The Cornerstone Crusaders opened the Texas Christian Athletic League playoffs in record-setting style.
The Crusaders scored the most points in their short history, winning 96-47 over Crosby Victory and Praise in a TCAL Six-Man Division II bidistrict game Friday in Bastrop.
The victory brings the Crusaders (6-5) right back to Bastrop this Friday, where they will meet Tribe Consolidated (7-2).
Last season Cornerstone was knocked out of the playoffs by eventual state champion and district mate Stephenville Faith in the second round.
In defeating Victory and Praise (6-3), Cornerstone scored almost at will. The game was called when the Crusaders got their final score because of six-man football’s mercy rule.
However, the game was close until a couple minutes before halftime. With Cornerstone ahead 36-35, Brendon Brawley had two interceptions. The Crusaders converted each into touchdowns.
“We had a great second half,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson.
The Crusaders amassed nearly 700 yards of offense, led by Brawley, who accounted for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed four times for 155 yards and three scores, and was 10-for-14 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns.
Joseph Deskin also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score.
Victory and Praise 47
Cornerstone 26 26 26 18 — 96
Victory/Praise 23 12 12 0 – 47
Rushing – Brendon Brawley 4-155, 3 TDs; Joseph Deskin 6 -135, 3 TDs; Josh Beaird 5-101, 2 TDs; Johnny Delzeit 1-11, 1 TD; Jared Rudd 1-5, 1 TD.
Passing – Brawley 10-14-279, 4 TDs.
Receiving – Forrest Copenhaver 2-81, 1 TD; Beaird 3-74, 2 TDs; Delzeit 2-57, 1 TD; Logan Weems 2-50; Deskin 1-17.
Tackles – Delzeit 12, Brawley 9, Weems 9.
Interceptions – Brawley 2, Mike Marcel 1, Turner Kirk 1.
Joseph Deskin 70-yard kickoff return for TD.