Gadsden, AL – The Coosa Christian Conquerers secured their second consecutive trip to the Class 1A semifinals with a dominating 63-13 quarterfinal victory over the Hackleburg Panthers Friday night at Phillip Ellen Stadium.
The Conquerers potent offense has lit up the scoreboard for 518 points through 13 games while holding opponents to 58 points including seven shutouts.
Kanon Wilson shined in the quarterfinal matchup carrying the ball 11 times for 192 yards and scoring an eye popping five touchdowns. Teammates Joseph East and Josh Hester also made significant contributions on the ground with each scoring a rushing touchdown. In addition, quarterback John David Justus demonstrated his passing proficiency, completing 13-of-22 passes for 173 yards. Justus completed four passes and a touchdown to Grayson Malone, who ended the game with 83 yards receiving.
Coosa Christian, officially holding an 8-5 record, has been on a winning streak, securing seven consecutive victories. This follows the forfeiture of four Conquerer wins earlier in the season due to fielding a player who the AHSAA ruled ineligible. Despite this setback, the Conquerors have managed to win 11 straight games on the field, only suffering a loss to 3A Geraldine at the start of the season and gaining a forfeit win over Mississippi’s Heritage Academy in week five.
With the victory, Coosa Christian welcomes the 10-3 Pickens County Tornados to Gadsden next Friday night in the Class 1A semifinals. The winner will advance to the AHSAA Super 7 Championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Hackleburg’s season comes to a close at 11-2. The Panthers made their deepest playoff run since finishing as Class 1A runner-up in 2009. Before the loss to Coosa, Rod Hudson’s Panthers had won 11 straight since dripping their season opener to Phil Campbell 22-20.