Rainsville, AL – In a high-octane season debut, the Cornerstone Christian Academy Eagles clashed against the reigning ACAA Eight-Man state champion, Russell Christian Academy Warriors of Meridian, Mississippi, in an electrifying matchup that culminated in a heart-pounding overtime finish. The Eagles fought valiantly but ultimately succumbed to a 62-54 defeat in front of an eager crowd on Friday night.
Owen Meadows emerged as the standout player of the game, showcasing an impressive performance on the field. Meadows secured an incredible seven touchdowns, amassing 371 yards of offense on 21 carries. His remarkable feat included explosive touchdown runs of 11, 90, 55, 38, 28, 35, and 55 yards, leaving fans and opponents alike in awe.
The game’s intensity was palpable from the outset. Meadows wasted no time in making an impact, breaking free for a score on CCA’s opening drive. The Warriors, however, swiftly responded with a scoring drive of their own. Ty Jones led the charge, plunging into the end zone from 1 yard out and adding a 2-point conversion run to put RCA on top, 8-6.
The see-saw battle continued throughout the first half, with both teams trading blows and touchdowns. Meadows played a pivotal role in keeping CCA competitive, securing two first-half touchdowns and bringing the Eagles within striking distance as they trailed 14-13 at the break.
As the game progressed, the drama only intensified. The contest reached a climax in overtime, knotted at 54 points apiece. With RCA taking first possession, Ty Jones seized the moment, dashing into the end zone for a go-ahead score. Jones added to the Warrior advantage by completing a successful 2-point conversion attempt.
The Eagles faced a do-or-die situation during their overtime possession but were unable to breach the Warriors’ stout defense, resulting in a heart-wrenching end to the season opening contest.
The Cornerstone Eagles are determined to regroup and bounce back. They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves as they prepare to welcome Huntsville’s Freedom Cowboys to Rainsville Friday night at 7 PM. The road ahead for the Eagles doesn’t get any easier as they are slated travel to non-conference power Lighthouse September 1st before welcoming ACAA rival Tabernacle Christian to Northeast Alabama on September 8th.
In a game marked by exhilarating touchdowns, nail-biting moments, and remarkable individual feats, the Cornerstone Christian Eagles’ season opener against the Russell Christian Warriors will undoubtedly be remembered as a thrilling showcase of eight-man football at its finest.