The Crusaders won their first game in over a year and start the 2012 season with a 1-0 record while the Lancers fall to 0-1. Griffin Christian, which went 0-10 last year, won a football game for the first time since Nov. 5, 2010 — a 34-12 road win over Dominion Christian.
GC junior running back Donavan Adams, a transfer from Griffin High, led the way for the Crusaders with two touchdowns and 114 yards rushing in the non-region blowout. Adams and his backfield mate C.J. Lewis (118 yards rushing) gashed the Lancers defense for 232 yards rushing in the contest, using their speed and elusiveness to get past the Lancers for big yardage. The Crusaders had 276 rushing yards total as a team and outgained CF 325 to 178 in total yards.
“It was a long time coming and I’m proud of each and every one of those boys,” said Crusaders head coach Bobby Brogdon, who recorded his first win as a head coach and was doused with the water bucket after the game. “But we’re not satisfied. We’re thinking about Dominion next week.”
Griffin Christian put this game away in the first half. Adams scored with 2:27 left in the first quarter from 20 yards out to give GC the early 6-0 lead (the point-after was missed). GC junior quarterback Dillan Brogdon threw an 11-yard TD pass to wideout Taylor Dunn in the second quarter and Griffin High transfer Rusty Duffee ran the first of his three 2-point conversions in to give GC the 14-0 lead.
Brogdon, who finished 5 of 9 passing for 49 yards, a TD pass and two interceptions, ran the ball in the end zone from 1-yard out late in the second for the 22-0 lead, which stayed that way at halftime.
After a rough third quarter in which Griffin Christian only gained 15 yards, the Crusaders righted themselves in the fourth, rolling for 103 in the quarter. The game ended with Adams’ final TD of the game, a 3-yard scamper with 1:49 remaining, for the final 30-0 margin.