The Cornerstone Crusaders suffered their first loss of the season Friday at the hands of two-time defending Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man Division II state champion Azle Christian, 77-30, in Azle.
The game was close after the first quarter, with Azle Christian (2-1) leading 16-8. Then, a 48-16 run over the next two quarters ultimately led to the fist loss of the season for Cornerstone (2-1).
The game was called with 1:50 remaining because of six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule. Cornerstone had won its first two games by the same rule, having out scored Wise County Home School and Sidney by 105-12.
“The boys played tough and hard. We had some big game mistakes (fumble, interception), said Cornerstone head coach Bobby Johnson of Friday’s defeat.
“We have some work to do on. Both sides of the ball.”
Cornerstone had several big plays called back because of penalties, including a pair of touchdowns. They turned the ball over on downs numerous times.
Despite the loss, the Crusaders rushed for nearly 200 yards and passed for nearly 100.
Brendan Brawley led the Cornerstone offense with 109 total yards. He rushed the ball six times for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards. In addition he completed four passes for a couple yards.
On defense he had an interception. Forrest Copenhaver, who also passed for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns, led in tackles with nine.
“We played with heart all the way through and that is what I am looking for,” said Johnson. “I am looking forward to another tough game with Lingleville (Friday).”
Azle Christian 77
Cornerstone 8 0 16 6 – 30
Azle Christ. 16 14 34 13 – 77
Rushing – Brendan Brawley 6-67, TD; Logan Weems 14-49, TD; Josh Beaird 9-33.
Passing – Copenhaver 12 completions, 90 yards, 2 TDs.
Receiving – Brawley 2-40; Josh Yant 1-32; Mike Marcel 1-10, TD.
Brawley interception; 9 tackles, fumble recoveries; Jared Rudd 7 tackles.
Weems 4 extra point kicks.