Greenville Christian cruises past Eagles

Published 12:12 am Saturday, October 12, 2019

By Jasmine Steverson
The Delta Democrat Times

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Christian School Saints went marching into — and right on through — their homecoming game Friday night, shutting out Porter’s Chapel Academy 56-0.

The Saints scored 37 unanswered points in the first half, including 21 in the second quarter. Antonio Moore and Lawson Stokes scored two touchdowns apiece for Greenville Christian (4-4, 1-1 MAIS District 4-3A), which won its fourth consecutive game.

“I feel like the closer we’ve gotten as a group, the more it’s contributed to us playing really good football week to week,” Greenville Christian coach Jon Reed McLendon said.

PCA (2-6, 0-1) will travel to Minden, La., next week to play Glenbrook Academy.

The Eagles were plagued by turnovers and the Saints capitalized on a great many of them.
On their first offensive drive, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs, unable to convert a fourth down after a few solid rushing attempts by junior running back Tyler Washington.

PCA got the ball right back with an interception by Michael Tod Andrews, but the offense went three-and-out again.

Stokes then scored on a short pass and Keenan Howard ran in the first of several two-point conversions to put the Saints up 8-0.

Greenville Christian’s next drive started near midfield. Junior T.D. McClinton broke off a 22-yard run and scored on a short run three plays later.

Early in the second quarter. JaMichael Short caught a 35-yard pass to set up his own 17-yard TD reception, and the two-point conversion made it 24-0 with 8:40 left.

Two more quick scores followed.

Stokes broke a 44-yard touchdown run with 7:28 to go, and a minute later Keenan Howard stripped the ball from a PCA runner deep in Eagles territory. Howard’s forced fumble led to a 5-yard touchdown run by Moore and a 37-0 lead for Greenville Christian at halftime.

The second half was more of the same — dominance by the Saints’ offense and little to no advancement of the ball by the Eagles’ offense. The game ended with an 85-yard touchdown run by the Saints and a short touchdown run by senior running back Fred Kingdom.