OCALA — It had been nearly three years since the Bronson Eagles last won a football game.

The team competed in 25 games during that span and had lost all 25. But Friday night, the Eagles went home with their first victory since 2016 in a 54-19 blowout of the Ocala Christian Crusaders.

OCA actually had the lead going into the second quarter.

Bronson scored 10 seconds into the game on a broken coverage play, but the Crusaders shut down the Eagles the remainder of the quarter and scored twice themselves before the first 12 minutes were up.

After a failed onside kick attempt, the Crusaders found themselves starting at Bronson’s 35-yard line on their first drive of the game. Within a few plays OCA was facing a 4th and 19 when quarterback Colton Bloom found wide receiver Jason Furey open for a 39-yard score to put his team on the board trailing 8-7.

OCA’s next drive, once again facing a 4th and 13 on the Eagles 37-yard line, Bloom found his target in Keiron Greene to put the Crusaders on Bronson’s doorstep. Bloom found his way into the endzone on the next play to take the lead 13-8.

That’s when the wheels fell off, however, as the Crusaders were outscored 46-6 over the remaining three quarters.

“Just depth and conditioning on our team,” said OCA’s coach Daniel Young in response to what changed after the first quarter.

“We’re low in numbers and when you’re playing someone that’s twice the size of you — they (Bronson) were pretty big boys — they wear your starters down quick. We just got wore out.”

Of the remaining scores for Bronson, running back Xavier Guyton accounted for four of them, including touchdown runs of 20, 22 and 39 yards.

Eagles fullback Braden Dean added a short score himself, and running back Ketron Thomas sealed the game with a 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The only other OCA touchdown belonged to Bloom and tight end Joey Sanzone who connected for a 17-yard score in the third quarter.

Despite the disappointing outcome of the game, Ocala Christian’s biggest concern comes with the loss of two of its players to injury.

Jayden Rance (CB/RB) and Sergio Gaud (K/FS/HB), two of the four seniors on the roster and both leaders on the team, were forced to leave the game early.

While not much is known about the injuries, Rance had to be taken off the field on a stretcher at the half after suffering a potential stinger/spinal injury, and Gaud is suspected to have suffered a knee injury.

“They’re two key leaders for our team. We pray and hope that (Rance) gets healing and he’s okay … and we pray also for (Gaud’s) safety and well-being,” Young said.

For now, the Crusaders are looking ahead to their matchup at Legacy Charter next Friday at 7 p.m. where they’ll look to bounce back against the Eagles in Ocoee.