Village Christian improves to 3-1 in a 51-7 blowout win over Campbell Hall
The Village Christian Crusaders were eager to get back on track after their loss last week on the road against Salesian. The 2-1 Crusaders returned to their home field at Glendale Community College on Friday, September 09, 2023, as they hosted the 1-2 Campbell Hall Vikings. Village Christian quickly jumped out of the gate with a vengeance, as their offense scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions as they cruised to a 51-7 victory. The Crusaders defense put on a stellar performance holding the Vikings to just 78 total yards, -22 yards on the ground, and only allowed 1 of 8 on third down conversions. Sophomore quarterback Chase Everett threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers, while junior running back Donovan Howard had twelve carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
The Crusaders got off to an early 16-0 with the second year starter Everett capping off each of his first two drives of the game with a passing touchdown & two-point conversion. His first touchdown went to senior wideout Zoe Ololade, while the second was caught by the Crusaders’ triple threat senior Zavontae Flournoy-Trice. The versatile athlete further displayed his versatility in the third drive of the game where he caught a pass from Everett in the backfield, and proceeded to throw a 70-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Lucas Lehman. The exclamation point from the “swiss army knife”, as later described by Crusaders Head Coach Richard Broussard, put them ahead 22-0 with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
The Vikings were able to score their first and only touchdown of the game on the second play of the following drive. Senior quarterback Ethan Prager threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wideout Andrew Powell to cut the Campbell Hall deficit to 22-7. The Crusaders ended any hopes of a Vikings rally during the following drive, when Everett threw his third touchdown pass of the quarter to senior receiver Ryan Delutri to end the quarter with a 30-7 lead. He later connected with Delutri for his second touchdown catch of the night on the subsequent possession in the second quarter, which gave Village Christian a 37-7 lead they would take into the locker room at halftime.
The second half featured continued dominance from the Crusaders, as the power running game from Howard was put on display. Both of his two rushing touchdowns came in the third quarter, his second one putting them up ahead 51-7 with 36 seconds left. The Vikings offense was only able to convert a first down midway through the third quarter, as they were overwhelmed by Village Christian defense. Broussard describes the defense as the “heart and soul” of the team, as the team’s captains are on the defensive side of the ball.
After the game, the multi-faceted abilities and competitive fire of Flournoy-Trice were appreciated by his head coach. “He can pretty much do anything. He can carry the ball, he runs great routes. He can catch the football. He throw it!” Broussard states. Furthermore, the maturity of the sophomore Everett is noticed by his coach as he is already recognized by him as a “full adult quarterback” at this stage of his high school career. Village Christian will look to win their second in a row as they travel to Burroughs on Thursday for a non-league matchup with the Bears. Campbell Hall will seek to end their skid on Friday as they travel to St. Genevieve.