The Crusaders fell behind 16-0 and despite improved play in the second half, could not rally to a victory against Madison County. A long touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kevin Knox to sophomore wide receiver midway through the third quarter trimmed the Crusader deficit to 16-6.
“Early on it was kind of rough,’’ said coach Mike Gregory. “They outplayed us, physically, but we came back in the second half. I was proud of the way they played, a lot more physical.”
The Crusaders played most of the game without star receiver and Auburn commitment Nate Craig, the top-rated recruit in the 2016 class. Craig rolled an ankle on his only carry, a 4-yard gain, in the first quarter. Gregory said he did not think the injury was anything serious.