Pusch Ridge vs. Empire Sept. 29, 2017

Players from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and Empire High School knelt in prayer as Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” blared on the stadium PA system on Friday night.

It was indeed a wonderful world, at least for a night, for the visiting Lions of Pusch Ridge — who blew away the hometown Ravens 56-14, behind 50 unanswered points.

The Lions, who entered Friday’s clash with an unblemished 5-0 record and the number one spot in the AIA’s Division 3A rankings, looked prime for the picking early.

PRCA coach Jerry Haynes praised the effort put in by quarterback Christian Fetsis and company, gushing about the team’s ability to shake off early hiccups to put away the Ravens. The Lions gave up two early touchdowns to start the game.

“I was proud of the way they rallied back,” Haynes said. “You can play a poor first half, go into halftime and feel sorry for yourself, but these guys trust each other; they love each other; they’re committed to each other.”

The Lions’ next task is taking down regional rival Sabino at home at 7 p.m. next Friday, against a 5-1 Sabercats squad.

Fetsis is well aware of the battle in store for the Lions, facing a Sabercats team that’s outscored its last three opponents 154-0.

“I can honestly say it’s going to be our most physical game of the year,” Fetsis said. “We’ve got a couple of starters out, which will hurt us a little bit. But the awesome thing about our guys is that they’re tough, and the second man’s always ready to play.”

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