Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Thomas Stabler and Brynlee Gontko | CASB Photographer
STORRS FIELD — Things went from bad to worse and then to halftime for the visiting Hooper Academy Colts Friday night on the road in Elmore as the Edgewood Academy Wildcats picked up a 43-13 win to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Austin Champion – Wildcats quarterback – led the aerial onslaught tossing dimes to five different Wildcats receivers and amassing 305 yards on just 12 completions. In comparison – and to further show the statistical disparity – Hooper was 1-for-7 passing for nine yards but did outrush the Wildcats 178 to 123.
Edgewood – who next travels to unbeaten Banks – found the endzone twice in the first half. Champion connected with JT Brazzell from 49 yards out for touchdown No. 1 and then with JB Collier from 11 yards out for touchdown No. 2.
Sam Williams nailed his first point after kick, but was errant on the second to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead going into the second period.
He made up for it to start the second period – splitting the uprights from 36-yards out to put Edgewood up 16-0 with plenty of time left to play before intermission.
Champion connected with Trevor Rodie for a 56-yard touchdown to (with the kick) put Edgewood up 23-0.
Bradley Boone punched it in from less than a yard out to move the mark to 30-0.
With 46 seconds left before the intermission, Champion hit Collier a second time for a 64-yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up 37-0.
Hooper – however – didn’t go into the break quietly. RJ Coker broke loose on a 65-yard touchdown to break the goose egg on the scoreboard. With the kick, the Colts trailed 37-7.
The Wildcats added another score – their final of the night – with 14 ticks left on the clock Champion hit Rodie on a 45-yard scoring pass and catch to put Edgewood up 43-7 heading into the intermission.
Coker capped the night’s scoring – breaking free on a 33-yard gallop into the end zone.
Hooper – next week – hosts defending AAA champion Pike Liberal.
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Banks 54, Cornerstone Christian 0
Columbiana — Birmingham-based Banks Academy improved to 2-0 on the year with a 54-0 win over Cornerstone Christian (Columbiana). The Jets – even with a running clock in the fourth quarter – were fueled by the running of Josh Bonner’s three touchdowns and 207 yards (on just six carries). Bonner scored on runs of 48, 79 and 62 and the Jets – as a team – rushed for 463 and finished the night with 583 yards of total offense. Quenterrius Chandler racked up 101 yards (on six carries) and Daniel Cowans posted 91 yards ( three carries) and touchdown runs of 23 and 65 yards and a two-point conversion.
Banks quarterback was 3-of-5 for 120 yards and three scores. Kaemon Teasley caught two of the three passes for 104 yards and two scores. Ja’Onnie Knight had reeled in the third completion for 14 yards and a touchdown.
Banks hosts Edgewood next and Cornerstone travels down to Lakeside School.
Pickens 35, Coosa Valley 14
HARPERSVILLE — Pickens – who came up short last week against Banks – hit their stride Friday night knocking off Coosa Valley 35-14.
“They really wore us down in the second half,” said Vince DiLorenzo, coach of the CVA Rebels.
Pickens – in the second half – put 28 on the board on the way to the win. For CVA Connor Steel completed a 35-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to Ray Albright. They didn’t score again until the fourth.
Canaan Johnson – tossed one to Hunter Hill for the 30-yard score.
DiLorenzo: “He made a great catch. He collided with the free safety, but fell into the end zone with possession of the ball for the score.
CVA travels down to Crenshaw next week. Hooper gets their first crack at the defending AAA Champion Pike Liberal next week.
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