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Greenies roll over Asheville School for trophy

Christ School rushes for 451 yards

11:09 PM, Oct. 27, 2012 EDT

Charles Beale of Christ School shoves Connor Darab away as he enters the end zone during Saturday's game against Asheville School. / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com


Christian Jewkes and his teammates posed for pictures Saturday and hoisted a trophy into the air on a cool afternoon at Fayssoux Field.

They'd like to do it all over again in a few weeks.

Christ School piled up 451 rushing yards to roll past visiting Asheville School, 52-7.

Charles Beale (216 yards, two touchdowns) and Jewkes (146 yards, two touchdowns) did the most damage, even combining on a nifty 83-yard scoring play in the second half where Beale tossed the ball midcarry to his trailing quarterback, who took it the rest of the way for a touchdown.

The Greenies not only reclaimed the Fayssoux-Arbogast trophy from their NCISAA rival with the largest margin of victory in the series since 1962. Christ School also locked in its first 10-0 start to a season.

Brackets for the NCISAA Division II playoffs will be released today, and the Greenies are hopeful of a high seed and more home games for the postseason.

"We're not done," Jewkes said. "This win means a lot to us. It's definitely exciting, especially after we lost to (Asheville School) last year. But we've still got some big goals we want to accomplish."

Beale went over the 1,000-yard mark, but there were plenty of other positives for second-year coach Mark Moroz's team.

Christ School's defense held Asheville School (2-7) to 195 yards and forced five turnovers. Eric Davis, Trae Sweeting and Mitchell Ranson made interceptions, while Michael Martin and Matt Seely recovered fumbles.

Jack Pace booted a 48-yard field goal at the 9:08 mark of the fourth quarter.

The all-time series in the Blues-Greenies rivalry stands at 50-32-4 in Asheville School's favor after Saturday.

"All that matters is we've got that trophy back. It just means so much to these boys to be able to walk by and see it every day," Moroz said. "I was really pleased with our effort. When you're playing in front of a crowd of 3,000 people, you never know how your team is going to react. But I was really happy with our maturity. This is a wonderful moment for our 12 seniors."

Christ School got the scoring started with Jewkes' only touchdown pass of the game. His spiral hit Davis perfectly in stride for a 39-yard reception with 6:42 to go in the first quarter.

From there, four different Greenies got in on the act.

In addition to Beale and Jewkes, Gabe deBeus (7 yards) and Ellis Pace (6) had short touchdown runs.

Jay Evans led the Blues with 134 rushing yards and found the end zone on a 67-yard jaunt in the second quarter.

Asheville School was the NCISAA Division II runner-up in 2011 and will await word today on whether it has been granted a playoff berth this year.

"Beale is the best back we've seen all year," Asheville School coach Roger Harris said.

"They've got all the ingredients, size and speed, just like we did last year. My hat's off to Christ School. I noticed that (Moroz) started putting in his subs in the fourth quarter, and I looked over and gave him a thumbs-up. This is a great rivalry, and it's very competitive, but that kind of class is what it's all about."




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