Calera, AL – In a lopsided battle at Ricky M. Cairns Memorial Stadium, the Briarwood Christian Lions roared to a resounding 38-0 victory over the Calera Eagles. The Lions’ relentless offensive and defensive efforts solidified their dominance, improving their overall record to 4-3 and their Class 6A, Region 3 record to a formidable 3-1. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ struggles continued, as they slipped to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in region play.
Head coach Matthew Forester’s Lions flexed their muscles on both sides of the ball in the Shelby County matchup. On offense, the Lions amassed a total of 377 yards, demonstrating their capability to move the chains efficiently. On the flip side, their defense was a brick wall, allowing the Eagles to gain a mere 53 yards, with just 34 of those on the ground.
Briarwood’s star of the game was none other than Cooper Higgins, who was a force to be reckoned with. He rushed for 70 yards on 17 attempts, finding the end zone twice on the ground, displaying his prowess as a versatile offensive threat. Not content with just his rushing skills, Higgins also showcased his receiving ability by snatching two passes for an additional 17 yards, one of which resulted in a touchdown.
But the offensive fireworks didn’t end with Higgins. Josh Thompson contributed significantly to the Lions’ offensive onslaught. With six carries for an impressive 89 yards and a touchdown, Through the air, Thompson showcased his arm by completing 12-of-14 passes for 175 yards and two more scores, ensuring that Briarwood’s aerial attack was equally potent.
Sawyer Click, one of Thompson’s favorite targets, had a standout performance, reeling in four passes for a total of 66 yards and adding a touchdown. His precision route running and reliable hands played a crucial role in the Lions’ offensive success.
The victory solidifies Briarwood’s standing as a strong contender in Class 6A, Region 3, and are undoubtedly gearing up for an exciting final three matchups. Looking forward, the Lions will welcome the Benjamin Russell Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) to Lion’s Pride Stadium next week.
Meanwhile, the Calera Eagles find themselves in a challenging situation, still in search of their first victory of the season. Their journey won’t get any easier as they travel to 7th ranked Helena (7-0, 4-0) next week, where they will look to regroup and turn their fortunes around.