Juleon Elmore’s fumble return for a touchdown was scripted. Jacob Harrison completing his first 11 passes? That came as a surprise to Chaminade Julienne football coach Marcus Colvin.
Both were a shock to the Troy Trojans.
CJ scored 21 unanswered points — all on touchdown passes from Harrison to three different receivers — as the Eagles beat the Trojans 34-20 in the high school football season opener Thursday at Wayne’s Heidkamp Stadium. Unofficially, Harrison completed 18-of-22 passes for 228 yards. He also ran for a 1-yard score.
Combined with bruising sophomore Antwand Wilson, who rumbled for 102 yards on 24 carries, the Eagles appeared to wear down the Trojans in the second half.
“By far our ability to run the football with our big back Antwand and Jacob creating space with his speed, that hands down was the biggest reason we were successful on offense,” Colvin said.
They weren’t bad throwing it, either. Harrison hit Tyler Traylor (23 yards), Alex Livingston (14) and C.J. Riazzi (34) for touchdowns after Troy went ahead 14-13.
“Troy is a great team. We’re very respectful of them,” said Harrison, who connected with five different receivers. “Obviously you come into a game you expect to win. We envisioned this and we came out and played ball.”
Troy led 7-0 just 51 seconds into the game on Miles Hibbler’s 57-yard touchdown run. But Hibbler had just one carry in the second half to finish with 117 yards on 16 attempts. Teammate Brandon Lee ripped off 145 yards on 15 carries, including a 68-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans struggled with three lost fumbles. One of those resulted in Elmore’s 70-yard touchdown return early in the second quarter.
“We practiced that. Things you practice sometimes it works out for you,” Colvin said of working on returning fumbles on defense.
Did the Eagles work on it from 70-yards out?
“No, we practiced it from 20 yards,” Colvin said with a smile.