Penalties Costly For JV Crusaders

The Carolina Crusaders JV team started off the season with a loss to the upsized Tennessee Silverbacks on Saturday. Tennessee jumped out to an early six point lead before the Crusaders put 14 straight on the board to take the lead. Penalties hurt the Crusaders with 2 long 40+ yard touchdowns being erased from the scoreboard in the second half and the Silverbacks took advantage in the fourth quarter.  Dejon Reid-Baily lead the Crusaders scoring with two Td’s.

Final Score:

Silverback 22

Crusaders 14

A Championship Run – Todd G. Gongwer

The Carolina Crusaders had all of their coaches read “Lead For God’s Sake” by Todd G. Gongwer last season and it changed the way we approached coaching our team. Take a look at the story about how the book changed Urban Meyer that just posted on ESPN. It really cool to see how God used this book to reach so many people through a parable about a coach.  We highly recommend it to all of the Crusaders coaches, players and parents.

How Urban Meyer found his balance


A Championship Run!

By Todd G. Gongwer

With all the hype around the upcoming College Football National Championship I thought I’d share with you a few cool things happening in the world of LEAD…for God’s Sake.

Ohio State’s Head Football Coach Urban Meyer has continued to be a huge part of this journey, and as he prepares for another shot at the top, he has continued to reference the book as one of the key “game changers” in his life leading up to this point. Below are comments he shared at the National Championship Media Day, after being asked about LEAD…for God’s Sake and how often he references it.

I’m so appreciative of his genuine heart for this message! But most importantly, it’s been an incredible blessing to see the consistent peace in his eyes as he’s climbed back to this spot!

Stay tuned over the next few days for stories I’ve been interviewed for on popular platforms such as (story will be posted Sunday and Monday), (a part of (Sports Illustrated)), and I’ll also be live on the Doug Gottlieb Show Monday at 5:00PM. Don’t forget to tune in!

Thanks again for helping us share the message!

Worst To First!!

The Carolina Crusaders JV Football Team capped of an exciting season at home Saturday night with a PFL JV Championship win against the Hickory Hawks. Just one year earlier the Crusaders finished their season without a single victory. But that all changed at the start of the 2014 season with an overtime win against the Tennessee Silverbacks. The victories continued with wins over the Lake Norman Storm, Anderson Cavaliers, Cabarrus Stallions. Asheville Saints, Greensboro Panthers and Hickory Hawks. The teams one loss came on a last second kickoff return for a touchdown against a strong Cabarrus Stallion team. That one loss was all they needed to remind them of the previous season and get the Crusaders focused on bringing home the first JV Championship in the history of the Carolina Crusaders Football Program. Congratulations to the Carolina Crusaders JV Team for their 9-1 season and for being crowned 2014 PFL JV Champions!

Final Score:

Hickory Hawks: 0

Carolina Crusaders: 14


PFL Playoffs & JV Championship @ WCCS!

We are hosting the playoffs!

We don’t have to travel this week, but we are hosting which means we need all the volunteer positions filled for this weekend!

East Division Playoffs – 1:00 PM Cabarrus Stallions  vs Lake Norman Storm

West Division Playoffs – 4:00 PM Asheville Saints vs Hickory Hawks

2014 JV Championship – 7:00 PM Hickory Hawks vs Carolina Crusaders 


Volunteers Needed!!

Concessions, admissions, chain gang crew, set-up and tear down.

Pam Guffey will be posting a volunteer spot page for this game on the website soon. 



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JV Crusaders Win Late

Friday Night Lights in Catawba, North Carolina

It was one of the toughest played games in the PFL this season. The Carolina Crusaders took on the Hickory Hawks in a preview of the JV Championship game. Both teams battled strong on defense most of the game. Carolina jumped up early with a 6-0 lead but Hickory scored with 1:00 left on the clock in the 4th to go ahead 8-6. The Crusaders were pinned deep on their 8 yard line and proceeded to move the ball 92 yards in 5 plays with brilliant running by Darrell Darling and Alex Mills. With 4.0 seconds left on the clock Darrell Darling broke several tackles on an amazing 40+ yard run to score the game winning touchdown. The Hawks and the Crusaders will meet again Saturday October 25th at 7:00 pm for the PFL JV Championship game in Rock Hill, SC.

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders: 12

Hickory Hawks: 8

Away Game vs Hickory Hawks JV

October 17th 2014 – JV Game – Away

6:30 PM Kickoff –  Carolina Crusaders vs Hickory Hawks


Hickory Hawks 10/17/2014

I-77 North to I-485 West, 18 miles to Hwy 16 north, 40 miles turn right Bethany Church Rd 8 miles, continue on S Depot St, right on Catawba St, Left State Rd 1716 S Lookout St, go 3.2 miles, Left on Oxford School Rd. 4675 Oxford School Rd, Claremont, NC 28610.

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Crusaders JV Win Big!

The Crusaders dominated the Panthers on both sides of the ball in a 48-6 win in Greensboro, NC. Justin Poe had a great game on defense with two interceptions including a pick six in the first half. Jackson Ray got back in the groove after missing several games due to injury with three touchdowns. Alex Mills, Darrel Darling and Justin Poe finished with a touchdown a piece in the victory. The Panthers never quit playing hard and showed tremendous sportsmanship throughout the entire game.

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders 48

Greensboro Panthers 6