Keith Bears eclipse Sunshine

Published 1:45 am Saturday, September 8, 2012

Keith’s Charles Johnson drags a Sunshine defender for extra yards during the first half of Keith’s 48-6 win over the visiting Tigers moving their record to 2-0. -- Dennis Palmer

ORRVILLE —After a slow start the Keith Bears capitalized on the hard and shifty running of junior quarterback Maurice Crumpton and tailback Walton Young and cruised to a 48-6 win over visiting Sunshine.

After a sluggish first quarter for both teams, Keith scored at the end of the period on a quarterback keeper with Crumpton refusing to go down and carrying two defenders on his back into the end zone. Martavius Harris added the PAT making it 7-0 to start the second quarter.

“I was disappointed in the beginning effort, we were flat for whatever reason,” said Keith head coach Harry Crum. “I didn’t see that our guys were in attack mode. They were waiting on the plays to develop and they were just kind of cruising.”

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Whatever sluggishness the Bears (2-0, 1-0 1A-Region 3) had wore off quickly in the second quarter as Bears notched two touchdowns – one from 6-yards out by Charles Johnson, which was set up by a long run by Young and another on halfback pass by Johnson to Jabari Moore. Harris added the PAT’s giving the Bears a 21-0 lead at the half.

Sunshine added their only score late in the third quarter when after a long drive that included two fourth down conversions, the Tigers (0-2) found the end zone on a pass play at the goal line that resulted in a fumble after a hard hit. The Tigers’ Braxton Moore fell on the ball in for the score. The 2-point try failed.

But that’s as close as the Bears would allow as Young put the Bears in good field position with a long return, then scored from 42-yards out. Harris, who was 6-for-7 on PATs added the point giving Keith a commanding 28-6 lead.

Crumpton and Delmuss Irby each added TD runs in the fourth quarter and the Bears capped the night with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brian Crum to Jearel Black.

On defense the Bears were led by Black, and Kendrique Jones who had 10 tackles each.

The Bears travel to Selma Friday to take on Ellwood Christian Academy (2-0) in a region matchup.