Coming off its first win since 2015, Lyman Ward’s football team simply couldn’t keep up with the Hope Christian Eagles in a 92-50 loss on Friday night.
The middle two quarters were fine enough for the Fighting Rangers (1-2), who were outscored 46-44 in the second and third quarters combined. But Hope Christian grabbed a 28-6 edge in the first period and never looked back. It tacked on 18 unanswered points in the fourth to set the final score.
LWMA quarterback Garret Davison had a fine effort, completing 18 of 28 passes and racking up 263 yards, but four interceptions between Davison and backup Joseph Reese, respectively, was one of the biggest differences.
Jerry Bosworth was once again Lyman Ward’s top receiver, hauling in 10 catches for 160 yards. He scored two touchdowns, which was matched by sophomore Reece Lones, who finished the game with just three catches but two of them went for scores. Christopher Owens added another receiving touchdown.
On the ground, Lyman Ward managed only 100 yards. Davison led the way with 81 yards on 16 carries and scored once. Owens also had a touchdown run.
On the flip side, Hope Christian’s run game was unstoppable. Twelve Eagles got at least one carry, and they totaled 491 yards. Jackson Davis led the way with 182 yards and two scores on 14 carries, and he also went 9-for-12 from the quarterback position and had three touchdown completions.
Also for Hope Christian, Ethan Key totaled 146 yards and two touchdowns on six attempts, while Tyler Hubbard had only three carries but scored twice.
Cunigan has top-10 finish
Once again, Benjamin Russell’s Lance Cunigan is proving himself amongst the top cross country runners. At the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Cunigan clocked in at 17:25.37, which was good enough for seventh place. He was less than a minute behind the top runner.
BRHS sophomore Layton Bradford took 68th overall, as he finished in 21:42.22. Also placing in the top 100 for the Wildcats were Andrew Turner (82nd place, 23:21.13) and Jackson Turner (89th, 24:27.92).
On the girls side, Benjamin Russell ran in a pack. Ashley Walker was the top finisher, taking 52nd in 29:07.06. Abigale Sims clocked in at 29:28.10 and Kylee Stark followed closely behind with a time of 29:46.52. Simes and Stark placed 55th and 56th, respectively.
Also this weekend, Horseshoe Bend competed in the Volunteer Spirit Classic at Clay Central. The top finisher for the Generals was Gavin Brazzell, who finished with a time of 21:49.10, which was good enough for 28th place. Grady James squeaked into the top 50, placing 49th in 23:21.40.
Jackie McCord was the top runner for the Horseshoe Bend girls team. She took 52nd in 33:07.90.