AISA Football: Lions continue purrrfect run, enter midseason 5-0

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Kingwood Christian Lions remain perfect in 2A, AISA football following a home win over Lakeside School last Friday night.

The Lions (5-0, 3-0) downed Lakeside 25-0 and will next target Chambers Academy, which will come calling for homecoming.

&8220;It was a very hard ball game,&8221; said Kingwood Christian head football coach Jerry Stearns of Lakeside. &8220;They&8217;re a pretty good team.&8221;

But Stearns said his defense continues to improve each week.

The Lions held Lakeside to 104 yards on the ground and 78 yards through the air for 182 yards total offense.

Colby Faulkner had six tackles and two assists, Jonathan Newton had five tackles, three assists and a half a sack while Andrew Gilliam had three tackles, one assist, a force play and a pass knockdown.

Stearns said his Lions didn&8217;t move the ball as well against Lakeside as he thought they would.

Kingwood gained 117 yards on the ground and passed for 163 yards for 280 yards total offense. &8220;But Lakeside had a lot to do with that,&8221; Stearns noted.

Andrew Pearce completed 15 of 28 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 11 times for 104 yards.

He also kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Lions a 16-0 lead at the half and a 20-yarder to lift the Lions to a 19-0 lead in the third quarter.

Cody Owens caught seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns and recovered a fumble.

John Butts had two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown and had four tackles, one assist and a pass knockdown.

The Lions spread their scoring through all four quarters, scoring

seven points in the first quarter, nine in the second quarter, three in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter.

Cornerstone whips Open Door in tune-up for Raiders

The Cornerstone Christian Chargers, like their cross county rival Shelby Academy Raiders, got a bit of break this past Friday with an easy region win.

The 1A, AISA Chargers (3-2, 3-2) were able to whip Open Door 46-0 for homecoming.

Against Open Door, Smith said he played everyone, pulling his starters in the second half. He noted that the break was needed because he had a lot of kids banged up.

One starter wasn&8217;t pulled, but actually got a chance to play a different position and get a little taste of glory.

Senior Daniel Bulger, who has played center for the past four years, went in at tailback for the Chargers and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run.

The Charges held Open Door to 11 yards total offense, 11 on the ground and zero through the air.

While Cornerstone passed for just 11 yards, the Chargers rushed for 329 yards.

Bulger&8217;s brief shot at tailback saw him game 11 yards on four carries.

Avery Alexander led all rushers with nine carries for 130 yards, while Kirk Robinson rushed four times for 67 yards.

Zac Ray completed one pass for 11 yards for the Chargers.

Casey Perryman made four tackles and broke up a pass defensively.

The Chargers scored 28 of their 46 points in the first quarter.

Scoring for Cornerstone in addition to Bulger were Perryman, Alexander, Jesse Silvers twice, Robinson and Ray.

There&8217;s not much time to celebrate, however. The Chargers must travel to 1A, AISA Shelby Academy (4-1, 4-0) this coming Friday night to try to save hopes of making the playoffs this year.

While the Chargers are not in desperation mode just yet, Cornerstone head football coach Tim Smith said his team must almost win out the rest of its region games to make it.

He said the Raiders would be the best team his bunch has seen this season, and that the Raiders are big, strong and physical and his team will have to play its best game to date to have a chance of winning.

&8220;It&8217;s no secret when you play of one of coach (DeWayne) Kervin&8217;s teams, you&8217;ve got to stop the run.&8221;

Shelby steam rolls Warrior, preps for CCS

The Shelby Academy Raiders were able to play young guys and allow their starters a little down time last Friday night when region opponent Warrior Academy came to call for homecoming.

The 1A, AISA Raiders improved to (4-1,4-0) with an absolute drumming of the visitors 70-0.

About all Shelby Academy head football coach DeWayne Kervin could say after his team&8217;s 70-point blowout win over Warrior Academy was, &8220;Our young guys got a lot of playing time.&8221;

One young player was freshman Chad King who gained 117 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns.

Kervin&8217;s starting players saw limited playing time in the game.

Junior quarterback JoJo Tidmore threw one touchdown pass for a 70-yard touchdown strike.

Sophomore Jason McDaniel carried the ball eight times for 94 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore Ethan Harris carried the load four times for 53 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders held Warrior Academy to a minus 16 yards rushing and 64 yards passing while piling up 324 yards on the ground and 70 yards through the air.

The breather on the schedule could not have come at a better time.

This Friday night, the Raiders welcome cross county and region rival Cornerstone Christian School (3-2, 3-2) in a game that could help the visiting Chargers make the playoffs this season if they could pull off the upset.

Rebels show signs of life in Springwood loss

It&8217;s been an up and down year for new head football coach Steven Mackin and the 1A, AISA Coosa Valley Rebels.

But even in falling to 2A, AISA Springwood 19-6 on the road last Friday night, the Rebels (2-3, 2-2) showed a fight in them they haven&8217;t shown in a long time and have already won twice as many games as last year&8217;s 1-9 team.

The Rebels&8217; defense held Springwood to 6 points in the first half, however the Rebels could not capitalize on a couple of scoring opportunities of their own.

In the second half Springwood got its act together and the Rebels could not stop the rushing attack.

Yet the Rebels were still in the contest, down 12-0 in the third quarter.

Quarterback Whit Lovelady connected with Brandon Batchelor for the Rebels lone touchdown strike.

Also playing well were J.B. Ripley and Chase Lacy and Kevin Corbitt, who blocked a point after against Springwood.

&8220;I think we surprised a lot of people,&8221; said Mackin following the loss at Springwood. He was referring to the fact that the Rebels stayed in the fight with a 2A team, which was bigger and more physical.

Mackin said his team is about two to three years behind other teams working in the weight room. But he said that will be something Coosa Valley Academy will work on in the off-season.

Looking to the positive side of the coin, Mackin said there is still time for things to go the Rebels&8217; way.

And with Warrior Academy to come calling this Friday, the Rebels will have a great chance at a third region win.