Autauga ends Cornerstones season

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Despite losing to Autauga Academy36-14 on the road to see IA, AISA sate playoff hopes come to an end, Tim Smith, head coach of Cornerstone Christian School said his team has been blessed.

It was a year that saw the Chargers go 6-5 overall and 5-3 in area play.

Autauga Academy is the same school that eliminated traditional 1A power Shelby Academy from the state playoffs last year and which faces the Raiders this Friday night.

Smith said he started this season with a new quarterback and an all-new backfield.

He said the team has come a long way.

Against Autauga Academy Avery Alexander gained 96 yards rushing, Kirk Robinson had 13 tackles and rushed for nearly 70 yards and Kirk Johnson had 20 tackles.

The 10-1 Autauga Academy General put their vaunted veer offense to good use against the Chargers.

Smith said Cornerstone would have to find a way to stop it, but the Generals rolled up 327 yards of offense on the ground alone.

Smith&8217;s Chargers cut Autauga Academy&8217;s lead to 14-7 thanks to a 5-yard dash by Avery Alexander. They also closed the lead to 28-14 on a Jake Horton 7-yard touchdown strike to Blake Etress.

In the end, the Generals were just too much for the Chargers to overcome.

Smith said going 6-5 was a good record for his team. He said this year&8217;s team has been fun to coach and hard working.

He said prior to the Autauga Academy game if his team did not win another game they have been blessed.

He added that without God, &8220;We wouldn&8217;t be doing what we&8217;re doing anyway.&8221;