JV Football is off to a great start and is providing great hope for the future for Crusader football! Sam Burks has been a highlight reel in many of the contests. QB, Jefferson McCallum, has done a great job as well of commanding the offense. Below are game recaps from all 4 games thus far in the season.
Game 1: The Northside Christian Middle School football team rallied from a 30-20 2nd Half deficit to defeat Palmetto Christian 42-30 at NCA on Thursday evening. Sam Burks had a huge night- returning 2 kickoffs for touchdowns and rushing for 2 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion to lead the Crusaders to victory. Hudson Schick also had a rushing score and a rushing 2 point conversion. QB Jefferson McCallum completed a touchdown pass to Trevor Hoffman and a 2 point conversion pass to Jake Jeffrey to complete the scoring.
Game 2: The Northside Christian Middle School Football team improved to 2-0 with an impressive 56-6 win over Spartanburg Christian. Sam Burks scored on a 51 yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Hudson Schick added the 2 point conversion run to make the score 8-0. Jefferson McCallum hit Trevor Hoffman on a 40 yard catch and run. Hudson Schick added another 2 point conversion run to stretch the lead to 16-0 at that point. Burks scored again on a 28 yard run with McCallum adding a 2 point conversion run to stretch the lead to 24-0. Hoffman closed out the first quarter scoring with a 33 yard punt return for a touchdown and then caught a 2 point conversion pass to make it 32-0. Shick added a 20 yard touchdown run and conversion to stretch the first half lead to 40-0. The reserves received the majority of the second half action but the Crusaders were not done scoring. Luke Cromer ran for a 52 yard touchdown and added the 2 point conversion with a run as well for a 48-0 lead at that time. J.R.Kinard completed the scoring for the Crusaders with a 58 yard touchdown run and 2 point conversion run to close out the scoring.
Game 3: The Northside Christian Middle School Football team defeated the PAC Panthers 20-14 on Thursday September 24 to remain unbeaten on the season. The Crusaders were again led by Sam Burks who had 2 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion on the night. Trevor Hoffman opened the scoring on the night with a 62 yard catch and run on a pass from Jefferson McCallum. Jake Jeffrey led a determined defensive effort with a first half interception that resulted in a Crusader touchdown on the ensuing drive and he had 6 tackles as well. Hudson Shick shined on special teams doing well with his first punting opportunities of the season and he had a perfectly executed onside kick that Northside recovered. The 3-0 Crusaders took a 20-8 halftime lead and were able to hold on for a 20-14 win by turning the PAC Panthers over on downs several times in the second half.
Game 4: The Northside Christian Middle School Football team remained unbeaten with a 52-38 win over King Academy. Sam Burks continued to spark the Crusader offense with 5 total touchdowns. He rushed for 3 scores and had 2 receiving scores on passes from Quarterback Jefferson McCallum. Burks added 3 2 point conversion scores and Trevor Hoffman caught 2 conversion passes from McCallum. J.R. Kinard led the Crusader special teams with 2 kickoff return touchdowns. Defensively, the Crusaders were able to halt a pair of late King Academy drives to preserve victory. Tackling leaders on the night were Hudson Shick, Landon Folks and Luke Cromer.
The 4-0 Crusaders return to action on Thursday October 8 when they travel to Palmetto Christian.
8th Grade QB, Jefferson McCallum
*A special thanks to Coach Robbie Kinard for the JV football stats and information.