Birmingham, AL – Briarwood Christian (3-2, 2-0) celebrated homecoming with a 21-0 victory over 7A Oak Mountain (1-5, 0-3) Friday night at Lion’s Pride Stadium.
The stengy Lions defense held the Eagles to 176 yards of total offense giving Briarwood their second consecutive victory over their Cahaba Valley foes.
Briarwood quarterback Josh Thompson played a key role in the contest, tossing touchdown passes to Caleb Keller and Sawyer Click. Cooper Higgins contributed with a rushing score for the Lions.
The game got off to a slow start for both teams. Oak Mountain struggled on their first possession, resulting in a quick three-and-out. Briarwood, on the other hand, moved down the field but had to settle for a field goal attempt that was ultimately batted down. The Lions didn’t let that setback deter them, as Higgins scampered into the endzone from one yard out on their next possession putting the Lions on top 7-0.
In the second quarter, Oak Mountain put together a solid 78-yard drive, but their hopes were dashed when Briarwood’s Rylan Hamm pounced on an Eagle fumble in the endzone. Later in the quarter, Thompson connected with Keller for a 7-yard touchdown pass, extending the Lions’ lead to 14-0 at the break.
The only score in the second half came on a 34-yard pass from Thompson to Click. Grey Reebals officially put the game on ice his second interception on the final play of the contest.
Thompson shined under center, completing 11-of-19 passes for 156 yards and pair of touchdowns while running for 59 yards. Higgins led Lions’ the rushing attack with 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, Luke Reynolds contributed 47 yards on eight carries.
Oak Mountain signal caller Will O’Dell finished the night with a 7-of-22 passing performance for 50 yards and two interceptions while gaining 106 yards on 16 carries. Le’Kamren Meadows added 16 yards on the ground for the Eagles.
Looking ahead, Oak Mountain will look to rebound next week as they travel to the Met to face the struggling Hoover Bucs (1-5, 1-2 in Class 7A, Region 3) in a Class 7A, Region 3 matchup. Meanwhile, Briarwood will hit the road for a pivotal Class 6A, Region 3 Shelby County clash against the 9th-ranked Helena Huskies (6-0, 3-0).