Lions roll at St. Clair County

By STEPHEN DAWKINS / Staff Writer

ODENVILLE – Briarwood won its fifth consecutive game on Sept. 30, 44-6 at St. Clair County.

The wins, which followed a season-opening loss to Chelsea, have the Lions in firm control of Class 5A, Region 5, with a 4-0 region record.

Briarwood dominated after a scoreless first quarter on Sept. 30, outscoring the hosts 16-0 in the second quarter and 21-0 in the third quarter.

The first score of the game was registered seconds into the second quarter when Noah Hall kicked a 30-yard field goal.

About four and a half minutes later, William Gray ran for a 15-yard touchdown to provide the Lions with all the points they would need to earn the win.

However, the onslaught was just beginning.

Gray passed to Carson Eddy for a 25-yard scoring strike with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Then, Gray ran for a five-yard touchdown with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter.

Gray completed eight passes in 17 attempts for 120 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

His favorite target was Luke Miskelley, who caught three passes for 61 yards. Eddy had four receptions for 50 yards.

Also in the third quarter, J.R. Tran Reno found the end zone from five yards out, and Eddy had an 11-yard touchdown run.

Jay Kynerd became the fourth Lion to account for a rushing touchdown when he scored from 28 yards out with 11:01 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Hall’s fifth point-after in as many attempts made the score 44-0.

Tran Reno posted a game-high 134 rushing yards on 12 rushes.

Gray rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries, and Caleb Daniels rushed three times for 79 yards.

St. Clair County (1-5 overall, 0-4 region) scored its only points on a touchdown run with 3:38 left in the game.

Briarwood rolled up 554 yards of total offense (120 yards passing and 434 rushing) to St. Clair’s 223 total yards, and had 24 first downs to the hosts’ 11.

The Lions committed one turnover and nine penalties that cost them 80 yards but took advantage of two St. Clair County turnovers.

Briarwood hosts Woodlawn on Friday, Oct. 7 in another region contest.