Crusaders score lot, but fall in shootout

The Cornerstone Crusaders and Cleburne Christian combined for 166 points Friday as Cleburne came away with an 89-77 victory.

Cornerstone (2-3) was done in largely by the one quarter in which defense somewhat prevailed. Cleburne (4-1) outscored them 14-6 in the third.

“This game was great for our young program because it is the first time that we have scored greatly against a really good team,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson. “With the exception of two stops early in the game they had no answer for our offense. Unfortunately, we didn’t have an answer for their offense either.”

Cornerstone amassed 700 yards of offense, 354 rushing. Brendon Brawley rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns, and passed for 237 yards and five more TDs.

“Brendon did a great job at spread back. It is fun watching him develop,” said Johnson. “Jared Rudd made several aggressive blocks downfield to make some of these touchdowns possible,” said Johnson. “Josh Beaird had a great game on both sides of the ball. He did a great job on kickoff runbacks.”

Beaird returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown.

Cleburne Christian 89

Crusaders 77

Cleb. Chrristian 20 28 14 27 – 89

Cornerstone 20 27 6 24 – 77

Cornerstone leaders


Rushing – Brendon Brawley 16-263, 4TDs; Joseph Deskin 5-36; Forest Copenhaver 2-35; Jarred Rudd-1-11; Johnny Delzeit 1-9.

Passing – Brawley 11-24-1, 237 yards, 5 TDs; Copenhaver 6-8, 109 yards, 2 TDs.

Receiving – Josh Beaird 3-107, 1 TD; Logan Weems

4-86, 1 TD; Copenhaver 3-85, 2 TDs; Delzeit 1-33, 1

TD; Deskin 2-19, 2 TDs; Brawley 2-16.


Tackles – Copenhaver 15, Delzeit 14, Rudd 9, Beaird

6, Weems 6.

Interception – Brawley 1.

Special teams

Beaird 65-yard kickoff return for TD.