The Cornerstone Crusaders won the first district championship in their three-year history of varsity football Friday, defeating Fort Worth Nazarene 61-49 at home.
The victory improved the Crusaders to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man District 4. It’s the most victories in their history, eclipsing the 8-4 record two years ago.
Cornerstone was 6-6 last season, advancing to the second round in the Texas Christian Athletic League in each of its first two seasons. They shared a district with two-time defending TCAL state champion Stephenville Faith before switching to TCAF this season.
The Crusaders will open the TCAF playoffs at home Friday against Willow Park Trinity (7-3) at 7:30 p.m.
“The boys played an awesome game on Friday night in the distrtict championship,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson. “We had JV players make a huge difference in the game for us.
“JV player Kyle Hutto was surely the player of the game. He played every down as our center. He did everything from score touchdowns to make pivotal catches to keep drives going and snap the ball flawlessly. His play was awesome.”
Hutto had never snapped a ball in a varsity game before Friday night. He caught five passes for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Brendan Brawley was once again the catalyst of the Cornerstone offense, accounting for 431 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed 23 times for 224 yards and a pair of scores and completed 20 passes for 207 yards and five touchdowns.
Brawley had 10 tackles on defense, as did Josh Beaird.
Forrest Copenhaver and Jared Rudd went down with injuries early in the game, said Johnson.
“That makes five varsity starters that were not a part of that game,” said Johnson.
Mike Marcell, Dillon Overstreet and Zach Olsen were already out.
Johnson also praised the play of Sam Rue and Jimmy Cline on defense, and the play of Tanner Ives during his time at quarterback.
“We have been looking forward to this game ever since getting beat by them last year by one touchdown,” said Johnson. “It has been the battle cry in the weight room for a full year, and to do it with a great showing by the JV makes me extremely proud.”
FW Nazarene 49
Rushing – Brendan Brawley 23-224, 2 TDs; Josh Beaird 9-11, 2 TDs.
Passing – Brawley 20 completions, 207 yards, 5 TDs.
Receiving – Beaird 7-102, 3 TDs; Kyle Hutto 5-100, 2 TDs; Tanner Ives 1-5.
Tackles – Beaird 10, Brawley 10, Sam Rue 7, Logan Weems 5.
Weems 6 PATs, Rue PAT catch.