High School Sports

Harding stays grounded to plow past West Charlotte on a rainy Friday

Make it a 3-0 start for the Harding High, the Rams’ best under coach Sam Greiner.

Quavaris Crouch ran over and past West Charlotte for 175 yards and a pair of scores in Harding’s 21-0 win Friday at Jack Martin Stadium.

Harding outlasted 75 minutes in weather delays and feisty West Charlotte by running the ball, primarily with Crouch softening the Lions’ defense. The Rams gained 191 yards on the ground, which was totally sufficient as rain made footing treacherous.

West Charlotte trained its defensive sights on Crouch, but couldn’t contain him enough. His 21-yard run in the third quarter closed the door on any Lions’ comeback hopes and Harding’s superiority at the line of scrimmage controlled the momentum.

West Charlotte quarterback La’montay Carr was the Lions’ best offensive weapon with 64 yards rushing on 19 carries, but mistakes short-circuited potential scoring opportunities.

Crouch put his stamp on the game early, rumbling for 104 yards on 12 first-half carries with a 38-yard scamper for Harding’s first score. The Rams rushed for 129 yards as a team before the break to set the offensive tone, but one of their two completions was a 14-yard scoring strike from Braheam Murphy to De’andre Dubose for a 14-0 halftime bulge.

Defensively, Harding escaped a West Charlotte possession that stalled on the Rams’ 9 when the Lions missed a field goal. West Charlotte managed 39 yards in the first half, with Harding racking up six tackles for loss that cost the Lions 45 yards.

Records: Harding 3-0, West Charlotte 1-2.

Worth mentioning: West Charlotte completed 2-of-10 passes for 9 yards compared to Harding’s 2-of-7 for 19 yards.

What’s next: Harding hosts Gaffney (S.C.); West Charlotte goes to Berry Academy.