ST. PETERSBURG — Indian Rocks Christian’s ground attack spelled disaster for the Canterbury Crusaders in a 55-0 victory on Friday.
The Golden Eagles exploded out of the gates, racking up eight touchdowns in the first half, putting them one step closer to sealing up a District 2A title.
Golden Eagles sophomore running back Zeke McGaughy applied the pressure on the Crusaders throughout the game. His speed off tackle and brute strength up the middle kept the chains moving and the clock ticking. McGaughy finished the game with 197 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Junior Damian King also helped out his Golden Eagles in more ways than one. King had 119 yards rushing — including one 85-yard gallop for a touchdown — and also returned a punt 55 yards for a score.
Canterbury struggled to pick up a rhythm early in the game, as Indian Rocks Christian didn’t allow a first down until halfway through the second quarter. Even when the Crusaders executed an offensive play, there was a Golden Eagle ready to step up and make a play, keeping Canterbury off the scoreboard.
Indian Rocks 21 34 0 0 — 55
Canterbury 0 0 0 0 — 0
IRC — Anderson 8 run (Sullivan kick)
IRC — Anderson 2 run (Sullivan kick)
IRC — McGaughy 5 run (Sullivan kick)
IRC — LLerena 20 run (Sullivan kick)
IRC — King 85 run
IRC — Licea 20 interception return (Sullivan kick)
IRC — McGaughy 80 run (Sullivan kick)
IRC — King 55 punt return (Sullivan kick)