Rainsville, AL – The Tabernacle Christian Torches (7-3, 6-2) capped the regular season with a 52-32 victory over the Cornerstone Christian Eagles Friday night in Dekalb County.
The conference foes played even through the first quarter until the Torches exploded for 20 points in the second frame to hold a 36-24 advantage at the half. A pair of scores and two-point conversions in each of the last two periods sealed the victory for the visitors in the first meeting between the two programs.
Torches junior quarterback Clinton Chase turned in another impressive performance, completing 12-of-17 passes for 146 yards, a pair of touchdown passes and an interception. He added another three scores on the ground, running for 29 yards on 12 carries and returned three kicks for 16 yards. Trae Andrews lead the Tabernacle rushing attack with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 25 attempts.
Five receivers caught passes for the Torches lead by Bryant Howard with 5 grabs for 61 yards, Andrews snagged one for 38 yards, Reed Chase caught three for 28, Josiah Jones added a pair for 16 and Daniel McCormick hauled in one for three yards. Andrews and Jones came down with one touchdown reception apiece.
The Torches lit-up the Eagle backfield with four defenders recording sacks, senior Logan Bartlett lead the rush with three, Troy Box added two, Andrews and Jacob Beasley each chipped in one. Howard, Box and Daniel Walton recored interceptions. Andrews lead the Tabernacle defense with eight stops followed by Box with six and Bartlett with five. Walton and Beasley made four tackles, Howard added three, Able Sharpe chipped in two and Clinton Chase and Jones tacked-on one stop apiece.
The Torches converted five two point conversions on the night with Andrews rushing for two and Reed Chase, McCormick and Jones each rushing for one.
Tabernacle advances to the postseason, where they will likely face top seed and defending conference champion Russell Christian next Friday night in Meridian, MS. Cornerstone’s season comes to a close at 4-4.