The Cornerstone Crusaders made short work of Dublin Premiere Friday, topping the visitors 76-6.
The game was called at the half because of six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule.
The victory set up a showdown between the Crusaders (5-4, 2-0 in Texas Christian Athletic League Division II District 1) and defending state champion Stephenville Faith (8-0, 2-0). Those teams will meet Friday at Cornerstone, with Faith ranked first in the state and Cornerstone fourth.
“Dublin is a really weak team. I have a lot of respect for them, though,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson after Friday’s rout. “Those boys have only scored 18 ponits all year, but they played as if they could win.
“They have played a lot of really good teams and they play with a lot of heart. I think that gets lost in the scheme of things sometimes.
“Our boys did what they needed to do to win. Not many mistakes, and we spent the game trying to stay sharp for our game this week with Stephenville. That’s where our focus is.”
CRUSADERS 76, DUB. PREMIERE 6
Dublin Premiere 6 0 – 6
Cornerstone 35 41 – 76
Rushing – Brenden Brawley 3-76, 2 TDs; Forrest Copenhaver 2-29, TD; Joseph Deskin 2-27, TD; Tyrone Washington 1-4, TD.
Passing – Brawley 3-3-145, 2 TDs; Copenhaver 2-3-43, TD.
Receiving – Copenhaver 2-120, TD; Johnny
Delzeit 2-47, TD; Logan Weems 1-19, TD.
Tackles – Jared Rudd 6, Mike Marcel 6, Weems 6, Delzeit 6, Brawley 5.
Interceptions – Delzeit 1, returned 15 yards for TD; Marcel 1; Weems 1.
Fumble recoveries – Copenhaver 1, returned 63 yards for TD; Delzeit 1, returned 44 yards for TD.