RALEIGH — With apologies to Yogi Berra, for Cardinal Gibbons running back Benjamin Grazen it was deja-vu all over again. Brazen had two mirror image 85-yard touchdown runs in the first half to lead the Crusaders in a 40-7 win over Cedar Ridge Friday night.
3A Cardinal Gibbons handled a depleted 2A Cedar Ridge on a soggy night. The Red Wolves were out six players five of them starters, including running back Philip Chalmers.
Brazen racked up 291 yards rushing before leaving the fourth quarter with an injury. The injury followed what was nearly an 86-yard touchdown. Grazen was dragged down at the Red Wolves 11-yard line after a 75-yard dash.
Cardinal Gibbons (4-1) jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the first half with the help of Grazens scores. Grazen started the scoring on his second run of the game sweeping out to the right side and outracing the defense for the score. The extra point was blocked for the 6-0 Crusader lead early in the first.
Crusader Connor Prevosts 1-yard plunge in the first quarter gave Cardinal Gibbons a 13-0 lead.
Crusader quarterback John Burton hit Stephen Boyle on a beautiful 35-yard strike down the near sideline for a second quarter touchdown. Daniel Baker added the extra point for a 20-0 lead.
Then it was Brazen again with a copy of the first run for 85 yards and the score.
Cedar Ridge (2-4) got on the board with 1.5 seconds left on the clock when QB Fred Blanks found Julius Graham in the end zone. Brandon Phares extra point sent the Red Wolves into the half trailing 27-7.
Cedar Ridge tried to Raleigh but stalled twice inside the red zone. The Crusaders blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt the first time, and the Red Wolves came up empty on a fourth-and goal pass play.
Red Wolves Robert Moore did finish with 10 catches for 162-yards to lead all receivers.
Cardinal Gibbons tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half to put the game away. Nicholas Geaslen and Isaiah Whitten each had touchdown runs.