Six Crusaders garner all-district football accolades

The Cornerstone Crusaders have enjoyed much success in their short history of varsity six-man football.

Coach Bobby Johnson’s squads are 23-12 in three seasons, including two playoff victories.

Ironically, while they did not win a postseason game in 2013, the Crusaders did post their best record to date, 9-2. They fell 73-66 to Willow Park Trinity in bidistrict in the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship.

Six Crusaders were honored with all-district accolades by the coaches in TCAF Six-Man Division II District 4.

Leading the way on the first team is junior wide receiver Josh Beaird. He caught 25 passes for 507 yards with nine touchdowns, rushed 61 times for 716 yards and 13 TDs, and had 55 tackles on defense.

Second-team selections are junior spread back Brendan Brawley, senior receiver Forrest Copenhaver, senior offensive lineman Peter Dowd, junior running back Logan Weems, and junior linebacker Jared Rudd.

“We had a really good season. My most enjoyable one thus far,” said Johnson. “Never once was I concerned about whether we were prepared to play or that we were outmatched. The boys gave everything that they had in every game.”

Brawley accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense. He rushed 66 times for 910 yards with 11 touchdowns, completed 47 passes for 825 yards and 14 scores, and caught nine passes for 116 yards with a pair of TDs. In addition, he had 42 tackles on defense.

Copenhaver caught 11 passes for 148 yards with two TDs, along with rushing 22 times for 293 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he posted 31 tackles.

Weems averaged more than 6 yards per carry (49 for 305 yards) and scored nine touchdowns, along with registering 34 tackles on defense.

Rudd had 31 tackles. Dowd anchored an offensive line that helped the Crusaders average 51 points.

Injuries took their toll on the Crusaders at certain times during the season, particularly late. But that allowed Johnson to get a look at some younger players, and he liked what he saw.

He also saw some players who were able battle through their pain and come through with solid performancces.

“The best games of the season were the last two. I’ve never been more proud,” said Johnson.

“We beat Nazarene (61-49) in a hard-fought game, and then lost to Trinity by a touchdown.

“We had three offensive and two defensive starters out to begin the gqame, and then my spread back (Brawley) and tailback/safety (Beaird) played hurt.

“Kyle Hutto, Jimmy Cline, Tanner Ives, Sam Rue and Luke Pixler played like true varsity players.

“We took hit after hit and never gave up momentum, and scored, I believe, on almost every drive. Best display of character I’ve seen in a long time.

“We’ll miss some great seniors who have been with us helping this program grow. But with the ones we have back, along with the ones who helped us a lot at the end of the season, I am already excited about next year.”

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Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man Division II All-District 4 Football Team

Cornerstone honors

First-Team Offense

WR Josh Beaird, sr.

Second-Team Offense

SB Brendan Brawley, jr.

WR Forrest Copenhaver, sr.

OL Peter Dowd, sr.

RB Logan Weems, jr.

Second-Team Defense

LB Jared Rudd, jr.