December 20, 2014

Cross survives wild third quarter to win first championship (AUDIO)

Cross RB Devontae Shepherd drags a defender on his way to 166 yards and 3 TDs

Cross built a 20-0 lead on McCormick in the class 1A-Division 2 state championship game Friday afternoon at Benedict College and went on to a 38-26 victory.  It’s the first state championship for the Trojans.

After Dionte Evans returned the second half kickoff 89 yards for a score, Cross was sitting on a 20-0 lead and in complete control.  What followed over the next six minutes was a touchdown fiesta.  The teams exchanged touchdowns the rest of the quarter.

Jalen Adams scored first for McCormick on a one yard run to make it 20-6 with 9:12 to play.  Evans then ran 32 yards for a Cross touchdown and it was 26-6 with 6:50 left in the quarter.

Two plays later, Jay Weaver broke off a 65 yard run and the Chiefs were back to within 26-14.  Ten seconds later, Devontae Shepherd scampered 65 yards for a Cross score to push the lead to 32-14.

Weaver wasn’t done.  On the second play of the next possession, he ran for a 50 yard touchdown to make it 32-20 with 5:10 to play in the quarter.  Four touchdowns were scored in a matter of one minute and forty seconds.

Finally the defenses kicked in and neither team could score again until Evans ran in from 29 yards out for a 38-20 Cross lead with 1:29 to play in the game.  For good measure, Adams broke off a 63 yard touchdown run 16 seconds later to make the final score 38-26.

AUDIO:  Cross coach Shaun Wright post game interview [1:58]

AUDIO:  McCormick coach Brian Neal post game interview [1:11]

Cross got all of its offense, 338 yards, on the ground with Shepherd leading way with 166 yards and three touchdowns.  McCormick rushed for 392 yards.  Weaver had 144 yards and two touchdowns and Adams had 112 yards and 2 touchdowns.