Tis the season: High school football kicks off

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Cornerstone Christian School and Kingwood Christian School both found out a little bit about their teams Friday night.

Both the Chargers and the Lions participated in a jamboree hosted by Cornerstone.

In the opening contest, Cornerstone defeated the Central Christian Warriors of Selma 8-7 in a turnover-hampered ball game that featured some good defense by the Chargers.

&8220;Yeah, I think we turned it over the first three times we had the ball,&8221; said Cornerstone Coach Tim Smith. However, after talking to the players at the end of the first quarter, Smith said, &8220;I know that they (Central) had one big play, but other than that our defense was pretty strong. I don&8217;t know how many yards we had, but our offense moved the ball at will.&8221;

Avery Alexander scored a touchdown and Jesse Silvers scored a two-point conversion for the Chargers.

&8220;I was pretty well pleased,&8221; said Smith of the opening performance. But he said the team was still making too many mistakes on the offensive line. He said the team is still young on the front, &8220;So, we&8217;ll get there.&8221;

Smith said of the one-point win, &8220;&8221;We needed the confidence too, because the end of our year last year wasn&8217;t very good. We got beat pretty bad the last couple of ball games. It was a good start for us any way.&8221;

The next contest saw East Memorial defeat the Central varsity 16-0 before the junior varsity of those two schools played the last five minutes.

Autauga went on to defeat East Memorial 24-0.

Autauga went on to upend Kingwood 8-6.

But showing flashes of what is to come this season, Kingwood quarterback Andrew Pearce hit Cody Owens with a 39-yard touchdown strike.

The headline contest of the night saw Kingwood show a little more of its abilities in defeating Cornerstone 14-0.

John Butts scored on a 14-yard run and Drew Davis scored on an 8-yard run for Kingwood while Pearce added both PATs.

Coach Jerry Stearns of Kingwood said following his team&8217;s contests, &8220;I didn&8217;t learn anything I didn&8217;t already know. We just didn&8217;t execute well offensively and defensively in the first ball game. So we&8217;ve got to go back and eliminate those mistakes before the season starts next week.&8221;

Stearns said, &8220;We just ran pretty much basic offense tonight. We didn&8217;t open up our entire offense because I&8217;m not going to do it in a jamboree game when I&8217;ve got other people here watching us play.&8221;

However, Sterns said, &8220;I was pleased with some things and very displeased with others but we&8217;ll go back to work Monday and start correcting those things.&8221;

Smith said of his own team after losing to Kingwood, &8220;I thought that at time our offensive line blocked well. I still think we&8217;ve got a long way to go on defense. We&8217;re still not physical… Of course with Kingwood they&8217;re so finesse oriented… If you don&8217;t cover, the Pearce kid will pick you apart. He&8217;s a good quarterback one of the best we&8217;ll face.&8221;

Smith said, however, he was pleased with his team&8217;s fighting and scratching until the end. The Chargers had driven to the Kingwood 5-yard line before a fumble ended their last threat.

Smith said of the jamboree overall, &8220;Yeah, I think overall it went good. You know we found some stuff out our team, and I think everybody else found some stuff out about their group. That&8217;s what its for.&8221;

Coosa Valley Jamboree

Coosa Valley Academy also participated in a jamboree last Friday night traveling to LaFayette to play Chambers Academy.

Coach Steven Mackin said Chambers did not run what his team prepared for, but his kids stepped up and adjusted well.

While the final score was 0-0, Mackin said he felt his team got a lot out of the jamboree. &8220;I think we&8217;re better for it than the Friday before. I was really pleased with the effort.

Mackin said Rob Keen played &8220;extremely well&8221; as a senior defensive tackle and, &8220;Steven Clinkscales and Chase Ward ran the ball extremely well for us.&8221;

Mackin said Chambers blitzed a lot and his team picked it up well. He also said his team blocked well during the contest.

While he said a few penalties cost the Rebels, he felt, &8220;All in all we did pretty well.&8221;