The Cornerstone Crusaders have made three things a tradition in their short history of playing varsity football.
They win season openers. They reach the postseason. They advance once they get there, having reached the second round in each of their first two seasons.
And now they have won three consecutive season openers after rolling past visiting Wise County Home School 53-6 Friday. In the previous two seasons, that was followed by advancing two playoffrounds.
The Crusaders dominated the contest both offensively and defensviely. They led 41-0 after the first quarter, and the game was called at the half.
Six-man football has a 45-point mercy rule. If a team is ahead by 45 or more points at the half, or gets ahead by that much in the second half, the contest is called.
Josh Beaird touched the ball six times and scored four times. He rushed three times for 33 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 92 yards, including a 15-yard TD from Brendan Brawley.
Logan Weems carried the ball twice for 35 yards and scored twice. Mike Marcel scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Forrest Copenhaver.
Defensively, Randy Adams recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
“We are really learning our defensive responsibilities,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson. “Everybody is focused on knowing where they are supposed to be at all times.
“Our offense has really good speed, and now we have some power up the middle.
“Blocking is definitely the key to us being successful against the good teams.”
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CRUSADERS 53, WARRIORS 6
Wise County 0 6 – 6
Cornerstone 41 12 – 53
Rushing – Logan Weems 2-35, 2 TDs; Josh Yant 3-35; Josh Beaird 3-33, 3 TDs; Brendan Brawley 1-11.
Passing – Brawley 2 completions, 70 yards, 1 TD; Forrest Copenhaver 2 completions, 27 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving – Beaird 3-92, 1 TD; Mike Marcel 1-7, TD.
Randy Adams fumble recovery for TD.
Marcel 1-point PAT run, Peter Dowd 1-point PAT run, Weems 2-point PAT kick.