Briarwood Christian pounds Talladega

Briarwood Christian School wide receiver Cole Pearson reels in a pass from Ben Craft in the Lions' victory Sept. 30. (Contributed/Pam Hard)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Briarwood Christian School bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 48-0 win over Talladega in an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A, Region 5 contest on homecoming night Sept. 30.

Ben Craft threw three touchdown passes in the game. Will Edwards accounted for two touchdowns, while David Hodges and Collier Smith added a touchdown each.

Craft opened the scoring in the game with his 47-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Robert with 10:03 remaining in the first quarter. Benson Mulvaney’s extra point gave the Lions an early 7-0 lead.

Edwards scored his first touchdown in the game with a 1-yard touchdown run just eight seconds later to put the Lions up 14-0 following Mulvaney’s extra point. Craft threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cole Pearson with 7:30 left in the opening quarter give the Lions a 20-0 lead.

Craft threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Furuto and Mulvaney added the extra point to push the lead to 27-0 with 2:54 left in the first quarter. Hodges 15-yard touchdown run and an extra point by Mulvaney gave Briarwood Christian a 34-0 lead with 1:25 remaining in the opening quarter.

Smith returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and Salvatore Cuneo added the extra point to give the Lions a 41-0 lead with 5:40 left in the opening half. Edwards capped the scoring for the Lions with his 29-yard touchdown pass to Zack Harrison with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter. Conner Lee added the extra point to cap the Briarwood Christian victory.

Craft completed 4-of-5 passes for 74 yards with three touchdowns in the victory. Edwards completed 6-of-6 passes for 69 yards with a touchdown.

Hodges led the Lions with 35 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries.