GRETNA — Fourth-seeded Gretna scored on its first offensive play of the game and went on to beat James River 35-2 in a Region 2C quarterfinal football game on Thursday.It was the first playoff win for the Hawks (9-2) since 2011, coming against the Knights, who are 0-8 all-time in the postseason.The Hawks ran all over the Knights’ defense, rushing for 329 of their 380 yards.
The Knights got a second-quarter safety when a Gretna snap sailed out of the end zone.Quarterback Coulter Hodges had 41 yards on the ground but averaged less than 2 yards per carry. He threw for 79 yards on 9-of-21 passing.“We’ve based our team on running the football this year,” Knights coach Jake Phillips said. “It was tough because they played some man coverage on us and have some really good athletes, some guys that can really match up with the guys we’ve got.”James River 0 2 0 0 — 2Gret—Miller 65 run (Gioco kick)JR—Safety, football snapped out of end zoneGret—Hicks 51 pass from Mabins (Gioco kick)
Gret—Mabins 46 run (Gioco kick)Gret—Canada 15 run (Gioco kick)Gret—Myers 43 run (Gioco kick)
BOYS SOCCERNorth Cross, Carlisle in state final rematchRICHMOND — Geist Pollock scored off an assist from Nelson Etuck, four minutes into OT to give North Cross a 1-0 win over top-seeded Covenant in the VISAA Division II semifinal Thursday at City Stadium.The Raiders (12-4-3) get a rematch from last year’s state final against Carlisle at 5:30 p.m. Friday.The Chiefs topped Seton 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal.Zaid Fada posted four saves for North Cross, which faced a frantic offensive attack from the Eagles (14-3-2) in the second half.“It was a great team effort by the kids in defending the goal,” Raiders coach James Brown said.Carlisle (14-3-1) , which beat North Cross 1-0 in last year’s final, advanced courtesy of Will Johnston’s overtime goal.