High School Sports

Resurrection stuns French Camp behind tough ground game

Resurrection quarterback Blake Porter.
Resurrection quarterback Blake Porter. amccoy@sunherald.com

The Resurrection football team is playing its best football at just the right time.

RCS rolled to a 34-7 win at French Camp Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. The Eagles will play host to Lumberton this week.

After rushing for five touchdowns last week against East Marion, Jerry Johnson ran for three more scores Friday night.

Resurrection (6-6) has seen its fortunes change with more of an emphasis on the ground game recently.

"A lot of teams play four over the top because we've thrown it so much," RCS coach Scott Sisson said. "If they only have seven in the box, we're going to try to run it. We'll take what the defense gives us."

The first score of the night for RCS came on a 45-yard touchdown toss from Blake Porter to Patrick Roth, giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead at the 6:29 mark of the first quarter.

Johnson added a 10-yard touchdown and Resurrection led 14-7 at the half.

"The turning point was our goal line stand right before the half," Sisson said. "We jumped on them in the first quarter, but they cut it to 14-7 and got a stop on us. The momentum was switching back to them."

Johnson's 7-yard run gave RCS a 20-7 lead with 9:43 left in the third quarter and Terrance Spivey capped off a 95-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, handing the Eagles a 27-7 lead with 11:34 left.

Johnson's final score of the night was a 1-yard run with 3:21 left.

"He's gotten healthy. He's been hurt most of the year," Sisson said. "This is the healthiest we've been all year over the last two weeks."

French camp finished its season with a record of 8-4.

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