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Crusaders still finding footing in 11-man football

By Chris Dearing
Special Contributor

North Charleston — Northside Christian has found the transition from 8-man football to the 11-man variety a little bit challenging thus far.
The Crusaders played for the SCISA eight-man state championship last year but have come out the gate this year 0-5 and been shut out in four of the five games. They’ve been outscored 206-24.
Even with the desired results not being reached, several players have performed well. Noah Powell rarely leaves the field and has been a standout at both running back and linebacker.
Starting quarterback Fulton Bryant has missed the last two games while in concussion protocol so that has slowed the offensive progression as well. Max McKenna has filled in during that time. Charlie Compton has been the top receiver and has scored two of the three touchdowns on the season. The other score came from Powell.
The highlight of the season was the 10-point loss to Dorchester Academy. The Crusaders fell 34-24 and made progress during that game. Since losing Bryant to concussion, they’ve been shut out the last two weeks.
Coach Stacy Bell understood the challenges with just four returning starters but the chances to find a win before the season ends still exists. Northside Christian will finish with Oakbrook Prep, Christian Academy, Colleton Prep and Spartanburg Christian. Those four teams are a combined 7-14 with Christian Academy being winless as well.

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