The Faith Christian School and Raleigh Grace Christian football teams were on a mission to see if the home scoreboard could fit a three-digit number in the points window.
They found out on Friday. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
By halftime of Friday night’s game the two teams combined for more than 100 points. By the end of the game, FCS had eclipsed that number all on its own.
The Patriots won, 112-88, in a game that was dominated by a pair of quick-scoring offenses that got the job done in different ways.
RGC (0-2) found success through the air and routinely scored touchdowns by throwing jump balls to tall receivers in the end zone.
The Eagles had four receivers that stand at least 6 feet, while the Patriots’ defensive backs have just one player that tall on the roster.
That air attack proved tough to slow down and the teams traded scores throughout much of the game. The Patriots did most of their damage on the ground. FCS, which lost its season opener a week earlier, trailed 56-50 at halftime, then trailed 70-58, before storming back.
And it wasn’t until late that the Patriots were able to break through for good. FCS erased a deficit by turning in its highest scoring quarter in the fourth (32 points) and holding the Eagles to just six in the final quarter.
Patriots running back Shaikey Hardy led the offense and rushed for 401 yards and 10 touchdowns in the win. Entering the game, Hardy needed 183 rushing yards to secure 4,000 for his high school career. Hardy has been playing at the varsity level since he was a freshman.
Deanthony Joyner had a huge game, too.
Joyner and his agility were on display as the perfect complement to Hardy’s more punishing running style.
Up next for FCS is a road game on Friday at Cary Christian.