Chargers cruise past Ashford Academy
By JOSH ETHRIDGE/For the Reporter
COLUMBIANA — The Cornerstone Christian Chargers snapped their two-game losing streak as they beat the Ashford Academy Falcons Sep. 26. The hosting Chargers won with the score of 33-13.
Cornerstone took the field to start the game but their offense could not get started. Ashford forced a punt after they sacked Cornerstone quarterback Ian Briggs.
The Falcons started their first drive deep in their own territory following a long punt by the Chargers. Despite the field position, Ashford drove the ball 79 yards for a touchdown. The score came on a four-yard rush by the Falcons. Following the extra point, Ashford lead 7-0 with 4:47 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession the Chargers were able to move the ball inside the Falcon 30-yard line, but were stopped when they turned the ball over on downs.
On the next Cornerstone drive they were able to put their first points on the board. They pieced together a nine-play 61-yard drive, which was capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by running back Quartez Walker. The extra point was missed and Ashford took a 7-6 lead into halftime.
Cornerstone came out of halftime and immediately swung the momentum in the Chargers’ direction. After forcing an Ashford punt, wide receiver Dustin Wooley scored on the first offensive play of the half for the Cornerstone. Following his 76-yard catch, he caught a pass for a two-point conversion, giving them a seven-point lead.
The Chargers continued to extend their lead as they scored fourteen more unanswered points. Both scores came on long runs by Walker.
Ashford added a touchdown with four minutes left in the game, but Cornerstone answered with one of their own, making the final score 33-13.
“I thought we showed a lot of grit tonight,” said Cornerstone Christian head coach Tim Smith. “At halftime we were banged up a little bit but we came back out and played well; we showed some character tonight.”
Walker finished the game with 228 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Logan Tucker lead the defense with ten tackles and one fumble recovery.
Cornerstone will resume play when they travel to Kingwood Christian School Oct. 3.