East Lincoln sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt accounted for 447 yards and seven touchdowns, and the Mustangs broke open a close game in the third quarter in their 55-26 win at Bandys on Friday in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference opener for both teams.
Surratt ran for 260 yards and five TDs and threw for 187 yards and a pair of scores as East Lincoln (4-1, 1-0) turned a 21-19 lead at halftime into a rout with three unanswered scores to start the second half.
Damarius Valentine ran for 115 yards and a TD on 12 carries, Sage Surratt –– Chazz Surratt’s younger brother –– had two catches for 65 yards and a TD, and Chris Tomberlin had one catch for a 36-yard score.
A late surge by the Trojans (2-3, 0-1) in the first half turned an early blowout into a close game. Former North Lincoln quarterback Devan Cox hit Colton Medlin with a 14-yard TD pass, and Brenton Jones returned an interception thrown by Chazz Surratt 44 yards to paydirt to wrap up the half.
Surratt scored on a 1-yard run, Valentine scored on a 46-yard run and the Surratts connected on a 56-yard score to go up 42-19 after Blake Strupp converted all of his PATs in the Mustangs’ game-changing run.
Cox hit Jeremy Carr from 39 yards out to make it 42-26, but the Mustangs’ defense kept Bandys out of the end zone from there.
Cox was 18 of 24 passing for 286 yards and three TDs.
East Lincoln held Bandys to 33 yards rushing, but its secondary gave up 313 yards through the air.
Chazz Surratt, a Division-I recruit, had 21 carries and completed 11 of 22 passes with a pick and two scores.
Through five games Surratt has, unofficially, 951 yards and 11 TDs passing to go along with 767 yards and 15 TDs on the ground.