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Here’s what we know about Northside Christian.

It’s in Lexington, where it will play Laurens Academy on Friday night at 7. Like LA, its team is called the Crusaders. Both Crusaders are better this year than last.

Laurens Academy enters the game with a 2-2 record and 92 points in the past two games. Northside Christian is 2-1 with 72.

After opening the season with a 48-16 loss to Andrew Jackson, the Crusaders playing at home have defeated Conway Christian 36-8 and Jefferson Davis 40-8. Northside was 1-5 in 2019. LA was 4-5 and won the game between the two schools, 50-32.

“We’re getting better every week,” LA head coach Todd Kirk said. “We opened with Holly Hill (Academy), and that was probably the most physical team we’ve played. We lost a close game to them, and then another close one at Palmetto Christian, and we’ve won big the last two weeks.”

Quarterback Max McKenna and wide receiver Charlie Compton give Northside Christian a potent passing combination. Both McKenna and Laurens Academy’s Thomas Lowry have thrown for five touchdowns in a single game this fall.

“So far we’ve played four teams who have beaten us in the past,” Kirk said. “Now we’ve got one more game before we begin region play next week.”

Palmetto Christian scored 42 points in a 4-point victory over LA in week 2. Opponents have scored only 30 points in the other three.

“Defense is where we’ve really gotten better,” Kirk said.