Crusaders’ year ends with opening upset

The Cornerstone Crusaders (9-2) failed to advance in the postseason for the first time in their short varsity football history, falling 73-66 at home to Willow Park Trinity (8-3) in the first round of the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship playoffs Friday night.

“We just didn’t have the ball last in the game,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson. “It was a hard-fought game.

“I am very proud of the boys. All of them, the ones that suffered injury to get us to the end of the season with only one loss and the JV [players] that stepped up and played up.”

Josh Beaird accounted for 181 yards of offense and led the defense with 10 tackles.

The Crusaders aset a school record for victories. They had advanced to the second round of the Texas Christian Athletic League playoffs the past two seasons.

“Logan Weems has been a quiet team leader all year and I want to give him recognition for his steady tough discipline all year long,” said Johnson. “He has protected us physically all year. We would not have been near as good without his quiet protection.

“I have never been more proud to be a part of a group of people than these boys.”

The Crusaders are competing in just their third season of varsity football. They had previously posted records of 8-4 and 6-6.

WP Trinity 73

Cornerstone 66

Cornerstone leaders

Offense – Tanner Ives 5-109, 2 TDs rushing, 5 completions, 35 yards, TD passing; Josh Beaird 7-79, TD rushing, 6-102 receiving; Logan Weems 10-60, TD rushing;, 1-10 , TD receiving; Brendan Brawley 8-45 rushing, 7 completions, 78 yards, 3 TDs passing, 5-58 receiving; Josh Yant 2-34 rushing, 2-27 receiving; Forrest Copenhaver 6 completions, 109 yards; passing, 2-8 receving; Kyle Hutto 2-16; Copenhaver 2-8.

Defense – Beaird 10 tackles, Brawley 8 tackles, Sam Rue 4 tackles.