Columbus, MS – The nationally ranked Tabernacle Torches made a 125 mile trek to Columbus, MS Friday night and came home with a 54-0 win over CFA foe Victory Christian (0-3, 0-2).
The win improved Coach Clint Chase’s Torches to 2-2 on the season, 1-1 in conference play.
The Torches jumped out to a 20 point lead by the end of the first quarter and doubled their margin by halftime to carry a 40 point advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Tabernacle offense let their foot off the gas after the break putting up one score in each of the final two periods while holding the Eagles out of the endzone to capture their second shutout of the season.
Torches senior quarterback Clinton Chase finished the night with 132 yards and five touchdowns through the air while completing 12-0f-17 passes. He added another 24 yards on the ground on four attempts. Sophomore Aaron Peters finished the contest under center completing 7-of-9 throws for 81 yards and a score.
Standout running back Trae Andrews lead the Torches rushing attack with eight carries for 157 yards and a pair of scores. The senior added a pair of receptions for 25 yards and snagged a pair of touchdown receptions.
Junior Josiah Jones was Chase’s favorite target hauling in three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Daniel McCormick caught three passes for 46 yards and a score while Reed Chase made two grabs for 24 yards and a pair of scores.
Ten Torches recored stops for the stingy Tabernacle defense lead by Junior Reed Chase with four, Aaron Peters recored three, Justin Blackburn, Michael Ward, Trae Andrews, Alex Tank and C.J. Casey each pitched in two tackles apiece. Daniel McCormick and Kyle Gillis finished with one stop.
Sophomore Alex Tank recored a sack while Senior Bryant Howard recorded the Torches lone interception in the blowout.
The Torches welcome arch-rival Tuscaloosa Christian (2-2) to North Jefferson County Friday night to begin a tough four game home stand that includes matchups with defending CFA champion Russell Christian (5-0), East Central (2-2) and Cornerstone-Rainsville (3-1), each of which are ranked in the top 25 of 8-Man football squads nationally.
Tabernacle will be hosting their final four contests at Corner Middle School while the finishing touches are being made to their new home field in Gardendale.