Crown dominates game from outset
by Caleb Jones
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
September 08, 2013 01:06 AM | 1222 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — From the very beginning of Friday night’s game, it was clear that Crown Athletics, the home-school sports organization based in Woodstock, would not be matched by Grace Academy.

The score was 51-0 at halftime, and it remained that way until the buzzer sounded.

Crown put together six straight scoring drives by game’s end.

Crown started off with a run-first mentality and punished Grace’s defenders at the line of scrimmage. Fullback John Emmons ran for the first of his two touchdowns early in the first quarter.

“I saw a hole open up and I ran through it. I don’t think I was even touched,” Emmons said. “Later, they told me one of their linebackers backed away when he saw me bust through the line.”

The Knights sensed that a blowout was brewing early. After all, they had defeated Grace (0-3) by a score of 62-0 the previous season. However, coach Darin Armour didn’t want his team to slack off.

After Crown’s first touchdown in the first quarter, he noticed some players letting up.

“Our boys have to keep hustling,” he said “They must stay sharp out there on the field. There must be no walking.”

On Crown’s second drive, running back Darrien Zackery scampered for a 37-yard rushing touchdown.

“A hole opened up that you could drive a truck through,” Zackery said. “When I saw it, I took advantage of the opportunity. I really want to thank the line for that touchdown. They gave me a huge hole, and all I had to do was run through it.”

Thanks to a Grace fumble, Crown was given great field position for another score, beginning its third drive on the Grace 10-yard line. Quarterback Hamilton Armour quickly completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to defensive end Samuel Buhler and within 10 minutes of the first quarter, the score was already 21-0 Crown.

Grace’s struggles were far from over. On the ensuing possession, the Eagles fumbled again for the second of four costly turnovers.

Crown moved the ball at a steady pace before running back Harris Green scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.

The second quarter began with another Crown touchdown, this time with Hamilton Armour connecting with wide receiver Simeon Buhler for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Grace suffered a safety when their center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and out of the end zone. After getting the ball back, Grace tried to move down the field once again, attempting a short screen pass to one of its wideouts, but Crown linebacker Justin Barnett intercepted the pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

“I knew the pass was going to the receiver, and I sprinted towards the ball,” Barnett said. “I picked it off full speed and returned it for a touchdown. (Scoring that touchdown) was the best sensation I have ever felt.”

With a blowout score of 51-0, it can be hard for players to maintain focus over the long haul. Corner Nathaniel Tuttle cautioned against this.

“In a game like this, it is really easy for players to get hurt,” Tuttle said. “We have to go hard the whole game so we avoid injury.”

Next week, Crown will travel to Horizon Christian for a non-conference game.
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