Friday, October 11, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
Highlighted by senior Will Slack and his four touchdowns, the Grace Academy Eagles defeated Sale Creek, 61-7, Friday night at Finley Stadium in a high school football game.
Grace spotted the Panthers a game opening kickoff return for a touchdown and then controlled the game thereafter.
Slack rushed for approximately 300 yards and had touchdown runs of 43, 45, 51 and 72, while backup quarterback Jared Thompson threw for two scores and rushed for one as the Eagles improve to 2-5, while Sale Creek is 0-7 in its first season of varsity football.
“Running the football is what we do best and we did a good job of that tonight,” said Grace coach Bob Ateca.
Sale Creek opened the scoring as senior Chris Huffman returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Drake Steele’s extra point made it 7-0 Panthers.
After starting quarterback Isaac Spencer scored from 16 yards out to tie the game at 7-7 (Josh Leamon converted the first of seven extra points), Slack scored three of his four touchdowns before intermission as the Eagles led 41-7 at intermission.
Slack scored his fourth touchdown on the first play of the third quarter, 72 yard run to give Grace a 48-7 lead.
Grace Reserve quarterback Jared Thompson also threw two touchdown passes in the second half and ran for a score.
Queen and King: Huffman, whois a member of JROTC and plans to enlist in the U.S. Marines next summer, was crowned Sale Creek King during halftime festivities, while class valedictorian and senior class secretary Megan Storey was crowned the first-ever football Queen.
She is active in FCA, carries a 4.0 grade point average and has never made a letter grade lower than an A in high school or middle school.
Fumble Recoveries: Grace (2) - Kent Scruggs, Dakota Doss
Rushing Yards: Grace - Will Stack (328, James Rowell (168), SC Cody Daniel (46), Chris Huffman (23)
Kickoff Return: SC - Chris Hufffman, 90 yards for a touchdown
Passing: SC -Jarod McCghee 7-17 83 yards
Receiving: SC - Daniel (1-25), Huffman (1-15)
Grace 61, Sale Creek 7
Grace 7 – 0 – 0 – 0 -- 7
SC - 14 – 27 – 13 – 7 – 61
SC – Chris Huffman 90 kickoff return (Drake Steele kick), 7-0 1st Q
Grace – Isaac Spencer 16 run (Josh Leamon kick), 7-7 … 1st Q
Grace – Will Slack 43 run (Leamon kick), 14-7 … 1st Q
Grace – Slack 45 run (Leamon kick), 21-7 … 2nd Q
Grace – Slack 51 run (Leamon kick), 28-7 … 2nd Q
Grace – Chace Underwood 3 pass from Jared Thompson (kick failed), 34-7 … 2nd Q
Grace – Isaac Ateca 8 pass from Thompson (Leamon kick), 41-7 … 2nd Q
Grace – Slack 72 run (Leamons kick), 48-7 … 3rd Q
Grace - James Rowell 82 run (kick failed), 54-7 … 3rd Q
Grace – Thompson 5 run (Leamon kick), 61-7 … 4th Q
Records: Grace Academy (2-5), Sale Creek (0-7)
Next Week: Grace at Silverdale (District 5-A game)
Whitwell at Sale Creek (at Finley Stadium)
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