RALEIGH — Cardinal Gibbons racked up 549 yards of total offense in a 56-28 Friday night win over Cedar Ridge.
The Crusaders scored on their first five possessions of the game and never looked back.
Led by running back David Smith’s 112 yards on just eight carries, Cardinal Gibbons rushed for 299 yards, while senior quarterback Shawn Stankavage threw for 248 yards – 210 yards in the first half – and four touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders defense held the Red Wolves to 75 total first-half yards and less than 200 for the game.
However, Cardinal Gibbons also committed five turnovers, which didn’t sit too well with coach Steven Wright.
“Yes, those turnovers do stick with me but I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Wright said. “I was very pleased with the first half. Our offense executed and our defense played well.”
Cardinal Gibbons (4-1) led 35-7 at the half. Stankavage threw TD passes to Chris Gorman (19 yards), James Sriraman (16 yards) and Brandon Loy (22 yards).
The Red Wolves (0-5) put together their best drive of the night –12 plays, 75 yards – that culminated in QB Peyton Pappas five-yard throw to wide receiver Chris McKoy.
But the Crusaders added two more touchdowns right before halftime on runs by
Smith and Peyton Offnick, 28 yards and 15 yards, respectively.
“If we could take away those first two or three scores, we would have been in the game,” Cedar Ridge coach Chris Casey said. “You can’t give a good team like that those type of opportunities because they are going to finish. We’ve got to get to where they are.”
Stankavage’s fourth TD of the night, this time to Dante DiMaggio, gave the Crusaders a 42-14 lead in the third quarter before Cardinal Gibbons’ defense got in the game. Linebacker Scott Henion intercepted a Pappas pass and returned it 18 yards for a 49-14 lead.
But the Red Wolves didn’t fold it in.
Cedar Ridge drove 54 yards for a Pappas to Julius Walton 29-yard TD. The Red Wolves then recovered a Crusaders fumble at their 14. Pappas found Matt Murty from 15 yards out and the lead was trimmed to 49-28 with 5:16 left in the game.
But Cardinal Gibbons halted any comeback attacked with DiMaggio’s 19-yard run with 3:50 remaining.