opened the season with their 14th straight win 19-0 Friday night.

    Justin Seagraves ran for 100 yards on 25 carries, including touchdown runs of 10 yards late in the first quarter and 2 early in the fourth. Fullback Ernie Gallatin plunged in from the 1 less than three minutes in to put the defending Division II-A state champions on the board.

    In the meantime, Friendship held Liberty to 12 rushing yards and 97 passing. The Crusaders threatened to score once but had a couple of other big plays called back by penalties.

    Friendship also lost a Camden Hayslip touchdown pass from Braden Reece to a foul.

    The Commanders collected an interception and three fumbles.

    Friendship will begin a four-game homestand – the Commanders’ only appearances during the regular season at Pirtle Field – at 7:30 p.m. next Friday when old rival Trousdale County pays a visit.

    Friendship Christian 19, Liberty Tech 0

    Friendship Christian 12 0 0 7—19

    Liberty Tech 0 0 0 0—0

    First quarter

    Friendship Christian—Ernie Gallatin 1 run (kick failed), 9:39.

    Friendship Christian—Justin Seagraves 10 run (run failed), 2:52.

    Fourth quarter

    Friendship Christian—Seagraves 2 run (Neill Kane kick), 10:52.

    Team statistics

    Friendship Liberty

    First downs 12 4

    Rushes-yards 54-210 23-12

    Passing yards 25 97

    —Comp.-Att.-Int. 2-5-0 6-11-1

    Penalties-yards 9-60 11-75

    Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-3

    Individual statistics

    RUSHING—Friendship Christian: Justin Seagraves 25-100, Jaheim Robinson 12-44, Ernie Gallatin 3-8, Braden Reece 9-55, Dylan Goolsby 1-(-3), Morgan McGregor 2-7, Kolby Gaines 2-(-1). Liberty Tech: Stephen Burton 3-(-8), Saidrick Pewitte 7-10, L. Perez 1-(-4), A. Long 5-11, Devon Grubbs 4-10, Samuel Burton 1-1, Adarius Pendergrass 3-(-8).

    PASSING—Friendship Christian: Braden Reece 2-5-0—25. Liberty Tech: Saidrick Pewitte 1-2-0—31, Adarius Pendergrass 5-9-1—66.

    RECEIVING—Friendship Christian: Camden Hayslip 2-25. Liberty Tech: Jeremiah Fitzhugh 2-77, Saidrick Pewitte 2-26, Samuel Burton 2-(-6).

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