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Cramer crushes East Gaston 34-0

Sep 12, 2019 12:50PM

by John Wilson

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Sometimes a week can make all the difference in the world. 

Last week the Stuart Cramer football team stumbled as the Storm fell to Catawba Ridge 19-12.

This week it was a completely different story.

The Storm offense, defense, and special teams came to together as a group and laid a 34-0 shellacking on the East Gaston Warriors.

Cramer started strong putting up 14 points in the first quarter.

One of those first-quarter touchdowns was a brilliant Eja Brice to Jamario Springs 66-yard strike.

Neither team scored in the second quarter but Cramer was able to keep the Warriors in check.

The Storm went into the locker room for halftime up 14-0.

Cramer started the second half on a roll putting up 20 unanswered points.

The fourth quarter ended up much like the second quarter with neither team finding their way into the end zone.

However, for East Gaston, the damage was already done. EG could never find their way out of the hole.

The Storm was humming in all aspects of their game.

Last week the Cramer offense sputtered, but this week the offense was on fire. The Storm ground game and passing attack were all on point as Cramer generated over 338 yards of total offense.

Cramer quarterback Eja Brice had a good night against EG. Brice went six for nine for 128 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Storm ground game proved once again that they are capable of moving the ball. Cramer running backs combined for over 210 yards.

The top back was Tyreese Morris who had six carries for 72 yards and a TD.

Cramers top receiver was Jamario Springs who had 3 catches for 83 yards and a pair of TDs.

So far this season the Cramer defense has played well. Friday night’s game against the Warriors was no exception.

The Storm defense totally dominated the line of scrimmage, limiting the Warriors to 153 yards of total offense.

The Cramer D generated three turnovers. One, an interception, was returned for a touchdown by Jesse Rhyme.

Not to be undone the Storm special teams had a good night as well. 

Harrison Shropshire returned the second half kick-off for a 94-yard touchdown.

For East Gaston, there were few bright spots. The Warriors are rebuilding and this season will be tough. EG’s top offensive performance was turned in by Jake Thomas who ran for 56 yards off of 12 carries.

This was a good win for the Storm. The team’s overall performance impressed head coach Ben McMillan.

“I’m really proud of our guys for bouncing back from last week and playing that well,” McMillan said. “It was a total team effort with the offense, defense and special teams making some big plays.”

While several players put in solid performances it would be hard to name a standout.

Coach McMillan wanted to stress that this really was a team effort win.

“A lot of guys made plays on Friday night,” McMillan added. “That was very encouraging for us.”

This week the 2-1 Storm will host the Mountain Heritage Cougars.

The Cougars hail from Burnsville and play in the Western Highlands 1A/2A Conference. 

This should be an interesting non-conference matchup.