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|OCS falls to Christian Life|
OCS falls to Christian Life Academy
By Cody Futrell
The Ouachita Christian School Eagles went on the road and returned in defeat with a 35-33 loss to Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge Friday night.
OCS (11-2) , ranked No.2 in Class 1A, could find little to slow down the rushing attack of Chrisitian Life (11-1) as the Crusaders came into the game as the No. 7-ranked team in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs.
CLA quarterback Kevin Wright started the scoring moments into the game when he broke free on a spectacular 73-yard run to paydirt. The PAT gave CLA the early 7-0 advantage.
"We gave a great effort," OCS head coach Steven Fitzhugh said. "Christian Life is a really talented football team that is very disciplined on both sides of the football."
Running back Shane Andrus, averaging over 200 yards per game in the playoffs, scored on the next Christian Life possession after OCS was forced to punt.
Christian Life drove down the field and Andrus punched the football in from two-yards away as the Eagles defense began to be shaken.
Andrus again found the endzone near the end of the first stanza to assist Christian Life in building a commanding 21-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
OCS moved the football and gained crucial yards but kept coming away empty handed on the scoreboard in the first half.
OCS quarterback Jacob Davis completed 14-of-28 pass attempts for 215 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing 21 times for 90 yards.
The two squads battled back-and-forth throughout the second quarter as the Eagles stood tall on defense in a complete turnaround from what the crowd saw from OCS in the opening frame.
Neither team could find the endzone during the scoreless second-quarter as Christian Life took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
"We dug ourselves a hole," Fitzhugh said. "(Shane) Andrus is a very talented running back. We made some big plays in the second half and played very well down the stretch."
Andrus came out of the lockers and continued to have success running the football as he scored yet again on a 22-yard jaunt to open the scoring in the third quarter.
Andrus rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries to lead all players in rushing yards.
David answered on the next OCS possession as he drove the Eagles down the field. Davis capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run to pull the Eagles to within 28-7 following a Taylor Dawson PAT kick.
Andrus would find the endzone for the final time moments later on a jaunt down the sideline ending in a 44-yard touchdown rush.
The Eagles then finished the third quarter in style when Davis found Glenn Marshall for a 60-yard touchdown strike. The catch was the fourth touchdown catch of the postseason for Marshall.
On the first OCS possession of the fourth quarter, OCS drove the length of the field to get into the endzone on a five-yard run by Matt Kennedy to make the score 35-21.
Kennedy had a hand in the next touchdown by OCS after forcing Christian Life to punt. Kennedy caught a pass in the flat from Davis and found the endzone 15-yards later. A failed pass on a two-point conversion attempt proved to be a costly error for OCS.
Mark Laird caught his first playoff touchdown pass when Davis got him the ball and he scored from 10-yards out to pull OCS within 35-33.
Christian Life played ball-control offense down the stretch to run out the clock on the Eagle's 2008 season.
OCS ends the 2008 campaign with an 11-2 record and a district championship. Christian Life will travel to Delhi Charter in the semi-final round for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night.