Tabernacle takes down Cornerstone 30-20

Warrior, AL – The Tabernacle Christian Torches knocked off the visiting Cornerstone Christian Eagles 30-20 Friday night at Corner Middle School Stadium.  The victory caps a 5-3 regular season for the Torches who will enter the CFA postseason as the No. 3 seed.  Cornerstone’s season comes to a close at 4-3.  

Despite falling behind 12-0 early, the senior laden Torches rallied putting up 16 points in the second quarter to carry a four point lead into the locker room at the half.  A back-and-forth third quarter gave way to a dramatic fourth period highlighted by a Torches late game, time consuming, scoring drive and a game sealing interception by senior Daniel Walton.  

Tabernacle quarterback Clinton Chase shined completing 10-of-18 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 80 yards and a pair of scores on six attempts.  The senior also completed a pair of two-point-conversion passes to Bryant Howard and Trae Andrews.  Andrews carried the ball 11 times for 85 yards and pulled down three passes for 17 yards.  

Standout receiver Daniel McCormick hauled in a 52 yard scoring strike from Chase.  Junior Josiah Jones caught a 25 yard touchdown grab, Hunter Richardson caught two for 16 yards and Reed Chase snagged a pair of catches for 10 yards to round out the receiving corps.  

Junior Justin Blackburn lead the stout Tabernacle defense with nine stops and three sacks.  Howard recorded eight tackles and an interception, Walton chipped in seven stops and a pick, Sophomore Aaron Peters added six tackles.  Richardson, Reed Chase and Jones made five stops apiece while Andrews added three.  Jones and Andrews pitched in one sack apiece.

The Torches season continues Friday night with a CFA round one playoff showdown at No. 2 seed Jacksonville Christian Academy’s Tommy Miller Field.  The Thunder slipped by the Torches 58-52 in the teams’ regular season meeting September 8th.  Jacksonville brings a 7-1 mark into the contest with their only setback coming to defending conference champion Russell Christian.