“I guess the kids kinda had a little mission to come out and prove themselves,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “Jumped up 14-0 and had a little bit of a letdown there and let them score. The guys just came back and executed and played well.”
The Eagles scored on their first two possessions for a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Varnado scored in the second quarter, aided by a CCHS personal foul penalty at midfield, but Lloyd Grogan added two touchdowns before halftime for a commanding 29-7 lead.
“Athletically, we just didn’t have the size to match up against them,” Varnado coach Paul Meyerchick said. “They had a few more athletes than we did. I’ve got the Crumedy kid and a few others, but they’ve got No. 11 (Grogan), No. 5 (Brown) and No. 8 (Singleton) that are pretty good players.”
CCHS quarterback Josh Singleton found Grogan for a 9-yard scoring pass on the Eagles first drive of the game. Singleton found Grogan again on the second drive, this time it was Lamar Grogan, on a 12-yard pass that was bobbled but brought in just across the goal line.
Lloyd Grogan had nine carries for 38 yards and six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and Lamar Grogan had one catch for 11 yards and a touchdown.
After a 9-yard scoring run by Varnado quarterback Laterrius Crumedy, Lloyd Grogan scored on a 75-yard catch that saw the talented senior split three defensive backs and pulled away for an easy score. Just before halftime, Grogan recovered a fumble and returned it 55-yards for a score.
Singleton continued his scoring barrage with two touchdowns in the third quarter. First was a 19 yard pass to Dontrell Brown and the second scoring toss was for 33 yards to Zach Case to make it 42-7 CC.
Singleton was 18-for-22 for 260 yards and five touchdowns.
Jovon Johnson capped off the win with a 3-yard run up the middle to book the Eagles a spot in the regionals.
Crumedy led Varnado with 28 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in a gritty effort.
“He’s a special kid,” Meyerchick said. “You won’t have many of those come through in your lifetime as a coach. He’s a heck of a football player and the best part is he’s a good kid. He never gives up, works his tail off. You never hear him say two words.”
Crumedy was a player CCHS knew it would have to stop and Fuhrer was happy with how his defense handled the assignment.
“I thought our defense did a pretty good job of containing him,” Fuhrer said. “He’s a very good back.”
No. 9 CCHS will travel to face No. 8 Elton on Friday.