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September 11th, 2015

Central Christian Crusaders Football

September 11th, 2015

For once, Central Christian’s 8-man football program entered this season not having to worry nearly as much about overall numbers. But through a 3-0 start, the Crusaders have had to persevere much like a M.A.S.H. unit. For the second consecutive week, Central was without at least two injured start- ers, but battled through a 46-6 victory over Appling Christian in a game that head coach Paul Frantz said didn’t exactly reflect the final score. “They were a tough team,” Frantz said. “They were the biggest we’ve faced so far. The only thing they were missing was team speed, but they had some big kids and they could hit you.” Starting tailback Deion Blackmon and linebacker Colt Dooley, a pair of senior newcomers that helped increase Central’s roster to include eight upperclassmen this year, both sat out Friday’s win. Sophomores Marcellus Giles and Avery Staples helped fill the vacancies. Central has also had two linemen go down with injuries, one with a fracture that could keep him out of the lineup until late in the regular season. “As far as a team, we’re getting better and that’s the goal,” Frantz said. “But it looks like injuries are going to be an issue for us.” Staples, a transfer from McIntosh, was credited with a team-high 17 tackles and senior lineman Jesse Parkerson added 15 along with two sacks in last week’s win. Giles had a 25-yard reception from quarterback Jared Farlow, who finished with 269 yards of total offense while accounting for five touchdowns, led by three passing. “Our new kids, the two’s, they’re keeping us afloat right now,” Frantz said. “That’s what’s kept us going.” At 3-0, the Crusaders host Peachtree Academy of Covington before jumping into GISCA Division II play on Sept. 25 with an anticipated visit to Lafayette Christian of LaGrange