The Cornerstone Crusaders prepared for their showdown with two-time defending Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man Division II state champion Azle Christian by walloping public school Sidney 52-6 Friday at home.
The game was called with three minutes left in the third quarter because of six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule. It’s the second time in as many weeks the Crusaders (2-0) have won in such a fashion, dropping Wise County Home School 53-6 in the season opener.
“I think it was the best game we’ve ever played,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson, whose team is in its third varsity season and reached the second round of the playoffs in each of the first two.
“They were definitely the most physical team we’ve played this year (including scrimmages), but the boys matched them with that.”
Josh Yant and Josh Beaird each rushed for 69 yards, with Beaird scoring a pair of touchdowns and Yant one. Brendan Brawley also ran for a 55-yard touchdown and caught a 5-yard TD pass from Forrest Copenhaver.
On defense, Jared Rudd returned an interception for a touchdown to go with an offensive score.
“We ran a tight offense most of the game,” Johnson said. “My running back and spread backs did a great job of being team players and blocking for our dive backs.”
Azle Christian, also the Crusaders, is off to a 1-1 start, having lost to TAPPS toughie Abilene Christian 72-58 and rolled over Stephenville Huston 46-0.
Friday’s game in Azle will also bring together two old coaching buddies as Johnson and Azle Christian coach Gary Rushing used to work together on the Southwest Christian staff.
Cornerstone 52, Sidney 6
Rushing – Josh Beaird 5-69, 2 TDs; Josh Yant 9-69, TD; Brendan Brawley 1-55, TD; Jared Rudd 2-39, TD; Forrest Copenhaver 1-13; Logan Weems 1-6.
Passing – Copenhaver 5-yard TD.
Receiving – Brawley 5-yard TD.
Weems 8 tackles, 2 passes defended; Bryson King 5 tackles; Copenhaver 4 tackles, 3 passes defended; Rudd 4 tackles, 2 passes defended, interception returned for TD; Dylan Overstreet 4 tackles; Brawley 3 tackles; David Delzeit 2 tackles, forced fumble.
Weems 6 extra-point kicks (2 points each).
Cornerstone record – 2-0.