Crusaders fight back, but still fall short

The Cornerstone Crusaders hit the road for the first time this season, coming home with a 48-32 loss at Sidney.

The Crusaders (1-1) compete in the Texas Christian Athletic League Six-Man Division II. Sidney is a University Interscholastic League public school that competes in Six-Man Division II.

The game might have turned out differently had Cornerstone hurt itself with a pair of touchdowns called back because of penalties.

“We lost, but the boys played really well,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson. “It was a very physical game, and I am very happy with the way they responded.”

Sidney, which won its season opener 72-0, jumped out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and stretched its advantage to 35-12 at the half. The Crusaders, 52-6 winnners in their opener against Wise County Home School, outscored their hosts 20-13 in the second half.

The Crusaders also put together 395 yards of offense in the loss, including 282 yards rushing.

Brendan Brawley led the attack with seven carries for 108 yards, while Josh Beaird carried 16 times for 102 yards. Each scored two touchdowns.

Brawley also returned a kickoff 57 yards.

Quarterbacks Brawley (4-for-9, 70 yards, 1 TD) and Forrest Copenhaver (3-for-5, 53 yards, 1 TD) combined for all the passing yardage.

Defensively, Jared Rudd (13), Jonathan Delzeit (12) and Copenhaven (10) combined for 35 tackles. Copenhaven also had an interception, as did Logan Weems.

Cornerstone 12 0 6 14 — 32

Sidney 26 9 0 13 — 48

Cornerstone standouts



Brendan Brawley 7-108 yards, Josh Bearid 16-102, Forrest Copenhaven 3-33; Jared Rudd 2-20; Joseph Deskin 2-19.


Brawley 4-9, 70 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.; Copenhaven 3-5, 53yards, 1 TD, 1 int..


Logan Weems 2-22, Beaird 2-15, Jonathan Delzeit 1-40, Copenhaven 1-28, Brawley 1-18.

Scoring — Brawley 2 TDs, 12 points; Beaird 2 TDs, 12 points; Weems 1 TD, 1 2-point conversion, 8 points.



Jared Rudd 13, J. Delzeit 12, Copenhaven 10, Beaird 8, Weems 7, Brawley 6, Dallas Johnson 6.


Johnson 1.


Weems 1, Copenhaven 1.

Special teams

Kickoff returns

Brawley 3-82, long 57; J. Delzeit 2-30, long 15.

Punt returns

J. Delzeit 1-40.