Bethel Christian records first shutout since 2016 in win over Lawrence Academy
MERRY HILL | It didn't take long for Bethel Christian to pick up where it left off.
The Trojans dominated in its first game since Sept. 11, defeating Lawrence Academy 44-0 Friday on the road. The Trojans (2-2) defeated Community Christian 76-18 before Hurricane Florence postponed the season and followed up by recording their first shutout since a 40-0 victory over Halifax Academy on Nov. 11, 2016 in the NCISAA 1A championship game.
The Trojans outgained the Warriors (0-4) 377-29, allowing just four first downs in the process. Josh Sutton led the way with 141 yards rushing on seven carries and a first-quarter touchdown, while Cody Dunk took his only carry 49 yards for the Trojans' first score. Bethel Christian's Connor Williams threw just three passes, but they were all second-quarter touchdowns to help the Trojans take a 36-0 halftime lead and coast.
Bethel Christian coach Brick Crowder said the team was amazing on both sides of the ball for most of the game.
"The boys played really well and I'm proud of them," Crowder said. "We came out a little sloppy, probably coming off the hurricane, but after about four or five minutes we found our groove. The offensive line was tremendous at getting low and also sticking with their blocks a bit more than we usually do.
"Defensively, the defense did a wonderful job pitching the shutout and doing a lot of gang tackling. We were really getting a lot of heads to the ball."
Bethel Christian will look to avenge a loss earlier in the season to Northeast Academy on Oct. 5 in Lasker. The Eagles won 58-34 in Kinston Sept. 7.