Hope falls at Tabernacle

Hope Christian School sophomore Dillon Thompson steals the ball from a Tabernacle Christian School receiver during Hope’s 38-0 loss to the Torches Oct. 21. (Contributed/Twanna Arnold)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Hope Christian School Eagles fell on the road to the Tabernacle Christian School Torches Oct. 21 in eight-man football action.

Turnovers plagued the Eagles, as Hope lost four fumbles and an interception during the contest.

“We turned the ball over five times. Doing that will lose it for anyone,” said Hope head coach Mark Rettig. “But our guys really showed a lot of effort tonight.

“That was probably the best ball game our guys played all year, even though it was a loss,” Rettig added. “You hate to have a loss, but if you’re going to have one, Tabernacle is the team to lose to.”

Hope senior Andrew Whitson led the Eagles’ ground attack, recording 97 yards on 18 carries.

Senior quarterback Eric Spence recorded 47 rushing yards on 12 carries, and completed four of 11 passing attempts for 52 yards.

Defensively, senior Andrew Whitson and freshman Jonathan Misso recorded 12 tackles apiece.

The loss to Tabernacle was Hope’s final regular-season game of the year.

The Eagles’ next game will come during the National Association of Christian Athletes Division 1 football tournament, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Dayton, Tenn.