Trio helps Christian Heritage dominate OCA
EDMOND – Christian Heritage looked like a team primed to make a Class A playoff run Friday night while Oklahoma Christian Academy looked like a team playing for the future.
The Crusaders, behind the play of seniors Bridge Bullard, Josh Condreay and Zach Hale, dominated the inexperienced Eagles in a 41-11 rout at Husky Stadium.
Condreay scored on runs of 35 and 41 yards; Hale ran 15 yards for a touchdown and threw a 57-yard scoring pass to Bullard, who returned a fumble by Eagles quarterback S’mauri Abram 41 yards for a score to put the icing on a 27-point second quarter.
“We hit some big plays on offense, then the defense really (played well),” coach Tony Merrell said. “We just played well. It was one of those that things just kind of fell our way with turnovers and stuff like that.”
Inexperience plagued the Eagles (3-5, 2-4) who suited up 22 players who had not played high school football before this season.
Abram, filling in for injured starter Kaleb Fellers, also threw two interceptions against the opportunistic Crusaders defense, which limited the Eagles’ flexbone offense to 186 yards on 53 carries.
Running back Blake Ellis was a bright spot for the Eagles, rushing 19 times for 86 yards. Caster Walker scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“It’s new for a lot of people,” OCA coach Grey Powell said. “We knew we were going to struggle.
“I’m proud of the kids, we had a lot of freshmen and young guys out there that had never played before. CHA’s a good team. You start making those mistakes and it just kind of snowballs on you.”
Christian Heritage’s Landon Crosby rushes as OCA’s Hunter Engle chases him during Friday’s game between CHA and Oklahoma Christian Academy at Edmond North High School.